Daily Archives: January 10, 2013

Nerd Rage

I read a bunch over the holidays and I wanted to get my thoughts out before I leave and fill my head with a million other things. So here we go.

Terra by Gretchen Powell

Gretchen very generously sent this to me because she is self-publishing, which I think is pretty ballsy. Anyway, here is the synopsis from Amazon:

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth’s population, humanity is split in two. The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial–a denizen of the barren groundworld–who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her mother and grandmother gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. Terra’s world is turned upside down when the value of her discovery is revealed.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam–a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon she is unearthing a conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything she’s ever known–one that will test the bonds of friendship, family, and love.

I really enjoyed this novel, a lot. My major complaint is that it’s the first in the trilogy and I can’t read the other two yet!! Rude Gretchen, so rude. I read about 80% of it in one sitting and I had to force myself to put it down. The story was immediately engaging and the characters were really well developed. It usually takes me a while to become invested in characters and care about what is happening, but I was completely sucked in by the end of the first chapter.

I really loved Divergent, and I would put this on par with that. Great sci-fi young adult novel. I cannot even begin to think of how she came up with this story and the incredible amount of detail in it. I was really impressed (and I am the be all end all judge of all things, obviously). Anyway, I cannot wait for the next two!

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

I received this as a Christmas gift and it quickly became my favorite of the Edwardian era books I’ve been reading since I started watching Downton Abbey.  Written by the current Countess of Carnarvon, she details the life of Lady Almina Carnarvon (wife of the famous Lord Carnarvon who funded the finding of King Tut’s tomb).

She was truly a remarkable and incredibly generous woman. She opened her home to wounded World War I soldiers and led the preservation of Highclere castle. There is also a lot more information about the King Tut discovery and World War I than I had anticipated, so I was quite pleased.  Very interesting book and excellent historical read.

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy

This is a history nerd’s Edwardian dream come true. Almost 850 pages of exhaustive detail on the decline of the wealth and power of the British aristocracy. It’s completely incredible and almost unbelievable. This isn’t a light or easy read, it’s a serious and in-depth look at the massive economic changes in Britain over a sixty year period. You have to really be interested in this time period to enjoy this book as the detail is exhausting. It’s really incredible to read about this kind of societal and financial upheaval without a revolution. Anyway, if you’re a dork and you know it, buy this book.

Killing Kennedy

For a book that appears to be about a killing, it’s remarkable that less than about 15% of said book can actually be about the killing. I HATED THIS BOOK. The writing style was a joke. I loathe when writer talks about what a historical figure was thinking. Also, there are no citations to be found anywhere. Furthermore, there are pages and pages of really asinine information and so much focus on his naked swimming and philandering. He had lots of sex, who cares!

The really infuriating part was that, for a book about an assassination, he dedicates less than a page to the other conspiracies. It’s all from the Warren Report, zero thought-provoking discussion regarding any of the research that has come out of the past 50 years about the inaccuracies of said report.  To say I found this book disappointing and a insult to the history section at Barnes & Noble is an understatement.

What book really pissed you off? Do you ever worry that you will die before you get through your reading list? Bury me with my Kindle please.

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