Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
3 Stars , Reviews / November 11, 2013

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately. Snow Crash is my first book by Neal Stephenson and I absolutely loved the opening. Unfortunately, I also felt like the book was never as much fun to read after that first chapter.  It is a different experience with this book. I found much to love, but also much to dislike and that left me feeling less and less engaged as I read. I did like both Hiro and Y. T, our protaginists. However, the parts I didn’t like started to drag me out of the story and therefor care less about what happened to the characters and reading on. One aspect of the book that didn’t quite work for me is that there is a lot of separation/delineation of the different races/sects of society in this book,…

Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
4 Stars , Reviews / October 20, 2013

  Looking back over my book club reads for the year, Fevre Dream was one of my favorites, so I decided to write up a review of it. I am a huge fan of ASoIaF, but had not read Martin’s Fevre Dream. With such a successful series, you have to wonder about earlier books by the author. Will they live up to the expectations built from the work you have already read and loved? I was concerned. Also, vampires? Martin does vampires? Hmmm… Wasn’t real sure about that. Well, all I can say, is I am so glad I read this book. It was absolutely wonderful. Fevre Dream leaves the reader struck by such wonderful imagery that the riverboat era and the Mississippi river come alive before the reader’s eyes. For some reason, the main descriptions I remember in ASoIaF are of food, which I really didn’t care about. I often felt like Martin needed to take a break, go eat a snack and come back when he could stop thinking about food. It may just be that it’s been awhile since I have read those books and the politics and characters are more memorable than any of the images. Not…

The City by Stella Gemmell
4 Stars , Reviews / May 24, 2013

This review was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review   Simply put, Stella Gemmell’s The City is awash in blood. The story lays out the gory ravages of a centuries old war to both citizens of the city, as well as all those that oppose it. This war has come to a point where there can be no winners. Each side has dehumanized the other and will fight until there is no one left to lift a sword. Which does not seem far off. Generations have been lost and life within the city walls has become so harsh and abhorrent that children have been relegated to a hard life in the underground tunnels, passageways, and sewers, fending for themselves.   The City is more about the city than any one person and it is very much a good vs. evil tale without moral ambiguity. At least that is how it seems. The Emperor encapsulates the role of ‘Evil’. All though, it is an Evil somewhat unknown because he has been sheltered and isolated from even his own people. He has been ruling since before anyone can remember and appears to have lost all compassion for his people, if he ever had any.   The individuals…