Tag Archive | Novel

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Source: Own Collection
Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

I finally picked this up, and what a delight. Inventive and creative, Gaiman blends English folklore and nursery rhymes with an entirely original story that is delightfully related in this fantastical tale of heroism driven by love.

Living on the edge of a magic land has its advantages and disadvantages, and that’s what the inhabitants of the village of Wall experience. When Tristran Thorn sees a falling star, he vows to retrieve that exact star for the woman he loves in order to win her hand. However, when he has to go through the wall to locate it, he begins to learn that life isn’t all he thought it was. To complicate matters, he isn’t the only one out to catch a falling star.

I particularly loved that, while I thought I had it all worked out, I found I hadn’t, which is what makes Gaiman the outstanding storyteller he is.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Source: Own Collection
Format: Kindle
Rating:  3 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Honest review, hmmm? I put the book down at the 32% mark. I’d had enough. While I admired the historical research and the portrayal of the harshness of life in the 1700s, I didn’t like either of the main characters. For me, they were both inconsistent. It seemed Jamie had more of an idea of the forces at work around them, but that didn’t really come across very clearly – I felt like I kept being TOLD what his character was like rather than being shown it, and when I was shown it, it felt like a token gesture that was judged by Claire (seeing as this was written in her first-person POV). And Claire… I felt was just being whipped around by the tides with very little thought process and sensibility of her position in the place and time. And where there was thought process, it was again not shown, so one had little idea why she made the decisions she made.

However, I am not a quitter, and I picked the book up again. And finished reading it. It was ok, but I wouldn’t rate it higher than that. However, I will give a firm nod to Gabaldon’s research and portrayal of life back then – I definitely commend and respect it. And it’s for this reason only that this book gets three stars from me, and not the two the “it was ok” would garner.

The Clock Keeper by Melissa Delport

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Fletcher and Clara/Clarke really camped out in my head while I read this book. This story totally captivated my imagination, and… I’m so sad it had to end!!!

Members of a perpetual society called Tempus, essentially the guardians of time, the Clock Keepers preside over a vast hall of clocks deep in the Grand Canyon – clocks that designate the lifetimes of every person on earth. They have one rule: never looj at a clock. But when Anna Kennedy, the Clock Keeper, spots the clock of the man she loves and attempts to break it to prevent his death, it is left to her younger sister to fix the ensuing mess, perhaps even preventing the unravelling of time itself.

I really liked that there were surprises along the way in this story. I thought I’d unravelled the plot, but Delport didn’t go anywhere near my ideas – for which I’m grateful!

Well-crafted and thoroughly readable, I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys some mild romance with the temporal paradox thrown in.

The War Between by Jennifer Withers

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

I read this book some time ago now, so it’s long past time I wrote a review.

Set in South Africa between present-day Johannesburg and Pretoria, this book is a dystopian vision of the future. In essence, pure humans live in Pretoria, while superhumans live in Johannesburg. There is mention of other settlements, and one appears in the story, but the focus is on the two.

This was an entertaining read, and very well executed considering the complexity of the story. I would have liked to see some more character development, but apart from that, Withers covered all her bases and delivered a solid tale.

Extinction Aftermath by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

When I think Smith can’t top the previous book in a series, he turns around and shows me just what stuff he’s made of. Bigger and better monsters, a dastardly villain who is seriously insane, and of course, Team Ghost and their friends, who as always try to hold the line. What more could I ask for? I simply devoured this book.

This is an author with a fantastic imagination, and the story isn’t all that far-fetched, which makes it all the more chilling. If these are Nick’s “daymares”, I hate to know what his nightmares are like! Now I truly cannot wait for the next book!