Beemo's Books

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm - Greg Keyes

I am a huge Planet of the Apes fan.. I've got all the movies.. old and reboots. There is just not enough Apes in my opinion.. so when I heard about this book I had to read it. If you have seen the reboots, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes then you were probably as confused as I was. What happened between the two. There was just too much of a time jump between the Apes escaping and the start of the war between the humans. So Firestorm helps that out. It was well written, used enough background so you didn't have to have seen the movies if you didn't want to (not sure why no one would not want to). I'm glad I found the book and would recommend it to anyone who loves the Planet of the Apes movies. 

Here's hoping

Lest Camelot Fall - Danny Adams

I got this free for an honest review. The blurb was interesting enough that I begged for it. I need a break from Grendel: Behold the Devil and the fantasy stories I've been hitting this month. And really how can you go wrong with a story on King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. 

scary preimse

Injection Volume 1 - Warren Ellis

This is a typical Warren Ellis comic.. end of the world type caused by man.. throw in some magic and lots of science. The writing is good, the story is good, but the art work keeps you coming back. Declan Shalvey does a superb job of creating the look and feel of doom and magic meshed together. I'm glad I added this to my list and hope the story ends well for mankind but not too soon so I can enjoy more issues.  

Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin - Geoff Johns, Jim Lee

I picked this up only because I love Jim Lee's art work.. Haven't started yet and I'm not a huge super hero fan. But it is Jim Lee and it was cheap and it came with a video so why not. The pencils throughout are worth the price even if I don't like the story.. 

Going through some Teddy Stage..

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism - Edward Herrmann, Doris Kearns Goodwin

I just started this last night and I'm enjoying it so far.. I like the writing styles of our authors. It definitely doesn't read like a history book. 

Black Science, Vol. 1: How to Fall Forever - Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Dean White

I picked this up because I've been reading Low by Rick Remender and while waiting in line at C2E2 to get my first issue of Low signed I heard about Black Science. When you are waiting in line there really isn't much to do but talk about what else people are reading. Black Science was in most everyone's pile but my own, so I picked it up. 

 

Rick does a great job in presenting a science fiction story that reminded me of the B movies. I mean we had giant frogs trying to kill people, Ape people, inter dimensions an a group of scientists who well get into trouble. The story is great and the art work by Mateo Scalera and Dean White brought the world of Black Science right to your hands. 

 

I enjoyed it twice. I did have a bit of a problem figuring out the characters, they all looked the same for the most part, but after the second issue, I was able to discern who was who. 

 

If you like science fiction then pick up Black Science.. even if you don't like the story the art is worth it. 

Black Science, Vol. 1: How to Fall Forever - Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Dean White

Just picked this up, so I hope it's as good as Low. 

SPOILER ALERT!
While The Robot Slept - Dan L. Gray

I just finished this collection and I enjoyed it. At first it was a bit confusing I wasn't sure where robots fit in or what was exactly going on. But the author was able to weave an exciting tale with his introductions between short stories. I'm always amazed how easily some authors can set the tone of a story with so few words. Each individual story showed depth of character and described the surroundings completely without using cliche. Our main character is in a harsh future with no hope, which itself could be a story, yet Gray simply uses this to set up each individual short story. A small glimmer of hope, and anguish and bad ass action that I didn't want them to end. Using a magical photo album to present each was unique without being too expected or taking away from the stories. 

 

And the ending.. why? I'm one of those that prefers to know the exact thing not guess or assume, but I understand and accept it. I will definitely be looking for more work by Dan L. Gray. 

The Blacksmith's Son - Michael G. Manning

This story was in the Fierce Collection of short stories and I liked it. Each chapter starts with a journal entry which I mostly ignore but ended up reading as the story moved mainly to learn about the past. The concepts of religion I found fascinating and hope to see more in the other books. 

 

The dialog between the characters was quick and very easy, which made me feel more of the story. The side comments from our main character Mort made me chuckle and really pushed the story for me. 

 

This is your typical fantasy story main guy finds out he has powers, meets bad guy deals with all the normal cliche stuff, but Manning's use of dialog and scene setting made the story stand out a bit. It was a fast story and I do hope the others are as good. 

SPOILER ALERT!
The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) - Brian Staveley

The second book in the Unhewn Throne series was just as good as the first. Staveley spent more time developing his characters and taking his readers on an action packed journey. I'm really not sure why it took me weeks to read it. Our three main characters were interesting and their journey equally exciting. Staveley was able to establish each character's point of view well that I really couldn't decide who was my favorite. 

 

At first I was a bit disappointed with Adare, expecting more cliche type actions from a woman character but Staveley pulled her story through well. I do hope the next book brings us more details on the gods and the empire as it dealt with their past war. The bits and pieces provided via flashbacks seem lacking.

 

I would recommend this book and look forward to the next installment. 

I, Robot - Isaac Asimov

Asimov does not disappoint with this book of short stories based on robots. Taking into account this was written in the 1940s and published in 1950 his use of dialog flows naturally and his premise of the three laws of robotics and how he entwines them within his stories is astounding. The most scary for me was "Reason". The fact that a machine can believe in his own superiority and show such disdain for humanity was frightening. Asimov used these 3 laws throughout his stories and showed much about humanity and racism. His hope for the future was also humanity's greatest asset which shone brightly. I've never read any Asimov stories til now, but I definitely appreciate why he has such a great following even now. 

I love comics

Wytches #1 - Scott Snyder, Jock Wytches #2 - Scott Snyder, Jock Wytches #3 - Scott Snyder, Jock

Just finished the first story arc of Scott Snyder and Jock's Wytches, the first 6 issues. Snyder is most known for his Batman and Superman story arcs. I'm not a superhero person, but his Superman Unchained was very good, especially with Jim Lee's art work. Wytches is a horror story. The first 6 issues explain how our hero, Sailor, ends up as she is. It comes across as a straight what's going on type story, missing girl and trying to find the bad guys. Each issue bringing more dynamics about what is really happening to Sailor and her family. One major twist or two and you don't know what just happened and have to flip back a few pages to see if you just understood correctly what you read.. Snyder is that good. 

 

Jock's artwork was dark and shadowy just as you supposed a horror story should be. His use of color streams bursting on the page just adds more to the story and gives the reader a great feel for the terror our characters are feeling. And the end, which isn't an end according to Snyder, was just what we needed, a little bit of the superhero popping out. After all it is a comic story. 

Wasteland Omnibus (The Wasteland Chronicles, Books 1-3) - Kyle West

Kyle West seemed lost to me or rushed I think when doing this story. Book 1, Apocalypse had decent action and introduced the characters well to some extent. The fear of being outside the bunker was shown well but once our character Alex left and then survived so easily I got almost upset. West also takes some major leaps in the story but there was enough action to keep you reading until the end. It's a simple adventure story with some decent characters that you find yourself rooting for til the end. 

I, Robot - Isaac Asimov

 I' m going into this blind, having seen the movie only. I was unaware it was actually short stories. I'm looking forward to the group's discussion.

SPOILER ALERT!
The Daylight War - Peter V. Brett

The Daylight War was disappointing to me, especially after the second book, The Demon Spear was so well done. The second book laid the groundwork of a religious war between the two nations just so they both could fight a common enemy, the demons. Unfortunately instead of a war the author brought more characters, and more background about who was fighting, very little on why. I expected so much more and unfortunately felt as I wasted my time and perhaps could have skipped this book for #4. The only good thing was the cliffhanger ending that forced me to jump right into The Skull Throne just to see what happened. I will finish out the series just because I want to know why the Demons are so powerful, what happened to the humans that they are mere fodder and why the two nations have drifted so far apart in their natures. Let's hope we find out.

The Desert Spear - Peter V. Brett

Peter V Brett continued his story of the Demon Cycle in The Desert Spear eloquently describing his world and bringing more depth to his characters. I loved the book and can't wait to start The Daylight War. The religious aspects of the story were well established making the reader easily bring comparisons to current religion cultures. I wanted to hate Jardir for his holy war against the Northlanders but in the end rooted him on as the author showed a more cunning side to the corelings and the true nature of the desert people.