Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: Authority

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. I would have bought it anyway because I read the first book [b:Annihilation|17934530|Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)|Jeff VanderMeer||24946895] and got completely enraptured by it. This book took me a little longer to get into. It was a little slower but really explained a lot. I think it was a perfect middle book, wasn't as scary as the first book because I would not have been able to keep up with that pace at all- oh the creepiness. There were definite moments in this book where I was creeped out and had to take a break, but not nearly as many.

Now for my non-review- I think the reason I like books like this that are mysterious and adventurous, is because I don't like mysteries, surprises or adventures. I would never be able to go off into an unknown land for an unknown adventure/investigation without being terrified every 5 seconds. I'm a scaredy cat through and through and would rather stay someplace safe, like inside my home with my wine and cats. But that being said I understand how being get wrapped up in a mystery or have to figure things out where there are unknowns because you just have to know sometimes!

I'll pick up the 3rd one in August and see how all this ties together.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Night Film

Night Film
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. Very interesting. I wasn't too terribly impressed by it at first. But it was always intriguing. Then the last 100 pages, good grief it picked up, finally got scary and then ended nicely. What an interesting book. I wasn't too highly impressed with the pictures, fake FB posts, fake articles that were interspersed, but luckily there weren't very many of them.

Brief synopsis (I suck at this part) a famous horror film director's daughter is found dead of an apparent suicide. An old journalist sets out to find out why and encounters a drug dealer and waif to help him on his way. The more the delve into the daughter's life and the life of the director the weirder things get. Their lives are frequently in danger and the mystery is one that may kill them or at the very least severely injure them.

There's a lot going on here, traditional mystery, psychological thriller, dark magic and stuff. It was a really enjoyable ride though, except for those 45ish pages that I had to read so fast because they freaked me out a lot...but I really liked it. This is a book I wanted the hard copy of because of the pictures and extra stuff, but after reading the hard copy of it I think I would have been fine with the e-book version, which is kinda sad. But the hardback version is lovely.

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