Monday, 29 December 2014

Celebrating With A Sci-Fi Classic

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So to end another fantastic year in reading I have decided to review a Science Fiction Classic

We are all familiar with famous opening scene from Kubrick's film adaptation of this book. The swelling music and the mysterious black object surrounded by apes. These are both iconic music and images, but how many of us have actually read the book. I will admit that it has taken me 40 years to open the pages on Arthur C Clarke's masterpiece. But now I have I ask myself why did it take so long.

It becomes very evident from the first chapter that this book is going to deliver so much more than the movie. It should have come as no surprise really, but I was amazed at the subtle nuances in the telling of the tale.  The book delivers  a more satisfying and fulfilling experience, even if I could not get that damn music at of my head.

What really impressed me was the technical advances that are predicted in Arthur C Clarke's work. It is easy for one to over look them as many of them, in slightly different formats, are a part of our normal life. One really has to try and remember that this book was first published in 1968 to truly appreciate the author's genius. Now that I have began this saga I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Friday, 19 December 2014

The Lazy Award for Best Author Goes To (insert drum roll).......

I am fast running out of superlatives to describe just how good Nicholas Sansbury Smith is. After being blown away by the first two books of his Orb series this year, this tireless author has crafted yet another exquisite read.

After showing us his mastery of the Science Fiction genre he has now turned his hand to a modern day tale of a truly apocalyptic nature. This books combines some my favorite elements of virology, genetic manipulation, horror, action, suspense and zombie like mayhem. One of the major ingredients in this story is that most insipid of virus Ebola, and this for me is what made the read all the more frightening. The author has also once again shown his ability to develop characters in a way that draws you into the story and makes you feel like you have a vested interest in it.

I look forward to seeing where the author takes us in this series. Nicholas Sansbury Smith has well and truly arrived and I predict his star is on the fast track to the top.

Finally it gives me great pleasure to announce that in recognition of this authors excellent offering this year he has won the prestigious Lazy award this year for best author. More awards to follow soon.

5 Stars

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Autopsy of a City

As an Australian reader I came into this book wanting to find out how a city can go bankrupt. What I got was the downside of globalisation and the lack of vision to diversify industry to future proof and protect the people of Detroit. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. The author uses a great mix of personal narrative and the story of Detroit to deliver a hard hitting book.

 The personal side of this book is what make it a fascinating read. There is no question in my mind that Charlie LeDuff loses sleep at night over the plight of the people of Detroit. This is made very evident in the stories he shares with the readers. From the fireman who have to steal to have an operational station to the story of the man in the elevator shaft. This book deliver in so many areas and makes for an unforgettable tale of the death of a city.
4 Stars

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Back In Action

The Lazy Book Reviewer is on the mend which means the reviews can now continue. Below is the first of my Bali reads. I managed to get two books reads in on holidays whilst cooling off in the pool. A waterproof case for my Kindle was on of my better purchases of late.

Cannibal Reign delivers an entertaining read that in my opinion was ruined by the end. The start of the book is a 5 star read with great time and care given in developing both the plot and characters. The reader is immersed into a world that has been devastated by an extinction rated event. Humanity is sent back to the dark ages where survival by any means is the norm.
The end of the book however left me feeling very disappointed and cheated. There was so much potential in the endgame of this story but I felt the attention to detail was replaced by the authors desire to wrap it up in one book. The potential of this story to evolve into a great series was extinguished just like life as we know it was in the book.

3 Stars