Thursday, April 27, 2017

Still Alice


Still Alice
by Lisa Genova

This was such a fantastic book. I could not put it down. It is so well written and does an amazing job of giving you a glimpse into the world of someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease.  This story is about a 50 year old women, a brilliant college professor, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease and follows her through the progression of the disease. I found it to be both heart breaking and eye opening. I think that the saddest part for me was how people acted differently around her when they found out and just how isolated she felt. It would be so hard to watch a family member lose their ability to remember but it would also be so difficult to know that you were going to eventually forget the people close to you. I think that this book can really help those who haven't experienced this disease better understand, not only what their families go through, but what those who have the disease are feeling. I really love books like this that can help people sympathize and hopefully react better to mental illness. The more we understand, the better we can help.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Cosmere Collection



I finally finished the last three short stories in Brandon Sanderson's Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection. They all took place in different systems, on different worlds and all had different forms of magic involved. I am always so impressed by Brandon Sanderson's imagination. He comes up with so many unique and interesting concepts dealing with magic.



White Sand

This story takes place in a world where certain people have the ability to move sand. It contains and excerpt from his Graphic novel of the same name and a short story that goes along with it. I thought the story itself was really fascinating and fun to read. I wish this was a regular novel because I honestly preferred the story to the graphic novel. Don't get me wrong, the graphic novel was cool but I love his writing so much. His descriptions really make a story come to life, even more then pictures can do, at least for me. I would love to read more from this world.



Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

On this world there are Ghost everywhere that are attracted to blood and violence. They will kill anyone with a wound, the person who attacked the person and all those around them. This story was a little too violent for me and I didn't enjoy it as much as his other stories. It is quite an interesting concept but I guess it wasn't really my cup of tea.



Sixth of the Dusk

This was by far the strangest world Sanderson has created. Islands filled with deadly creatures and plants. Predators who hunt by sensing other's minds. Birds that have special abilities then can bestow on humans. I liked how he explores the idea of technological advancement, human exploration and the environment. I ended up really liking where this story went even though it was kind of a bizarre world for me. I think this story really makes you think and that is definitely a good thing.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dangerous


Dangerous
By Shannon Hale

This is a Sci Fi novel that follows a group of teenagers who gain powers after being exposed to Alien material. This is a very different genre then the books I have read by Shannon Hale in the past and it was not my favorite. Sci Fi tends to be hit or miss for me. I know it is fictional but for Sci Fi to work for me I have to really be able to believe that the events could be possible with some future advances in technology. I had a hard time feeling like this story was believable. Just the events that lead to them being exposed seemed a little far fetched and that was just the beginning.

I did think the characters were interesting and the concept was actually really fascinating. It was a fun read and I liked how the story developed and changed. I just didn't love this book as much as her fantasy novels.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mistborn short stories



I recently check out a collection of short stories by Brandon Sanderson from the Library. I had no idea it would be so huge! I started at the beginning, only reading the stories that did not contain spoilers for books I have not read yet.

I was very excited to find 3 Short stories set in the Mistborn world. I love all the books in that series and it was really fun to delve back into that world. These stories do contain some spoilers so I would recommend waiting to read them until you have read the novels first.

The Eleventh Metal takes place before the original series so this is one that could be read before reading the novels. It gives you a peek into Kelsier before he meets up with Vin but after he has escaped the pits. It was cool to see what his Mistborn training was like.

Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania was a fun short told from the perspective of an over the top adventure set in the steampunk world of Wax and Wayne. I loved this one. It was just so fun to read, especially the Postscripts written by a Terrisman who compiled the tales of Jak.  Sanderson says in the Postscript that written the Terrisman's annotations were one of the most amusing things he has ever done. I agree. Hilarious. I would recommend this one.

Mistborn: Secret Histoy was such an amazing story. This one is much longer then the other two stories and so good. I couldn't put this one down. This Novella follows Kelsier after the event of book two and through book three. You definitely need to read those first 3 Mistborn books before reading this one. Oh how I wish I had know about this book back when I finished those books. It has been so long since I read the first 3 books I didn't have the story fresh in my mind which I think would have made it even more amazing! Plus adds so much more to the story for me and I very interested in seeing where he goes with this in the second half of the series.  I don't want to give anything away but there are definitely connections to Wax's era that I am interested in how it plays out.

There are a few more short stories, set in different worlds that I look forward to reading next