Thursday, 22 July 2010

Becky Bookworm Book Review: Bleak History and Definitely Dead

Now I've read two books for once together recently simply because I'd started one but then remember another from a local library is due back soon so I got stuck into that one on my long trip to Northampton to meet Giles Kristian at the Festival of History (picture up in post below or in my Record of Writing Achievements section).

  Bleak HistoryBleak History by John Shirley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first I found the narrative a bit dry to begin with but once you're introduced to the characters curiosity grabs your mind like a noose and drags you all the way through the story. Some of it can be a bit slow at times but there is always an underlying tension, a new sub-plot to dicover, secrets to learn and threats to overcome so its at least constant in a smooth flow.
It is overall an enjoyable story with a well defined characters, strong exciting plot and a good sense of reality when dealing the paranormal feaures involved although the link to Newton is a big vague.
The best way to describe it is like a different take on the whole X-man thing where there are humans with unique abilities - not becuase their mutants but because they have a special link with the powers outside our world.

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  Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6)Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well after a small break from Sookie and her wild adventures this book certainly made me ask why the hell why? She's still just as smart, witty, funny and brave when dealing with the unfortunate issue of heart break with Bill still being around and flaunting a new partner in her face but sadly that heart break opens up a whole new wound of pain for poor Sookie later on when Eric and Bill both continue to squabble over who deserves her attention when a series of were attacks and a major fall out between two vampire states occur around her. It's a good time to say though that she does find some happiness with a certain were-tiger who proves to be the kind of lover Sookie needs right now, as well as a protector.

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