Review - Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill

Sea of Rust - C. Robert Cargill

There are not enough stars to indicate how much I love this book! We're only half way through 2017 but I'll go so far as to say that this is my favourite book this year and I honestly can't imagine anything that would knock it off that spot. I loved this from the very first chapter and literally couldn't put it down. I cracked it open within 10 minutes of it falling through the letterbox and didn't look up from it again until the last page was turned.

It's very rare for me to gush about a book but this one is just made of awesome. I'm all about Post Apocalyptic fiction and I can't get enough of it. It's usually zombies that I favour but really it doesn't matter how the world ends, just so long as it DOES end. Nuclear, aliens, plague, climate change...it's all good. Apocalypse by robot though is rare enough to get bumped up the TBR list every time. I thought Robopocalypse was good when I read it a few years ago but Sea Of Rust just blows that one out of the water.

I was hooked right from the get-go when Brittle's (great name) interaction with Jimmy got me right in the feels. Gah, my heart broke a little bit. Best introduction to a character I've read in a long time. All of the characters were easily pictured though, even the very short lived secondary ones, due in part to absolutely pitch perfect dialogue. Mercer is the best kind of villain, the kind you love to hate without really hating them, and the interactions between him and Brittle never got old. I was on the edge of my seat more than once when things looked bleak for Brittle and I alternated between racing to the end to see how it all came together for her, and trying to pace myself and spin it out so it lasted as long as possible. It was a thing of beauty to watch it all unfold and I could happily have read on for another 400 pages. I marvel at the mind that brought this concept to life and made me forget at times that I was reading about robots while at the same time ramming it home that this was a world populated by machinery. Mr Cargill is a very talented man.

I would LOVE to see this made into a movie and have no doubt that it won't be long until I get my wish. It's just crying out to be on the big screen and I can't wait! This fellow can definitely write and I'll follow him wherever he goes from now on. Hugely enjoyable story and I can highly recommend it without hesitation. Best book of 2017!

*I received this paperback from the publisher*

Reading Habits...

 All the cool kids are doing it, so.... here are my boring answers =

 

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

Yes, my bed usually

 

 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Post It index flags or similar

 

 

 

3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

It really hurts to stop in the middle of a chapter but if I have to I try to find a paragraph end.

 

 

4. Do you eat or drink while read?

Of course.  Ready is hungry thirsty work.

 

 

5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

Either, both, neither - I don't mind

 

 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

The more the merrier

 

 

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Wherever and whenever I can

 

 

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Uh, in my head.  Who reads out loud? 0_o

 

 

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Yes and yes.  My bad.

 

 

10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?

OMG I was just sick in my mouth a little bit at the thought of breaking spines.

 

 

11. Do you write in your books?

You're kidding, right?

 

See everyone elses interesting and clever answers here - http://blog.booklikes.com/post/1522626/we-know-your-reading-habits

 

Happy New Year.

Well, I was hoping 2017 would be a fresh start for BL but it's as bad as ever for me.

 

Flakey, slow to load (that endless spinning More Posts does my head in every three posts), no pics loading on anyone's posts, comments that I type just delete so I need to start again, trying to type this message and the text box keeps disappearing...the list goes on and on....It's too much. I saw the bug report posts that promise someone is back behind the wheel and it's all good again - but it's not and I've had enough.

 

I love you all and I'll drop in regularly but for now, I'm out. I'll be back at GR and in my groups there and also my blog(s) are my project for 2017.

 

Hope your 2017 is brilliant!

 

Edit* and after posting all the formatting got stripped out.  Sigh*

Christmas Book Flood

Reblogged from Yodamom Finds her Force:

 

Urgh, the uncertainty...

I've poked my head in here all weekend wondering when if it would come back and now that it is I have no idea what I want to do. 

 

I started putting my reviews back on GR after a hiatus of about 3 years and there's a group there that I want to join in with in 2017, plus I got my new blog started and my old, (very) neglected old one dusted off.  I'm also toying with the idea of switching to WordPress and I'm not familiar with that so that'll be a time sink.  I can't really manage to juggle all of them so something has to give.  GR is appealing due to the group, my new blog is appealing because it's dedicated to my newest book passion (JAFF- Jane Austen Fan Fiction), my old blog is appealing because it's comfy and familiar...BL is appealing because of the community which I love.  But, BL hasn't been my BFF since about June though which was when it all got a bit flakey for me and I'm scared to get hooked back in only to get the rug pulled out from under me again.

 

Urgh... I can't decide.  I know if I try to cross post on all of them I'll spread myself too thin.  

 

I need to take a time out until I figure it all out I think.  However, even making this post is making me feel like I'm back already... Gah!

Review - Mr Darcy's Obsession by Abigail Reynolds

Cross posted from The Pemberley Library

 

I'm a recent fan but I am so obsessed by Pride & Prejudice that I'm of the belief that I could happily read anything that even hints at being a retelling, variation, vagary, etc. since the original was over too soon. It's fitting that my first adventure into the world of P&P fanfiction  is titled Mr Darcy's Obsession and is authored by Abigail Reynolds.

 

What a book! I loved it. Slightly different from the original as they fork apart around the time of the Rosing's meeting but the beloved characters were just as I remembered them with a few new names thrown in for good measure. I'm not really familiar with the sub-genres yet but I think this one might be a 'What-if' and the story follows what would happen if Darcy had never been able to propose and Elizabeth's father had died, scattering the sisters and their mother to cope as best they can.

 

I wasn't sure what to expect as I'm still not used to how things veer off from the original but if they're all like this one then I'll be lapping them up! I loved Darcy and his attempts to meet Elizabeth, I loved the misunderstandings, I loved the new setting and most of all I loved the outcome.

 

Since reading P&P I've watched both the BBC drama with Colin Firth and the movie with Matthew MacFadyen and loved them both in their own ways and I'm not sure which Darcy is my favourite. Reading this I pictured Colin Firth as Mr Darcy so perhaps he'll be my guy when reading the FF's. Suits me! Can't wait to build up my library with more of the same...

 

                      

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OMG! Finally able to post!!!

I have no idea when I last posted but I'm guessing it was about 20 million years ago because that's how long it feels like!

 

I haven't had a 'text post box' to write my post in since all that hooha with the slow site etc.    Did anyone else lose their box?  It's been well over a month for me. I guess not as I see lots of posting going on on my dash.

 

Anyhoo, between the slow site back when, feeling a bit poorly and then the missing box I've been absent for so long I feel a out of my depth now I can post again.  Not sure why I've finally got a box back but I'm glad I have.

 

While I've been gone I've been reading a bit here and there and mostly it's been JAFF.  That's a new find for me and I'm obsessed with it!  JaneAustenFanFiction,  Can't get enough of it!  Does anyone else read it?  It's not online like the Harry Potter stuff though, it's actual printed books (and ebooks but I'm stickin to paper).  I've been making a new blog especially for it in case this one didn't come back on for me, but the new one is on blogspot like my other one.  If anyone wants to catch up now and then I'm over there quite a lot lately, behind the scenes tinkering with it and making it how I like it.  It's new so there's nothing really on it yet but it's a work in progress :)

 

http://thepemberleylibrary.blogspot.co.uk/

 

So, that's my news, such as it is.  Not a lot going on really apart from reading a bit here and there.  I miss you all though

 

*Edit* Forgot to say...So far I've found 844 JAFF books (not counting the ebook only ones!) so my reading list is pretty full for the next 20 years :D

Not sure I want to read this....

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  -  Parts I & II (Special Rehearsal Edition) - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Just bought this up at Asda's when i went to pick up a few things.  Hadn't planned to buy it any time soon really but they had it for a fiver less than Waterstones so it fell into my trolly.

 

Not sure I want to read it though.  I'm not sure how I'll get on with the format and I've heard mixed responses about it from people I know IRL.  I've been avoiding any posts here about it though in case of spoilers. so I've no clue what it's about really and I'd maybe just be better leaving it where things ended with Deathly Hallows.

 

I'd have got it at some point so that my book collection is complete, just not sure I'll be reading it.

 

You know...even as I typed that last line I'm thinking, "Yeah right!  You know you'll read it!  Who are you trying to kid?!  It's Harry Potter!!"

 

My daughter pounced on it though so perhaps I'll just wait and get the edited highlights from her.  She's a big fan but will tell it like it is and pull no punches.

Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 322 pages.

Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala #1) - Sam Eastland

Can one man uncover the last secret of the Romanovs?

 

I don't know, but I'm looking forward to finding out.  Just started but already it's got me whipping pages.  I'm fascinated by the whole Romanov thing so hoping this will keep me entertained while I sit and listen to the thunder booming outside and watch my plants get battered by the torrential rain.

Reading progress update: I've read 133 out of 234 pages.

Exclusion Zone - J.M. Hewitt

I wish the story was as great as the cover...

Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 234 pages.

Exclusion Zone - J.M. Hewitt

Gah!  I'm conflicted!  This book feels like it was written for me.   If for no other reason than it's set (mostly) in Pripyat which is the town that housed the Chernobyl workers.  It's a dual timeline story that covers the day of the disaster in 1986 and also crimes taking place there in 2015.   I have something of an obsession with Pripyat and was all over this like a rash when I saw it advertised on BritCrime.  I hit that buy button within 5 seconds of reading the blurb.

 

But - and it's a BIG 'but' - it's written in first person present tense.  I hate that. 

 

Oh man, I'm vexed.  I'll probably keep going with it but it's bugging me that I can't get into the story properly because I'm focusing on how much I hate the tense used...

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 400 pages.

How To Kill Friends And Implicate People - Jay Stringer

Sooo looking forward to this!!

Reading progress update: I've read 204 out of 336 pages.

The Memory Painter: A Novel - Gwendolyn Womack

Still loving this brilliant story and I'm hanging on every word...but man, Linz needs to wake up and get with the program! 

Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 336 pages.

The Memory Painter: A Novel - Gwendolyn Womack

Still loving this.  Trying to read slowly to make it last...   Laid it down 20 seconds ago and already itching to pick it back up! 

Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 336 pages.

The Memory Painter: A Novel - Gwendolyn Womack

First chapter finished (4 pages) and I'm already loving this!  PleasePleasePlease stay good!

TGIF