Robocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
A woman in a black dress stands in the middle of the store, watching the crab through the door. The red circle shines through the glass, refracted by a few inches. The woman takes a curious step toward it.
“Lady, no!” I shout.
Boom! The scuttle mine explodes, shattering the front door and throwing the woman backward into the store. The other crabs stop and wave their forelegs for a few seconds. Then, one by one, they continue to crawl across the pavillion.
I touch my face and my fingers come away bloody. “Oh shit, Jack. Am I hurt?”
“It’s from when I hit you before, man. Remember?”
Read if: You like sci-fi thrillers, end of the world stories, and if you’re too dependent on technology.
Don’t read if: You’re too dependent on technology and get scared shitless easily.
So far, I’m liking how this book is going. In all honesty, this is the first end-of-the-world, robots-taking-over kind of book that I’ve read, but I’ve seen dozens of films about the same topic. What I like about this is that it allows you to get used to the idea of advanced technology being integrated into our everyday life; the approach is very realistic. There’s enough humor and coming of age stuff injected in there to help ease the heavy subject matter. The chapters alternate between a few key characters’ stories that are all interesting in very different ways, and I suppose these characters will eventually cross paths somewhere down the road. I’m halfway through it, and I’m loving everything so far.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
One of the men interrupted me by thrusting a life jacket into my arms and shouting something in Chinese. I noticed an orange whistle dangling from the life jacket. The men were nodding vigorously at me. When they took hold of me and lifted me in their strong arms, I thought nothing of it. I thought they were helping me. I was so full of trust in them that I felt grateful as they carried me in the air. Only when they threw me overboard did I begin to have doubts.
Read if: You like coming of age stories, philosophical stories, animals, have an open mind on religion and other cultures.
I’m trying to squeeze the book in before I watch the film in 2 days, but I doubt I can do it. :/
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
“Don’t kid yourself, Tessa,” said Parminder. “Howard will do anything to make sure Miles is elected. You watch. He’ll go for Colin next.”
Tessa saw Colin’s knuckles whiten on his fork handle, and wished that Parminder would think before she spoke. She, of anyone, knew what Colin was like; she prescribed his Prozac.
Read if: you like character-driven stories, multiple POVs, small town stories, teenage and adult stories.
Don’t read if: you’re expecting a wizard to pop out and yell “Expelliarmus!”
This is so different from Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and I must admit, is a tad harder to get engrossed in. However, after a certain point, it picks up and hooks you in. I love that everyone in this story is flawed (some more than others), and you’ll find yourself, if not sympathizing, understanding where each of the characters stand. This is what I’d imagine Privet Drive and the Dursleys would be like if they didn’t have witches and wizards surrounding them.