So for the 3rd year running I am taking part in the O.W.L’s (on time for once), and this is my TBR. I couldn’t decide between two professions for I am trying to complete both but I’ll be happy with either. If you know anything that will fulfill my prompts please let me know in the comments, especially the less than 150 pages book.
Some of the books I read this month I didn’t actually review wither because I DNF’d them early on or in the case of The Tale of Genji, the review would have been too long and complex to read but I might write a simplified version in the future.
- Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick ***** – I learned that Blade Runner was based off a book a lot later than I’d like to admit but I loved the movie and I even enjoyed the sequel that came out recently so I thought I’d give the book a go. The opening of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was interesting, we are introduced to Rick Deckard who makes his living by retiring andys or replicants. If you haven’t seen the movie then this requires some context, Earth has been decimated by war forcing many to evacuate to colony planets but many like Rick and his wife, Iran have chosen to stay behind. Rick needs to be on Earth for his job which is linked to the police force. From the outset we learn there is technology to alter one’s mood which Rick and Iran use often, however, their marriage isn’t a happy one as Iran doesn’t like Rick’s job despite the fact it pays very well, $1000 per replicant he retires. Rick also has a dream of retiring enough replicants to buy himself an animal. We learn on Earth real animals are rare and expensive due to the devastation on Earth and the larger the animal you owe, the bigger the status symbol it is. Rick used to own a sheep, but it died from tetanus, so he had an electric sheep made in the same image so people wouldn’t find out as it is seen as a bit shameful. I am eager to see how the story progress as the movie packs a lot in and the book is under 200 pages.
So I read a total of 22 books this month, I didn’t review all of them so some won’t appear on my review list. I am very proud of my reading speed this month partly due to my college being shut but a win is a win.
- Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick – By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. But when cornered, androids fight back-with lethal force.
Title: The Spook’s Mistake (The Wardstone Chronicles #5)
Author: Joseph Delaney
Review: After the explosive events of the Spook’s Battle I couldn’t wait to jump into the 5th installment in the series. The Spook’s Battle was the first book in the series where we see how important the Spooks are and the dangers they are up against. The Fiend, the Devil itself has been set upon the County which they need to deal with, there is a war raging in the south and Tom has the threat of facing Grimalkin again in the future, I believe it’s in book nine as that is called I am Grimalkin and I can’t wait to see it. The opening of The Spook’s Mistake isn’t happy at all as Mr. Gregory and Alice are trying to keep Tom bound to the house in order to protect him and the war raging in the south isn’t helping their survival. After a trip to the village for provisions Tom is basically kidnapped by soldiers who are forcing boys into the Army and he knows he has to escape or his days as a Spook’s apprentice will be over.
Title: City of Ghosts (GhostWriters #1)
Author: J. H. Moncrieff
Review: I requested City of Ghosts because it won the 2018 Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense, so I had to read it. As many of you will know I am a huge horror fan so I was expecting a lot from this book and it definitely delivered but it wasn’t the best horror/suspense novel I have read that still belong to Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.
So I didn’t earn all 8 badges for the challenge but I did get 7. I couldn’t finish my final book because I was stretched for time but I am pleased with amount I got done for the Scribes.
Title: Ted Bundy’s Murderous Mysteries: The Many Victims of America’s Most Infamous Serial Killer
Author: Kevin Sullivan
Review: I have been getting into a lot of true crime and non-fiction books about serial killers lately like Mindhunter so I was quite excited to find a book dedicated to Ted Bundy as I find he is a serial killer that confuses so many people. Each chapter of this book is dedicated to one of Bundy’s victims and the first is Lynda Ann Healy, on January 31st, 1974, Ted Bundy made the decision to enter a home at 5517 12th Street NE in Seattle for the purposes of abduction and murder. He was targeting a young woman who had seen earlier that night in a bar, and after finding her door unlocked he left planning to return later on that night. This first chapter is primarily made up of the witness statements from Joanne Testa, Monica Sutherland, Ginger Heath, and Karen Skaviem, all students at the University of Washington and all friends with Lynda. This chapter ends with a hypothetical situation on how Bundy’s abducted and killed Lynda, but so far I was impressed with the information being put in the book as it was just taken from actual documents or other works and there isn’t anything new being added at this point. I think I will give it a few more chapters before making my mind up on whether or not I am going to finish this book.