www Wednesday reading

What I have just read:

From Here to Maternity by Sinead Moriety

What I’m currently reading

Elenor Oliphant is completely fine. High exceptions, first reading session thought was going to be disappointing and it was going to be a little dull. But now read bit more different scenarios starting to emerge making it more complex.

What I want to read

The next in the millennium trilogy (Girl with dragon tattoo etc…) by Steig Larsson; have been saving them to read on holiday.  Just learnt, after his death someone else has continued series so will probably want to read those too.

Top 5 Tuesday science fiction I would MAYBE read

I don’t read science fiction, the words fantasy, dystopian and space turn he off. I hating reading or watching fight scenes. I read Cloud Atlas for book club the first section was ok but the sections, got weirder and less comprehensible to me and it was such a big book; off putting for a beginner, contrary to what this article says!

http://flavorwire.com/294548/10-great-science-fiction-books-for-people-who-dont-read-sci-fi/amp

1. Maybe this one that Sarah shared as big about space.

WARCROSS by Marie Lu

This one is a little deeper into science but, at the same time, not too overwhelming. It takes place on earth but in the future where virtual reality (VR) and game play takes a large role in day to day life. Some people work in this virtual reality, and a lot of people use it to make money. There aren’t a lot of scientific terms that I remember, but getting a handle on the world and all the changes that VR brings about might be a little overwhelming to a newcomer to the genre. I still think this is a good introduction to the genre though as there’s no space travel.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

2. Maybe this one that Sarah shared.

THE ILLUMINAE FILES TRILOGY by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is one of the most recommended books I suggest when it comes to Sci-Fi. The format is totally different from anything I’ve ever read. Told in the way of pictures, messages, emails, video surveillance, and so much more, the difference in the format makes this a speedy and light read. It’s a brutal read though. Full of death, violence, chaos, political war, and so much more! Its not too technological and is very easy to understand. There are scientists and experts but they explain things to the normal people on the ships, making it easy for us normal readers.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

3. From this article

http://flavorwire.com/294548/10-great-science-fiction-books-for-people-who-dont-read-sci-fi/amp

Could maybe read:

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon

Chabon loves to mix genre writing with literary fiction, usually with success, though we think this book, set in an alternate history version of the present day in Alaska, is his finest achievement so far. It seems at least some people agree, seeing as the novel won pretty much all the big sci-fi awards (the Nebula Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Best SF Novel, and the Hugo Award for Best Novel), among others, when it hit stands in 2007

4. From same article as number 3, maybe this one as liked Time Traveller’s wife.

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

You’ve probably read this already, and it counts! Vonnegut is a soft entry into science fiction, since he wraps Billy’s time travel so snugly and satisfyingly in satire, metafiction, and postmodernism — and if you already know you love him, you’ll love this one too. If you already hate him, you should obviously choose something else. So it goes.

5. Possibly I would be most likely to read Frankeinstein as it is a classic.

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

She did it first, and she’s still one of the best — Frankenstein is often considered the first work of true science fiction, though in the collective consciousness the story has migrated firmly into the gothic horror/monster category. If you’re a purist and want to begin at the beginning whenever trying anything new, here’s the beginning. You won’t be sorry.

Anyone any better suggestions of science fiction, I would maybe enjoy?

https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/introduction-to-science-fiction-1/

Top 5 Tuesday – Great opening lines

5 great opening lines don’t spring to mind.

However, I have just started from Here to Maternity by Sinead Moriaty and think the opening sets the scene quickly with impact.

Sinead is not related to Liane or Nicola Moriety but, came across her due to searching for the surname. Do all Moriety’s write good books?

The fifth letter by Nicola Moriety. This is a good book for Oct / November as it features 4 Scorpio women.

 

The opening line to Daphne De Maurier Rebecca is memorable:

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Can you do better than me in thinking of 5 great openers?

Bionic Book Worm

May?! How? It doesn’t feel like it’s almost May because we’ve missed spring all together in southern Canada. We’ve had a couple half decent days, but it’s mostly been cold and snowy. I’m so excited for may though! So many amazing new releases, the warmer weather will finally be here, and it’s my birthday month!!! What’s not to love?

Here are the topics for the month of May:

MAY 1 – Top 5 series I won’t be finishing

MAY 8 – Top 5 books I’d save from a fire

MAY 15 – Top 5 opening/first lines

MAY 22 – Top 5 ending/last lines (be sure there are no spoilers!)

MAY 29 – Top 5 science fiction

Arrow

I also wanted to take a second to say welcome to all the new participants! There were quite a few in April and I’m always honoured that you take a day and write about…

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Dangerous Water’s by Anne Allen

After, reading Guernsey Potato Peel and Literary Society, I wanted to read more about the Nazi occupation of Guernsey. I thought this book, would satisfy this as from blurb, I thought there would be narratives from time of occupation, but there was not.

There was some letters from the occupation. Around 200 pages in, a secret from 2nd world war was revealed, but this was a relatively minor part of the plot.

It is a relatively slow book. It probably did not need so much detail in places.

Really is so much detail needed about boiling a kettle and a builder’s quote?

I probably would have been less disappointed by the book if I had not been expecting it’s focus to be about Nazi occupation. It was pleasant enough, got more into as neared end.

Not desperate to read more of series but… if saw one in a charity shop, would consider.

BBC interview with Jo Moyes

I don’t think i have read any of Moyes. I like stories that are one step up from what I think of as a chick flick where, just about a woman meeting man of dreams falling in love, marrying and living happily ever after.

Moyes states in interview with BBC:

“I’m not interested in a handsome prince, I want one falling down the stairs then announcing he’s gay,” she says. “That’s the book I want to read.”

As regards book covers she states:

“My favourite covers are just words on the front cover in very nice fonts, with just a tiny image, and it’s no coincidence that I have a lot more male readers who aren’t being put off.”

BBC interview

Have you read Jo Moyes? Would you recommend?

Three Www Wednesday Reading

What I have just finished

Custard Hearts by Dorothy Parker. Quick read, contains 3 short stories.

What I’m reading

Technically in the middle of Scot Fitzgerald Tender is the Night. But, I do not think, I will be finishing. I was reading it for book club, but realised I can not make the book club. I’m reading it not taking it in, so if not going to the book club; what is the point?

What I want to read

I want to finish Tony Blair the Journey