Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott

Title: Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions


Author: Edwin A. Abbott


Published: Penguin Books Ltd., 1999 (first published in 1880)


Pages: 144


Snippet: "I saw a line that was no line; space that was not space; I was myself, and not myself."


Summary: Flatland is  a two-dimensional world inhabited by sentient geometric shapes who think their planar world is all there is. But one Flatlander, a Square, discovers the existence of a third dimension and the limits of his world's assumptions about reality and comes to understand the confusing problem of higher dimensions. (Taken from Goodreads)


Review: If you like mathematics and geometry even more specifically then I think you will enjoy Flatland.  Much like a mathematical essay for the most part it is actually a really interesting book.  I do enjoy mathematics I think it's a fascinating subject and this book was a truly amazing read.


Bascially Flatland has one character mainly, so really there isn't a lot of character development but for this sort of book that didn't bother me too much because I was more interested in the story and the idea of another universe of only 2 dimensions just seemed really really interested.


I loved the language of the book.  It just seems really refreshing to read in a similar language to that of Shakespeare's.  I think it's because the book was written in the late 1800's but it's still a really good book.


There's not a lot else to say about Flatland other than if you like mathematics and geometry in particular then give Flatland a go.  It's a really good classic.


Source: Borrowed

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blogger Pay It Forward

I've been meaning to do this for a while but I took part in a blogger pay it forward at The Book Owl where I signed up to get some bookish goodies but I would only get them if I promised to send some bookish goodies to others to pay it forward so to speak.


Now I'm offering up a couple of bookish bits and pieces to 3 people.  The first three people to fill in the form below will be emailed by me and sent some bookish goodies.


The only condition is that once you receive the goodies you must then pay it forward yourself.  It's a really fun thing to do and I hope that you will indeed take part.


I'm willing to send anywhere in the world so go ahead and sign up below.




Monday, June 28, 2010

Wind-back review: Georgia Nicolson 1-4

This weeks wind back review is on the first four books in the Georgia Nicolson Series by Louise Rennison.



Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
I loved the first book in the Georgia Nicolson series, it is full of hilarious antics.  I read it in one sitting laughing my head off because they are that funny.  The characters are all really cool too.


It's Ok I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers
Just as funny as the first book, It's Ok I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers is sooo funny. I loved it so much and found myself laughing at so many of the things in the books.


Knocked out by my Nunga-Nunga's
There's not a lot I can say about the third book in the Georgia Nicolson series because it is just as hilarious as the first two.  I actually read all four books one after another in a matter of hours because I really do love these books.  Full of hilarious antics and Georgia is a great character to read about.


Dancing In My Nuddy-Pants
The fourth book in the Georgia Nicolson series is soooo cool.  One thing I love about these books is that the tiles (except for the first) are mentioned somewhere in the book.  I love flicking through the books wondering whereabouts the next surprise is going to show up.  Dancing in my nuddy-pants is really funny. While there isn't too much substance to the Georgia Nicolson series as a whole, they are truly funny with really interesting characters.  Libby is a character that definitely makes me laugh a lot.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi of The Story Siren.

This week I got a couple of books.  I've already read one of them and the other I'm reading at the moment. The first book I got was from the library and it is:

Losing It by Sandy McKay




Fifteen-year-old Johanna Morrison is in hospital, writing letters to her best friend, Issy. As part of her therapy Jo is not allowed to leave her room, use the phone, have visitors or even wash her hair. Not unless she agrees to eat. But Jo doesn?t want to eat because to her that would mean giving in and losing what little control she has over her life. Jo suffers from anorexia and her condition has reached crisis point. For now, contact with Issy is the only thing keeping her sane. (Taken from Christchurch City Libraries Website)

The other book was one I got from
NetGalley which is:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa



Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series. (Taken from Goodreads)

That was my week in the way of books.  Can't wait to see what everyone else thinks.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Title: Guardian of the Dead

Author: Karen Healey

Published: NSW : Allen and Unwin, 2010

Pages: 347

Snippet: "The empty eyes stared straight back into mine."

Summary: Can Ellie discover a power she never knew she possessed? At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her essay deadline. Until everything changes... In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting. (Taken from Christchurch City Libraries Website)

Review: I'm not sure where to begin this review.  I liked some of the things in the book but not all.

Starting with the story itself, I really enjoyed that part.  I love fantasy books and this one was a pretty good fantasy.  It also involved a lot of mythology from Maori and Greek cultures, which I thought was quite good. This is the second book I have read which mentioned Maori mythology and it put a really interesting spin on it.

The characters were quite well-written characters.  I liked Mark, I have no idea why, he just seemed like a really likable character same as Ellie and Kevin.  I did not like Reka which was fine.  I like reading books where not all of the characters are completely lovable.

The setting was New Zealand.  Christchurch, New Zealand to be exact and well I felt it was maybe a little too close to home.  So much of the book was set in places where I spend the majority of my days and well, I felt it took away from the story a little bit.  Mostly because I had trouble imagining the events unfolding there.

I must say that Karen Healey did a brilliant job of describing most of the settings in the books because they do look like they did in the book.

The second problem I had with this book was that it was over-saturated with New Zealand. Well, it was in my mind anyway.  I just felt like a large part of the book was trying to push New Zealand and the culture of New Zealand on to people.  Some of it was there to tell the story which is fine.  But the rest of it just seemed like filler.  To be honest at times I felt like I was reading a tourists guide to New Zealand rather than a young adult fantasy novel.

I thought the book as a whole was pretty enjoyable.  I look forward to more from Karen Healey in the future.

Source: Library



Kiwi Spotlight


This kiwi indicates that this book is by a New Zealand author. It is also set in New Zealand.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mid-Year Survey

Being the middle of the year just about we wanted to ask you all if you'd be ever so kind enough to fill in this anonymous survey.  Basically, we just want to know what you think of the blog and some of the features on it and things like that.  All questions are optional so answer as little or as many as you want.



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Death Note Volume Three by Tsugumi Ohba

Title: Hard Run


Author: Tsugumi Ohba


Illustrator: Takeshi Obata


Published: VIZ Media LLC, 2006


Series: Book 3, Death Note


Summary: May contain spoilers! Light is chafing under L's extreme surveillance, but even 64 microphones and cameras hidden in his room aren't enough to stop Light. He steps up the game, but before the battle of wits can really begin, a family emergency distracts him. But even though Light isn't using the Death Note right now, someone else is! Who's the new 'Kira' in town?


Review: Wow, I swear that every volume of Death Note I read gets better and better and better.  The first one was cool, the second one was really cool and then the third one was awesome.


There was quite a lot of things happening in this book that it made it really intense and really interesting.


None of my feelings for any of the characters have changed, Ryuk is still the coolest character ever.


The ending was awesome and it left me wanting more.  I really cannot wait to read the fourth book because this series is so awesome.


Source: Library

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Title: This World We Live In


Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer


Published: Harcourt Children's Books, 2010


Pages: 239


Series: Book 3, Last Survivors


Snippet: "If only we could eat books."


Summary: It's been over a month since Miranda Evans has written in her diary, a month of relative calm for her and her family. It's springtime, and with warmer weather comes rain, and the melting of the winter's snow. The shad are running in a nearby river, and Miranda's brothers Matt and Jon leave home for a few days to see if they can catch some to supplement their food supply. It's been over a month since Miranda Evans has written in her diary, a month of relative calm for her and her family. It's springtime, and with warmer weather comes rain, and the melting of the winter's snow. The shad are running in a nearby river, and Miranda's brothers Matt and Jon leave home for a few days to see if they can catch some to supplement their food supply. (Taken from Goodreads)


Review: If there was one word to sum up This World We Live In I would say it would be depressing.  The whole mood of the book is sad, and it's quite a hard book to read if you don't like sad books.  I did enjoy reading This World We Live In but I did feel myself tearing up a couple of times.


I think that This World We Live In would be my favourite of all three books in the series.  There was more to it  and it was really well written.  Sometimes I thought a lot of the parts were very convenient so to speak but it still made a good story.


One thing I didn't think was so great about this book was the characters.  There were some new characters and well lets just say that Syl in particular was one character I did not like at all.  I also didn't really like how any of the characters had developed.


However, This World We Live In is a pretty good book.  It makes you think about the things you have and makes you think about how much they mean to you.  It's definitely worth a read, the whole series is if you're a dystopia fan.


Source: Library

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Death Note Volume Two : Confluence by Tsugumi Ohba

Title: Confluence


Author: Tsugumi Ohba


Illustrator: Takeshi Obata


Published: 2005, VIZ Media LLC


Pages: 200


Series: Book 2, Death Note


Summary: May contain spoilers! Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life? Light thinks he's put an end to his troubles with the FBI - by using the Death Note to kill off the FBI agents working the case in Japan! But one of the agents has a fiancee who used to work in the Bureau, and now she's uncovered information that could lead to Light's capture. To make matters worse, L has emerged from the shadows to work directly with the task force headed by Light's father. With people pursuing him from every direction, will Light get caught in the conflux? (Taken from Goodreads)


Review: Death Note is amazing!!! I am addicted to this series, it's pretty close to being my favourite manga but I think at this stage I'll read more to see how it goes in the end.


The characters are all really cool, my favourite so far is Ryuk, he is just the coolest character ever! I love the way he is drawn and it just makes him look so cool.


Death Note Volume 2 is really really suspensful, there is so much going on that you'll be on the edge of your seat reading through it because you just have to know what happens.  That really sums up how I felt about it.


Really thats about all I can say about Death Note, you just have to read it for yourself to see how amazing it is.


Source: Library

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Huge TBR Read-a-thon Wrap-up

The Read-a-thon is over for me and so I am here to do my wrap-up post.


What I managed to get finished was:
Deathnote Volume 4 : Love by Tsugumi Ohba
Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K Madigan

And I read for a total of 37.6 hours.
In these hours I managed to read a total of 1489 pages.

Here is my activities for each of the days in case you were interested.
Monday
10 minutes of Nightlight
I had been studying for exams all day so when I climbed into bed I could only manage 10 minutes of reading.

Tuesday
1 hour of Deathnote
Just busy studying for my exams again. I managed to read more because I couldn't put this one down.

Wednesday
39 minutes of Deathnote
27 minutes of Killer
47 minutes of Catching Fire
Total: 1.83 hours
Getting a little better today.  Yay.  I decided to make a plan of action so I will finish Nightlight, then Catching Fire, then Tyger Tyger, then The Mermaid's Mirror, then Killer, then Sing Me To Sleep and from there see what happens.

Thursday
2 hours of Catching Fire
Catching Fire is really really good it's incredibly addictive.  I'm reading a bit more each day so thats really good.

Friday
335 minutes Catching Fire
134 minutes Nightlight
Total: 7.8 hours
I had my last exam in the morning so in the afternoon I read like crazy.  I kept forcing myself to read and my eyes were so sore. Luckily I had Mountain Dew to give me energy.

Saturday
218 minutes Catching Fire
277 minutes The Graveyard Book
124 minutes Tyger Tyger
10 minutes Killer
31 minutes The Mermaid's Mirror
Total: 11 hours
I started counting Saturday at midnight so I was reading like crazy as soon as Saturday ticked over.  I ended up reading over the stove top at 1 a.m making tomato soup. Then as I was having my soup I decided to read a little bit of Tyger Tyger.  Almost an hour later I went to bed because I was really enjoying Tyger Tyger. I ended up getting up at 9.30 had a super fast shower and sat down to read. I managed to finish Catching Fire which was so good. Then I managed to finish Tyger Tyger and then I finished The Graveyard Book.  I am on a really awesome thing here. I managed to read for 11 hours.

Sunday
420 minutes The Mermaid's Mirror
74 minutes The Restaurant at the end of the Universe
328 minutes Killer
Total: 13.7 hours
And the read-athon ends.

The reviews for all the books I read will be up later on in the month, so stay tuned for those.

Now that the readathon is over what am I going to do?  Well seeing as how I'm on holiday and I had so much fun just reading for hours on end, I think I may carry on and read some more!

And finally, a HUGE thanks to Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century for hosting this!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox was created by Kristi, The Story Siren.


This week I got one book in the mail and it was for review.  It was:


The Lake by William P. Crawford
After Southern California’s Lake Crowley is split at its foundation by an earthquake, the water becomes an elixir—and a truth serum. As desperate people migrate to its shores to drink from its waters, pandemonium besets Los Angeles and a group of public servants, including the California governor and American president, will be forced to intercede between human nature and Mother Nature.

And that was my week.  I couldn't find a picture and I'm trying to get a lot of reading done for the read-a-thon I am partaking in which finishes in a few hours (for me at least) so I shall be off.  Hope everyone else had a good week in the way of books.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Author: Douglas Adams


Published: London : Pan, 1979


Pages: 158


Series: Book 1, Hitchhiker's Trilogy


Snippet: "In the beginning the universe was created. This angered many and was widely considered to be a bad move." 


Summary: Arthur Dent has just been told that Earth will be demolished in 12 minutes to make way for a new hyper-space bypass. Armed with his dressing gown and towel, carrying the mysterious and indispensable Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, he must venture forth for the first time in his life, accompanied by Ford Prefect. (Taken from Christchurch City Libraries Website)


Review: An old book but it's actually really good.  Basically at this point I would say that if you haven't read this book by now then you should because really it is amazing.


I'd seen the movie before and loved it and well I loved the book even more.  It was so funny.  There were so many parts that had me laughing out loud.  I think if you're a fan of nonsensical humour then you'll find this book amusing.


The characters were interesting, to be honest there wasn't too much in the way of character development and developing relationships but that didn't bother me too much.


I think that the best part of the book is that there are so many great quotes that make things so much more memorable and enjoyable.


There's not a lot else I can say about the first book in the trilogy of five parts other than if you like science fiction and comedy then this book is perfect. The next book in the series is The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and I'll definitely be reading it at some point.  Don't miss!


Source: Own book

Friday, June 18, 2010

About




The Blog

Book Gremlins used to be a book blog titled, Everything to do with books.  There were two bloggers, Rebecca and Scarlett.  However, Scarlett decided that she would like to move on from the blog and has gone off to start a family.  Rebecca, however, has decided to continue on and write about books because it is still something she is enthusiastic about.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Good Neighbours : Kith by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh

Title: Kith


Author: Holly Black


Illustrator: Ted Naifeh


Published: Graphix, 2009


Pages: 128


Series: Book 2, The Good Neighbours


Summary: While sixteen-year-old Rue Silver travels into the faerie realm to find her mother, faerie creatures are entering the human world and wreaking havoc, forcing Rue to ponder where her loyalty should lie. (Taken from Christchurch City Libraries Website)


Review: I enjoyed Kith, there was a massive cliffhanger at the end of Kin and so I couldn't wait to read the next book in the series. I have to say though, while the cliffhanger was resolved I just didn't enjoy Kith as much as Kin.


The characters were all interesting in their own ways but they were all massively selfish. I just found it to be quite confusing at parts.


The illustrations were really cool, I loved the pictures of the fey creatures, they're so wicked and dark and creepy.  It definitely added to the atmosphere of the book.


The story itself was pretty good, it was one redeeming feature of the book.  I think that the only part that really let me down about this book was the characters.  But I really loved the story line it was a good read. The ending was quite good, it left an opening for more.


Overall, Kith was pretty good.  I would suggest reading the first book, Kin, before this one though.  I'm interested in this series so I look forward to the next book, Kind.


Source: Library

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Death note Volume One Boredom by Tsugumi Ohba

Title: Boredom


Author: Tsugumi Ohba


Illustrator: Takeshi Obata


Published: San Francisco : Viz Media, 2005


Series: Book 1, Death note


Summary: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know? (Taken from Goodreads)


Review: If you're after something suspensful and very unique, then Death note is a good book for you.  Just one word of warning about it though and that is that it is a manga.  So if you don't really read manga then you may not find Death note to be the best book for you.


I loved Death note so much.  I loved it so much that I sat down and read it in one go.  It was so amazing and really suspensful and everything I love in stories like that.  There's so much suspense and I just had to keep reading it to find out more about what was going on.


So many of the characters are lovable too.  I think so far my favourite would have to be Ryuk he just seems so cool.  He's very different.  Light is very cunning and interesting, I like him as a main character because he's not entirely good so to speak.  I think L is interesting too, mostly because he's very mysterious and I am interested in knowing more about him.


The illustrations in Death note are really cool I didn't find them too hard to make out what was happening.  Most of the characters were drawn really well.  I love the look of Ryuk.


I think thats about all I have to say about Death note.  It is totally amazing and if you love suspensful thrillers with a supernatural element then Death Note is a great manga for you.


Source: Library

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Dead-Tossed Waves


Author: Carrie Ryan


Published: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010


Pages: 407


Series: Companion to Forest of Hands and Teeth


Snippet: "Like a river flooding its banks, the entire valley is full of Mudo. The sound is not that of a raging waterfall but the pounding of two hundred million feet. The moans of a hundred million mouths. They pour through the valley, more people than I have ever seen. More people than I ever thought could have existed in one world."


Summary: Gabry lives a quiet life in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, hemmed in by the dead who hunger for the living, but her mother Mary's secrets, a cult of religious zealots who worship the dead, and a stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry threaten to destroy her world. (Taken from Christchurch City Libraries Website)


Review: It's hard to say much about The Dead-Tossed Waves without giving much away.  When it comes to books I prefer not to give much away because I think it's better if you go into a book not knowing anything about the book.  In saying that, I quite enjoyed The Dead-Tossed Waves and think it's definitely worth a read.


I'm not sure if I like this book more or the previous one (The Forest of Hands and Teeth).  They both have their good points and The Dead-Tossed Waves has its good parts and it has it's bad parts.  Well when I say bad parts I mean the parts I thought were a little boring and had to chew my way through.  But those parts did not outweigh the good.


I loved how The Dead-Tossed Waves started out, it was really mysterious and so much was going on and so much was hinted at that it made the entire thing truly amazing.  There were so many parts of this book that I really liked and kept reading through because I wanted to know more.


As far as characters go, I liked Elias and Catcher they were both my favourites.  I thought Gabry was a little too whiny at times.  Then there was the romance.  I always find that I take a side of who I want the main character to end up with and once I form that opinion nothing can make me change my mind.  So I was kind of disappointed with her choice but at the same time the ending ... if you've read the book you can see what I mean.


Everything was revealed within good times, I loved the whole mysterious element and then finding out all these little details.  I had theories and a few of them were wrong which was a nice surprise!


Overall, I enjoyed The Dead-Tossed Waves, it was a depressing book at times but it was also a very good read.  There is another book coming out next year related to this one and The Forest of Hands and Teeth and I cannot wait to read it to find out how it slots in with the other two.  Do not miss reading The Dead-Tossed Waves.


Source: Library