December 2nd, 2010


This is a sci fi romantic thriller that willrock your every nerve

 Description: A global disaste3r, the Giant Devil, brings an end to the world. Survivors face the horrific natural disasters and tragedy that befalls earth. One man rises above and leads the people as they struggle to rebuild a new way of life. Will people destoy each other for power? Can they erase invisible borders and become one race - the human race?

GAINT's a fast exiciting heady novel with fresh writing that has drive & exicitement from first page to last. An extraordinary tale with a basis in readable &stunning keeping the hero & reader dangling right to the end. With the flavour of mumbai youth this story will stay with you long after u have turned the final page
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#96 The Body in the Tower by Y.S. Lee

There are spoilers in this review for A Spy in the House, the first book in The Agency Trilogy. No spoilers for The Body in the Tower.

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Rating: five stars
Length: 337 pages
Source: Lewiston Public Library
Similar Books: Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart trilogy, which begins with The Ruby in the Smoke.
Other books I've read by this author: A Spy in the House (my review)

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Morrow, James: The Philosopher's Apprentice

The Philospher's Apprentice (2008)
Written by: James Morrow
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 411 (Trade Paperback)

The premise: ganked from A brilliant philosopher with a talent for self-destruction, Mason Ambrose has torpedoed a promising academic career and now faces a dead-end future. Before joining the ranks of the unemployed, however, he's approached by a representative of billionaire geneticist Dr. Edwina Sabacthani, who makes him an offer no starving ethicist could refuse. Born and bred on Isla de Sangre, a private island off the Florida coast, Edwina's beautiful and intelligent adolescent daughter, Londa, has recently survived a freak accident that destroyed both her memory and her sense of right and wrong. Londa's soul, in short, is an empty vessel—and it will be Mason's job to fill it.

Exploring his new surroundings, our hero encounters a lush Eden abounding in bizarre animals and strange vegetation engineered by Edwina and her misanthropic collaborator, Dr. Vincent Charnock. And Londa, though totally lacking a conscience, proves a vivacious young woman who quickly captivates her new teacher as he attempts to recalibrate her moral compass with the help of Western civilization's greatest ethical thinkers, living and dead.

But there's trouble in this tropical paradise. Mason soon learns that he isn't the only private tutor on Isla de Sangre, nor is Londa the only child in residence whose conscience is a blank slate. How many daughters does Edwina Sabacthani really have, and how did she bring them into being?

Undaunted by these mysteries, Mason continues to instruct Londa, hoping that she can lead a normal life when she eventually ventures forth into human society. His apprentice, however, has a different agenda. Her head crammed with lofty ideals, her heart brimming with fearsome benevolence, and her bank account filled to bursting, Londa undertakes to remake our fallen world in her own image by any and all means necessary.

My Rating

Must Have: James Morrow is simply one of those authors I genuinely want to read everything of. He's the kind of author that not only writes interesting and entertaining stories, but he makes me feel smart for reading them, even if I'm not an expert on genetics or philosophy or religion or whatever the focus of the book may be. The Philosopher's Apprentice is an incredibly engaging read, a must for readers who are fans of the "literary SF" movement (you like Margaret Atwood? Mary Doria Russell? Ursula K. Le Guin? Octavia E. Butler? Jeanette Winterson? You should read this!) as well as those readers who feel a little intimidated by science fiction and aren’t sure where to dip their toes in. That said, it’s not an easy read in terms of transparency, this book is rife with philosophy, but don’t let that be a hurdle. Morrow doesn’t make his reader feel like an idiot. There's so much to absorb, to enjoy, to appreciate, to ponder over. This isn't a book simply about clones, it's a book about what it means to be human and what wrongs we'll commit in order to make the world right. It's a great read, and one I'd highly recommend.

Review style: After discussing my history with James Morrow's fiction, I want to talk about the obvious inspirations fueling this book: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, and George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. I also want to discuss how this isn't your conventional science fiction novel, let alone a conventional story about clones, but rather the exploration of morality and how--believe it or not--the book isn't preachy. No spoilers, as that would be rude since this initially a guest review at Jawas Read, Too!


Happy Reading!


Book club selections @ calico_reaction. Hop on over! We'd love to have you!

December: Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
January: The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
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prepaid debit cards for e-books??

I know this might be a super silly question but I don't have a kindle or buy off of

I want to buy my mother a prepaid visa debit card for Christmas so she can spend it on books for her kindle (or whatever else she might want). Does amazon accept prepaid debit cards for their e-books? I'm not sure what kind of payments they accept.

A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

One-line summary: Seinfeld in 1960s New Orleans. Okay, not really, but like that. Kind of except not. GAH I CAN'T EVEN


Amazon: Average: 4.2. Mode: 5 stars (66%).
Goodreads: Average: 3.87. Mode: 5 stars (39%)

"A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs."

Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's tragicomic tale, A Confederacy of Dunces. This 30-year-old medievalist lives at home with his mother in New Orleans, pens his magnum opus on Big Chief writing pads he keeps hidden under his bed, and relays to anyone who will listen the traumatic experience he once had on a Greyhound Scenicruiser bound for Baton Rouge. ("Speeding along in that bus was like hurtling into the abyss.") But Ignatius's quiet life of tyrannizing his mother and writing his endless comparative history screeches to a halt when he is almost arrested by the overeager Patrolman Mancuso--who mistakes him for a vagrant--and then involved in a car accident with his tipsy mother behind the wheel. One thing leads to another, and before he knows it, Ignatius is out pounding the pavement in search of a job.

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Verdict: I think it's hard to be lukewarm about this book; either you're going to love it or you're going to think it was a waste of your time. I'm gonna go with "waste of time," except that since it's so highly-regarded, one of those Books Everyone Should Read, it's worth giving a try. Either you'll join the fan club, or at least you'll be able to say you read it.