Feb. 9th, 2010 05:01 pm
fiveforsilver: (Doctor Who [sonic screwdriver])
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14. The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
Sequel to Peeps
Young Adult, Science Fiction, 286 pages

Not quite as good as Peeps, but a fun and solid story with striking characters.

15. *The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforder
Thursday Next series, book 3
Adult, Fantasy, 375 pages

16. *My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Young Adult, Fiction, 403 pages

17. *Nation by Terry Pratchett
Adult, Fantasy, 367 pages

I can't say I particularly cared for this book. I read it because I saw the play with some friends and they said the book was better. Well, yes, the book was in fact better than the play.

18. Lythande by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Adult, Fantasy, Short Stories, 237 pages

Anthology of short stories about Lythande, a woman who must stay disguised as a man or lose her sorcery and her life. I used to really like this book, but now I only really like the last two stories.

The Secret of the Blue Star
A look at how difficult it can be for Lythande to have to hide the truth from everyone.

The Incompetant Magician
Lythande performs a task for a fellow magician in exchange for a remnant of her past. The story itself isn't very interesting, but the end is kind of sweet.

Somebody Else's Magic
Lythande's secret is threatened when she aids a dying woman and is bound by somebody else's magic. A frustrating story with disgusting attitudes toward women and a weird ending.

Sea Wrack
Lythande decides to help a fishing village rid itself of a murderous mermaid. Not terrible, but again there are some odd attitudes toward women, or rather girls.

The Wandering Lute
Lythande attempts to disenchant a lute and has amusing adventures on the way. There is a sequel story, The Gratitude of Kings, that isn't in this book. I like both stories; there are several entertaining characters and situations.

Looking for Satan by Vonda McIntyre
This story isn't told from Lythande's perspective but that of Wess, a girl from the north who has come south with her companions to find their kidnapped friend Satan. They meet Lythande in the city and Wess and Lythande strike up a curious relationship. It is without question the strongest story in the book and far and away my favorite.

19. *Revenge of the Judoon by Terrance Dicks
Young Adult, Science Fiction, 102 pages

The Doctor promises Martha an adventure-free vacation. Not surprisingly, things don't go as planned.

This was a surprisingly solid story for so short a book. A quick and fun read.

19 / 160 books. 12% done!

7 / 80 *new books. 9% done!

0 / 7 ^non-fiction. 0% done!

5006 / 48000 pages. 10% done!
Audiobooks: 9h03m


Sep. 3rd, 2009 05:49 pm
blue_ant: (tea [red kettle])
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49. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
I loved Tantalize and was excited to see that Smith had a new novel. But when I read the description, I wasn't so sure I was going to like it. Turns out I was wrong. Really, really wrong. Set in the same world as Tantalize, Eternal is the story of a girl (Miranda), her guardian angel (Zachary) and the underworld of vampires, werewolves and other creatures. Miranda is kidnapped in a graveyard one night, much to the chagrin of Zachary, who is supposed to look out for her, though not necessarily interfere. It's at this point that Smith could have done things different and created a mediocre novel about angels and vampires, but she doesn't. Instead, she draws us into the strange world she's created and takes us on a ride as now-fallen angel Zachary must try to find Miranda, who has changed in ways he'd never imagined. Highly, highly recommended.

50. Doctor Who: Revenge of the Judoon by Terrance Dicks
A short, cute Doctor Who book I got through LibraryThing's member giveaway. The Judoon, who we met in the series when Martha and the Doctor first go together, are back! Martha, the Doctor and a young man they meet along the way must find a way to stop the Judoon. For such a short book, the plot is decent and the story is quite fun. I read it in about an hour, and then passed the book on to another Doctor Who fan and friend of mine.

51. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø
It didn't take me long to fall in love with detective Harry Hole. Even though Nesbø paints a less than flattering picture of our main character, Hole is no less than fantastic. Fighting against a drinking problem and enemies he doesn't even know exist, Hole must try to solve a mystery that's deeply connected to Norway's involvement in World War II and Norwegian Nazis. Nesbø's writing style, translated by Don Bartlett, is strong and intriguing. And though Hole is the main character, Nesbø doesn't shy away from creating strong secondary characters. I thoroughly enjoyed and loved this book. The only reason I gave it 4.5 stars is because there's a bit of character death that is vital to the plot, but upset me greatly.

51 / 100 books. 51% done!


Aug. 21st, 2008 04:31 pm
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96. Hidden by Steven Savile (read by Naoko Mori)
The last of the available Torchwood audiobooks that have been released (so far). This one was by far one of the best, I think this is because the author managed to capture a lot of show in the story. It wasn't great, and the Torchwood ones are not nearly as good as the Doctor Who audiobooks. But Naoko Mori is an excellent reader, even if it took me a bit to get used to the way she portrayed Jack.

97. Love and Blood: At the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks by Jamie Trecker
A lot of people I know don't like this book, but I did. I thought it was a lot of fun and I tried not to take it too seriously. It's the kind of book that I'd give a friend/family member who doesn't know much about the sport. Trecker does talk down to his audience, but I figured it was because he assumed the readers would not be avid WC/soccer fans. I thought the story worked well and his footnotes were amusing. I will probably buy this book for my mother for Christmas.

98. Planet of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks (read by Jon Pertwee)
I actually listened to this earlier this month, or maybe last, and completely forgot to add it to the list. First of all, Pertwee is a brilliant reader, secondly, Dicks is a great author of Doctor Whoo books. He makes them fun and interesting, and this one was no exception. It was Romana and the Doctor again, off on another adventure. But this time, they were on, oddly enough, a planet that was about to be colonized by Daleks. Of course the Doctor couldn't let that happen, and so much dramatic action enues. Another thing I quite liked was how independent Romana was. The Doctor helped her a bit, but she also helped herself. I wish that more of the Doctor Who novelists would do this.

98 / 120 new reads. 82% read!


Aug. 2nd, 2008 11:59 am
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79. The Dead of Night by John Marsden
This is the second book in a series about a war in Australia. It's just as good as Tomorrow, When The War Began, but neither book is a work of great YA literature. What I do like is how Marsden creates and maintains the characters and the plot through to the second book. I don't know if I'll go on reading, mostly because he's taking far too long to resolve things and I don't know if I have the patience to read the rest of the series. After all, these books are extremely emotionally draining.

80. Carte Blanche by Carlo Lucarelli
The first book in the De Luca Trilogy, about Commissario De Luca. Set in 1945, with the backdrop of Fascist Italy, this book is utterly fantastic. I loved it in every way possible and really want to read the next books in the series. De Luca, while a brilliant detective, has so many flaws and issues you don't even know where to start. But instead of bogging his character down, Lucarelli created an almost lovable character who must butt against everything he used to be in order to bring about justice.

81. State of Decay by Terrance Dicks (read by Tom Baker)
So, I've finally made that jump into audio books (and not podiobooks). While this was no great work of literature, it didn't need to be. What I wanted was a book about Doctor Who read by Tom Baker and it was brilliant. I love listening to Tom Baker and this was fun. The story was about a giant vampire (LOL) and was great fun, if totally unrealistic, even for Doctor Who.

82. Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole (read by David Tennant)
Now that I've started down this road, I find it impossible to stop. So, yet another Doctor Who audio book. This is a story about aliens on Earth who making people mysteriously disappear, while others try to throw themselves into the Thames. Overall, fun, the book wasn't that great, but the reader was aboslutely fantastic. I mean, hello, it was David Tennant!

82 / 120 new reads. 68% read!


Jul. 31st, 2008 03:18 pm
fiveforsilver: (Doctor Who [Capn Jack])
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I started listening to Doctor Who and Torchwood audiobooks and apparently I just couldn't stop. Interestingly, I have no desire to actually read any of these books myself.

They're all read by members of the cast. Most if not all are abridged (unfortunately).

82. *Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole, read by David Tennant (2h28m)
Very creepy. Clearly inspired in parts by the second Pirates of the Carribbean movie. David Tennant is a fantastic reader.

83. *Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards, read by David Tennant (2h25m)
The Doctor and Rose land on a planet that is in a area with no electricity (some sort of perpetual EMP sort of thing) and have to get the TARDIS off-planet and out of that field. Everything within it runs on steam, including spaceships and robots. Very steampunk. They get caught up in a space pirate mystery in the process of getting out.

Fairly predictable at times, but fun. It reminded me of a couple of Star Trek episodes at several points. I liked the end very much, and Kevin was definitely my favorite character.

84. *Torchwood: Another Life by Peter Anghelides, read by John Barrowman (1h12m)
An alien warrior starts possessing members of Torchwood. Is it out for conquest or just trying to get home?

The climactic scene with Gwen and Jack is moving, and also very in-character. I wish these books weren't abridged, though, because they all just seem like - well, it's not that the plot isn't there, but it seems like there are things missing. Depth, maybe.

John Barrowman is not my favorite reader. It's probably just be me, though - much as I like him (and Jack), his (American) accent always sounds just a bit off to me.

85. *Doctor Who: The Stone Rose by Jac Rayner, read by David Tennant (2h23m)
I really like this book - and just about the time that I thought it was wrapping up, I looked and it turned out it was only halfway done!

Rose has a bigger part in this than she (or any companion) has in any of the Doctor Who audiobooks I've listened to. I was not surprised to learn it was written by a woman.

86. *Doctor Who: State of Decay by Terrance Dicks, read by Tom Baker (57m)
No, really. Alien vampires. Tom Baker is a good reader, though, with a very pleasant voice.

87. *Torchwood: Border Princes by Dan Abnett, read by Eve Myles (3h30m)
Eve Myles (aka Gwen on Torchwood) is a pleasure to listen to. I liked this book, too. It was not predictable, for the most part, and I enjoyed the story.

86 / 110 books. 78% done!

40 / 75 *new books. 53% done!

3 / 10 ^non-fiction. 30% done!

25416 / 33000 pages. 77% done!
Audiobook hours: 13


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