Book Review: Storykiller

Storykiller

I was a Kickstarter backer (I didn’t get The Girl Who Be King) and received the limited edition illustrated hardcover book with was numbered and signed. I really loved all the illustrations especially those of which were scenes from the book. Very beautiful.

Storykiller is an excellent novel. The short description author Kelly Thompson gave for the book “It’s classic Fiction meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer for a new generation.” is absolutely correct. I also loved the tagline “Fight your fiction.” which has an important role in the story.

Tessa is a great character who continues to develop throughout the story. You can feel her struggle with the burden of being the Last of the Scions-those who have the power to kill stories.
The complex world of the novel is explained very well by the author. She also does an excellent job of giving readers her spin on classic story characters such as the Snow Queen and Robin Hood both in their description and character development. Also Micah and Brand were great characters and they had great moments humorous and serious.

There were a few scenes in the book which were unclear or irrelevant to what was going on. I also felt that the pace was a little too fast. We didn’t have time in a few instances to dwell on what was going on.

Overall the story was great and I am curious as to what lies in store for Tessa, Micah, Brand, and their allies, frenemies, and enemies alike.

 

Book Review: Schrödinger’s Gat

Author: Robert Kroese

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Premise: 

Paul Bayes has begun to feel like all of his actions are dictated by forces beyond his control. But when his suicide attempt is foiled by a mysterious young woman named Tali, Paul begins to wonder if the future is really as bleak as it seems. Tali possesses a strange power: the ability to predict tragedies and prevent them from happening. The possibility of breaking free from the grip of fate gives Paul hope. But when Tali disappears, Paul begins to realize that altering the future isn’t as easy as it seems: you can fight the future, but the future fights back.

This quantum physics noir thriller takes readers on an adventure from beginning to end. It all begins with a suicide attempt by the main character Paul Bayes. Just as he’s about to step out in front of the oncoming train, a female voice-belonging to a young lady named Tali-cries out to him and Paul’s life was never the same afterwards.  

Excitement, mystery, and action is what the story is about and there’s never a dull moment as Paul unwillingly becomes a scientific detective in order to solve the mystery of Tali’s disappearance. 

Each character is  well-developed, realistic, and relatable. Their interactions with each other are well written, witty, and intriguing.  A dark humor is found throughout the story and it plays out well with the themes in the book. 

The science in the story may at first appear to fly over readers heads who aren’t well acquainted the terms and theories. Kroese however, writes the science in a way that it is easy to understand and readers won’t be overwhelmed. 

Overall the story moves at a balanced pace and it will keep readers involved in the story and invested in the characters. This is an excellent book and I look for more works from Kroese in the future.