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~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder

30/05/2012

The Passage by Justin Cronin

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First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
 As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
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I read The Passage by Justin Cronin and spent the last few days mulling it over.

To sum it up; it’s really good, it drew me in and was quite hard to put down at times. It was also often a bit hard to follow as there is a mass of characters, some of which you are barely introduced to, and in some of the action scenes it was a bit hard to keep up with things taking place.

The first half of the book or so takes place a little time out in the future from now. I can’t/won’t really tell you specifics as I don’t want to spoil anything (but reading the back cover does give a lot away – I hadn’t read any description of it, so I was completely blown away), but basically the remaining half takes place nearly a decade later and basically the world as we know it has gone under. I love how Cronin describes that futuristic post-end-of-the-world environment and society, and really came to care a lot about some of the main characters. Amy, being so damn mysterious the entire book, never really appealed to me; I never got to understand her agenda, but the other characters around her (from whom we mostly get the P-O-V) are very easy to connect with and thus I could pretty easily ignore Amy’s… blankness.

Besides Amy in general, the struggle to sometimes keep track of everything and the utterly dreadfully edited Danish translation I was reading (quite a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes as well as sometimes even mixing up names!) the final thing that annoyed me just a teensy bit, was the God/religious aspect. It was only hinted at, but it just rubbed me the wrong way somehow. It’s kind of hinted at that He’s somehow vaguely guiding somebody or something like that, and I really just don’t want this to turn into a… God is Great book. I mean, if that’s what rocks your boat, good for you and all, but it just seems so out of place in a book like this, for me at least.

Finally, I spat out a few choice swear words when it ended. Because it doesn’t. It leaves you hanging, giving you no closure, just a lot of unanswered questions and quite a lot of dread for what just happened to some of the characters. It's part one of a trilogy, and I am very much looking forward to reading the next. According to the official website, book two, will be called The Twelve and will be published in mid-October 2012 (and rumours on Goodreads say that the 3rd book will be called City of Mirrors and that it's expected sometime in 2014).






1020 pages (Danish hardcover) / published in 2010
 Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012


29/05/2012

London

I'm going to London in little than a week with my mother. We went to Paris last year and decided to take another little trip, just the two of us.

We nearly didn't get to go, due to our schedules not fitting, plane tickets being too expensive etcetera etcetera, but suddenly everything just clicked and we're going :)

I've been there numerous times, while my mom has only been there once , so she's asked me to make a list of all the things we could go see/would like to see and where they are so it will be easy to pick and choose while there.

That wasn't the only list I made though :p

Behold, my shopping list:


(edited to fix the picture being tiny)

19/05/2012

Angel Fire by LA Weatherly

Review of the first book in the series, Angel, can be found here.

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Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels, and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. Willow isn't alone though. She has Alex by her side - a trained Angel Killer and her one true love.
But Willow will always be a half-angel and when Alex joins forces with a group of AKs, she's treated with mistrust and suspicion. She's never felt more alone... untill she meets Seb. He's been searching for Willow his whole life - because Seb is a half-angel too.
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When I started reading Angel Fire my initial reaction was a lot of swearing and disgust over teenagers being oh so in love (I've really turned into such a bitter cynic in my old age... [I'm 23]). However the writing was good and the pacing really good and before I knew it I was halfway through it - and now it was a love triangle. I was ready to puke. But then something interesting happened. Weatherly wrote feelings, actions and consequences realistically and it was marvellous. And other stuff - it's not only about their all consuming love and want to have sweet first time *ahem*. There are also conspiracies and plans to murder angels and stuff. 

The pace sped up and I rushed through the pages eager to get it all and practically flew through the last 200 pages. Kept me up till 1 am, despite work the next day.

As you can read in the summary/back cover and the above stated, it's a show down love triangle with poor poor Willow caught between two utterly gorgeous young men. I don't know why all writers have the need to add a third party to a love story like that. Twilight, The Hunger Games are just a few examples (The Sookie Stackhouse series add in like, a billion). I also don't understand why the girl can't ever fall for the sweet and funny guy who doesn't happen to look like a super model.

Oh well.

It's a really good read, and I'm actually really looking forward to the third (and final?) book in the series, Angel Fever, which may or may not arrive on October 1st 2012.




709 pages/ published in 2011
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012