Book Beginnings on Fridays….

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Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  A couple of Fridays a month, I will share the first sentence (or so) of the book I am currently reading, along with my initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. 

This book is one that I’ve been waiting for, and it’s perfection…

 

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Katiebird Reviews the Steam Punk Genre, Part 1

I want to share with you my love of the paranormal genre called Steam Punk. It’s been a personal favorite of mine, and I have recently read a few book series that fit into this niche.

Because I am going to review the book series instead of individual books, I decided to break this post into two parts.

Steampunk image

First, let’s define what I mean by “steam punk”.

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Katiebird Loves Amazing Men Who Write

So I am a serious geek lover. I love super intelligent, talented, creative, funny men. I married a man who fits this description for sure. I guess that doesn’t necessarily make them geeks per say. Maybe it’s MY love of books, tv shows, movies about paranormal, science fiction type stuff. OK fine, I am the geek then. All I know is that some of my favorite books are writing by men. Witty, sarcastic, definitely sexy, men.

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The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Mad Scientist's Daughter

**I was given an ARC  of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke from Net Galley to read for review, but this did not influence my review in any way.**

There are so many remarkable and wonderful things about this story that I am not sure where to begin. I will do my best though, having not read science fiction in a long time.

The synopsis:

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is the heartbreaking story of the journey from childhood to adulthood, with an intriguing science fictional twist.

There’s never been anyone – or anything – quite like Finn.
He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is to tutor Cat.
When the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

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Review: Cosmopolis by Don Delillo

 It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end–those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.

Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. On this day he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town.

His journey to the barbershop is a contemporary odyssey, funny and fast-moving. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol’s funeral and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors–his experts on security, technology, currency, finance and theory. Sometimes he leaves the car for sexual encounters and sometimes he doesn’t have to.

Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo’s thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of a spectacular downfall.

In the following post, I will be reviewing DeLillo’s novel, but I will also be fangirling HUGE over the movie adaptation that was premiered in Cannes last weekend. I was fortunate enough to have been able to watch some of the filming that occurred here in Toronto last summer, and as a result, this book and the resultant movie holds a special place for me. So if you are not a fan of Robert Pattinson or David Cronenberg, I will forgive you. Mostly.

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Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

 Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie’s thought, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

I remember reading this book right after finishing the Twilight series and loving it all the same. When I picked up “The Host” to read, I wasn’t sure it would capture me as much as Twilight had done( if it wasn’t still obvious, I love the Twilight series) , and I didn’t want to get my hopes up.  Well, I was wrong.

To me, “The Host” was a real page-turner and quite an emotional roller coaster ride. Stephenie Meyer was able to create another beautiful world with alluring and interesting characters that lured me in completely.

This is a sci-fi kind of story, totally different from Meyer’s previous work, and I was pleased to see that Meyer shifts  from one genre to another with great ease and she always holds the reader’s attention till the end. Or at least, this is what happens to me when I read her books and “The Host” was no exception.

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