January 12th, 2011

tony sex by jadeblood


I'm looking for a book my friend started reading a while ago,

it was part of a series, fantasy (dragons and all). The main character was a woman. There were dragons that could turn into people (skinwalkers, or something like that) one of the main characters was one.

There was a part where the two main characters get flooded down a river and he went one way and she went another, and later she got caught by another dragon person.  and main guy was in a cave or something.

the dragon people were not like by the regular dragons and there was some kind of big war going on too.

anybody know which book this is, she's been trying to find it for weeks!

thanks a bunch everybody!!
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#3 Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Nailer is a ship breaker who spends his days stripping abandoned oil tankers of their copper wiring. Life on the gulf coast has become quite tumultuous. Hard work rarely gets anyone ahead in the world. Instead people pray for the possibility of good luck. When Nailer comes across a shipwrecked clipper filled with luxurious items, he has a feeling that his luck has finally arrived. Then he discovers that the ship is not empty. A wealthy teenage girl has survived the wreck.

Ship Breaker is the first book that I've read by Paolo Bacigalupi, and I'm pretty impressed with it. Like many of the young adult novels released these days, it's a dystopia. What really got me about this one was how believable the world building was. Bacigalupi avoids any info dump about how the world got this way, but those who can read between the lines will be able to point out the culprits (mainly global warning melts the ice caps). The gulf coast setting will resonate well with readers so soon after Hurricane Katrina. The story does not emphasize an overpowered big brother-like ruler like other dystopias due, but instead chooses to tell the story of normal people trying to make their way in a world more dangerous than ours.

While reading Ship Breaker, I really appreciated Bacigalupi's ability to build tension. There are moments of this novel that are incredibly nail biting. I also enjoyed watching the individual struggles of the characters. Nailer can be a very tough hero at times, but he also has doubts. Although he is deep down a good person, he often wonders if he is really wicked and cruel like his father (who serves as the antagonist of this novel). I also enjoyed watching Nita (the rich girl he finds on a ship) struggle to relate to Nailer's less luxurious way of life. Nita is not a snob, and is actually quite capable, but it's impossible to take someone from a life of wealth and drop her in poverty and expect her to have no difficulty adjusting. I found her “fish out of water” storyline to be satisfying. The cast of side characters are also interesting. A few favorites of mine were Pima and her mother Sadna, who are like family to Nailer, and Tool the “Half-Man” who assists Nailer and Nita. I also found the concepts of Half-Men (creatures created from human and animal genetics who are programmed to be loyal to their masters. There's something very Garth Nix about that) to be really interesting, and I'm eager to see where Bacigalupi will go with this in future volumes. The one thing that got on my nerves was the romance. It's true that this book is very light on romance, but I felt what was there was unnecessary.

Ship Breaker is a satisfying young adult sci-fi novel. One thing I must warn the reader about is that it's obviously the first book in a series. By the time Ship Breaker is completed, the storyline for this book has been resolved, but there are some loose threads. If you pick up Ship Breaker, be prepared to dedicate yourself to multiple books. I believe it's worth your time.

Rating: four and a half stars
Length: 326 pages
Source: Readfield Community Library
Similar Books: For other young adult dysotpias, try The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (my reviews), and the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld (my reviews)
Other books I've read by this author: this is my first

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Because I've been remiss in my reviews

So I've been REALLY busy lately and I have ready tons of books but haven't done reviews (or I've done them but not posted them) so my mission is to post the reviews from the remainder of the books I read in 2010.  I'll do a post every few days with a few books in it so that I don't spam your friends page. :D  So here are two book that I read in 2010!

Title: When Mommy Went on Strike by Jamie Sewell
Rating: 2/5
Pages: 28
Genre:  Children's Lit

Summary (off Goodreads):  One mother becomes so tired and frustrated with her children and their lack of motivation to clean up after themselves. She is determined to change the behavior of her children. After repeated attempts of asking them to help out doesn't work, she decides to go on strike and not clean a single thing. Soon the house is a mess and nothing is getting done. Find out if mom's strike helps her family learn the values of teamwork and taking responsibility.

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Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Rating: 4/5
Pages: 480
Genre:  Mystery/Thriller

Summary (off Goodreads):  It's about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It's about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it--who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism--and an unexpected connection between themselves.

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Well, there's some at least!  Be back in a few days!
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