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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood


                A plague has destroyed mankind leaving Jimmy with the Children of Crake, Crakers as he calls them. Crake is dead. Oryx is dead. It’s just Jimmy, the Crakers, and the genetic experiments like, pigoons, wolvogs, snats and rakunks. People had been pushing the boundaries with playing God for decades. The pleeblands had become cesspools for disease. Those who lived on compounds or modules were relatively safe because of the air purifiers. The vaccines were being created almost as fast as the diseases were spreading. Crake had theories about why that was before he died. That was before he created the Crakes, a species immune to diseases that held none of the human weaknesses. This is not a world I know. This is not a future I want. This is a world that envisions man at its breaking point because of the actions of man. We are to blame. This was highly interesting. From the beginning of this novel I was intrigued and invested. I spent most of t…

Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian

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Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian

                The Beatles were considered to be the respectable, clean, lovable boys from the North of England. Their signature hair was mimicked by up and coming bands and their hometown of Liverpool started drawing countless talent scouts looking for the next big thing. But this image of the Beatles was one created over time, in an effort to get noticed and sign a record deal. The Beatles started off playing in a cavern to a crowd of loyal fans who liked their rough behavior. In Hamburg, Germany where they played for countless hours, they had already started to experiment with drugs and have a lot of sex with groupies in a rundown room. This was before they started wearing all black and had choreographed bows. Then there was Beatlemania. Then came the Rolling Stones, five young men from posh London with a completely different upbringing than that of the Beatles. In an effort to stand out, the Rolling Stones began to act out and became known as t…

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu


               Well that was interesting, easy to read and enjoyable. I like Lu. She is subtle and knows how to draw out a plot while still making things interesting. She is unpredictable and man, can she bring a story together and wow you. I was not disappointed. I am interested. I am invested. I am patiently waiting for the next novel in this series to come out. The Young Elites is a story about Adelina Amouteru, a victim of the blood fever that ravaged the nation, who was left scarred and known, like many other scarred survivors, as a malfetto. She is considered cursed. Her father’s business is suffering. She suffers her father’s fury. His fury eventually releases her powers and she unwittingly kills him. Adelina is captured and sentenced to death. She is rescued by the Dagger Society and brought to Estenzia, the capital of Kenetira. The Dagger Society is a group of malfettos known as Young Elites that were left with powers and have been fighting against…

John by Cynthia Lennon

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John by Cynthia Lennon

                When I first heard that John Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia, had written a biography about him I was extremely excited. I have always enjoyed The Beatles music and been fascinated by John. What reason would someone have to kill a musician outside of his home? It was all incredibly fascinating to me and this biography seemed like a great opportunity to learn more about the man that was John Lennon. I was not disappointed. John Lennon was a complicated man and his relationship with his first wife was very revealing of his true nature. John was well written, informative and most of all, an extremely intimate look at John Lennon. Cynthia didn’t bash him, drag his name through the mud or berate him. She was honest about the way she felt about him, how their relationship came to be, how that same relationship fell into shambles and detailed the relationship John had with his son Julian. She expressed her pain, her joy, her love, their love and their strug…