Rose Franklin is a small child riding her bike in the woods when the ground beneath her suddenly gives way and she finds herself nestled in the palm of a giant, metal hand. The hand defies all previous scientific conceptions. It is impossibly old, impossibly light, and impossibly…glowing.
Years later, Rose is a physicist studying the mystery of the hand when suddenly, more body parts begin to surface. As they are collected, they combine and begin to take the form of a great, otherworldly woman. But each new discovery creates more questions than answers: “Where are the pieces from?”, “Who made them?”, “What do they do when they come together?” and most importantly “What does this mean for human kind?”
Told in the same tradition as World War Z and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is the story of mankind realizing its place in the universe.
Full of the colorful expressions and so-insane-it-has-to-work legal advice that fans of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have come to expect from the slick, shady, and altogether perfect character that is Saul Goodman, Don’t Go to Jail is everything you need to know in order to choose your lawyer, understand your charges, and get away free…maybe. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading this book and you won’t be able to either.
The Revenant is the story of revenge that inspired the award winning movie. It’s a quick read but filled to the brim with grit, determination, and one man’s will to survive. I definitely recommend that fans of the movie give the book a try. You won’t be disappointed.
I’ve been a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s The Reckoners series since before they hit the shelves and I’ve been eagerly anticipating Calamity ever since I finished Firefight. It did not disappoint! The pacing was perfect and the dialogue was full of the witty repartee and horrible similes that I’ve come to expect from this series. If I had to pick out something negative from the book, it would be that the conclusion to the series felt a little rushed, but perhaps that’s my fault, because by the time I reached the conclusion I was certainly rushing to see what happened. I can’t recommend this series enough.
All the Birds in the Sky is a book about childhood friends, Patricia and Laurence. At a young age, Patricia learns that she has an affinity for magic, and Laurence builds a personal time machine. The two part under mysterious circumstances, but both grow up to save the world. Laurence is involved in a complex project that could save the environment, and Patricia uses healing magic on strangers in the street. Together they have a shot at protecting everyone.
Escape from Camp 14 tells the remarkable true story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known person to have been born inside of a North Korean labor camp and escaped.
North Korea has had labor camps for political enemies of the state and their families for twice as long as the Soviet gulags lasted, and for twelve times as long as Hitler’s concentration camps lasted. Born and raised in Camp 14, Shin witnessed classmates beaten to death by their teachers for microscopic infractions and saw his mother and brother executed, all by the time he was 17.
Shin’s story is told is easily accessible language, although the content make this book far from an easy read. It is haunting and memorable.
Mr. Hemming is a realtor with the rather sinister hobby of keeping the keys to homes that he has sold and sneaking back later to quietly observe the private lives of others. However, seeing as how he is the narrator of the story, I found it difficult not to empathize with him when he told his troubled side of the story.
As someone new to the thriller genre, I didn’t fully know what to expect from this book. What I got was an engrossing, psychologically intense page-turner that kept me up thinking after I had finished it. I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy a sinister, psychological thriller.
I recently had to choose a classic novel for my AP Language class and decided to read Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Not only is the story artfully told and engaging, but the book itself looks and feels fantastic. The Word Cloud Classics have a great, faux-leather cover that makes them look and feel a lot more expensive than they actually are. I’ll definitely be getting the rest of my school reading in this format.
Kell is a traveler, one of the last magicians who can travel between parallel universes all connected by the city of London. That's his official position anyway. In secret, Kell is a smuggler, bringing glimpses of other worlds to those willing to pay for them. It's a job with dangerous consequences, and Kell finds that out for himself not too long after the start of this novel.
Full of funny quirks and great watercolor pictures, Zen Socks is about two children and their cat, who live across the street from a panda named Mr. Stillwater. With wisdom and wit Mr. Stillwater teaches the kids about patience and sharing, among other childhood virtues. I love everything about this book, from the art to the message.
Because I often find myself with a little too much time on my hands, I often wonder things like ‘Could someone make a jetpack out of machine guns?’ or ‘What if all the rain from a thunderstorm fell at the same time?’ Thanks to What If, I no longer have to wonder at the answers to these, and many other absurd hypothetical questions. I definitely recommend this book to those like me who love trivia, and want the answers to the big questions, like what would happen if the Earth suddenly stopped spinning. (Spoiler alert; we all die.)
I’m definitely a little late to the party with this book, but I decided that late was better than never and picked up a copy of Station Eleven a few days ago. I’ve really enjoyed the book and honestly can’t think of anything that I disliked about it. The book takes place in northern Michigan after a flu pandemic wipes out more than 90% of the world’s population. But whereas most dystopian novels are about surviving the disaster itself, Station Eleven is more about rebuilding a life in the aftermath of the collapse of civilization. I definitely enjoyed this twist and look forward to reading more books built around this concept.
In this witty and insightful book, Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the fundamental principle of evolutionary theory in simple, easily understandable language, as well as explaining his own personal journey into the sciences. Part scientific writing, part memoir, Undeniable entertained and fascinated me from start to finish.