Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In
Top Ten Tuesday / June 5, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is: So, this week was supposed to be “Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly”, but quite frankly, I find that hard to tell without finishing, and ultimately, any book I DNF’d, I had a reason for. So, I am going with the topic from last couple weeks instead: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In Beyond Redemption – Magic is based on insanity, so the more unstable and crazy a person is, the more powerful they are. Yikes! Bite – A post apocalyptic world so harsh their are roving gangs of cannibals. Uhhh…. Nope!! Demon Cycle – The thought of demons just materializing around you is pretty scary. No thanks! The Fireman – A plague that makes people spontaneously combust. Sounds horrifying. Red Rising – The cast system is very repressive and the lower casts are treated as slaves to support the higher.  And honestly, there are some major downsides to being in the higher cast as well. As much as I love Darrow, I can’t say I’m interested in living…

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Audiobooks You Should Listen To
Top Ten Tuesday / September 20, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Top Ten Audiobooks You Should Listen To I was very hesitant to try audiobooks in the beginning, but figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I love them and they have quickly become a staple for my reading habits. Every book I mention below, I felt had amazing narration or it would not be on the list! 🙂 Between Two Fires is a wonderful blend of fantasy and horror. This book pretty much blew me away. I often stray away from this author, for fear of books being “too weird” for me.  I found This Census-Taker to be absolutely fascinating as I tried to puzzle the pieces together. This one also has a tinge of horror to it. Neil Gaiman does an brilliant job narrating his own work, and I feel the audiobook for The Ocean at the End of the Lane greatly benefits from his performance. It’s always re-assuring when you have the author narrating because you know absolutely every little inflection and nuance in speech is exactly as they meant the…

Review: This Census-Taker by China Miéville
4.5 Stars , Reviews / February 8, 2016

This Census-Taker, in its novella length, provides the reader with a glorious and powerful enigma of a story. It is haunting, chilling, disturbing and touching and mesmerizing and absolutely beautiful. I could not stop reading this as I just craved to understand what was going on. It starts with a young boy running faster than he has ever run. Running from some unimaginable horror, and then we find out it involves his parents. The boy has trouble keeping his story straight as he is scared to death, but between this and a lack of evidence, the town dismisses his story and he is sent back to live with a parent that, at least from his perspective, is violent and deranged. Perhaps psychopathic. First, I will be very straight forward, I have only read one other book by Miéville and that was his first novel, King Rat, which I have heard is not indicative of the works he is best known for.  So, for this reason I can offer no comparison between this and a typical Miéville book (if there can be a typical, from what I hear unpredictable is a signature). What I can tell you is that this book is not at all…

King Rat by China Miéville
3 Stars , Reviews / June 25, 2014

King Rat is festering with atmosphere and drowns you in a cacophony of Jungle Bass and Drum. It takes you to London’s underside, it’s stinking bowels, and gives life to the world below. It does all this in a very good way. I swear. King Rat is my first taste of Mieville and I’m still not sure if it was the best place for me to start, but it certainly isn’t a bad place to start. This is his debut novel and does not seem to be as widely read or recommended. I have also heard that it is a bit different from the rest of his novels. Since I obviously have not read the others, I can’t comment on that myself. But I can share what I thought of King Rat. The story is intriguing. Our protagonist, Saul, wakes up to find himself in the middle of a nightmare; One that he is being blamed for. He doesn’t know it yet, but he is about to find himself as a central figure in a war he knows nothing about within a world previously unknown to him. He is still in London, but now he sees the previously unseen. And…