Nic ~ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

9 02 2010

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ~ Douglas Adams

I took a break from my Stephen King read for something a bit more lighthearted.

I’m not sure what to all say about this book…I watched the movie, so I know what is coming. Pretty much lots of ridiculousness set on distant planets…all making for a classic novel, movie, a word wide franchise.

It’s a surprise and a pity I have not read this book yet, being the sci fi fan that I am.  At least it’s never to late to right one’s wrongs…

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Nic ~ Under the Dome

12 01 2010

Under the Dome – Stephen King

This book has it’s own TRAILER for crying out loud!  An official trailer nonetheless.  I guess King goes big or goes home eh?

Disclaimer: this is the first Stephen King novel I have ever read.  I am by no means a horror fan.  I scare easy and remember the scary stuff for too long.  But I also knew the King was not solely a horror writer, and was willing to give him a go.  I’d been hearing buzz about this story, and it’s technically Sci Fi, and I am more than technically a Sci Fi fan, so off to the races I went.

Here’s the short dealio : A small town America community is suddenly, and without any seeming reason, cut off from the rest of the world, caught underneath a massive dome.  Military actions ensue, but it’s to no avail.  No one gets in, no one gets out.  Now the townspeople can rely on no one else, but it’s not just friends stuck in there…bad people and enemies are milling about all over the place, trying to keep resources for themselves.  Will they get out?  Will the find out why they are there, and who did it?

I hope it’s Kujo who’s trapped them all in there.

This book is giant sized, over 1000 pages…so maybe in a few weeks I will have all these answers for you!





KimN ~ The Visitation

13 12 2009

The Visitation ~ Frank Peretti






Nic ~ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

21 09 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ~ Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Of late, I had been hearing about and seeing this book pop up often.  The cover alone caught my eye every time I saw it at Chapters, and caused a snicker to bequeath itself every time out my nose.

Pretty much Kim and I needed to spend more money to get free shipping, and this bad boy was on sale with our iRewards for like $10 so BOOYA just went on ahead and ordered.  I was trying to put this off and read my Stieg Larsson duitully, but you come to a point in life where you just throw caution to the wind and give into that siren that has been luring you acrross the foggy water for so long.

Hoh boy, am I glad I did.  This book is genius.  It takes Jane Austen’s literary classic, and in between Jane’s eloquent words and inept story line, throws in zombies and guns and marshal arts.  I’m going to keep reading, just to see what happens in this version, but I can already fully declare that I smell a win.





Nic ~ The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

21 09 2009

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ~ Stieg Larsson

dtWell, all the cool kids were doing it.

September 21 – I could not get a good handle on this book.  Every time I tried to get into it, I found myself kind of bored and unitersted instead.  Kim urged me to push onward and promised that it did indeed pick up.  And it’s not that I doubt her, I believe her.  It’s just that life is short and times-a-wastin, so I dumped this book for now with intentions of picking it back up in a later time when I want to take a crack at it again and I have the time and energy to actually give it a half-assed try.  You know.  Like what some nameless boy might have done to me at some point in time.  You know who you are.





KimN ~ The Last Jihad

18 09 2009

The Last Jihad ~ Joel C. Rosenberg

tljI finished this book last night.  It was a good quick read that leaves you hanging on the edge or your seat and begs you to read the next one in the series.

The reason I wanted to read this book is because Joel Rosenberg spoke at work and at our church a while ago (probably over a year ago…).  He had so many interesting stories to tell about his previous work experience as a communications strategist for world leaders, his novels and non-fiction book, and his non-profit project the Joshua Fund.  Reading this book you could really see that Rosenberg has used his experiences and knowledge of the business and political worlds to make this novel realistic – the details that Rosenberg includes about the way that the Secret Service transports the President, and other such scenes are incredible.

I am excited to read the next book in the 4 book (so far..) series and see how the President’s major decisinos pan out…

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I thought I should include this link: http://www.joelrosenberg.com/spiritual.asp.  It explains Rosenberg’s spiritual journey, and how his novels are based on biblical prophecy… very interesting stuff!





KimN ~ The Last Oracle

8 08 2009

The Last Oracle ~ James Rollins

tloI picked up the next book in James Rollins’ ‘Sigma’ series (sort of a series, but each book can be read on its own) for $5 from Chapters and brought it along for a long weekend away at my Uncle’s cabin.  Perfect choice!  This book was a great follow-up to The Judas Strain and I really enjoyed it.  I’m excited to read further in the series – I need to go back to the couple of books that go before The Judas Strain

I really like the way that Rollins weaves together a story that is based on historical events and religious myths, and makes it play out in the present day – the plots that he is able to imagine growing out of these myths are amazing and horrifying.  Good thing we have the trusty hero from Sigma- Gray Pierce – and the other Sigma members… including the surprise, tearful return of an old friend (just a teaser that you will only understand if you’ve read the previous).

I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy a book that teaches me about something, and Rollins doesn’t disappoint.  From learning about Oracles in the days of the Greek, to the history of Romanian Gypsies, to the existence of autistics that have incredible ‘savant’ talents, Rollins takes you on a quick educational spin around the world.  I especially appreciate how Rollins includes a little ‘Fact or Fiction’ section at the end of his novels.  This section informs you of what was actually true in his novels, and what was elaborated on as part of the story.  Interestingly, Rollins very much stays true to the facts and builds his story around those facts by creating the characters and plot around them.

This is an excellent action/adventure/thriller novel and I highly recommend it.