I guess I'll see tomorrow how much I vanish offline. :(
I'm on a quest to read the oldest books in my To Read pile. Instead of just picking one to read, I decided to keep picking from the six oldest books (the last page of the Kindle book list) until I reach one that I'll read the whole way through.
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
Years ago, on my cruise to Alaska, there was a book club. Excited about the whole 'education at sea' aspect of the trip, as soon as I saw what those classes were (all about how to mix drinks, what drinks to try, how to throw great parties... so educational /sarcasm), my disappointment in the whole trip started. Then I got sick, then I was endlessly bored out of my mind (stuck on the ship for days at a time, no TV or Internet, little to do but drink), and I was in the middle of reading a different book so hadn't had time to read this one... Anyway, I never went to the book club. Also, as this was a book I would never have picked on my own, it sank and sank through my To Read pile.
I finally gave it a try. It read like a Master and Commander fanfic/knockoff. It wasn't badly written, but the main character was too perfect and the whole story just didn't hook me. I gave up 20% or so into it.
I usually try very hard to give a fair review, but in this case, every time I saw the book on my Kindle, I frowned and remembered how bad my cruise had been. So take my thoughts on this one with a grain of salt.
Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
When I realized the Ex in this title was for zombies, I almost gave up on this book without giving it a chance. I'm really so completely and totally over zombies. It wasn't until a couple chapters into the book that I realized what the Ex meant, so I figured maybe they wouldn't be a big part of the story and so the book might work for me.
The plot followed a small group of survivors living on a Hollywood movie lot. What a fun idea! So they had a New York street, movie sets from various movies, mock-ups of Paris, etc. Plus, being a movie studio, the lot had good security, so that made sense.
The survivors had a couple superheroes in their numbers. (Though the zombies did as well.)
Story-wise, things were pretty typical (at least as far as I read), just the day-to-day survival of the group.
I thought I might finish this one, but I reached 20% or so and it hadn't hooked me, so I ended up abandoning it. Nothing at all wrong with it, and it had some fun ideas (and not too many zombies at all), but I just wasn't enjoying it.
Currently reading: Wolf's Cross which I'm enjoying a hell of a lot...and sadly only yesterday realized it's book two of the series. Oh well, I'll read the first one next.