Book Review: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles is historical fiction taking place in the 1950. This is a wonderful story about life and the many ways it can change either by standing up to change or being caught in the wave of it.The theme of the book is redemption, all the characters are trying to redeem themselves of either something they did or their family did. What I love is that all don’t succeed or have a very messed up view about redemption. I though this book was going to be a road book, where the characters get thrown off course to the California destination but eventually make it, but the opposite happens where the character by happenstance go backwards away form California. The narrative is the thing that really sticks out to me and what the writer Amor Towles is known for. The Narrative is told using 8-9 character perspectives, every character is unique and interesting, they do not just provide the narrative but a flashback to their own story and the redemption they seek. Other reviews have said that this story was slow but I was pretty hooked from the beginning and I felt a connection to the character immediately and wanted to know more about them. This book reminded me a lot The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah and the connection I had to it, it happened a round the same time period and had the same destination of California. The Lincoln Highway balances tragedy, humor, and joy evenly throughout. The ending was great and pretty perfect for where some of the characters were heading. This is going to be a book that I highly recommend. This book will be a great selection for a book club as there is a lot to explore.

Plot Summary: In the 1950’s Emmett, 18 is returning to his home after he is released early from an involuntary manslaughter, due to his father being dead. The bank forecloses on the house and the tractor but reluctantly lets him keep an old Studebaker the Emmett himself purchased before going to jail. His plan is to take his little brother Billy, 8 and start a new he was thinking Texas, but his brother finds old correspondence via postcards from his long abandoned mother from California. But before the plan starts they runs into Duchess and Wooley two inmates who stowed away and escaped when Emmett was released. They try to convince Emmett of a scheme to go to upstate New York and get Wooley’s trust fund and split it. Emmett declines and tells of his plans to go California, which they reluctantly agree. But when Duchess see’s an opportunity to borrow to car he takes it but it had a secret stash of money Emmett’s dad kept from the bank so he could start a new life.Emmett and Billy must now make it from Nebraska to New York on now money and get back the money and the car to start their destination.

What I Liked: The theme of redemption and how it was worked in. I love how the books and stories got worked in that all fit around the theme. The characters in this novel were great even the character’s I didn’t agree with, based on their life and background their choices made sense to them. I liked the little surprises in narrative how I thought things were going to go one way and flip another, like when Billy first meets Ulysses, and Billy and the author. I loved the character of Ulysses and how his narrative changed when he found out there was an epic poem called The Odyssey that featured a character Ulysses that mirrored points in his life. Duchess was my second favorite character even though his choice in life drive me crazy, he was a fun character to live through.

What I Disliked: I grew slightly frustrated of every time one character kept getting stranded, it was one time too many. I was bummed one character never go closure with their father, I feel like their could have been a draft where this happened, but might have been too long. In flashbacks we never really got the prison relationship of Wooley, Duchess and Emmett.

Recommendation: I highly recommend this excellent book, that pulled me in very deep. The writing really makes you feel what these characters are going through. This is a historical fiction based on the time but the theme is still very relevant. I rated The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles 5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Life Flight by Lynette Eason

Life Flight by Lynette Eason is a thriller with a hint of romance. This is the first book of a new series called Extreme Measures focusing on a different character in a connected universe, I guess like Bridgerton. Life Flight focus on two characters Penny, a helicopter rescue pilot and Holt a FBI agent with the narrative bouncing back and forth. Penny is the stand out character where I really enjoyed her scenes and the way she thinks. Holt had a couple of nice scenes but Penny steals the show. The plot of this story is pretty crazy, it reminded me of early James Patterson. The story was really easy to read and had a really good pace. There was a bad side plot that involved Holt’s sister which felt like it belonged in another book all together. I had fun with the plot even though it was such a stretch at times. The dialogue was really bad in some places that took be out of the story. Life Flight is me dipping my toes into the romance genre. I’ve always considered myself open with reading but romance is not something I ever really dipped into Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier be the closet thing. I had fun with a lot and was kind of shocked by the amount of dead bodies and some of the murders.

The Plot Summary: Penny is a helicopter rescue pilot that is getting forced down by an intense storm. She has to land on a mountain, the same Mountain that a serial killer prison escapee was last scene. Holt the FBI agent that was injured by the serial killer and once dated Penny is called to the mountain about the serial killer but also knows about the danger that Penny and her team are in. In an attempt to save Holt, Penny accidentally kills the serial killer that was stalking Holt. When the aftermath is over more bodies start piling up, this is not over and Penny and Holt are still targeted.

What I Liked: The Character of Penny was super interesting I wanted to spend more time with that character. I like the details of being a helicopter pilot. The twists are really fun and there is some good ones. I loved the final twist I figured out a couple pages before it was revealed but still enjoyed it. The killers’ plan was really crazy, I had too suspend a lot of belief but it was entertaining. I compared the plot to early James Patterson and I fell the villains and the plot would fit in that early Alex Cross universe. I liked the character of the stalker reporter and what happened with his character.

What I Disliked: Dialogue was pretty bad in a lot of places. The was little to know characterization to the words. The villains’ plan was fun but it test the reader with how much you have to suspend. The subplot about Holt’s sister was so bad and was so unnecessary. It did nothing to move the plt forward just to distract.

Recommendations: Life Flight is a novel you can love if you give into the crazy. I will compare it to a B-Movie, where the dialogue is not the best but the action is so appealing. if you suspend disbelief I thank you can enjoy this one. I rated Life Flight by Lynette Eason 3 out of 5 stars. I slightly considered 4 stars just based in pure fun.

Book Review: A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow is feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty. A Spindle Splintered is a novella and the 1st book in a series called Fractured Fables. This story is not you typical retelling, this book starts off in the real world and calls out how creepy and how the story hurts women, then the main character goes into the fairy tale, which reminded me of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, where some of the events in the story happened but are changed. The story is brutal in it’s knocking of the damsel in distress. The story cleverly ties the story of sleeping beauty to real word event, and telling the heartbreaking truth of where the fairy tale originated from. The story is fast paced for a book that is 128 pages I was able to read it easily in a day. The story is both fun and depressing, the story feels very “me too” conscious and doesn’t shy away from harsh truths but it is also filled with fun girl power moments and sassy pop culture references. The story is very LGBTQIA+ friendly with the main members of the cast all being representatives. The story is clever at times but goes a bit bonkers at certain points. The ending was okay, I wanted better.

The Plot Summary: Zinnia Gray is turning 21 and this is the last she will ever have, she is just like her favorite character Sleeping Beauty on her 21st birthday she will prick her finger and go in a 100 years sleep. On Zinnia’s 21 her best friend Charm sets up a sleeping beauty themed birthday with a spindle, when Zinnia pricks her finger she is transported in to the story of sleeping beauty. Zinnia takes it on herself not to make Sleeping Beauty a victim and stops her from pricking her finger. They go to the spell caster and find out maybe it wasn’t a curse at all but a blessing.

What I Liked: The pop culture references were great I could of had a lot more. I think the story does a great job at analyzing Sleeping Beauty and what the story means and where the origin does come from. The girl power moment was crazy but I loved it so much. I love the character of Charm Zinnia’s best friend, she has great lines and love most of what happened with her character. I liked how the story was told. I liked the LGTBQIA+ characters being represented.

What I Disliked: I thought Zinnia and Charm were a couple so I was upset when one of them start going after someone else, then I thought maybe a throuple situation was going on, but I guess Zinnia and Charm weren’t together just very close friends, there relationship could have been way better established. The ending was trying to do it was all a dream, and it’s real. It should’ve picked one.

Recommendation: I think women are going to get a lot more out of this than I did. I thought this novella had some real shining moments, that girl power scene was so awesome. I will recommend you checking it out if you love fairy tale retelling, if you love LGTBQIA+ main characters, and if you love feminist stories. I rated A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow 3 stars. This book was such a toss up whether 3 or 4 I felt it was slightly a 3 over a 4.

Book Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir puts the “science” in science fiction. It services as both a compelling story and a lesson in science that is fascinating and not boring. This book is filled with twist and discovery. The story is told from the perspective of Grace Ryland a man with no memory waking in space, we get his backstory as he slowly starts to remember. The narrative really works and leads to a lot of discovery about science and personal insights to his character. There’s no love interest and I give props because there could have been one, but it is a character that had devoted his life to science and in the end that’s what he does. My lack of science could fill a library full of book shelves, but I came away learning a lot about measurements and the scientific method. This book had a surprising amont of humor that were layered throughout the novel. For a novel about one character this story is very compelling. Ryan Gosling is attached to the film, which I can easily see him as this character and can handle the humor and drama of it. The ending of Project Hail Mary is so freaking perfect, it was not what I was thinking, but man did Weir nail it.

The Plot Summary: Grace Ryland finds himself on a spaceship with two dead crew mates. He has no memory of where he is and how he got there. He slowly starts to remember who he is what he discovered and that he is on a suicide mission as Earth’s last hope to save the planet. He remembers he’s not an astronaut but a school teacher that is out of his element. He must use the science he knows to find out why a star and planet, is free from an alien race that is blocking the sun.

What I Liked: The plot was really compelling and I love how the story unfolded. The main character you couldn’t help rooting for an nice guy that was sacrificing himself not for a loved one but for his students. The backstory really worked and explained how a middle school science teacher can get wrapped up in plot to save earth. The ending, I’ve already said is so freaking perfect, I can’t think of a recent ending that got everything so right. The ending is bittersweet but so perfect for the character that it made me well up a little. I loved the science only a couple a small times was I like I’m completely lost on what is happening, which really speaks to how well the science is described. Rocky is great and so much fun as a character.

What I Disliked: There were times when the ship the Hail Mary was really hard to visualize, a schematic would have been a great help. The pacing was mainly good but there was a couple times at the beginning it could have been slightly better.

Recommendations: Read this book! Project Hail Mary was so good, the plot went in really interesting places you could not predict. For science lovers and a good intro to people like me who don’t know science that well. This book was so great I wasn’t able to talk about some aspects of the book because I don’t want it spoiled in any way, but what a fantastic ride. I have not read the Martian or Artemis but plan on adding it to my TBR. I rated Project Hail Mary 5 out of 5 stars, this book is easily my favorite book I have read this year so far.

TBR: April 2022

April 2022 TBR list: last month I read 6 books on my TBR list, I shot for seven but am going to keep it at 6 this month.  I had a lot of library holds come in so I will be focused on that this month.  I have one advanced reader copy book from netgalley this month.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir from the novelist of The Martian the was adapted to a movie starring Matt Damon.  I have not read the Martian, but I will now as I’m already half way through Project Hail Mary.  This book is really great it puts the Science in Science Fiction.  You get a science lesson and a compelling story.  This is a book that got heavily recommended to me and I’m glad I listened.

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles is a historical fiction taking place in the 1950’s America.  This book is supposed to be a sweeping epic about American life in the 1950’s. It filled with multiple viewpoints. I’ve heard this book is great but slow.  This is a library book, if I had to drop one book this would be it, due to page count and been told it is slow but I hope life gives me time.

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow this novella is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and a series of Fractured Fables.  I’m a big fan of Fairy Tale retellings and I was a big fan of The Ten Thousand Doors of January.   

Harley Quinn: Reckoning: By Rachael Allen is a young adult novel featuring the queen of crime Harley Quinn. This is a teenage version of Harley, when she was known as Harleen. His novel takes a feminist approach to her character rebelling at the way she is a school, and joins a gang of females called the Reckoning.  I love the character of Harley can’t wait to read this one. Harley Quinn: Reckoning will be published on April 26 2022

Life Flight by Lynette Eason sound pretty wild and the start of a series called Extreme Measures. The Plot is an EMS helicopter pilot is forced to land on a mountain with a critical patient and a serial killer on the loose. This story sounds crazy and I have to read it.

Goosebumps: My Hairiest Adventure by R. L. Stine is Goosebumps book 26.  This story had my favorite twist from the Goosebumps TV series all I remember is the twist.  I hope the story is great on this one.

Wrap Up: March 2022 Book Reviews

Dear Readers, March was an okay month for reading I read 6 books this month. I read all but 1 book on my TBR.  My ratings for this month were the lowest average review so far since I started reviewing 3 and a half years ago 0 five star, 2 fours star and 4 three star. I read 1 graphic novel, 2 science fiction, and 2 horror this month, I read 3 books in a series, 3 advance reader copies (thanks to Netgalley). I only started 1 new series Stars and Bones

Four Star Reviews:


Sundial by Catriona Ward is a family dysfunction horror novel.  The novel is scary in a psychological way that chills the reader. This is Catriona Ward follow up to the blockbuster the Last House on Needless Street which I loved and rated 5 stars. Sundial is a little slower and more of a slow burn horror with lots of tension leading up to crazy twist. This novel has two main perspectives Rob the mother to two young girls Callie and Annie, Callie Rob’s daughter is the other perspective we view. The twists come all at the end and for the most part they’re good and make sense to the narrative. They’re two narratives one in the present which was super tense and one in the past takes a really long time to get going. Thanks to Netgalley and Tor Nightfire for letting me read it. Sundial as published on March 1 2022.

Stars and Bones by Gareth L. Powell was my favorite book this month. It is a clevesr science fiction about the world’s survival after earth has already blown up. The novels plot is half the science fiction horror movie Life meets half of 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. This novel gets pretty brutal and no one is safe. The pace of the novel is good as you and the character’s race for time and answers. The big Science Fiction ideas get a little heady but I felt I was able to follow along pretty well. The backstory for the plot and how the earthlings got to this moment in time was the highlight. Stars and Bones was brutal and gory at times as bodies are broken apart and reformed not always in the right way making them nightmare creatures. The narrative pick 6 characters to tell the story, we stay with Eryn for most of it and the other character fill in the past and other areas that are important to the narrative that she is not involved yet.  I read Stars and Bones thanks to Netgalley and Titan Books. Star and Bones by Gareth L. Powell is published on March 1 2022.

Three Star Reviews:

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a fun domestic thriller. This is my third read of the four books Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have published. They really know how to twist a relationship and man are there some twists. I’m always captivated by  the relationships and how they are portrayed. The Golden Couple is super fast paced, and makes for a very fast read. The novel tells the story from two viewpoints, one the radical marriage councilor and the other the woman who cheated and wants to save her marriage. The character of Avery and her radical on the fringe marriage councilor was great, even if there was no mystery her approach to marriage counseling was so interesting. This book was my least favorite from these authors, which isn’t that bad since I have loved the last 2. My biggest issue was the story trying to tie the story in a nice bow, which was just a stretch, there was a side story that did not need to blend into the main story. Thanks to Netgally and St. Martin’s Press for letting me read this book for review. The Golden Couple is published on March 8 2022.

Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older is the second middle grade novel in Star War’s High Republic Series. I was blown away by the first book in this series and how the stories are about children but are still taken very seriously in the Star Wars Universe. This novel is way more connected to the High Republic’s other novels especially The Rising Storm. Reader might feel disappointed because the heroes that we spent time with time with in the first middle grade novel A Test of Courage are barely in this novel, we instead get new heroes that have not existed previously in the High Republic. Of the new young padawans Ram is might favorite which his force powers able to connect to machines than they do people. The story is really action packed character development takes a backseat.

Attack of the Mutant by R. L. Stine is the 25th Goosebumps in the regular series order. Attack of the Mutant definitely goes after that comic book audience. There’s so slight horror but more of an adventure. This is one I think I would have liked as a kid, I was a big comic book reader, but now as an adult that cares about story, this goosebumps has one heck of a gapping plot hole. This story is all about tease until you get to the end. The tease is good but it goes too far with just having jump scares and nothing solid. I did like the final twist at the end. When the do talk about comics in this novel it brings up Jack Kirby’s Captain America and Todd McFarland’s Spawn. I was a big fan of this episode of Goosebumps it featured Adam West and was a double episode.

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 12 by Stan Lee is the last volume that Stan Lee wrote a majority of the Spiderman issues, he still has input on the stories but does not write the scripts after this. This volume only two notable villains Doc Ock and Kraven the Hunter, then no name villains like Hammerhead, the misunderstood Gibbon, The Smasher and the Disrupter. Spiderman battles the Hulk and a hellbent Thunderbolt Ross which was actually the weakest issues even with sometimes cool battle scenes. We finally get the mystery solved of where Aunt May has been missing. This volume had the first reprise issues, a failed release of a new Spiderman series the Spectacular Spider-Man that only had 2 issues and was featured in Marvel Masterworks The Amazing Spider-Man volume 7, was republished. 

Book Review: Star Wars – Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older

Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older is the second middle grade novel in Star War’s High Republic Series. I was blown away by the first book in this series and how the stories are about children but are still taken seriously in the Star Wars Universe. This novel is way more connected to the High Republic’s other novels especially The Rising Storm. Reader might feel disappointed because the heroes that we spent time with time with in the first middle grade novel A Test of Courage are barely in this novel, we instead get new heroes that have not existed previously in the High Republic. Of the new young Padawans Ram is might favorite which his force powers able to connect to machines than they do people. The story is really action packed character development takes a backseat. This novel tell the story with two perspectives Rams and Lula and Zeen’s which were introduced in High Republic Adventures comics ( which I haven’t read). This novel is good but I feel it relies heavily on having read The Rising Storm. It’s is almost an echo story we take a disaster and then we focus on one part of it but we still want to include everything that happened in the other novel.

The Plot: Ram a padawan who toils in repair shop Crashpoint Peak has noticed a group messing with the communications Tower on Valo. This is on the Eve of a galaxy- wide fair that is working a Republic peace talk as well. Ram discovers it is the Nihil a dangerous group that killed a lot of Jedi mere months ago blowing up a starship as the Jedi plan to patrol the outer rim. The Nihil fire upon him as he tries to go about fixing it, he retreats and must tell the bigger Jedi, but they are concerned with pulling off the big event. He deals with a security guard that looks him up while sending a message out. Lula and Zeen are on a mission investigating a Nihil attack and learn of a bigger one that they can’t pinpoint then they see Ram message and must help him since now Valo is radio silent as all the towers have been taken. Can Lula and Zeen get with Ram to stop this Attack or get help to Valo.

What I Liked: Ram’s force power of connecting with machines was cool and I liked how it helped in aiding him and I liked how he struggled in the Jedi Powers we know like mind control. The mind control scene where the security wouldn’t say exactly what was asked and the moving of the hand got called out for being unnecessary. There was a big moment in The Rising Storm where a zoo is breached and all the creatures are released, which we got a couple more creatures to see. The action is pretty non stop.

What I Disliked: Is how connected this story is to The Rising Storm, I don’t think the reader would be able to figure out the whole plot without reading The Rising Storm first. There’s barely any character development which is a shame because that is what I enjoyed some much from A Test of Courage the first middle grade book. Zeen’s reasons for not being a Jedi didn’t make much sense, maybe it is explained more in The High Republic Adventures comics.

Recommendations: This is a fun book, but ultimately I felt readers can not enjoy with out having read The Rising Storm. I can not recommend it with out having read that book. Then you have a laugh or two and go as fun as that story was it wasn’t necessary, to the larger story and didn’t add anything to the characters. I rated Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older 3 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a fun domestic thriller. This is my third read of the four books Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have published. They really know how to twist a relationship and man are there some twist. I’m always captivated by the the relationships and how they are portrayed. The Golden Couple is super fast paced, and makes for a very fast read. Te novel tells the story from two view points, one the radical marriage councilor and the other the woman who cheated and who wants to save her marriage. The character of Avery and her radical on the fringe marriage councilor was great, even if their was no mystery her approach to marriage counseling was so interesting. This book was my least favorite from these authors, which is that bad since I loved the last ones. My biggest issue was them trying to tie the story in a nice bow, which was just a stretch, it was a side story that did not need to blend into the main story. It ruined the ending they have a character acting very out of character and make a threat that this reader didn’t believe for a second. Thanks to Netgally and St. Martin’s Press for letting me read this book for review. The Golden Couple is published on March 8 2022.

The Plot Summary: Avery is a rebel marriage councilor, that makes her living being on the fringe and literally stalking her clients. Marissa is a want to be client who has just cheated on her husband, and brought here husband along to tell him. Avery is taken a back and not ready for the reveal, the way her husband answers is a sign Avery can work with them. But as she follows them she finds more secrets than she bargained for and clients that might be playing her. Avery has her own stalker in a firm trying to get information on a whistle blower that was a client of hers and Avery who blew the whistle. Who watcher the watcher?!

What I Liked: Avery and her radical marriage councilor ideas, I was just interested in the ideas, and thought they were super interesting even without the mystery aspect. I wouldn’t mind seeing this character again. The two person narrative was really effective in keeping up the pace. I enjoyed most of the twist leading up to the finale. I did like what happened with two side character’s Polly and Natalie. I liked how easy this story was to picture, and how fast a read it was.

What I Disliked: there’s two twist in the wrap up that i just didn’t care for I didn’t need for Avery and Marissa story to wrap up together, and Avery final line was so fake, and the person she said it to I feel would see through it with their line of work. I would have liked to see more of the wild card character that was an ex that threatens Avery and her daughter but never comes back, I though she should have been a bigger part, but is gone after that scary threatening scene.

Recommendation: If your looking for a good domestic thriller then this book will give you a couple. I’m a fan of these authors. I wanted this story to be stronger and have a better ending, but the book is pretty fun and well paced. I will barely recommend this one I feel the ending really hurt this one and it takes a little while to get the full stakes of the story. I rated The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 3 out of 5 stars, This reviews was really close to a 4 star review like 3.4 but ultimately a 3 star.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 12 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 12 by Stan Lee is the last volume that Stan Lee wrote a majority of the Spiderman issues, he still has input on the stories but does not write the scripts after this. This volume has only two notable villains Doc Ock and Kraven the Hunter, then no name villains like Hammerhead, the misunderstood Gibbon, The Smasher and the Disrupter. Spiderman battles the Hulk and a hellbent Thunderbolt Ross which was actually the weakest issues even with sometimes cool battle scenes. We finally get the mystery solved of where Aunt May has been missing. This volume had the first reprise issues, a failed release of a new Spiderman series the Spectacular Spider-Man that only had 2 issues and was featured in Marvel Masterworks The Amazing Spider-Man volume 7, was republished. I was a little surprised how much the comic did change one character was dead in the original so I knew they were going to have to go around that, but pleasantly surprised that a story was just okay was made a little better, the beginning is the exact same and the ending is only slightly different. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 12 by Stan Lee collect issues 110-120 of The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Plot Summaries: A man who looks and can climb like a monkey joins the circus, only they wanted him for the freak show not for his acrobatics. He leaves the circus but takes his monkey costume and becomes the Gibbon inspired by Spiderman, but he gets tricked by Kraven the Hunter and eats the berries of power the same ones the Black Panther takes, but it makes him even more monkey like, and Kraven gets him to blame Spiderman. Peter finds Aunt May in an enemies lair, while a gang war goes on. Spiderman spots the Smasher destroying an anti gang/mob candidate, but why and who is the disrupter and what does he stand for? Peter Parker gets sent on assignment to Canada to photograph the Hulk, but the Hulk is hunted by Thunderbolt Ross and won’t stop until the Hulk is dead and he might take Spiderman out too.

What I Liked: The art of Gil Kane, John Romita Jr. looks great they really have captured Peter Parker and give Spiderman some cool moves. The reissue turned into 3 issue was good, and different I thought it was going to be the same but has lots of different beats, and seamlessly brings Peter Parker and Spiderman’s personal problems. The Doc Ock saga is always good, and goes in a direction you’re not thinking.

What I Disliked: I do miss that they took my favorite scene from the reissue when Jamison stands up for journalist integrity. This volume is lacking on good stories there’s great scenes but not great stories. The Hulk Story was the worst didn’t care for anyone the military, and really horrible dialogue by every soldier.

Recommendation: This volume is just okay and does not add anything to the character of Spiderman. Th only on going story line is the trouble with Aunt May, first Peter is worried where she is when he finds her he worries she’s in danger, these character’s switched. I say you can skip this volume, the next volume teases the return of the Green Goblin which I’m looking forward to. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 12 by Stan Lee 3 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Stars and Bones by Gareth L. Powell

Stars and Bones by Gareth L. Powell is a science fiction with about the worlds survival after earth has already blown up. The novels plot is half the science fiction horror movie Life meets half of 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. This novel gets pretty brutal and no one is safe. The pace of the novel is good as you and the character’s race for time and answers. The big Science Fiction ideas get a little heady but I felt I was able to follow along pretty well. The backstory for the plot and how the earthlings got to this moment in time was the highlight. Stars and Bones was brutal and gory at times as bodies are broken apart and reformed not always in the right way making them nightmare creatures. The narrative pick 6 characters to tell the story, we stay with Eryn for most of it and the other character fill in the past and other areas that are important to the narrative that she is not involved yet. The beginning of the novel is super overwhelming as it is all exposition and history which I thought is this the second book in a series because there is so much to absorb, I promise you readers this is the first book and will make more sense later. I do not read a lot of science fiction that is not Star Wars but I really enjoyed this story and the imagination behind it. I read Stars and Bones thanks to Netgalley and Titan Books. Star and Bones by Gareth L. Powell is published on March 1 2022.

The Plot Summery: 75 Years from now the Earth will be at war and on the verge of armageddon, but as the missiles flew at the and entity was watching and stepped in. A scientist just hours before had found the substrate a way of which to travel from place to place over distance. Years after this all the earthlings are on giant arcs looking for a new home, they travel through the substrate searching light years in the future. Where a survey team finds a land full of bones, then run into an enemy that takes the humans apart and reassembles making a new creature. Eryn is on the search for her sister a member of the survey team. Eryn and her crew barely escape with their lives, but the the enemy follows and wants all the lives on arcs. Eryn must solve a mystery that began when people left earth.

What I Liked: I loved the idea for this story, it was wild and fun. I liked how action packed it got at times. I liked the character of Eryn and her willingness to sacrifice what she cared about. I liked the bad guys, I wanted a little bit more when it was revealed what it was at the end but was satisfied up until that point. I loved Sam the talking cat, and his musings on the world but still had cat moments. I loved the arcs and how they were all different and came with it’s own theme. The pace was really great it made it a pretty easy read. I liked that the enemy kept evolving and perfecting the way it put people back together, so it made it hard to tell who had already died and was actually the enemy. I loved the backstory that was created.

What I Disliked: Eryn has this big moment with the enemy, explaining why she sacrificed and did everything to raise her sisters kid, then when everything was said and done she doesn’t end up raising the kid, this was very frustrating. there was kind of a reason but it wasn’t good enough after everything Eryn sacrificed. The beginning was too much exposition, I literally stopped reading to check if this was a sequel, but it was not, there was so much it felt like one.

Recommendation: Stars and Bones is a fun ride with lots at stake. This is the first book in a trilogy and I’m excited for the next cause I have no idea where this is going to go but I like the idea of the arcs. I recommend you check out Stars and Bones it is not blow your mind science fiction but it is science fiction done really well like a combination of 4 really good ideas and episodes from Star Trek. When I found out what the enemy was it felt very Star Trek, but a good episode of Star Trek. I rated Stars and Bones by Gareth L. Powell 4 out of 5 stars. I debated for a little bit going to 5 stars but felt 4 is where it belongs.