Not So Much, Said the Cat 

Not So Much, Said the Cat by Micheal Swanwick 
☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

There is no such thing as time. There’s only the accumulation of consequences.

This was a compilation of short stories. Which I dislike because it’s hard for me to get into them since they are short and to the point. And don’t offer much in the way of development. I read a few which were okay but for the most part, skimmed through it. 

Also, there wasn’t any cats in this book.*disappointed*
If your a fan, then go for it. 

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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street 

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Fiction 

There was a lot of talking, and little understanding that the problem would not go away if only one complained sufficently.

This book was a debut and a little odd at that. Very reminiscent of a Haruki novel but less intense.

A young telegrapher finds himself with a mysterious watch. 6 months later, this same watch saves his life from the explosion that tore apart Scotland Yard and he seeks out the watchmaker who turns out to be even more mysterious than anticipated. Believing that his new friend may be the maker of the bomb, our hero tries to get to the bottom of it while experiencing adventure along the way. 

This book was beautifully written with a sense of mysterious circumstance and being in the right place at the right time. As the story unfolded you invest more time into it, only to be disappointed at the ending.

It wasn’t a great book. But it was decent.

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The Everything Box 

The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey 
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi 

What I want to leave you with is a thought: with all the wonders of the world at your disposal, the one thing you shouldn’t be is boring.

I picked this one up because it looked interesting. Turns out its a favorite author of Meridiths and she’s currently reading it too. 

This one reminded me of a knock off of Good Omens by Pratchett/Gaiman. It was a witty satire about the apocalypse. In which an angel loses the Pandora of boxes meant to destroy the world. Fast forward to modern times where con man Coop gets hired to steal the box. Adventure ensues of apocalyptic proportions. 

This wasn’t a bad book. It was really witty, satirical, made me laugh upon occassion, and that was the first half of the book. Then it wouldn’t end. And got repetitive and I dreaded reading it and it took longer than it should have. 

I do recommend it, especially if end of the world satire is your thing. 🙂

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This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

☆☆☆/5

18/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fiction

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This was a book that kinda sat in the middle for me. I wanted to like it, it had a good plot but I couldn’t help but find it a bit lacking.

Elsie-named after a Cure Song- is a nobody. No friends. No future. No plan. Etc. She starts off her freshman year trying to fit in. Unsuccessfully which results in a botched suicide attempt. She didn’t actually want to die but she kinda sorta did. She walks at night and comes across a nightclub that plays punk dance music and becomes enamored with the act of DJ’ing. And the DJ himself. She finds herself in music.

This had SO MUCH potential but fell short for me. It seemed too simply written with little to no heart. Elsie had so much room for character development but I found her a tad stuck up and whiny. Yes, she pretty much sums up what an introvert is but spent alot of time wanting normalcy. I wanted to bang my head into a wall over it. I like the fact that music can be seen as a way of coping. I just felt the author could have done better.

So it was okay. Potential but falls short. I understand music to help the soul but the author did a poor job of making that connection. What could have been beautiful simply didn’t add up.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

☆☆☆/5
Genre: YA
15/Clearly not 40 THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extroidinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock, and like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After.

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I recently saw the trailer for the movie that they’re making and figured I’d give this one another go. I tried to read it 5 or so years ago and thought it was some creepy story involving children that I didn’t need to read.

So…this is the story of a young boy who falls into peculiar circumstances after the mysterious murder of his grandfather. Growing up, Grandpa Abe would tell him fairy tales of a magical house with magical children where he was sent to live during the war. After Grandpa Abe passes away, Jakob and his father head to a tiny island in Wales to discover the truth. Darkness clouds the fairy tales and Jakob is pulled into an adventure of sorts, while he battles monsters long forgotten.

I neither liked nor disliked this book. I felt it lacked in places where the author seemed to skip over and it was a tad creepy in parts. It just didn’t wow me in a way that makes me want to keep reading the series. Apparently the author based this story around vintage photographs that he collected and it made the story disjointed. I found the character development poor and Jakob lacked any development what so ever.

What did I like about this book? The plot was original. It just needed buffing up.

If you read it and liked it, hurrah! I just don’t think it was a book I could like. 🙂

We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them is too high.

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