Monday, 20 March 2017

Chuckles Mini Reviews Catch Up


I review everything I read, on my blog and on Goodreads. Most reviews are of a decent length but sometimes you don't have much to say about the book because of its length or you DNFed it or various other reasons. In cases like that it makes sense to write a few mini reviews in one post and clear them out your way! So lets catch up with reviews from earlier this year.

Andrew Cunningham-Eden Rising 
Ben is about to ask Lila out when the world decides to end and everyone around them seems to be dead. With their families dead or missing they decide to gather a few things and move south to better weather before winter comes.

I didn't get far with this one. They have just lost their families yet seem to pretty much accept it and move on by the next day, suddenly deciding on a bike ride or walk from Boston to Florida to find better weather? How many teenagers would just decide to do that? They seem to immediately have a plan and know everything they need and it all seems too easy to me. I want more tension in the start of my apocalypse books but these bland teenagers just don't provide it and I got bored. Nothing really wrong with it I guess but just not what I was looking for. 
Read January 2017.
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Andrew Baze-The Road Home
Robbie thought he was ready for a camping trip in the mountains near Seattle. After a city-busting earthquake strikes the Seattle area, Robbie and his father have to rely on their wits and some new-found skills to get home safely, dealing with many unexpected obstacles on the way. To make matters even worse, they still need to rescue the rest of their family from an insidious danger that made its way to their doorstep.

The book has pages of info dumps on how to operate a HAM radio, all about signals and antennas...at times it is more like a manual than a novel and I found that quite dull. The first part of the book leading up to the earthquake are not greatly exciting because of the lecturing. The story of how Robbie has to get his injured father home is interesting enough as a story but the world'd worst burglar sub-story isn't very good. The city is in chaos, houses are abandoned as people can't get home but Luis decides to break into one that is occupied by Robbie's mother. Yeah. Clever idea. This is aimed more at the YA reader as it lacks the brutal violence and rape you usually see in the genre and the characters only face mild danger. Decent enough read but not enough of interest to read on in the series for me personally.  
Read January 2017. 
2.5 stars.

Devon C Ford-Survival
Everyone got sick. By the time the country realised it was everywhere, nearly everyone died. Being one of the few left alive wasn't the freedom he would have expected. Banding together those he found along the way, he has to fight to keep them safe. To keep them alive. To survive.

Dan and Neil find each other in the aftermath and decide to stick together and look for survivors for safety in numbers. For some very stupid reason they decide to communicate with each other like idiots with dumb conversations that sound like the British airmen from British sitcom 'Allo 'Allo. We were getting the chin chin and old bean, tally ho old chap nonsense during every interaction they had, plus Yoda impersonations, quotes from Jaws...it was really stupid and annoying. Just act like normal people instead of this dumb crap and get on with raiding the shops! It's not cute and funny, it's driving me mad! The longer it went on, the more pissed off I got with the steriotype rubbish.
Read January 2017.
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Rachel Rawlings-The Morrigna
I'm Maurin Kincaide, a psychometric, and until a few days ago I was working for Salem's Preternatural Task Force as an interrogator. I cracked more cold cases and got more confessions than anyone else in the department. Of course that was before I traded in my badge for an ancient Celtic sword. Now, I'm the Special Liaison for the Council, the governing body of the Others, and I take my orders from witches, werewolves and vampires.  

This book was baffling. I felt like I'd been thrown into book three in the series with no backstory and it was very confused. We see Maurin interrogate someone but fail to get the psychic information because the person is too powerful so her boss suspends her without asking anything about what happened, tells her to 'get better' and she doesn't try to explain what happened or defend herself. What kind of police department do that??? There is no backstory or history to her 'crimes', what she needs help for or any kind of history to help this very bemused reader. I feel as if chunks of plot were missing! We get mentions of nightmares and witches and something happening on another case but it is not explored and is very disjointed. Every character is an asshat especially her partner who hangs up on her when she reports being stalked by the suspect. It is just poorly constructed, badly written, horrible characters and was a waste of time. 
Read January 2017.
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Thomas Sherry-Deep Winter
From a relatively normal American life to a survival situation in moments, this story follows the Drummond family as they learn to adapt to a now, very different community...and world. Beginning on a bitter cold January night, the story begins with a series of earthquakes tearing through the Pacific Northwest....and in the following days the family--and the nation--face challenges from unexpected sources....

The info dumps in this book are extreme. When the earthquake damages the house we get the complete description of everything in the house, everything that is salvaged or destroyed and everything stored in the barn and what order it was all done in. The other random irritations is that Carl says 'K' in response to every question at least once a page, the women are only seen when it is time to feed their all action menfolks and there is so little conversation between the characters that it is impossible to get any idea of their personality or care enough what happens to them. They are just cardboard cutouts! And HOW can a prepper whose brother lives in Seattle near the volcanoes have to look up a dictionary to find out what a lahar flow is??? I mean really? I just felt I was plodding through endless details I didn't need and getting bogged down in stuff that didn't matter when time could have been spent getting to know the characters better.
Read January 2017. 
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John Grit-Apocalypse Law
A plague wipes out ninety-five percent of the world's population, taking Nate Williams' wife and daughter and leaving him with his thirteen-year-old son to survive on their farm. In the bedlam of lawlessness and starvation, hungry, desperate men arrive from the nearest town to take their meager supplies. A benevolent stranger keeps coming in the night to steal food. Sensing the stranger means no harm, Nate leaves food out as charity. But the stranger ignores offers to join them, then comes to their aid when a gang of prison escapees, led by an old nemesis of Nate's, raids their home. In the end, it is the kindness of a father desperate to save his son that may give two families and the stranger an opportunity to build a new life in a post-apocalypse world.

I couldn't say if the book turns out to be any good or not because I had to DNF. If there is one thing I really hate in books it is a dumb whiny kid and 13 year old Brian would have tested the patience of a saint. His mother and sister are dead, the apocalypse rages around him but Brian just doesn't get it at all. He whines and argues about everything and seems to have no clue what is happening around him. Why can't be go into town dad? Why can't I have a hamburger for tea dad? Why are we locking the doors dad? Why do you carry a gun everywhere dad? Why are we hiding in the forest as people break into our house dad? Because it's the apocalypse you stupid little git! Jeez! I was more mature at eight than Brian will ever be! I could not put up with him and quit the book.
Read January 2017. 
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4 comments:

  1. I would have TOTALLY fall for the covers, and blurbs of most of these books! because I'm an idiotic sucker for anything with the word "Apocalypse" and similar on it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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    1. I pretty much grab every apocalypse book too! I sometimes have to plough through some rubbish to find the good ones but I still enjoy the process! You never know when one is going to be really great!

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  2. These reviews crack me up. LOL about Deep Winter- "all action menfolks". :) Love it! Although too bad it was a 2 star. And survival sounds like it could have been so good if not for the ridiculous dialoguing. Hopefully the next batch will be better.

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    1. I've got so many reviews for this year to get up! Most were decent reads though so I can't complain too much! It's finding time to upload that lot amongst my regular features that will be a pain!

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