In Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic world, once a year 24 children are sacrificed to compete to the death in the Hunger Games. The country known as Panem is composed of 12 Districts that encircle the power center known as the Capitol. Every year each District must send one randomly selected boy and girl to the Arena where their battle for survival and glory is broadcasted reality TV-style for all of Panem to see. (Warning: following review contains some spoilers). Continue reading “Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy”
The Mysterious St. Benedict Society is the suspenseful and entertaining story of four youngsters – Reynie (unknowing leadership material), Kate (gadget girl with an unusual twist), Sticky (Bookworm/Intelligence Figure), and Constance (the youngest and most stubborn member of the team) – on a quest to save the world. Although it doesn’t appear that way at first, this is actually, in my view, a more heartwarming story demonstrating great morals for young adults. Written in a similar method to A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, The Mysterious St. Benedict Society is a New York Times Bestseller, and author Trenton Lee Stewart has done an admirable job creating a believable world in which some quite unbelievable things happen. Definitely a must read for those children who loved the Lemony Snicket books, Society, is a bit more mature in some ways, with more interesting, and less obvious, methods of evil infiltrating the story and plot. Continue reading “Four Children vs an Evil Mastermind: Round 1”
- The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
The Way of Shadows is book one in Brent Week’s Night Angel series. This was one of those books I picked from the bookstore at random. I’d never heard of Brent Weeks or the series. All I knew was it was sitting in the Sci Fi/ Fantasy section and was about an assassin. I bought the entire trilogy in one shot, hoping that I would at least find it mildly engaging because otherwise I had just wasted 20 bucks that I probably should have used for gas money. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, I was hooked.
Azoth is trying to eke out a meager existence as a street rat. His attention is focused on not getting beat into a bloody mess and trying to make sure he and his two friends don’t starve to death on the stinking streets of the Warrens. But he has dreams beyond the slums. If he could land an apprenticeship with the most deadly assassin in Cenaria, Durzo Blint, then he would never have to fear anything ever again. Continue reading “Review: The Way of Shadows”
The anticipation surrounding Rick Riordan’s latest novel The Lost Hero was so strong, we could have built a temple atop it! What’s not to love? A whole new batch of demigod heroes sent to rescue the world again. Riordan’s novel gratefully returns us from his brief Egyptian venture (personally, that was a poor choice of a new series, but I’ll cover that later) and returns us to the god fearing, monster battling world of camp Half-Blood. This time, we follow a whole new set of demigods as they race to uncover who, or more precisely, what, has stolen a member of the Olympic counsel.
- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Good Omens is the bastard child of the literary masters Mr. Terry Prachett and Mr. Neil Gaiman. Never read anything by either author? Well here is a good place to start.
Armageddon is coming. On a Saturday to be precise. But to be honest, Aziraphale (Angel) and Crowley (Demon) have grown to quite like Earth. It would be a shame really, to let it all be consumed in fire and fury. So the pair team up in an unholy alliance to intercept the Antichrist. The plan is to give him just enough good and evil to balance him out and thus prevent the end of the world. Continue reading “Review: Good Omens”
At the End of Time,
when many become one,
the last storm shall gather its angry winds
to destroy a dying land…
Sounds somewhat prophetic doesn’t it? By any means, the latest novel by Robert Jordan (since deceased), and Wheel of Time newcomer author Brandon Sanderson, fits the claim. (Warning: the following review does contain some spoilers, especially if you have NOT read the previous titles) Whereas previous Wheel of Time novels have been long, drawn out affairs where absolutely nothing happens (See Evidence: Book Ten – Crossroads of Twilight), Sanderson has managed to continue the best of Robert Jordan’s writing in The Gathering Storm.
Those of you who have read the Bible or have at least seen the movie Dogma may be aware that in the Bible the story of the life of Jesus goes from his birth to approximately 30 years later. In his book Lamb, Moore takes on the task of telling the story of what occurred during those years, told through Joshua’s (i.e. Jesus; see text for explanation) sarcastic and perverted sidekick, Biff.
I’m not going to waste my time or yours with warnings or apologies about the content of this book. It’s a comedic story of the life of Christ. That should tell you all you need to know in that regards. Regardless of your creed or philosophy, if this concept offends you, don’t read it. If the idea intrigues you, read on. I, for one, was not disappointed. Continue reading “Review: Lamb – Christopher Moore”
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files offers up a unique blend of urban fantasy and action-packed detective fiction. Butcher effortlessly rolls humor, excitement, and heart wrenching emotion into every book and always leaves you wanting more. The series chronicles the adventures of wizard and private investigator Harry Dresden and his endless efforts to protect his friends and the innocents of Chicago against the supernatural. From vigilante werewolves to pissed-off skinwalkers to lecherous spirits, the Dresden Files has it all, and then some. Continue reading “Review: The Dresden Files”
A Summary and Review of Three Cups of Tea
- By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
The New York Time’s bestseller Three Cups of Tea is the follow up to Mortenson’s earlier book Stones into School. For those of you not acquainted with Mortenson’s work as an educational philanthropist/rock climber/do-gooder/school builder, here is a quick catch-up/summary of the story before my overall thoughts.
1. After a failed attempt to climb K2, one of the toughest/tallest mountains in Pakistan, climber Greg Mortenson, lost, hungry and half frozen, stumbles into the tiny village of Korphe in the Kashmir autonomous region encompassing parts of India, Pakistan, and China. Continue reading “Review: Three Cups of Tea”
A review of the novel Changes by Jim Butcher
This week we’ll be taking a look at the book Changes by bestselling author Jim Butcher, who is one of our favorite authors here at M.P. His fast-paced, witty and charming first person narrative accounts of Harry Dresden’s actions as Wizard, Private Eye, Warden (Magic Police Officer, Judge, Jury, and Soldier all rolled into one) keep readers coming back for more. I’ll admit plainly that, after reading the first book on recommendation from a friend, I went out and bought/rented the next 10 – whoops says my bank account. Anyways, Changes is the latest novel in the Dresden series, and like its name implies, everything you know about Harry will change.