Book Review – The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy hell this book was way better than I was expecting. In fact, it was completely different from what I expected. I hadn’t read any of Atwood’s work before, so I didn’t really know much about how she approaches books. Her writing style is fascinating, especially when you know that she writes a lot of poetry. But her storytelling is really what got me. I got completely absorbed with the narrating character and the various people in her story. It was one of those books I wanted to rush through because I thought the answers to all my questions were on the next page or in the next chapter. “Surely, this is the chapter I’ll get more info!” And when I finally got to the end…I almost wanted to throw my Kindle across the room. In other words, it was fantastic.

Be sure to read the “Historical Facts” bit too!

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Book Review — Gone Girl

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great beach/airplane book, though it’s pretty dark, which is why I enjoyed it. It wasn’t full of complicated characters, but the plot twisted in interesting directions, which kept me entertained. I definitely went through hating and loving Nick and Amy, and I though Flynn did a good job of making the characters real enough and exploring a lot of the relationships (parents especially). The ending fell kind of flat though…like there was all this interesting stuff happening, and then Nick just folds…WTF?

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Book Review — The Restuarant at the End of the Universe

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2)The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Hitchiker’s Guide, so I finally picked this one up on Audible. I really enjoyed it, both the narration and the story. The writing is a bit funny sometimes — not funny “ha ha” but funny “man, where is he going with this” funny — and I found myself caught up in the endless conversation. There are many digs at modern culture and how it might’ve played out, and it’s aged well (it’s 26yrs old at the time of this review). Highly recommend, but some might not enjoy the writing style as much as I do.

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Book Review — The Stars My Destination

The Stars My DestinationThe Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fantastic recommendation from a buddy, and I don’t regret picking it up immediately. It was full of complex characters, and a storyline that twisted and turned. In some ways, it reminded me of the Count of Monte Cristo and I’m sure Bester borrowed techniques from other classic literature that I can’t immediately recall. It had everything you could want from a good sci-fi book: oddball (extreme) characters, space travel, interstellar war, romance, and revenge!

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Book Review – Interrupt

InterruptInterrupt by Jeff Carlson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an interesting look at how our ancestors and ancestors’ cousins might have evolved throughout thousands of years, and how some primal “inclinations” might reappear under certain circumstances. The characters were really interesting in this book, and the story is pretty fast paced. It’s an easy read (beach book), and entertaining at the same time. Nothing hugely notable, and some of the theories and suppositions were a bit of a stretch. Sometimes, I feel like most authors just glance over certain aspects of characters, which always leaves me unsatisfied. I got a little bit of that in this book, but not a bad vacation book.

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Book Review — The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really struggled to get into it at first as Rothfuss takes his time developing the story. In fact, I can’t believe he ended this book where he did, but it’s effective. I’m really looking forward to reading the next one. It’s not the typical book I’d be interested in, but the story keeps me fully engaged. I feel like I escape a bit when I read it. Quite nice.

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