Monday, November 20, 2017

How did my month get so Sci-Fi?

What better way to create an air of mystery in your fantasy fiction world than create your own author?  That is exactly how we came up with Pittacus Lore.  He even has his own author page on the publisher's website.  That is dedication.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Image result for i am number fourWhen I spent a holiday season working in a book store as a book seller, we always kept the Pittacus Lore books on shelves.  They were very successful with the teen readers.  I, however, had invested no time in reading them myself.  Then I saw the movie and the Kindle version went on sale roughly at the same time.  I have a strong belief that books are better than their visual counterparts.  They don't have time constraints for number one.  For number two, you get to use your imagination to build the worlds and characters which will most certainly not match up to a stylist, concept artist or casting director anywhere.

I was surprised at how close the movie was to the book.  It was impressive.  The plot was directly correlated between screen and page with minor, "unnecessary" scenes taken out.  These are the scenes that don't really build the characters or the world yet keep the book moving at a nice pace and filled out with pages.  As usual, nothing and no one looked like my imagination of them, but I may have been a little biased with having watched the movie first as to how they all shaped up in my mind--(they were like some hybrid of imagination and movie representations).

The most surprising bit of the entire story is how gut-wrenching the action was.  I haven't read a book in quite awhile where I stayed up past my bedtime to see what happened next.  The action or adventure stories I've been reading all had a break in the action somewhere that made a good stopping point for me to jump back into the real world.  I couldn't pull that off with this novel.  I found myself binge reading for hours and had the whole thing finished before I realized there was a real world happening around me.

I stand firm that digital books shouldn't be more than $5 so I won't be reading the next in this series until there is some form of sale or the digital publishing industry gets less greedy.  (I'm guessing there will be a sale first.)  Until then, I'll switch back to my toppling (metaphysically--as they all exist in the digital microcosm of Netgalley) to-be-read pile and perhaps unbury myself before New Year's.

Check out the Cover Reveals tab as I have some exciting new covers posted there from some truly gifted authors. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Was that a snowflake I saw?

It's almost turkey time!  Almost all the leaves have come down on the mountain.  The winds are howling and I swear I saw a snowflake the other day.  This is the time of year that I hunker down with all the good books I've been storing up and spend more time reading than writing up my reviews.  Though, I guess I really haven't been too good at those all year anyway.

Secondborn by Amy Bartol

Sci-Fi remains a genre I'll read but not one I seek out.  I was truly excited to see a new series from Amy Bartol pop up on the free Kindle monthly.  There is a strong pull to the dystopian worlds that Bartol creates.  They are certainly space operas but they also have a touch of the fantasy that makes me want to pick it up.

While the world in the "Secondborn" series is in space and time far different than our own, the characters are the same unrealistic level of gorgeous with a penchant for instantaneous love at first sight.  I could certainly live without those aspects, but that's why the characters interact so wonderfully together.

This isn't the first time an author has come up with a dystopian world where one people subjugate all the others to their vanity and frivolity.  It isn't even the first time an author has written a story about young female protagonist becomes the symbol of hope for an entire rebellion.  

What this story gives is an exciting adventure and exactly why I pick up a book.  According to Bartol's website, the other two books have been scheduled for publication already.  They are releasing less than a year apart!