The search for a “cure” for Autism at the beginning of this book nearly had this Autistic throwing it away in disgust. Fortunately that plot point was abandoned early, and a truly intriguing story emerged in its place. Still dinging it a star by even including such an evil point – and applauding it as good.
We know from the cover of this book that a giant mech-style robot is going to come into play. But getting from the opening chaos of our central character being woken up and shoved on a transport plane – that subsequently crashes – to the robot is quite a ride indeed. With UNITY, Robinson has taken us into one of his most developed and novel worlds yet. Technically this could be classed as YA due to the characters’ ages, but don’t let that fool you – this is one excellent ride, cover to cover, no matter what brand of technothriller/ scifi / dystopia you like. (And don’t let even that fool you – if you want an excellent story, period, this is the book for you.)
This time we travel, interestingly, not far from where the real me actually lives – to the swamps outside Charleston, SC. This book in particular is great because it slows the pace down a bit from the first book, yet WAY amps up the drama. There are certain situations in this book that will make some/ possibly many uncomfortable, but this is still a Jeremiah Knight/ Jeremy Robinson book – you don’t have to worry about actually seeing any of the things I refer to. The monsters here are top notch, as always, but the case could be made that the real monsters of this story are the humans our heroes encounter – and along the way, we may just see the possibility that perhaps the monsters we know aren’t so monstrous, and the people we know aren’t so nice…
Whodathunk that an uncontacted Amazonian tribe would have the key to saving humanity, and that one ecologist would have to race around the globe to secure humanity’s future? Rick Cheaper did, and wrote a fast paced action with much intrigue to tell this tale. Highly entertaining, and highly recommended.
This week, we are looking at an intriguing examination of social media, reality television, and homelessness… all within the confines of a literally laugh out loud romantic comedy. This week, we are looking at Good Man, Dalton by Karen McQuestion.
Structurally, this book is intriguing because while it uses the split chapter approach so common in romance novels these days, it doesn’t actually have the couple meet up until just over 50% into the book. Instead, the first half of the book focuses on the individual arcs of the lead couple, and it is here that the book is perhaps its most moving.
Greta is a young college graduate who gets an internship with her second cousin’s prestigious New York City mega-company. She only knows her cousin through the family Christmas cards and the cousin’s perfectly fabulous social media channels, and she is awestruck. But when she gets a peek behind the curtains… McQuestion begins to show the reality of “reality television” that many of us have long suspected. Dalton is heading to New York City on a two week experiment of what it means to be homeless. He has carefully planned this excursion so that he has no easy access to the comforts and privileges he has enjoyed his entire life, and when he actually gets there and begins learning on the street, he finds that even many of the theories he has learned in college at even the graduate level are… in reality not always as the textbooks claim. Here again, McQuestion embarks on an intriguing examination of just what it means to be homeless in America circa 2020 ish, along with some intriguing ideas for approaches that may actually work.
At just before the halfway point, Greta and Dalton see each other for just a few seconds… and instantly realize there is some connection with this stranger on the other side of the glass. Just after the halfway point, their lives intersect again and they remain around each other through the end of the book. It is in this section of the book that it becomes perhaps its most hilarious, if a bit more “standard” in story. But even here, McQuestion plays with the questions of reality and living up to expectations.
Overall this is a remarkable work that is elevated by both McQuestion’s talent as a writer and the storytelling decisions she made. Both serve to take what could have been just another run of the mill New York City based romantic comedy and make it something that could stick with the reader for quite a while, in a way I’ve only ever seen done once in all the books I’ve ever read as it relates to homelessness in particular – Creston Mapes‘ 2007 work Nobody.
This is quite possibly the best book I’ve read so far in 2019, and I look forward to seeing what Ms. McQuestion has in store for us next.
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Amooi has quickly gained my attention as someone who writes fun, quick romantic comedies that make you laugh enough while pulling your strings just enough – a great combination for a palate cleansing read. This story is full of his usual quirky characters – this time a super serious “plan everything” type woman and a man with a lot on his mind who is determined to get her to come out of her shell. Can he succeed? Does he really want to? Well, the answers can be found at the Temple of Groom…
The Chess Team is back in their latest adventure, picking up shortly after the events of CANNIBAL. The Team is dealing with the repercussions and fallout from that story when they get dragged into yet another mission to save the world. While ENDGAME and the Chess Team story from SNAFU help explain some setup/ references, this book can be read directly after CANNIBAL with no real gaps – and is one of the best Chess Team books yet.
Absolutely hilarious start to a story that will drag you in and make you want to follow these characters as long as the author will write about them. Quite a bit of sex, never quite explicit enough (in this book) to take it into erotica level – but Young absolutely flirts with that line between a hard R and an NC-17. DO NOT let younger teens read this, but HIGHLY enjoyable for anyone older teens and up.
Wow! WRECKAGE- Bleeker’s first book- was more powerful, but that is the only book I can really compare this to – this book is *that* good. And it may even be as good as/ better than WRECKAGE – which is about the highest praise I can possibly give. Certainly in this genre, *possibly* in books in general. At first, you’re in it to see how Luke and family cope – you’re introduced to them on the first pages as they enter their garage after Luke’s wife’s (and the kids’ mother’s) funeral. While hints are dropped to the mysteries to come early, you really don’t get to the mystery aspect of this until around halfway in – then it starts building on itself, as Luke and family are finally healing enough for Luke to start asking questions and being more observant. From then on… watch out!
A Kaiju the size of an entire major city – maybe even bigger. (Yes, you read that right.) Not a skyscraper ala Nemesis, but an entire FRAKKIN CITY. And one man is connected to it, thanks to helping a friend who accidentally stepped on a piece of it in Iceland.
Can he stop it? Can he even get to his family in time to at least be with them during the Apocalypse? Join Abraham Wright as he races around the world trying to save his family. See what happens when something that calls itself the “Machine” rises from the depths of the earth.
See yet another way humanity ends according to the mind of Jeremy Robinson.
The man that spawned a genre is back at it with his most ambitious kaiju story yet – and quite possibly his best.