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Monday, July 16, 2012

Barking Brilliant!

Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The second book in the Leviathan trilogy was just as good as the first. Genetically altered or fabricated creatures and steam powered robots all set in World War I. Westerfeld paints a picture so vivid that you think you are there, wonder what is real and what is fantasy, and wishing some of the fantasy could be reality.

The characters are so believable. Even though there is a large cast, Westerfeld describes them all so well that nobody gets lost in the shadows.

Westerfeld definitely created another page turner as you wonder if Prince Aleksander will be caught and by whom, will Dylan’s secret identity be discovered and what on earth Dr. Barlow’s fabricated creature is.

Anyone who likes science fiction from middle grade and up should check out the Leviathan trilogy.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Finished the Time Quintet

An Acceptable Time (Time, #5) (O'Keefe Family, #4)An Acceptable Time (Time, #5) by Madeleine L'Engle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Murry children are all grown and left home. In fact, Meg and Calvin married and this book stars their oldest daughter Polly. Polly is staying with her grandparents when she stumbles through a time gate that takes her back 3000 years. She encounters the People of the Wind—the same Indian Tribe her uncle Charles Wallace encountered in A Swiftly Tilting Planet (I am disappointed that L’Engle did not address this connection. Perhaps because the previous encounter was done by kything).

Though this story was much better than Many Waters and more in the style of the other Time books, it still left me feeling let down and wondering if 300+ pages was really worth that ending.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

A little trippy

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time, #3)A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle is another in the Time Quintet series. It was written third, but is fourth in the series.

Fast forward through Meg’s high school and college years. She is now married to Calvin and expecting her first child. Sandy and Dennys are finishing college and Charles Wallace is 15. L’Engle’s style is still and interesting mix of Science Fiction and fantasy though I thought this book was a bit more “trippy” than the first two.

Once again the fate of our world and possibly the whole universe is at stake. Instead of traveling to other worlds and interacting with imaginative creatures, there is more time travelling and altering.

I’m curious to see what happens to this family in the next installment.

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