Posts from the ‘fantasy’ Category

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

shade of the moon

This entry into the Last Survivors Series is No. 4 in what was first promoted as a trilogy. In my honest opinion, (and not related or endorsed in any way by the Library) it should not have progressed past the first book.

I posted previously about This World We Live in, when it was published back in 2010. I was not impressed with it then, and this book keeps going downhill fast.

In book 3, I commented about character changes that were not consistent, and this book is even worse. Jon, the youngest brother of the family written about in book 1, is the voice of book 4; and he was very hard to deal with, in my mind. Selfish, and you couldn’t possibly have much more of an anti-hero.

I get that the dystopian trend is huge right now, and I love reading that particular genre, both pre-and post apocalyptic; but this is a series that I am going to stop visiting.

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

This was an alternate history of the tale ending the Elizabethan reign in England. Combining supernatural occurances, with historical references, the plot revolves around Virginia Dare returning to England from the New World.  Bizarre weather occurances concern Queen Elizabeth and her court magician, Dr. Stephen Strange.  Assassination attempts, warfare, and chaos ensues as characters try to figure out a connection between the strange occurances.  Gaiman presents the Marvel characters in a unique light, 400+ years in the past.

I loved this book.  The combining of history, sci fi, and superhero action is a trifecta of reading bliss. Although I am not a huge Marvel reader, it was a great read, and I was able to figure out which superhero (or villain) the 1602 characters represented.  The X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, DareDevil, and more are featured here.

Highly recommended if you have a basic knowledge of Marvel characters.  If not, try brushing up on the basics first, before tackling this otherwise tough read.

Reviewed by: Angie

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

“One of my most recent favorite books is Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.  Diana Gabaldon makes an unbelievable situation believable when a post-World War II married British nurse, Claire Randall, unknowingly slips through “the stones,” a time portal in Scotland. Dumbfounded and alone in a strange time,  Claire struggles to stay safe, warm and fed in the Highlands during a violent time of clan rivalry.  Thrust into a moral dilemma through the act of a forced marriage, she tries to find her way home to her own time while working out the daily necessities of life and relationships in 18th century Scotland.  At the same time fascinated, repulsed, and homesick, Claire finds herself an “Outsider” because of both her English heritage, and her strange 20th century customs. Things are further complicated when she finds herself with child.   

 

For anyone wanting to get lost in a book, this is the one. I would heartily recommend Outlander to anyone with an interest in fantasy, medicine, history, adventure, women’s issues or romance. Mostly what moved me, though, is the fascinating story of how one woman dealt with a situation beyond her control in a circumstance she didn’t understand, making choices she wasn’t always sure about..  On every level, this book hits the mark.  Diana Gabaldon is truly a master storyteller.”

 

Reviewed by : Barbara