Monday, March 21, 2016

Review: The Risen

The Risen The Risen by Erica Stevens
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I seem to have a weakness for zombie stories these days and the first book of this series was free to me (and the rest were dirt cheap). The series interested me enough to finish all four books, but I would hesitate to recommend them. I think the books suffered from the serialized nature of their first publication. I think the series could have used at least one more rewrite. The meandering quality of the four books could have used some cutting. It seemed like the whole thing could've been transformed into a tight single novel or perhaps two. Lots of repetitive scenes and descriptions. Except for a couple characters, many of the characters were difficult to differentiate. Way too often the characters wanted to do something sensible, but were stopped by a "bad feeling". I really disliked the end of the series too.

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Review: The Forsaken

The Forsaken The Forsaken by Erica Stevens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I seem to have a weakness for zombie stories these days and the first book of this series was free to me (and the rest were dirt cheap). The series interested me enough to finish all four books, but I would hesitate to recommend them. I think the books suffered from the serialized nature of their first publication. I think the series could have used at least one more rewrite. The meandering quality of the four books could have used some cutting. It seemed like the whole thing could've been transformed into a tight single novel or perhaps two. Lots of repetitive scenes and descriptions. Except for a couple characters, many of the characters were difficult to differentiate. Way too often the characters wanted to do something sensible, but were stopped by a "bad feeling". I really disliked the end of the series too.

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Review: The Divide

The Divide The Divide by Erica Stevens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I seem to have a weakness for zombie stories these days and the first book of this series was free to me (and the rest were dirt cheap). The series interested me enough to finish all four books, but I would hesitate to recommend them. I think the books suffered from the serialized nature of their first publication. I think the series could have used at least one more rewrite. The meandering quality of the four books could have used some cutting. It seemed like the whole thing could've been transformed into a tight single novel or perhaps two. Lots of repetitive scenes and descriptions. Except for a couple characters, many of the characters were difficult to differentiate. Way too often the characters wanted to do something sensible, but were stopped by a "bad feeling". I really disliked the end of the series too.

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Review: The Upheaval

The Upheaval The Upheaval by Erica Stevens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I seem to have a weakness for zombie stories these days and the first book of this series was free to me (and the rest were dirt cheap). The series interested me enough to finish all four books, but I would hesitate to recommend them. I think the books suffered from the serialized nature of their first publication. I think the series could have used at least one more rewrite. The meandering quality of the four books could have used some cutting. It seemed like the whole thing could've been transformed into a tight single novel or perhaps two. Lots of repetitive scenes and descriptions. Except for a couple characters, many of the characters were difficult to differentiate. Way too often the characters wanted to do something sensible, but were stopped by a "bad feeling". I really disliked the end of the series too.

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Monday, February 01, 2016

My sweetie, Serene's Dad's TeachElectronics.com site is offering a giveaway of a free Arduino (or Genuino if you're outside the US), partly for fun, and partly to test their new commenting system. If you want to enter, please head over there, and signal-boosting would be greatly appreciated.

http://teachelectronics.com/arduino-resources-and-a-giveaway/

Friday, January 22, 2016

Review: Monument 14

Monument 14 Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a fun read for me. It's classified as a young adult novel but I it works for adults. The combination of disasters that opened this story are a bit unlikely, but I didn't mind so much. The combination of disasters made for an interesting survival problem. I thought the characters were fairly well drawn (at least the main ones) and their actions seemed likely to me. They were perhaps a little more emotionally capable under the circumstances, but that's not unusual for a book like this. I had fun.

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Monday, January 11, 2016