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Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

29 Aug

Title: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)
Author: James Dashner
ISBN: 978-0-385-73795-1
Book Details: Paperback, 375 pages
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

EVERYTHING IS GOING THE CHANGE…

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is empty.

But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade, a large expanse enclosed by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning, for as long as anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surround them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark.

The Gladers were expecting Thomas’ arrival. But the next day, a girl is sent up — the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might find their way home…wherever that may be. But it’s looking more nad more as if the Maze is unsolvable.

And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers — if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets looked within his own mind.

When I started reading The Maze Runner I was excited by the blurb on the back of the book. As I continued through the book I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of character development. By the end of the book I really only felt a strong attachment to one character, Chuck, and he was in more of a supporting role than anything.

I did find Dashner’s dystopian world where staying out past dark is akin to suicide, and your every move is being watched and analyzed by the unseen Creators, to be really well-developed.

Nearing the end of the book, I found myself frantically attempting to work out the clues, flipping back to earlier parts of the book to check if I had missed any details that would help me figure out the puzzle before the characters did.

 

If you’re looking for a new series, I would recommend checking out this book.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

21 Aug

UPDATED!

 

I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that I might have to return some of these books to the library without reading them. I just don’t seem to have enough time to get through them all. Currently I have the following books out:

Basic Math and Pre-Algebra by Robert Miller

Contact by Carl Sagan

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

How I Write by Janet Evanovich

Why Does E=mc2? And Why Should We Care by Brian Cox

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon

New X-Men by Grant Morrison

*I also have another 10 books on hold!

Needless to say, I have to prioritize which books I will read, and in what order.

I haven’t been updating this blog nearly as often as I had intended, so in addition to catching up on my reading, I’m going to make sure that writing more makes its way higher up my priority list.

Please enjoy this dis-related GIF.

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UPDATE:

In the mean time, I did finish a book that wasn’t on the above list (The Maze Runner by James Dashner –  I quite liked it), and I wanted to update the book list.

 

Basic Math and Pre-Algebra by Robert Miller

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

How I Write by Janet Evanovich

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Levianthan by Scott Westerfeld

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Magician by Michael Scott

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Why Does E=mc2? And Why Should We Care by Brian Cox

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon

New X-Men by Grant Morrison

World of Geekcraft: Step-by-Step Instructions for 25 Super-Cool Craft Projects by Susan Beal

I really need to stop putting books on hold…

Book Review: The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

20 Jul

Title: The First Days (As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy, #1)
Author: Rhiannon Frater
ISBN: 978-0-7653-3126-7
Book Details: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free advance copy via Goodreads Giveaways.

The zombies in Rhiannon Frater’s The First Days (As The World Dies) are not ones that you would want banging on your windows when the world is ending. They’re strong, they’re fast and they adapt. This is a fact that Katie and Jenni learn quickly when they are ripped from their own separate lives and thrust together in a struggle for survival as they leave the city behind and drive through rural Texas.

On their way to what will become their destination, they make friends and alliances, mount rescue missions and possibly find love.

 

‘The First Days’ is evenly paced and incorporates horror and comedy fantastically. Reading this book, I could almost feel the heat of the sun on my skin and hear the twang in the voices.

If you are a fan of zombies, I would definitely recommend you check out ‘The First Days’, the first in Rhiannon Frater’s zombie trilogy.

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Currently Reading: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

18 Jul


On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor and (and Earth) was made available to humanity –

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards, to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words:

DON’T PANIC

The weekend has only just begun…

I am throughly enjoying this book! I am only 18% done, but I am loving every bit of this story. I am starting it with a fair idea of what takes place because I have already watched the movie twice, but nothing really compares to reading the book.

If you have never had the fortune to read any of Douglas Adams‘ work, I would highly recommend that you check out his short-story entitled Cookies, which is an excerpt from “The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time”.

Have a fantastic day!

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Currently Reading: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

18 Jul

RULE #3

Don’t stare at invisible faeries.

RULE #2

Don’t speak to invisible faeries.

RULE #1

Don’t ever attract their attention.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the moral world. When the rules that have kept Aislinn safe from them stop working, everything is suddenly on the line: her freedom: her best friend, Seth: her life: everything.

Faery intrigue, moral love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first century faery tail.

I’m currently about 1/3 of the way through at this point. It’s not quite as compelling as I had originally hoped. I’ve been reading for about 4 days now, which is unusually slow progress to be honest.

Some of the situations that are being used as solutions to various problems in the story come across as being a bit convenient. Personally, I think the story line could be more interesting if things weren’t simply being handed to Aislinn quite as much.

Anyway, I’ll keep reading and see how it goes.

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UPDATE: So, I’ve finished reading this book and I’m glad I stuck with it. While it wasn’t the greatest book I have ever laid eyes on, it was entertaining and the plot did begin to pick up shortly after the 1/3 mark.

I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.