Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dr Who: Engines Of War - George Mann

I was granted the amazing opportunity to read this book before its official release on  September the 9th of this year.

Consisting of 198 pages I was gripped from the very start. As a fellow Whovian I was excited to read it as soon as I was granted the rights to do so. In this book you follow The Doctor and his companion on a journey throughout the time of the tragic war between two of the most powerful existing beings of the time.
The sarcastic and spontaneous side of The Doctor is a side I've always loved of any person/character.
There wasn't anything i could possibly dislike in the story it was a great written piece and a great read.

When the book is published on the 9th of the coming month I recommend this book to sci-fi lovers and any other Whovian who happens to be reading my blog.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette is special, she has a power that is lethal when she touches anything with a heartbeat. The reestablishment lock her up in a institute after she unintentionally kills a young boy. She has not touched anyone in 264 days when the book begins, but then she wakes up in her cell, but shes not alone. There is a boy she knows in the cell with her, she teaches him things she has learned in her time there so far.

The world outside of Juliette's cell is crumbling down, the birds don't fly and the clouds aren't the right colour, no one cares about her as long as she doesn't kill anyone they clearly have other things to think about. Juliette doesn't know it but diseases are destroying the population and food is hard to come by.

The people responsible for Juliette's confinement believe the only way to fix things was to throw Juliette in to the cell. But after the remaining survivors begin whispering about war do the reestablishment change their mind. They believe she is no long just a soul within a body but what they need right now. A weapon.

She goes through hell when she makes friends with her new cell mate but are suddenly split and he is found to be someone she didn't think he could ever be. But all is well when he shows her he is who she believes he is. The book ends where they find a sanctuary, where they truly belong but who was once her cell mate now her lover, he could be just like her.

Shatter me is a part of a trilogy and hopefully I can get my hands upon the other books. It is an interesting read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading. I found it hard to put the book down.

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien

Admittedly I had already watched the first 2 movies of The Hobbit, but the book is all 3 movies in one. If you haven't seen the movies or the books, it is about a hobbit who travels with a group of dwarves and a wizard to free the king under the mountains gold. Thorin Oakenshield (who is one of the dwarves traveling with the hobbit) is a descendant of the old king under the mountain, the king was killed by the mighty Smaug who took over the mountain and all of the treasure within it.

This book shows what real bravery and friendship is, it is a brilliant story especially if you like fantasy and adventure. Some found that J.R.R Tolkien had written large chapters, I didn't have a problem reading this as I was unable to get my hands upon the book so I had an 11 hour audio version of the book on Youtube playing whenever I was able to listen to it. (over a period of 3 days)

As I like the work of J.R.R Tolkien I will be having the audio versions of the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy playing whenever I have the time.

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Saturday, 2 August 2014

World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War - Max Brooks

This book consists of looking back upon the time of the Zombie war. Throughout the book there are several different stories, this format helps readers save time, if they have a short attention span they can read a story a finish for the day and read another the next day ect.

The author takes on the role of an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission as he travels the world and holds interviews with men and women who share their survival stories, these stories give us a detailed image of what life was like for the survivors around the world and what life is like now that humanity recovers.
We get to hear a range of survivor stories ranging from everyday people trying to survive another day to the military and the tactics they use to fight against the dead.

Brooks uses real world history as well as culture, and social situations of other countries to create how they would respond in a world crisis of the like. Reading about the government responses in some countries, military actions employed, and the methods of some survivalists show us that zombies are not the only things to fear in a global situation like an outbreak. In some cases, humans can be much deadlier when they kick into survival mode.

It is hard to say that if you liked the movie you will love the book because in this case they are not so closely alike as you  would expect. However, if you like zombies you will love World War Z, and if you love social and political warfare, then you will also love this book. It has a little something for everyone whether you are a keen reader or someone who is simply in love with zombies or war stories.


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