Katie′s #CBR5 Review #15: Starship Troopers By Robert Heinlein

Title: Starship Troopers
Author: Robert Heinlein
Source: library
Review Summary: It does what it does well, which is just to be a book with some dry humor and a very military feel, but I prefer at least a little world building in my sci-fi.

The plot of Starship Troopers is pretty short and sweet, following the military career of a young man some time in the distant future. In this futuristic society, only those who join the military are allowed to vote. This decision is justified by the belief that those people willing to sacrifice them selves for the good of society are those who deserve to have the vote. However, our protagonist mostly joins up because all his friends are doing it and a big part of the book is how is abilities and interest in the military evolve.

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Katie′s #CBR5 Review #14: I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats

Title: I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
Author: Francesco Marciuliano
Source: library
Fun Fact: Like comics, books of poetry are actually categorized as non-fiction!
Review Summary: Short and very sweet, these poems made me laugh but also made me stop and appreciate how much fun it is to have a cat.

You can probably tell this already from the title, but this book was both adorable and hilarious. Read more at Doing Dewey …

Katie′s #CBR5 Review #13: The Elementals by Troy Jackson

Title: The Elementals
Author: Troy Jackson
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: Creative and original idea, with an unusual setting and an engaging, complex plot.

Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China, could have been a hero for bringing peace to his country. Instead he chose to enslave many of his people to create grandiose projects, such as The Great Wall, pandering to his own ego. Fortunately, his force for evil is opposed by a group called The Dragon’s Spite,  a group intent on seeing him overthrown. In order to face each other, each side must gather those with the power of the elements to fight on their side. The Dragon’s Spite’s best hope is three young women who might use their supernatural powers to fight for good – but only if the emperor doesn’t get to them first.

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Katie′s #CBR5 Review #10: Dead Center by Shiya Ribowsky

Title: Dead Center: Behind the Scenes at the World’s Largest Medical Examiner’s Office
Author: Shiya Ribowsky, Tom Shachtman
Source: library
Fun Fact: NYC’s subway system is so vast it contains nearly as many stations as all the other subway systems in the country combined.
Review Summary: A not-too-morbid, sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and always fascinating look at what it’s like to work in an ME’s office.

In Dead Center we get to learn about a part of society that most of us probably don’t think about very much – what happens to our bodies when we die. This could be a very morbid or gruesome topic, but the author focuses on a variety of things other than the gore. First, we learn about what challenges face MLI’s (medicological investigators), including everything from identifying cause of death to interacting compassionately with grieving families. We also learn what characteristics make a good MLI. Next, there are stories ranging from the funny or bizarre to the emotional and moving – a recap of some of the author’s most interesting experiences. And finally, we hear about the author’s biggest challenge working as an MLI in charge of identifying all remains found at Ground Zero – a process that took over 4 years.

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Teresaelectro’s #CBR5 review #2 – Incubus by Carol Goodman

Incubus (also known as The Demon Lover under the Juliet Dark pen name) is the first book in the Fairwick Chronicles. Callie McFay has just finished her degree, specializing in myths and folklore with a nice emphasis on the vampire genre. She is a NYC gal and would love to settle down teaching at NYU. Mysteriously, she ends up taking a job at her second (back-up really) choice – Fairwick College, nestled in a remote NY town. She is drawn to the beautiful house of her favorite author, Dahlia La Motte. Not to mention she is experiencing lust-filled memories of a dream she had of beautiful man from her childhood. She can’t resist the temptation, so she takes the job and even buys her literary idol’s house!

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TylerDFC CBR#5 Two Graves by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

TwoGraves-reviseTwo Graves is the finale to what the authors are calling “The Helen Trilogy”. This somewhat standalone trilogy within the multiple volume Pendergast series began with Fever Dream continued with Cold Vengeance and now ends with Two Graves. It is highly recommended to read at least the preceding two books before this one if you want to have any hope of understanding what is going on. Even having read the earlier books I was often left baffled and confused by the bizarre turn of events. The authors – to their credit or detriment I’m not sure – seemed to realize the sprawling story they are telling is unwieldy at last twice in Two Graves a character will sum up all that has happened so far. To continue reading please click Two Graves for the complete review.

Katie′s #CBR5 Review #6: Override by Heather Anastasiu

Title: Override
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: An incredibly impressive sophomore novel, with great pacing, interesting ethical questions, and very cool characters but a slightly anti-climatic ending.

Override is the sequel to Glitch, so this description contains some unavoidable spoilers that mean you’ll probably want to skip the review if you haven’t read the first book. So now that those who haven’t read Glitch have left….  This book picks up almost exactly where Glitch left off, with Zoe joining the resistance now that she’s free from the link. She’s quickly swept into a war academy where glitchers are trained to use their powers to fight for the resistance.  The more time she spends there though, the more it becomes clear that divisions lurk just below the surface – about what the Resistance should be willing to do to win and even what winning would look like.  As Zoe struggles to answer these questions for herself, her relationship with Adrien becomes complicated by his own ethical questions about his ability to see the future.

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