June 15th, 2013


The Farm, by Emily McKay

A hot mess of a book in which the protagonist hooks up with her high school crush in the vampire post-apocalypse (sigh). I only read it for the autistic character.

The Farm

Penguin Books, 2012, 420 pages

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

Why bother, it's YA? In which I stop taking recommendations from Maria V. Snyder.

Verdict: Occupying the low end of "readable," raising absolutely no expectations where YA is concerned, The Farm is a YA-mill vampire book with a few salvageable bits that made reading it not a complete waste of my time, but it will probably be a waste of yours.

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19 The Time Traveler's Wife

Originally posted by audrey_e at 19 The Time Traveler's Wife
19 THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE Audrey Niffenegger (US,2003)


Henry and Clare have known that they're meant for each other for years. But Henry has a unique condition that makes him go back and forth through time against his will. As a result, he regularly disappears to find himself in dangerous situations.

For some reason, I did not realize this book would be the quality of a romance novel before I opened it. I had this idea that it would be well-written and intelligent. Not true.
The cliches about love made me cringe so many times that I'm sure the people who saw me on the train thought I was reading a Stephen King. The characters had no depth at all. Henry could time-travel, but he had no real personality. Clare was even less complex. As for all the family drama surrounding the couple, it was just as cliche as their romance itself. Between the grieving father who sees his dead wide in his son, and the rich family that hides a "terrible" secret, I must have rolled my eyes hundreds of times.
And the sad thing is that the author could've done something interesting with the plot. Instead, she goes the easy route. The reader is never with Henry when he's at his most vulnerable, that is to say when he has to fight for his life. Because that would've required more imagination and skills then the author seems to have.
And did I mention that there is a creepiness to the book that no one ever mentions. I'm surprised all the housewives who enjoyed this book did not mind the pedophilia.


Light Rec

I'm looking for something like Terry Pratchett's discworld series/Good Omens. Doesn't have to be a series. Already did The Restaurant at the end of the Universe. There was also that book about Faust escaping hell and his adventures, I finished it but wasn't really enjoying it. Also have read most of David Sedaris.

SO please suggestions, the more the better.

Storm Front, by Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher's debut attempt at crossing Urban Fantasy with Hard-Boiled Noir is not that bad, but it's not that good.

Storm Front

ROC, 2000, 322 pages

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever.

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get interesting.

Okay, so I finally read it...

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