Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card

Rating 3.5/5

I'm not quite sure how to rate this book yet. I'm leaning towards 3.5 stars. I was irked in the middle section of the book, when Ender was in Battle school. In the introduction, Card says the Battle Room was his "great idea", and while I think that zero-G laser tag sounds like fun, I can't see what practical use that kind of training could possibly have in real war situations. There was no infantry battles in the final war, let alone in zero gravity, and the idea that there could be seems to me absurd. Thus, the battle school training really bothered me since it seemed like there was little reason for it except as a literary device and Card's love of the idea. But once Ender was out of battle school I enjoyed the book much more.

Ender's Saga Reviews:

Ender's Game (#1)
Speaker for the Dead (#2)
Xenocide (#3)
Children of the Mind (#4)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4) by Anne Rice

Rating: 3.5/5

I didn't like this book as much as the first 3 in the Vampire Chronicles, but it had its moments. Something about the whole setup seemed contrived. Maybe I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to get my head around a Body Thief. Though if I can accept psychics and spirits and vampires, I'm inclined to think it's the author's fault for not convincing me about body thieves. *shrugs*

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10) by Charlaine Harris

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10)

by Charlaine Harris

Rating: 2.5/5

I suppose that if I was a zillionaire and knew that people would buy up my book no matter what, I wouldn't bother putting much effort into it either. Half the words in this story were spent on reminding us of things from the previous nine books, and another quarter were spent on totally random things that really had no bearing on anything. It's like Harris just sat down and wrote it in one shot, packed it up and sent it off to the printers. I think she mentions every single character that appeared in all of the previous books, and updates us on their current status. Obviously, there wasn't much actual story to this book. It was so haphazard I couldn't really figure out what the main plot of the book was until the very end. And let me just say that I liked True Blood's version of the story of Eric's maker much more than Harris'.

Overall, a lackluster effort. Perhaps Harris is bored with the world she created?

See my reviews of:
Dead Until Dark (#1)
Deadlocked (#12)
Dead Ever After (#13)