The X-Files: Devil’s Advocate – Jonathan Maberry

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Author: Jonathan Maberry
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery
Pages: 320
Category: 51. Read a book not set in your country, but exists today
Format: Paper

So I’ve been a fan of X-files since I was way too young to be watching it. I’ve seen all the episodes including the movies and the latest season and I’m eagerly awaiting the next season in January. So getting a chance to see a teenage Scully in action was a real treat. Especially since she starts off the book not as a skeptic but a believer. It’s not until the end that we get to see a Scully we’re more familiar with.

This book is honestly a good read even if you didn’t watch the X-Files, it works well as a standalone thought I’ll definitely be looking up the Mulder version. But if you didn’t watch the show or you need a refresher, you’ve got a lovely reminder of teenage Dana Scully at the top, who I just found out was actually played by Gillian Anderson’s younger sister.

Rating: 4/5 stars


The Sound of Seas – Gillian Anderson

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Author: Gillian Anderson
Genre: Drama/Thriller/Mystery
Pages: 277
Category: 18. Finish a series
Format: Paper

Date Started: February 27th 2017
Date Finished: March 5th 2017

The final instalment in this series, started right at the beginning of the year. This third book in the trilogy somewhat diverges from what I’m accustomed to for a trilogy but it does work for it. If you’re looking at this and haven’t read any of the books then stop right here and go back to the first review and decide if it’s something for you.

Picking up right where the previous book left off we are thrown right into the Galderkhaan lifestyle. Yet another new side of Galderkhaan that we haven’t seen before, this time focussing on fishing and the use of the airships. We see a return of Madame Langlois from the first book as well.

Although the majority of the questions I had were answered in this book, there are still things I would’ve liked to see more of. Unfortunately, the many intertwining stories make it quite difficult to devote all that much time to any one of the stories which is both interesting and limiting.

Regardless, I found the series an interesting read and I don’t think it’s quite like anything I’ve read before this and it did open my eyes to how many different cultures and customs could be incorporated into one belief system that is still based primarily on science. I think the quote at the top from a different Gillian Anderson work sums that up perfectly: Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it.

Rating: 3/5 stars

A Dream of Ice – Gillian Anderson

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Author: Gillian Anderson
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal
Pages: 279
Category: 12. Read a book with a contemporary setting
Format: Paper

Date Started: January 22nd 2017
Date Finished: January 27th 2017

Having enjoyed the first book in this series so much I was somewhat disappointed by the second one. I still enjoyed it but not with he ‘couldn’t put it down’ excitement that I experienced with A Vision of Fire.

What has become clear throughout the books is the very unusual and complex spirituality that Anderson builds on, based at least somewhat on her own personal beliefs. In the first book the main character Dr. Caitlin O’Hara goes through a learning process that involving a vodou priestess and an Iranian priest. She comes to realise that there is something after death, and that the dead are in fact communicating with the living. This is the theme that continues throughout the second book.

A Dream of Ice focuses less on Dr. O’Hara and more on the Explorer’s Club introduced in book 1. The narrative spans from The Explorer’s Club where Flora Davies conducts her work to a remote ice shelf in Antarctica where Mikel discovers the remains of the ancient Galderkhaan civilisation.

Gillian Anderson is certainly not the first to suggest that there may have once been a civilization in Antarctica. In Stargate it was an outpost originally believed to be Atlantis, and within recent weeks it has been the discovery of a dome like shape on the continent that has renewed discussions. Perhaps Galderkhaan is less fiction than it appears to be at first.

If you happen to have picked up the initial book and enjoyed it then I would certainly recommend picking this one up too, with the caveat that many of the themes explored are similar to that of the first book.

Rating: 3/5 stars

A Vision of Fire – Gillian Anderson

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Author: Gillian Anderson
Genre: Drama/Thriller/Mystery
Pages: 304
Category: 29. Read a book about Politics and/or Religion
Format: Paper

Date Started: January 5th 2017
Date Finished: January 7th 2017

Ever since I found out that Gillian Anderson had written a book I knew I needed to read it. I’ve loved X-Files since I was 6 and trying to sneak peeks at what my parents were watching in a hotel in Tasmania. They told me I was too young, I was at uni before I got to watch the whole series from start to finish. Nevertheless, I bought and gifted the book to my mother who was also an X-Files fan, she seemed less enthused than I was.  Eventually I proceeded to borrow it back from her to read myself. That was probably six months ago and it’s been sitting on my bookshelf ever since.

I think I was a little scared it would turn out to be awful, that I’d make it a chapter in and decide it wasn’t for me. I almost did. But for once I stuck it out and bit longer and I was drawn in. I wanted to know what would happen. It’s possible you might see the other books in the series on the blog before the end of 2017.

Every time I’ve tried to describe this book to someone the first thing I’ve said is ‘it’s weird’. It’s true, there’s a lot about this book that was weird for me. First, it was halfway through the book before I could shake the feeling that something was wrong, reading a  book written by Dana Scully (okay, not by her but the actress who played her) a skeptic by all accounts, but here’s Dr. O’Hara who cautiously embraces these slightly supernatural occurrences. Secondly, the main character shares my first name, something I’ve never encountered before. Third, there’s a lot going on and for most of the book I was right there with my namesake thinking maybe I knew what was happening but it was too strange to be true. Fourth, it’s a hard plot to explain without giving too much away, my favourite parts about it are the ones I won’t share here for fear of spoiling those of you who haven’t read the book.

What I will tell you is that the book centers around a psychiatrist named Dr. Caitlin O’Hara who is drawn into the mystery of the Indian ambassador’s daughter’s illness. The daughter is Maanik who begins acting strange after an assassination attempt on her father, Caitlin is called by the Ambassador’s translator who happens to be her close friend. Unfortunately for Maanik the Ambassador is amidst difficult negotiations with Pakistan and India over a place called Kashmir and does not want to jeopardise them by sending Maanik to a hospital.

In Haiti another woman experiences a similar episode, and a young man in Iran. Caitlin is sure that the three fit together somehow. And what about the viral video of the rats swarming the monument, maybe that’s connected too. And what about that strange artifact that was mentioned in the prologue and the man who was trying to steal it, surely that’s important somehow?

You might be wondering why politics and religion when this book could clearly fit in one of many categories. While not the major character in the book the Ambassador’s negotiations are a major theme within the book, as are the spiritual threads that Caitlin begins to uncover Hindu and Buddhist mostly but there are also links to Vodou.

This isn’t the type of book I would normally read in the sense that I rarely get pulled in by either politics or religion but what I do love is a good mystery. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes mystery or paranormal or even history. And I’m definitely looking forward to the next books.

Rating: 4/5