Book Review – The Prophecy Con

The Prophecy Con (Rogues of the Republic, #2)The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ASDGFHJKL. I have no words for the absolute delight that is this book.

There is a lot that is good about the Prophecy Con. And – this is going to sound tangential, but bear with me – it reminds of the new Barbie doll line in the way it finally, finally, embraces diversity of all kinds. So I thought I’d review it like the launch of a new doll line. Continue reading

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Book Review – The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

So, for my first review as a member of the MacHalo group, and the associated reading challenge, I’m doing a book that was made into a movie or TV show. The Girl on the Train has a film coming out this year starring Emily Blunt, so I think it counts.

This time the book gets an Honest Movie Trailers style review because it is an over-hyped boring story. I love antagonizing the public (evil grin).
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Book Review – Six of Crows

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

All the anticipation in the world couldn’t save this read for me. I am so confused about how I feel about this, mainly because I read it on a long haul flight while battling a pounding headache.

See, I wanted to like it, I really did. There were some moments where I came tantalisingly close to feeling excited, like when you have a word on the tip of your tongue, but lose it anyway.

So my split personality is back to subject this to close scrutiny.
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Shallow Reader Post – Batman: The Court of Owls

And the prize for most misleading cover goes to….

Hello and an early Happy Halloween to everyone! I’m back at the college and the friendly local library has been a treasure trove of comics. Here’s my entry for the October buddyread with my Shallow Reader friends. The theme is Good Enough to Eat (which is to be interpreted in any way you like) and most of this one is about owls discovering that bats are really hard to eat:

In keeping with our buddyread theme, I’d say this one is like pancakes…the first two are really great, but by the fifth one you’re just wondering what you saw in it…

You know, for a long time, I never understood why Bats was called the greatest detective, because I’ve never actually seen him…detecting.
Never fear, Snyder is here to fix that problem! 

If you were secretly hankering for a CSI crossover with psychedelic elements, you’re in luck. If you weren’t, well…there’s a few badass action scenes in the beginning?

Check out the review here and get hit by all a lot of irrelevant gifs!

Book Review – The Great Zoo of China

The Great Zoo of ChinaThe Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Warning: Lots of rage-ranting and spoilers ahead.

Once upon a time, there was a book that desperately wanted to cash in on Jurassic World. Somehow this book managed to sneak a look at the script and thought, “Well, if I just change the dinos to dragons, no one will notice!” But the book knew it needed some science to back it up, or it would lose credibility. What with all those reviewers on GR coming down like a ton of bricks on every novel these days, it decided to Google some stuff and again hope that no one would notice. And apparently, the tactic sorta worked.  Continue reading

Mini Review – Batman 3: Death of the Family

Batman 3: Death of the FamilyBatman 3: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Um, before I start, Kat, Anne and everyone else…I’m sorry about the rating, but it didn’t work as well as I thought it would.

*ducks flying bulldozer*

I knew you guys might say that. So I’ve come armed with good reasons. They’re right here! *pats pockets* Huh? I put them in here…somewhere…

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