Nebula21's Reads In 2016

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Nebula21's Reads In 2016

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1nebula21
Jan 6, 2016, 2:35pm

I managed to reach a total of 69 books last year. Lets see if I can do better this year!



2drneutron
Jan 6, 2016, 10:38pm

Welcome back!

3nebula21
Modifié : Jan 26, 2016, 8:52am

I'm off to a slow start!

1. My first book of the year was a fluffy chick lit novel with a great title, Sex, Murder & Killer Cupcakes by Allison Janda. Yes, there are cupcakes that kill in the book as the title promises. It was an entertaining read and I rate it ★ ★ ★ ½.

I am now reading Undeath & Taxes by Drew Hayes, the second book about Fred the vampire accountant.

4nebula21
Modifié : Jan 26, 2016, 8:52am

2. Undeath & Taxes by Drew Hayes

This is a collection of short stories from the memoirs of Fred, the Vampire Accountant. Since he started dating Krystal, his forthright childhood friend who happens to be a vessel for a devil and work for a clandestine government agency, Fred has been thrown into one life threatening situation after another. His band of friends include a werepony, a zombie and a couple of mages. Fred's quiet life of accounts, sweater vests and running and hiding at the mere mention of danger is well and truly over!!!

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

5nebula21
Modifié : Avr 24, 2016, 7:52am

3. The Basilisk's Creed: Volume Two by Eme Strife

This is the second part of a three part series. The story of Eli, a young woman who has developed some interesting powers, and the hot reaper Matt continues. The Atlantic Ocean has turned to wine, pigs are flying and Merfolk are dying. Will Eli's man of her dreams (literally) find her and put the world to rights? I can't wait to find out. I've already started the next volume.

My rating: ★ ★ ★

6nebula21
Modifié : Avr 24, 2016, 7:57am

4. The Basilisk's Creed: Volume Three by Eme Strife

The story goes on. This is a continuation of the story in the first two volumes.

My rating: ★ ★ ★

7nebula21
Modifié : Mar 2, 2016, 2:30pm

5. Antrax by Terry Brooks

The sequel to Ilse Witch. The rip-roaring adventure continues. The adventurers pit themselves against a malevolent AI that will do anything to stay alive and keep its secrets safe.

This is the best book in the trilogy and the concept works really well.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★½

8nebula21
Mar 2, 2016, 2:14pm

6. Morgawr by Terry Brooks

This is the third and last book in The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy. The Morgawr has realised that the Ilse Witch has betrayed him and he sets off to destroy her and anyone else who gets in his way. The dwindling party that set off with Walker, the druid, fight to stay alive and get home to The Four Lands.

This is a great end to the trilogy. It is packed with fast paced adventure as you would expect.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

9nebula21
Modifié : Mar 9, 2016, 7:12am

7. The High Druid's Blade by Terry Brooks

Another epic tale about the descendants of Shannara. Paxton Leah discovers that the tales of the Sword of Leah are true and his humdrum life changes completely as a result. Propelled into a world of sorcerers and Druids filled with dangers, Paxton fights to protect his sister and his friends.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

10nebula21
Modifié : Mar 14, 2016, 8:44am

8. Zombies vs Ninjas: Origin by R.A. Barnes

I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and amusing. Despite the silly title the book actually goes beyond the usual limited and predictable zombie outbreak storyline and has a developing plot that keeps you reading.

The story is set in Ireland and the main character is a psychiatrist who has taken up martial arts in his fifties. When his patients present with some interesting symptoms he soon discovers that the dead are coming back to life. The only people placed to deal with the situation are his martial arts group, by decapitating the undead. However, unexplained pregnancies and the murder of local funeral directors indicate that things are more complicated and more sinister than at first thought.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

11nebula21
Avr 4, 2016, 2:24pm

9. Talon by Julie Kagawa

Teen saga about a teenage dragon who falls for the teenage soldier who is sworn to kill her, but also develops feeling for older, rogue dragon who rides motorbike. This is the usual teen fare but the story is well told. Clearly inspired by Twilight.

My rating: ★ ★ ★

12nebula21
Modifié : Avr 6, 2016, 3:47pm

10. Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks

First book in the High Druid of Shannara series. Set twenty years after the end of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy, Pen Ohmsford, the son of Bek Ohmsford, is called upon to go a quest to find and rescue his aunt - former Ilse Witch, Grianne Ohmsford. After returning to the four lands Grianne has rebuilt the druid order and is now Ard Rhys, but she has many enemies who want to get rid of her and seize power for themselves. When an opportunity to banish Grianne to The Forbidding arises, her enemies waste no time dispatching her and Grianne is transported to a hostile world, full of evil creatures, wearing nothing but her nightdress. Her only hope is her nephew, Pen. Brilliant stuff!!!

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

13nebula21
Modifié : Avr 10, 2016, 6:36pm

11. Tanequil by Terry Brooks

The second book in the High Druid of Shannara series. The tale continues from Jarka Ruus and does not disappoint. Pen and his companions continue on their journey while his parents are held prisoner by the Druids. The war between the Federation and the Free-Born breaks its stalemate with the appearance of a devastating new weapon. Grianne's situation gets worse as she is captured by a demon Lord and imprisoned. Fast paced and well written.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

14nebula21
Modifié : Mai 9, 2016, 11:14am

12. Straken by Terry Brooks

Third book in the High Druid of Shannara trilogy. The saga comes to its completion as Pen, his parents and their friends struggle to free Grianne from The Forbidding and cast a dangerous demon out of The Four Lands.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

15nebula21
Modifié : Avr 24, 2016, 7:58am

13. Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Nice, feel good story about a woman who, facing bankruptcy, moves to a small island in Cornwall and learns to make a living from what she enjoys doing most - baking.

The story is simple and charming and the characters are likeable.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

16nebula21
Modifié : Juin 14, 2016, 5:14am

14. Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks

This is the first book in The Word and The Void trilogy which is set before the Shannara books. The story concerns a teenager called Nest who has magic and is in danger of being subverted by a demon who serves The Void. We are introduced to John Ross, a Knight of The Word, who has been sent to save her.

The book is well written and the story is fast paced and exciting. However as it is a prequel to the Shannara books you already know the world falls and what the future looks like. Despite this Terry Brooks still manages to keep you hooked and weave mystery and suspense into the story. I am intrigued and will keep reading.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

17nebula21
Modifié : Juin 3, 2016, 3:46pm

15. A Knight of the Word by Terry Brooks

The second novel in The Word and the Void Trilogy. Set a few years later than Running With the Demon, Nest Freemark is called upon to go to Seattle to persuade John Ross back into the service of The Word. When she arrives she realises John Ross is in grave danger and she is needed to save him.

The story is as much about Nest as it is about John Ross. The story builds upon the first book very well and is well worth the read.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

16. Angel Fire East by Terry Brooks

The last instalment of The Word and the Void trilogy. Time has moved on and Nest is now 29 and living in Hopewell. Her life is turned upside down when two old friends turn up on her doorstep with children in tow. One of those children is a gypsy morph - a being created by wild magics, wanted by both The Word and the Void.

Nest and John Ross are reunited for another adventure. Fans of the series will not be disappointed!

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

17. The Hours by Michael Cunningham

I cannot understand why this book is so popular. It is well written but there is no compelling story there. I just feel like I've wasted part of my life on a pretentious and utterly pointless read. The characters are not very interesting and feel like a mysogynist's idea of what women are like (pointless, obsessed with flowers, delicate, emotionally unstable, tedious, easily led - I could go on). I can see what the book was trying to do but it was not a virtuous endeavour. I may be being too harsh but I expected so much more after reading the reviews and I am sorely disappointed.

My rating: ★ ★

18nebula21
Modifié : Juin 12, 2016, 10:31am

18. Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks

This is book one of the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. It is set some time after Angel Fire East, after the world has fallen to the demons and once-men. There are still some free people but the human race is close to total destruction.

The book picks up the story of the gypsy morph born to Nest Freemark and introduces the elven race. It is the usual fast paced, well written story that we have come to expect from Terry Brooks but it is quite predictable and there are no surprises.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

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27nebula21
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29nebula21
Modifié : Sep 14, 2016, 10:50am

30. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Very much teenage fiction, but an enjoyable read nevertheless. There is nothing really new here (sort of Divergent meets The Hunger Games), but that doesn't really matter as it isn't completely predictable. I'd recommend it for fans of authors such as John Christopher.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

30nebula21
Modifié : Sep 14, 2016, 10:44am

31. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The second book in the Maze Runner series. The story continues and if you enjoyed The Maze Runner you should enjoy this. The Gladers face a second trial and it is even worse than The Maze. Dashner gives dribs and drabs of information surrounding the mystery of WICKED and the background of the characters but he makes sure you have to keep reading for any kind of resolution. I suspect you have to read all four books, but luckily they are not long and are easy to read.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

31nebula21
Sep 14, 2016, 10:39am

32. The Death Cure by James Dashner

A lot is revealed in this book and the story finally comes to an end. Dashner manages to keep the action going right to the end. The main problem is that WICKED's search for a cure makes no scientific sense and the notion that a government would release a deadly, airborne virus into the general population, on purpose, for which it has no cure is just silly. There are easier ways to reduce population.

My rating: ★ ★ ★