Title: Ship Breaker
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
Category: 10. Read a book labelled as young adult
Date Started: September 5th 2017
Date Finished: September 13th 2017
Set in the same world as Bacugalupi’s earlier book The Windup Girl, this novel is the first in a series aimed at young adults. Taking us back to America somewhere around New Orleans we get to explore the world of ship breaking through young Nailer’s eyes.
His job is dangerous. He crawls through the innards of big old ships, the kind we’re used to seeing photos of today huge iron ships that haul cargo all over the world. His job is to pull them apart though, just the small bits, copper wiring and such, then the so called heavy crew will come in and pull the ship itself apart.
One day he almost dies but he doesn’t, so he becomes known as Lucky Boy. Then he really does get lucky when a storm shipwrecks one of the new clipper ships just off shore and he is the first one to find it. There’s more wealth than he’s ever seen before. And then he finds something else that changes everything. Maybe he could even get out of this place and make it somewhere better.
Unlike the Bangkok we saw in the Windup Girl, New Orleans is completely underwater aside from the occcasional tip of a high rise building to be seen at low tide. Nailer and everyone he knows survives in tiny huts along the beach and everyone he knows works on the ships. He can only dream of what’s away from there. He dreams about the clipper ships that they see in the distance and wishes he was on one but his little corner of America has been forgotten by the rest of the world.
Rating: 4/5 stars (definitely be reading the other books in the series)
Title: Fated (Alex Verus #1)
Author: Benedict Jacka
Category: 38. Read a book in the paranormal genre
Date Started: June 4th 2017
Date Finished: June 8th 2017
The first in a series this book definitely makes me want to read the rest of the books. It’s such an easy read and kept me guessing right until the end.
I don’t want to give too much away from this first book but if you like urban fantasy then definitely give these a shot. Alex Verus is the main character in this series, he’s kind of shunned the magic world and keeps mostly to himself running a small magic shop reminiscent of the Magic Box from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he stocks both legitimate magic items as well as junk items which attract the general public. But then he is drawn back into the magic world as one of the few who has the ability to look into the future.
As someone who loves books that feature any kind of time travel or precognition this was an absolute treat for me. It’s the type of book you can devour very quickly. In fact had I not been so busy it’s likely I would’ve gotten through this a lot quicker than I did. As of yet I haven’t had the chance to read any more from the series but I’ve added them to the list.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Title: The Invisible Library
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Category: 21. Read a short book, one between 5,000 and 100,000 words
Date Started: April 1st 2017
Date Finished: April 14th 2017
In keeping with the theme of the year so far this book also had a huge focus on the importance of words with the librarians having a language all of their own that was able to impact the world. Throughout the book this was frequently used to open locked doors or animate an object. In the lore of this series objects are easier to influence if you are asking them to do something that is natural for them such as opening a lock or animating a stuffed animal (in this case the animal was once alive and therefore movement is the natural state. This use of language is distinct from anything else I’ve read and kind of quirky which I like.
The plot follows a librarian and her apprentice who are seeking a book from an alternate reality which is supposed to be quite important to the (invisible) library for reasons unknown to the main characters. Of course, the book is not where it is supposed to be and of course there are some politics that get in the way from both the library and the alternate world.
I actually really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting premise, though there was quite a lot going on with a lot of different lore mixed in together making it seem like a bit of a hodge podge rather than a cohesive lore.
This is the first book in the series and I liked it enough that I plan to read at least the next book in the series even if it will probably never make it to my top 10 (I was kind of hoping it would with such a great premise for it).
Rating: 3/5 stars
Title: The Bone Collection
Author: Kathy Reichs
Category: 34. Read a Mystery Book
Date Started: January 4th 2017
Date Finished: January 5th 2017
I first read a Kathy Reichs book shortly after discovering the TV show Bones. Until then I had generally disliked most of the crime novels I had attempted to read. Something about Déjà Dead was different though and I was completely drawn in. Don’t get me wrong, book version of Temperance Brennan is nothing like TV Temperance Brennan but I loved them both equally. I devoured every book after that until I finished her eleventh book and found out there weren’t anymore. Yet.
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