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Book Review: Shada by Gareth Roberts

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

When The Doctor’s old friend, Professor Chronotis, retires to Cambridge University he brings some souvenirs with him that he should have left behind. One of them, “The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey,” is far too dangerous to be left unguarded. Even worse, it’s fallen into the hands of the sinister Skagra. 

The Doctor, Romana, and K-9 must figure out what Skagra’s up to and get the book back before something terrible falls upon the universe. 

Shada is based upon some of Douglas Adams’ original scripts for Doctor Who that never made it to air. Like the previous Doctor Who novel I read, this one is based off the 4th Doctor.

The story invoked some of the quirkiness of Tom Baker’s character, which is always entertaining. It was nice having Romana and K-9 present, also, even if it’s just for nostalgia purposes. The rest of the characters didn’t do enough for me though. Even the villain was kind of lackluster.

Some of the “details” of the backstory were a little shoddy. I understand that there’s a lot to explain as far as the history of Doctor Who goes, but I still felt like there could have been less half-assed explanations.

Aside from those things, the story was enjoyable. It was’t as good as City of Death, but it wasn’t terrible either. The novels are a fun way to kill time while I wait for season 11 to come out.

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Currently Reading: Shada

A few months ago I read City of Death, which was my first Doctor Who novel. I absolutely loved it, so I figured I’d try another one and see how it compares. According to the blurb on Goodreads, Shada is based on some of Douglas Adams’ orginal scripts for the show that never aired. It features Tom Baker’s version of The Doctor, plus Ramona and K-9.

Allons-y!

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Book Review: Sand by Hugh Howey

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The old world is gone, buried deep beneath miles of sand and shifting dunes. Life is harsh, and often fatal, in the new world. 

Siblings Palmer, Vic, Rob, and Connor find themselves struggling to cope with their father’s absence, their mother’s choices, and the current reality that they are stuck in. For them, the only hope is in sand diving. Plunging deep below the surface looking for souvenirs of the old world. 

What lies beneath the desert could either bring their family together or tear them completely apart. 

I have mixed feelings about this book. I zipped through most of it on Saturday, curled up in a cozy armchair at Barnes & Noble. It held my attention and had an intriguing plot, but there were a few key things that left me disappointed by the time I reached the end.

What I liked: I am not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic literature, but this one felt different. There were still the common themes of hardship and trying to make sense of the new world, but it was different in that it wasn’t heavily laden with controlling government figures or zombies. I also liked that there wasn’t just one protagonist of the story, but went back and forth between the different points of view of each family member. It was interesting to see the similarities/differences in each person’s perspective.

What I didn’t like: The concept of sand diving is pretty cool. The descriptions of how it felt to be beneath the sand and the effects it had on the body were good, albeit terrifying. That being said, however, I wish we’d have been given more information on how sand diving worked, given that this is not a natural concept that most of us can comprehend. (There’s a special suit that they use to do this, but the actual science of it was somewhat vague.) Another thing that disappointed me a little was the characters. There was a range of them, but I didn’t feel like we got the change to connect with any of them in particular. None of them were bad characters, but with all the jumping back and forth some of the personal details got lost.

Overall, not a bad book. It probably isn’t one I would read again, but if you like sci-fi then check it out.

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Currently Reading

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I picked this one up a few months ago when we spent the weekend in Raleigh. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author when I bought it,  but I’ve heard really good things about it since. (Check out the blurb on Goodreads. Sounds interesting, no?)

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I’ve also been reading/skimming through Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself. I got this one a few weeks ago during another ill-fated trip to the self-help aisle. Some of it is a little too new-agey for me, but some of the stories are interesting and relevant to my own issues. As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of self-help books in general, but I’m trying whatever I can.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter TBR List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is Top Ten Books On Your Winter TBR List. Between all the books I’ve purchased recently and the few that I’m still waiting to be released, I’m racking up quite a TBR list.

Here’s what I’m planning on reading over the next few months:

  1. Sand by Hugh Howey – I don’t know much about this one, but it sounds intriguing. Boyfriend has already read it and said that I have to hurry up and read it so we can talk about it.
  2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – It’s been a while since I read this one. After reading Edgedancer I want to go back and start the series over. (This would be a good time, since the 3rd book was just released.)
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – This one isn’t even out yet, but it sounds like a fun read.
  4. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – This one came out pretty recently and I’ve heard good things. I’m always a sucker for any type of fairy tale re-imagining.
  5. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – A funny perspective on living with depression and anxiety? Sign me up. I could use a more humorous outlook on life.
  6. Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss – This one isn’t out yet, but I already feel like it’s going to be a good one. I loved Goss’ other Doctor novel, City of Death.
  7. Poison by Sarah Pinborough – A short Snow White re-telling. It doesn’t have amazing reviews, but it was on sale, so we’ll see how it is.
  8. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – Another impulse Black Friday buy. (I have no shame!)
  9. Dune by Frank Herbert – My boyfriend has been telling me to read this one since we met, since it’s favorite book of all time.
  10. Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas – I absolutely adored the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, so I am interested to see what this series is like. I’ve heard lots of hype about it.
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Black Friday Haul

It’s Black Friday. I hate the entire concept of Black Friday. I typically do everything in my power to avoid anything to do with this dark day. But, then I got an e-mail from Barnes & Noble…

I couldn’t help myself. I tried, but between the discount online AND in the store I just couldn’t resist…

You guys, I am so weak. *cries into leftover pecan pie*

 

So, ummm, anyway…LOOK WHAT I GOT TODAY. 😉

 

 

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Mini Book Review: City of Death by James Goss

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

The Doctor and his companion, Romana, plan on enjoying their holiday in Paris and relaxing as much as they can. But, as is inevitable, they land smack in the middle of trouble. The pair get wrapped up in a plot to steal the Mona Lisa. tailed by an undercover detective who seems to think they’re responsible. But who’s really to blame? Is it the crack in time that’s causing so many strange things to happen? Or does the super wealthy Count and his basement laboratory have something to hide? 

If they don’t figure it out quickly, the Mona Lisa won’t be the only thing that’s in danger. 

I’m not sure why I was so hesitant to read this book when I first picked it up, but I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed it. (Class, today’s lesson: Don’t judge a book by inexplicable preconceived notions…Joey, stop kicking the back of Sarah’s chair.)

This was such a fun book. It takes place during the Tom Baker era, complete with his scarf, sidekick Romana, and robotic dog K-9. All the elements of the show were there: the sticky situations,  the Doctor’s silly quirks, the plot twists, the alien threat to destroy the planet. Anyone who is a fan of the tv show would love this book.