Throwback Thursday – The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Throwback Thursday / July 4, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  This week’s choice is The Water Knife bu Paolo Bacigalupi. It is a fantastic book that deserves to be mentioned again regardless. However, I was reminded of it in particular because of the recent stories about the real life water crisis in Channai (a city of 9 million in India, that has had their water supplies dry up). Obviously Channai is a real place in a seriously dangerous situation, so I don’t want to sound disrespectful by mentioning a link with a book of fiction. But I think good fiction can highlight serious concerns and issues, and The Water Knife is about a dystopian world where water is so scarce cities have shut down, mafia style gangs control access and…

Top Ten Tuesday – Standalone Books
Top Ten Tuesday / March 12, 2019

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  Standalone Books Technically, the suggested theme was Standalone Books that Need a Sequel, but I find that the standalones I am happy with, even if I think I’d enjoy reading more, I don’t think they *need* a sequel. That’s kinda the point. So I’m just listing 10 of my favorite standalones.

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…

Stacking the Shelves – March 17, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / March 17, 2018

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review   A Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu – I have been loving this series, so am really excited to delve into the next one. Many thanks to DAW Books! The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell – This was a pleasant surprise arrival. I really enjoyed The Water Knife by Bacigalupi and have been curious about this collaboration. Many thanks Saga Press and Wunderkind! The Feed by Nick Clark Windo – I’ve mentioned this one before. It sounds really exciting, maybe because the addiction to online information is so relatable and the thought of losing that is really frightening 🙂 My thanks to William Morrow Sirens by Joseph Knox – This one sounds like a fun thriller with a bit of a body count. Look forward to checking it out. My thanks to Crown Publishing and Blogging for Books. Blood Orbit by K. R. Richardson – This was a surprise arrival and sounds really good. I’m currently…

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…

Audiobook Review: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
4.5 Stars , Reviews / June 8, 2015

The Water Knife is set in a harsh dystopian world that is just as violent, gritty and grim as any grimdark fantasy I have read. It’s a near future where water has become scarce and is now the ultimate commodity. Towns have been shut down and cleared out. There is a dark underworld with a gang or mafia type of style to it. The way water was handled reminded me of how oil and gas can be viewed. What we fear will happen with oil has happened in this world, but with a much more critical resource. Water. What do you do when the very thing you need to live is so scarce? The book shows a stark contrast between the people still living in luxury and those that that have do things like sell their bodies to survive. It is unsettling and violent. Lucy, our main protagonist, is a journalist who went to Arizona specifically to show the disparity, to find the real story, not just “collapse porn” or  graphic images meant more for shock value than for real journalistic value that most reporters are going for. Maria is a bright teenage refugee from Texas, struggling to survive in a way she can live with. Texas refugees do…