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That’s What He Said: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

That’s What He Said: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

  About the Book My Review: This is not your standard novel and I want to get my hands on a physical copy. Told in military communication documents, instant messages and pictures, Illuminae takes you on an adventure that is one part 2001: A Space Odyssey and one part The Walking Dead. Read the rest of my review.    Come join ChapterBreak.net every Thursday by posting a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book. It is NOT a physical description of a male protag or a paragraph of dialogue. It is a line spoken by our favorite heroes to their lucky ladies.   illuminae quote kaufman kristoff   Twitter 2 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pinterest 0 StumbleUpon 0

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 22, 2015
Do You Trust Siri? | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Do You Trust Siri? | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Well, this novel certainly caught me by surprise. It came to my attention via a NetGalley email and I thought, “Heck, why not?” I’m starting to ease my way, slowly, into mainstream science fiction. Maybe too slowly, as my husband, when I was explaining this book, kept saying…”Oh, that’s like X or that’s like Y. Haven’t you read that yet?” There are so many hours in the day, y’know? 😉 This is not your standard novel and I want to get my hands on a physical copy. Told in military communication documents, instant messages and pictures, Illuminae takes you on an adventure that is one part 2001: A Space Odyssey and one part The Walking Dead. I loved Kady and Ezra, the main characters. Separated after the planet they lived on is blown to bits, they relied on one another to gather information and decipher what the commanders of their respective ships were hiding and how AIDAN, the AI on Ezra’s ship, was involved. Since the narrative is a bit unconventional, the reader puts the pieces together along with Kady. She’s the hacker (think Lizbeth Salander without the extreme hatred). When the reveal happens, it makes sense and it’s intense. […]

14 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 21, 2015
Michael Koogler, author | In the Spotlight Interview

Michael Koogler, author | In the Spotlight Interview

Today I’m excited to welcome Michael Koogler to In the Spotlight here at Second Run Reviews. Michael is one of the authors responsible for introducing me to Dennis Green and a whole host of other local authors that have been featured In the Spotlight this year. I’m honored that Michael let me read his recent release, Antivirus this summer. The review posted earlier this week and I encourage you to check it out. It’s the kind of book that sticks with you and will make you second guess your computer.   In the Spotlight Michael Koogler Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Michael! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started. In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.   “Just a city boy. Born and raised in South Detroit. I took the midnight train…” Well, not really. I write fiction. See what I did there?    *sings* “Goin’ anywhere….” You, me, karaoke, ICON 40. Sound good? Your first novel, Hade’s Gambit, was co-written with two other authors and I know you are currently working on sequels. What is the collaboration process […]

2 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on September 18, 2015
These Are Not the Droids You Are Looking For | Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

These Are Not the Droids You Are Looking For | Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

I know exactly why I downloaded Freak of Nature by Julia Crane from Amazon.com in 2014. I was looking for something to feed my obsession with Cinder by Marissa Meyer. While I read “Freak” rather quickly, it was a disappointing read. Freak of Nature is a formulaic read. There is nothing surprising in the plot. It progresses exactly the way you guess it will. The characters are two-dimensional (Romeo & Juliet + Juliet’s best friend) and never grow beyond their base emotional wants (I want to be loved. I want to belong.). At times the characters came across as whiny or dim because they vocalize their wants and discomforts on a regular basis. You don’t have to tell me in every chapter that it’s hard being a cyborg or it’s hard being a cyborg’s best friend or it’s hard being in love with the cyborg you helped create. After the first time, I get it. The most annoying thing, and this is probably somewhat trivial, but the image used at the end of each chapter seemed to cheapen the story. It’s a cute little robot. The main character, Kaitlyn, is a cyborg. In my mind, those are two different things. […]

8 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on August 19, 2015