Book review. The Jakkattu Vector

Title: The Jakkattu Vector
Author: Pavarti K. Tyler
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 5 of 5

When the world has been messed up by the best of the best, there’s not much to hope for, it seems. Until help from outer space arrives. But is it really help? Do these beings really want the best for what remains of Earth’s population?

I love this book. It has a great pace and fascinating characters that live in an amazing world. Sabaal and Julip, two characters from the story, rock.

Well done, Pavarti. I’ m looking forward to more of your books.

Book review. The ‘Mortal Engines’ series, by Philip Reeve

Title: Mortal Engines (4 books)
Author: Philip Reeve
Gerne: Steampunk
Rating: 5 of 5 stars.

Apparently this is a series for younger people but let me assure you that adults will enjoy these books as well. Mr Reeve paints an amazing world where cities have put on wheels and tracks, and started roaming the lands. London isn’t restricted to England any more.

The main characters, Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw, stole my heart. I’m not telling more about them but they’re an amazing and intriguing couple of people. And let’s not forget the Stalker named Grike who is brilliant in his own way.

The stories are loaded with amazing details, many of which require some knowledge. Let me share one of them that appears in the last book, “A Darkling Plain”. In it is a moving city called Murnau. It’s a German city. In that city is a location where airships can fly to a docking area, which is called “Uber den Linden” (Over the lime-trees.) In East Berlin there’s a place called “Under den Linden” (beneath the lime-trees). It’s that kind of detail which made me fall in love with these books even more.

The last chapter of the last book… will not leave your eyes dry. Well, perhaps it will but I cried. It’s beautiful but painful.

I’ve heard that Peter Jackson is going to make a film of this series. I plan on not watching it.

Book review. City of Bones.

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: paranormal/fantasy
Rating: 5/5 *****

A gripping tale. Meet Clary who is tossed into a world she’s never heard of when her mother suddenly disappears.

It’s hard to say something about the story without spoiling it at the same time, but if you like great good guys, and bad guys on motorbikes that have special features, you can’t go wrong with this book.The action is fast-paced, the characters are well worked-out and there are surprises around every corner. The rest of the series is definitely on my list.

 

Book reviews.

Dear reader,

it seems I’m not doing much more lately than post book reviews. Rest assured, there is work being done in the background. For now that is Hilda 19, Hilda 20, the second Lily Marin novel, the translation into English of my Dutch time-travel fantasy, and the translation into Dutch of my children’s book ‘The young witch‘. Next to that I have a few side projects on the stove and I’m preparing for this year’s Nanowrimo.

Since I was on vacation for a while I did manage to read a few more books, and they were, in no particular order:

Caliban’s war, by James A. Corey.
Science fiction.

A fabulous sequel to ‘Leviathan Awakes’, Caliban’s War dumps us more adventures with captain Jim Holden and his crew of the Rocinante. Things in the atmosphere of Venus aren’t quieting down, strange monsters pop up in the further regions of the solar system, and the hunt for a disappeared girl makes everything come together. I can hardly wait to read part three of this stunningly well written series.

Mortal Engines: Predator’s Gold, by Philip Reeve
Steampunk.

We meet up again with Tom Natsworthy and his girlfriend Hester Shaw as they fly their airship, the *Jenny Hanniver*, into new adventures. There are more moving cities, lots ice and plenty of surprises once they join the people on the city of Anchorage. Oh, there is also Professor Pennyroyal, one of the explorers Tomadmired in his days as an apprentice historian back in London.

This book had me say ‘No! No!’ a few times out loud… things looked to go very bad… but the end of the book made it worth that! This series is a must for steampunk lovers. I’m ready for book three now!

Nexus, by Ramez Naam
Science fistion.

An intriguing and thought provoking book that plays in the near future (around 2040). Nexus is a drug that enhances human brains in amazing ways. Is something like that safe to go out into the world? Who will use it for the good, and who will abuse it for the bad?

Book review. Aglow.

aglow cover

Book title: Aglow
Author: Will Forest
Genre: Social Fiction
Stars: 5 of 5

5 booksThis is a fascinating book. It takes place in Mexico and South America where the search is on for the mystery surrounding a codex found in an ancient part of a library.

What makes this book so fascinating? The concept of the story, where people find each other to unravel a mystery is one. The revelations that come about is another one. The texts read out from the ancient codex and other old writings are also well crafted. They gave me a lot of food for thought.

If the cover of the book, showing nude people, shocks you, this is a book you should read. If it doesn’t shock you, you should read it too. If you’re interested in the connection of people to nature, guess what… it’s a book for you.

Yes, there is talk of nudity in this book. Yes, people take their clothes off in this book. But it’s not what for you may think. I’m adding this because too many people connect nudity with sex. Sex involves nudity but certainly not all nudity automatically means sex. If you want to know more… read the book.

Book review. Fated.

Title: Fated
Author: Benedict Jacka
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

5 booksFated. That’s Alex Verus. His fate should be in his own hands but mages dark and light are trying to pull his fate in their hands. And it gets quite crowded with those mage types. Alex runs a shop in London and tries to keep a low profile but events (and indeed mages) decide differently for him. He’s ‘recruited’ to locate a special artefact hidden inside a special place which can only be opened and accessed through special means.

This is the start of an exciting and at times hilarious journey that took me through ‘Fated’ at high speed, simply because the book was so good I didn’t want to put it down.

Book review: Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

Title: Leviathan Wakes
Series: The Expanse, book 1
Author: James S.A. Corey
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating 5 stars

5 booksLeviathan Wakes is the first book in a science fiction series. It’s on television as a series called ‘The Expanse’. As usual if there is a book I don’t watch it on television.

So what’s this book about?

We are in an age where Mars is colonised and also many rocks in space, known as The Belt, sustain life in some form or other. A detective, a space ship commander and a man who is involved in a rebel organisation called OPA meet in circumstances that are able to plunge all inhabited places in a war. The discovery of a strange matter makes everything even more complicated as there are parties who want it and who will go to extremes to have and keep it.

The book was a fascinating read, nicely detailed and all the people in the story really came to life for me. That’s the best kind of reading. It’s as if I watched on television, only better.

Book review. The Martian, by Andy Weir.

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Genre: Science Fiction.

Stars: 5 out of 5.

5 booksThis book deserves all its praise. I had heard a lot about it, all good, from people I trust in their taste of books. So I bought it and read it.

What an amazing trip to and on Mars. What a lot of cleverness. As a friend said, this is MacGyver external_link on an interplanetary scale. A fabulous read, for certain. I loved the log entries and the fuss on Earth. I can recommend this book to anyone who loves SciFi and hasn’t read it yet.

The only thing I wonder about are all those potatoes.

Book review. Captain Nemo – The Fantastic History of a Dark Genius

Title: Captain Nemo –  The Fantastic History of a Dark Genius
Author: K.J Anderson
Genre: historic, steampunk


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I discovered this book by accident as I was browsing for Jules Verne stories. This book is a wonderful ‘biography’ of Jules Verne and his friend, André Nemo. The two spend a lot of time together but at one point in their lives they get separated.

It’s difficult to write more about this book without spoiling its contents so I’ll leave it at this.

Book review – The hidden goddess

Title: The hidden goddess
Author: M.K. Hobson
Genre: steampunk
Stars: 4books

This book was a gift which I enjoyed. A bit of a bummer was to find that it is book 2 in a set so I missed some background from book 1. The Hidden Goddess has a lot of interesting twists. The author added some nice effects to the mental imagery and brought in some remarkable people (and non-people).

There were a few odd jumps in the flow of the story that I couldn’t explain. Perhaps it felt like that because I didn’t read book 1 first.

Despite that, the Hidden Goddess is an interesting and fascinating read and I’m definitely going to read book 1.