Pretty, but not satisfying

I’d love to tell you that this book was great, that the story pulled me in, that the graphic was amazing and everything was perfect. I wanted it to be so.

Paper TigersPaper Tigers (Hinges #2)
by Meredith McClaren

My rating: star-full-iconstar-full-icon star-half-full-icon star-empty-iconstar-empty-icon

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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Goodreads blurb

Orio and Bauble have settled nicely into the city of Cobble. But as more of Bauble’s nature reveals itself they find themselves facing a much greater world outside of Cobble’s walls.

Even though I haven’t read volume 1, I hoped I will not miss it much. Actually, there was only few information I could use at the start, but I don’t think they would help much. Well, maybe it would as I would know more about the characters and the world surrounding them. I was missing some crucial info for about half of the volume. Then again, it seems to me the events of the first part were all about the city and people living there. Now we have only Orio, her strange pet and a new character moving on with the story. Continue reading “Pretty, but not satisfying”

BBC Thursday – 2nd of June


This time, I’ve got for you several stories categorized as one show on BBC. What’s the connection? These are all stories about future, but not what you might hope it will look like – the dark future that none of us would wish for. Prepare yourself for some disturbing tales.

1. Dangerous visions

Dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias. You will be disturbed, as you see the present reflected in the glass of an uneasy future.

Day left: 19
Duration: from 15 min to 1 hour

This week’s links will look different. We’ll have very short, one-episode stories and ones that are aired in several parts. Maybe you’ll find only one of these interesting, maybe you’ll listen to them all.

I haven’t started them myself – I’m a bit behind with BBC, but I did enjoy the previous stories from Dangerous visions, I actually found two or three authors I researched after these. I hope this set will be just as good.

And here are the stories listed chronologically:

  1. Blackout by Julian Simpson [1 episode x 15 min]
  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley [2 episodes x 60 min]
  3. Produce by Joseph Wilde [1 episode x 45 min]
  4. Your Perfect Summer, On Sale Here by Ed Harris [1 episode x 45 min]
  5. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1 episode x 45 min]
  6. The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham [2 episodes x 60 min]
  7. The Fanglur And The Twoof by Toby Litt [1 episode x 15 min]
  8. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro [10 episodes x 15 min]
  9. Spine by Anita Sullivan [1 episode x 15 min]
  10. Inertia by Melissa Lee-Houghton [1 episode x 15 min]

Together that’s 8 hours and 45 minutes of listening time. I think I’ll leave you at that this week. I’ll have some more goodies next time.

Happy listening!

Top 5 Wednesday – Rainy Day Reads

imgresAaaah the rainy days when the mood seems to switch to melancholic, when you don’t want to go outside and when you wish you could just cuddle up with a cup of hot tea and a good book. Something that will keep you warm inside, something that will lift up your mood, or maybe something that will feed your inner romantic? Let’s see if I can propose you some reads for these days. It’s actually a fitting topic for today, it looks like it’s going to rain soon :).


JamJam by Yahtzee Croshaw – here’s a story I haven’t talked about… at all? I loved this book! The idea was so ridiculous that I simply had to read it. After all, how often so you see a book where the world is covered with man-eating JAM! Plus the only people who seemed to survive the first wave are the slackers and workaholics. See the potential here? Go read it 😀 It’s worth it!
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Virtual bee

I’ve read this book twice now. The first version of it was far from perfect, but the author did a great job at editing it, making the story whole. Now this is a story I want to continue reading.

NirvanaNirvana (Nirvana Series #1) by J.R. Stewart

My rating: star-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-icon

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I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the world of the future. The world in which all the bees are dead and the whole environment had collapsed. Where government known as Hexagon rules over everyone and everything and where virtual reality seems as real as everything else.

The story revolves around Larissa Kenders and her fiance Andrew. Andrew is working for Hexagon on programming a special VR system that everyone uses. People are so used to it you can almost think it’s an addiction. It’s quite understandable that they want to see the world how it used to be and not the post Extinction reality that surrounds them. The only problem is that Hexagon monitors everything and everyone in and out of Nirvana. If someone even thinks wrongly of them they might simply disappear.

Post apocalyptic by johnsonting
Post apocalyptic by johnsonting

As I mentioned at the beginning, this book changed a lot and although I’m trying not to, I still remember why I didn’t like it the first time and I probably will mention a few times how I initially felt about the story and characters. That said, let’s move on to my thoughts about this book. Continue reading “Virtual bee”