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Under The Dome review

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517IZbwWorL Under The Dome review Books Book Reviews On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens—town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing—even murder—to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

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I’m not sure if it’s Stephen King I don’t like, or if it’s the style of writing that he chose for this novel.  It was a big book, about 3 times as large as most of the others that I’ve read and in all that time the story never once really got into what I wanted to know, or managed anything in the way I would have done it.  I’m going to try another King book one day, but this really wasn’t what I was expecting.

The World Without Us review

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In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity’s impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us.In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe.
The World Without Us reveals how, just days after humans disappear, floods in New York’s subways would start eroding the city’s foundations, and how, as the world’s cities crumble, asphalt jungles would give way to real ones. It describes the distinct ways that organic and chemically treated farms would revert to wild, how billions more birds would flourish, and how cockroaches in unheated cities would perish without us. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dali Lama, and paleontologists—who describe a prehuman world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammoths—Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us.
From places already devoid of humans (a last fragment of primeval European forest; the Korean DMZ; Chernobyl), Weisman reveals Earth’s tremendous capacity for self-healing. As he shows which human devastations are indelible, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, Weisman’s narrative ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that needn’t depend on our demise. It is narrative nonfiction at its finest, and in posing an irresistible concept with both gravity and a highly readable touch, it looks deeply at our effects on the planet in a way that no other book has.

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Author: Alan Weisman
A perfect read for a typical American consumerist laden holiday, he talks about the near future in relation to the far future and how the world will completely fall apart and do just fine without humanity.  What will survive the longest?  Hint, it’s plastics.

Also, word to the wise, in a short term apocalypse get the hell away from Texas where all the petroleum refineries are (miles and miles of interconnected systems full of flammable materials) and get as far away from all nuclear power plants as possible, cause it’s all going to blow up eventually.

I really enjoyed this read, but man was it depressing to thing about what we’re doing to ourselves.

The End Of All Things review

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Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man’s War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013’s The Human Division
Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement…for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time-a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there’s another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other-and against their own kind -for their own unknown reasons.

In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity’s union intact…or else risk oblivion, and extinction-and the end of all things.

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Author : John Scalzi

Finished this over the christmas holiday and thought it was pretty good.  Not the best book by Scalzi, but a good middle of the road story hampered by his new found desire to write short stories only, and nothing longer than a few chapters.

A Guide to George R.R. Martin’s Thousand Worlds

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The Del Rey Star Wars Timeline

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Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Last Neanderthal: A Geneticist’s Search for Modern Apemen

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Love from Below

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The universe through a book

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I’m about to start another book, of which you’ll see a review up here soon.  do you read books? what are you currently reading?

Mord Sith

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My Education: A Book of Dreams

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The Postmortal: A Novel review

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Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and-after much political and moral debate-made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems-including evil green people, government euthanasia programs, a disturbing new religious cult, and other horrors. Witty, eerie, and full of humanity, The Postmortal is an unforgettable thriller that envisions a pre-apocalyptic world so real that it is completely terrifying.

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Author: Drew Magary

Synopsis pretty much covers the plot of the book, but I’ll tell you this, I was BITTERLY disappointed that Mr Magary hasn’t written another 20 books in this series, it was THAT good. I really want to know what happened to the world after the inevitable but shocking ending, but it’s been nearly 5 years since this was published and it doesn’t look like he’s written anything since then.

A shame, he shows great talent.

Hunters in the Dark (HALO) review

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It is 2555, more than two years after the Master Chief went missing-in-action following a decisive conflict on Installation 00—the massive, extragalactic Forerunner construct known as the Ark—as part of the final chapter in humanity’s bloody thirty-year struggle against the overwhelming forces of the Covenant. Now, as a tenuous peace exists between the humans and the Elites, a startling scientific discovery is made…and the riddle behind its Forerunner origins could very well seal the fate of the entire galaxy within a matter of weeks. In order to unravel these dangerous secrets, a heroic, hastily formed coalition of humans and Elites must attempt to overcome their differences as they embark on a covert mission back to the Ark—an astonishing, enigmatic place beyond comprehension from which few have returned and where mortal danger awaits them all…

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Author: Peter David

I unfortunately read this after playing through Halo 5’s campaign, which I should have known better.  343 has decided for some inexplicable reason to have critical parts of their game’s campaign story included in the books with no indication that “hey you idiot, you should read this book before playing that game”. That’s not to say that the story here was bad in any way at all, I don’t think Peter David could ever write a bad story, it’s the corporate task masters that are at fault here.

The story is set primarily on the Ark that was last seen in Halo 3.  There’s some pretty crazy stuff that goes down, but David does a great job at fleshing out how difficult it was to shift focus for the ex-covenant and human soldiers from being mortal enemies to being wary compatriots.  I’m happy with it’s resolution, as it wraps up all the threads that anyone may care about, but at the same time, leaves it open for David to come back to the Halo universe, which I would welcome greatly.

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Halo: Last Light review

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It is 2553, and the three-decade long Covenant War that defined a generation has suddenly drawn to a close. Yet, in the remotest parts of human space, tensions remain that threaten to overflow into another full-scale conflict. Beneath the surface of the planet Gao lies a vast cavern system renowned for its therapeutic effects and rumored miraculous cures. But now Gao natives are turning up brutally murdered down there—violent acts that happen to coincide with the recent arrival of a UNSC research battalion protected by Spartan Blue Team, led by the renowned Spartan-II Fred-104.

Maverick detective Veta Lopis of the Gao Ministry of Protection is only trying to do her job as the Special Inspector assigned to catch a serial killer—one who is possibly hiding within the Spartan ranks—but she never anticipates the situation spiraling out of control into an all-out crisis. When Gao is revealed to harbor ancient Forerunner technology that could solidify the UNSC’s military supremacy for centuries to come, Insurrection loyalists within the planetary government will do anything—even align with a vicious faction of what remains of the Covenant—to ensure that never happens…

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Author: Troy Denning

A decent book with some interesting insight into the minds of the Spartan III’s, which unlike the Spartan twos and fours are a bit of a mystery to me. That being said, when you read this, you’ll notice that the setting is a bit weird and it won’t be until you get to the author’s notes at the end that you’ll figure out why the setting is so oddly placed: turns out someone got themselves a new hobby and wanted to share it with everyone else. It was to a bad effect, just odd to have the Spartans running around in an obviously not normal local.  It was a fun read, though may not really appeal to anyone that isn’t following the Halo universe.

As an aside, the main Spartan is “Spartan Fred”, who’s going to be on Spartan 117’s team in the upcoming Halo 5 game, so it’s nice to get a solid introduction to him before the game happens.

Fractured Era Book Series review

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The last humans spent centuries searching for a new Earth. Now they face extinction.

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Author: Autumn Kalquist

I recently signed up for a “free book list” thing that put the first book up there on my to-read list, “Better World“.  At the time of this post, it’s still free on amazon, and for that price point, I strongly suggest it to anyone that enjoys a good space survival story.  There’s only been a few times that I would be this adament about it, but since I got the first book for free from amazon, got the second book (“Legacy Code“) from her website for free, got a prequel novel for free and had a couple bucks in amazon credit, I think I paid about $2 for the entire series, and boy howdy am I happy I did.  The human fleet had to leave Earth because of some serious ecological reasons and have been looking for a new home planet for a number of generations, jumping from system to system, but with one small problem: none of their ships have jump drives.  They have to jump from planet to planet and mine the required metals and materials to build giant jump gates.  Add on top of that, the fleet is well past it’s expiration date and the powers-that-be are seeing traitors behind every broken bolt and ruptured console panel.  It’s such a well written series that I’m somewhat sad that the first two books are as short as they are (about 150-200 pages each) and it isn’t until the third book that the story feels like a full length novel.  I’d list that has a major drawback, but dude, they were free!  By the time I was on the third book, I was perfectly happy to pay the couple bucks to get the rest of the story!

One minor complaint I do have is that the three books are all set in the same fleet at the same relative time period, but does not follow a single protagonist through all three books.  Not a huge complaint, as the quality of the writing never once dips or waivers, just something that I found odd.

Also: a minor warning, there’s some stupidly major spoilers for the first two books in the amazon summaries.

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, Prequel) review

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They thought the end came in a flash.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth, killing most of the population.

The worst is yet to come.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened. They survived. But now a virus is spreading. A virus that fills humans with murderous rage.

There is no cure. No escape.

They’re convinced that there’s a way to save those who are left—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some you’re worth more dead than alive.

The end is only the beginning.

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Author: James Dashner

The questions that I had about WICKD are explained a little in this prequel to the Maze Runner prequel, which has nothing at all to do with the the characters of the original trilogy. The actual interesting parts of this novel for me were the flashbacks, which explained exactly what happened the day of the first solar flare and how humanity reacted to it.  I truly want more of that story, I want more in depth explanations of the world they lived in before and during the flare, and less of the clumsy attempt at half and half zombies who sorta have brains but don’t have brains and are crazy and may eat you or may pin a medal on your chest.  It’s doubtful we’ll see these prequel characters again, but boy I’d like to have more stories from how they survived through the solar flare. This was good if you’ve read the original trilogy, but without that introduction to the universe they live in, it’d be hard to suggest this prequel.


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