Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland #1

Lewis Carroll

Juvenile Fiction

3 Stars

144 Pages

 

young Alice is bored, so she follows a rabbit down a rabbit hole and ends up in Wonderland. She shrinks and grows and shrinks and grows and meets all sorts of interesting characters. Then her sister wakes her up.

Into the Looking Glass

Into the Looking Glass (Looking Glass, #1)

Into the Looking Glass
Looking Glass #1
John Ringo
4 of 5 stars

 

Basically take Doom and parts of Starcraft, specifically the Zerg, add in some military hardware jargon and you’ve got this book. Some rogue physicist creates some kind of gate that throws out bosun particles, which allow gates to be opened to other planets. The dreen come through one and we go through another and meet some friendly aliens. The dreen take over planets and suck them dry of resources. The dreen are zerglike, growing creatures for specific needs.

Besides some profanity and some seriously over the top weapon specifications[it IS military scifi though], this was enjoyable. I plan on reading some more in this series ’cause this was a ton of fun.

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

Classic

4 Stars

 

A young boy is brought up on the streets but taken in by kind people. Goes through various struggles and ends up being the rightful heir to a deadman. More of a social commentary on the workhouses of the times. Horrible places and run by hypocrites. Young Oliver is an innocent and a joy to read about.

The Singer’s Crown

The Singer’s Crown

Elaine Isaak

Fantasy

1 Star

 

This novel had an interesting plotline. A king dies, his brother kills his heirs and wife but lets his fave nephew live, but castrates him and sends him to live with singing monks. The nephew comes back many years later and retakes his throne.

Ok, now the real review. This was a HORRIBLE book. By horrible, I mean I would gladly do physical violence to the author to prevent her from ever writing again. Why, you ask? Let me tell you. This lady either hates men, doesn’t understand them AT all OR has some insane desire for men to actually be women inside. ALL the male good characters are the most effeminate, emotional, wussy and plain cowardly wusses I have ever wanted to throttle and then run through. How many times can you read about men “…touched his shoulder and gazed into his eyes” without wanting to just totally puke it all up! And the thing is, it is not at all homosexual. It is just girly. Men acting like women, WRONGO!

HARD TIMES

HARD TIMES

Charles Dickens

4 Stars

257 Pages

Classic

 

A story set in a small town. A man raises his children with regard for nothing but “Facts!” One marries a much older man because she doesn’t care about anything and it will help her brother and the brother becomes a selfish idiot. Brother robs a bank and through it all the family realizes that there is much MORE than just “facts!” to life.

Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen #3)

Memories of Ice

Malazan Book of the Fallen #3

Steven Erikson

4 Stars

 

taking place during and immediately after Deadhouse Gates. Paran is now Lord of the Decks [which recognizes “legitimate” gods]. Turns out that the Crippled god is actually an alien forced into our dimension 100’s of thousands of years ago and now he is trying to destroy everything here in revenge. He is playing a great game of war. This book deals with various factions putting down an army of his that is led by a Jaghut. Details alot more about the Imass and the Jaghuts in the far past. Has lots to do with the rise and fall of gods, ascendants and the like. It is incredibly sad. Yet the writing is SO incredible that whenever I read a fantasy book right after one of these, the fantasy book seems so shallow and 2d by comparison. Read this on my honeymoon, so that might have a tiny influence on why I enjoyed this so much ;D

The Looking Glass Wars

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The Looking Glass Wars #1

Frank Beddor

Fantasy

2 Stars

376 Pages

 

 

an alternate “take” on Alice in Wonderland. Alyss is a young princess in Wonderland. Her parents, the King and Queen, are deposed by Alyss’s Aunt Redd. Alyss escapes to our world, lives there for 13years, and then comes back and rescues Wonderland. Twists Alice in Wonderland into something completely different. A very cool idea. However, this book is a bit shallow. It was like looking at snapshots. Alyss at 7, Alyss at 14, Alyss at 20. No character development, even though Beddor does “try”. It comes up VERY lacking when compared to the original, which is too bad. I think that a younger, less experienced mind would appreciate this story more. Wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, too much glitter and glazz without the substance to make the g&g palatable.