Tag: Reading

Book review: Gone by Michael Grant

I picked up the first three books in the ‘Gone‘ series by Michael Grant recently. I’m almost through the third book, ‘Lies‘, and I’ll have to pick up the next three as soon as I can.

So, a brief synopsis – every human age 15 and older vanishes. The town and surrounding areas become encased within an impenetrable energy barrier, and the children start to develop supernatural powers.

On one hand, that synopsis alone almost screams that this is a mixture of Under the Dome, X-Men and Lord of the Flies. Which is probably exactly why this series appealed to me in the first place, since I thoroughly enjoy all those. It’s aimed at a young adult audience, and I can’t put this series down. I *love* when that happens!

I won’t add any spoilers here, as I’d hate to ruin any of the major plot points. As mentioned above, this series – while somewhat derivative and predictable in places – does manage to capture you in a way that few books can. I’d highly recommend it. Although if violence creeps you out, you should probably avoid it.

Inspirational Quotes from Fiction

I love me some good inspirational quotes. Instead of going for the mainstream ones from random famous and occasionally awesome people, I thought I’d share my favourite ones from the various books I read that have stuck with me over the years. I’ll do my best to attribute the right quote to the right book. Corrections welcome!

  • “Until you learn to laugh at yourself, your life will always be a tragedy”. – Polgara the Sorceress, David Eddings.
  • “I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – they are your family.” – Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher
  • “We are always more afraid than we wish to be, but we can always be braver than we expect.” – Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan
  • “You can’t go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it’s just a cage.” – Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
  • “Just when you’ve squared up to the solemn realisation that life is a bitch, it turns around and does something nice, just to confuse you.” – The Better Mousetrap, Tom Holt

I still haven’t read The Shepherd’s Crown

The Shepherd’s Crown is the last novel by the late Terry Pratchett.

I had it downloaded to my kindle on the day it came out, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to read it yet. I know why – I grew up reading Terry Pratchett books, and knowing that this is the last one of his I’ll ever read is very sad.

I know I’ll enjoy it. I also know I’ll get to the last page, and it will be incredibly bittersweet. Much like finishing The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan, and later Brandon Sanderson).

When I do get around to reading it, no doubt I’ll write up some sort of review. But for now, I am content to leave it unread on my kindle while I reread everything else he has written first. I’m just not ready to read the last ever Terry Pratchett. The problem with having favourite authors growing up is that they disappear as you get older, and it seems to get harder to find new authors to fill the gaps left behind.

So – suggestions for authors I haven’t tried yet will be very welcome. I’m all up for procrastinating my reading material a bit more before I finally crack open the first page of The Shepherd’s Crown.