Book Review: Infinity Rises by S. Harrison

Infinity

2/5

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This is Book Two of the Infinity Trilogy

Book 1: Infinity Lost

According to Goodreads, I read this book in May of 2016 and rated it 4/5 stars. This means it was probably pretty good. It took me a few pages of book two to remember what was going on, but I believe I can describe it accurately enough here.

Finn Blackstone goes on a school field trip to Blackstone Technologies, a mega corporation that is owned by her mysterious and absent father. On this field trip she learns a few things about herself and her abnormal childhood. When a company AI goes crazy and starts attacking all the students, Finn and her classmates must work together to try and survive. (Find it on Amazon)

Book 2: Infinity Rises

Book two takes off more than one book after where book one ended. What? Well book two starts with Finn’s friends trying to drag her to safety, and then continues as one long flashback. Only you still don’t know how they got exactly where they were at the beginning of the book.

Was it good?

I did not like this book. I remember I really liked the first book, but book two is literally non-stop action. It was really hard to picture a lot of this action, and I am exhausted from reading about the million ways the crazy AI continues to try to kill Infinity and all the soldiers and students around her. She only gets to sit down long enough to mentally heal her broken bones before she gets up and continues running or fighting. There’s not a lot of character building aside from Infinity, and the only big change here is that she almost, kind of, begins to care about those students that she is trying to protect.

I’m sorry guys, but I was disappointed by this.

Movie Review: Me Before You

For the book review, click here.

My husband agreed to watch this with me, but only after we went to the store for some beer and rum. He later told me that if he had realized I only finished reading the book 24 hours before, he would have told me to wait a month.

And he is right, you should never watch a movie right after reading the book. The book is too fresh in your mind and all of the little discrepancies that would otherwise not be a big deal or noticeable will drive you crazy.

The story is the same as the book. Ordinary Louisa Clark gets a job taking care of cranky Will Traynor who is quadriplegic and depressed. She does her best to cheer him up and show him that life is not so bad.

This movie has some really cool people in it. My favorite is Louisa, portrayed by Kaleesi from Game of Thrones. I don’t remember her characters real name, but she is the white-haired mother of dragons. If my husband hadn’t pointed this out to me, there is a chance I would not have known because Louisa is dark-haired and almost meek by comparison.

Also her sister, Treena, is played by Dr. Who’s assistant from seasons 9 and 10. I really like her as an actress but the character actually seemed very similar to her character on Dr. Who.

One of the annoying little differences was the relationship between these two sisters. In the book, they love each other, but they also have a hard time getting along. In the movie they are best of friends.

Slight spoiler alert: I think the chemistry between Louisa and Will was not as loving as it was in the book. But the book has more time and opportunity to grow and show the love and respect the characters felt for each other in the end.

I did not cry in the movie, but I did cry in the book.

I think I would have really enjoyed the movie, had I not just finished reading the book.

 

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

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5/5

What is it about?

This book mostly takes place from the perspective of Louisa Clark. Louisa is a twenty-six year old woman who is close to her family and works in a cafe. When the cafe owner decides to close up shop, she is left desperate for a job to help support her family. She finds a job taking caring of Will Traynor. Will was hit by a motorcycle two years ago and suffered a spinal injury which left him a quadriplegic. He is miserable and tired of this life and Louisa tries to cheer him up.

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Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

BreathbecomesAir

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4/5

What is it about?

This is not the happy book I was looking for in my last post, but it is a beautiful, well written, true story of a young neurosurgeon who has lung cancer. All of his studies and medical practice were an attempt to study the meaning of life and death. He approached this through literature, through being a doctor, and lastly and unfortunately as a patient.

Was it good?

This was written by a really smart guy with a huge vocabulary, which sometimes (especially with the medical descriptions) makes him hard to understand. For example, “Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state.” I think this means he has come to terms with the fact that he is dying, but I’m not entirely sure he doesn’t mean something else.

Despite this, the book is very engaging. I found myself very emotionally on edge throughout the whole book. Not only because of a fear that this could happen to someone who I know, but also because this book made me care about Paul. I was rooting for him and felt sad reading about his and his family’s suffering.

I think this was a very good, albeit sad, book.

Book Review: 800 Grapes by Laura Dave

800grapes

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What is it about?

Georgia Ford returns to her parents vineyard when her life develops a major complication. Once there, she finds out that she’s not the only one going through some turmoil. This book is about relationships and the damaging effects of secrets.

Was it good?

It was a very enjoyable book. The written style was easy to sip up. See that? I made a drink reference because this book has a lot of wine in it. It has some wine making details that were very interesting to read about, but the drama is also interesting enough without the added educational bonus.

In fact, I almost decided to do this review in just grunting monkey like noises as I felt them throughout the book… page 12 “eep” page 88 “ooh” page 98 “agh!” but I lost track because the book was too interesting.

I would recommend this book as a good summer read. Despite the drama, it still feels easy to read and entertaining.

I’m personally not a big wine drinker. I usually just opt for a Riesling, but I can’t even remember which one I like because I buy them too infrequently. Maybe when I stop having babies I can develop a more sophisticated palate. What do you like to drink?

Happy Reading… and drinking! 

 

 

Book Review: Arcadia by Iain Pears

Arcadia by Iain Pears

Arcadia

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What is it about?

Angela Meerson is a psycho mathematician who is working on a device that can transport people to another dimension. The problem is that they can only access one dimension, and Angela is convinced that it is actually their own dimension on a different timeline. When her boss decides to sell her invention as his own and ignores her warnings of danger, she must take matters into her own hands.

How was it?

This book is confusing because it has three distinct timelines with multiple character perspectives that seem to be at a different points within those time lines. (For example, Rosie wanders into the professor’s cellar while he is out-of-town, but he doesn’t actually leave town until two chapters later.)

Once I got used to the odd rhythm of the story telling, I was really intrigued by the story. I wanted to follow it through to the end to find out how it all was connected. The ending tied it all together but left a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to the characters. On the bright side, this allows you the freedom to really think about the story and decided where you wanted it to go.

I think this book was well worth the read.

Bonus

This book made a reference to a beautiful poem by William Henry Davies, called Leisure.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

 

What a beautiful reminder to stop and enjoy your life. Perhaps with a good book? 

Happy Reading!