Kazu Kibuishi – Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Graphix

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Divus gadus pēc traģiskas tēva nāves autoavārijā, Emīlija kopā ar mazo brāli Navinu un māti Kārenu no lielpilsētas finansiālu apsvērumu dēļ pārvācas uz mazāku pilsēteli vien ar 28 000 iedzīvotāju, un ievācas ģimenei piederošā un drusku nolaistā mājā. Māja tomēr nav nekāda parastā un tai ir arī savi noslēpumi, no kuriem viens saistās ar vecvectēvu.

Kontrole pār notikumiem zūd brīdī, kad kāds radījums nolaupa Kārenu, un Emīlija un Navins piespiedu kārtā kļūst par varoņiem ne tikai, lai izglābtu māti, bet iespējams arī kaut kam nopietnākam pēcāk, vismaz Emīlija noteikti.

Centienos izglābt māti, Emīlija un Navins atklāj brīnumainu, paralēlu pasauli, kur par varu cīnās dažādi spēki. Par laimi, abi savos piedzīvojumos viņi nav vieni, jo līdzās stājas vecvectēva radītie roboti. Ilustrācijas kopā ar sižetu ir vienkārši super! Negribas likt pilnībā maksimālu vērtējumu, jo gan jau būs vēl labāk. : )

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Two years after the tragic death of their father Emily and Navin together with their mother Karen  because of financial reasons move from a big city to a smaller one with just 28 000 citizens, and move into an old and a bit neglected house that belongs to the family. The house however isn’t just any ordinary house; it has its own secrets and mysteries from which one is connected to their great-grandfather.

The control over the events are lost after a some kind of creature kidnaps Karen, and Emily and Navin are forced to become heroes not just to save their mother but possibly also for something much more serious. At least for Emily.

In their effort to rescue their mother, Emily and Navin discover wonderful parallel world in which many sides struggle for power. Luckily in their adventures Emily and Navin aren’t alone because they have help from robots that their great-grandfather built. The art together with the story line are just amazing! I don’t want to give full max rating only because it probably will get better. : )

Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples – Saga, Volume 3 (Saga: Collected Editions #3)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the Hugo Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Y: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples (North 40, Red Sonja), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

 

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Varētu teikt Alanu un Marko kopā saveda daiļliteratūras grāmata ‘’A Night Time Smoke’’, tāpēc cerībā pēc palīdzības un padoma, viņi visi dodas pie autora D. Oswald Heist. Pirmais iespaids nav diez ko daudzsološs, bet, par laimi, tas ir mānīgs.

Bez pašiem galvenākajiem varoņiem interesants sižets bija par diviem reportieriem, kuru darbs dažiem ir kā kaitinošs traucēklis, un arī The Will, viņa kaķis un Gvendolina. Pēdējie divi noslēgumā sastopas ar Alanu, Marko un viņu draugiem. Jāsaka, ka tādus pavērsienus nebiju gaidījis; asintiņu netrūkst.

Diemžēl ne visiem šī sastapšanās beidzas veiksmīgi. Cik varēju saprast, tad ceturtais voljums laika ziņā nebūs tieši uzreiz pēc trešā. Patīkami, ka varu dot aizvien augstāku vērtējumu! Par to šķiet var teikt paldies līdzi jūtamiem tēliem un labam sižetam (līdz šim).

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You might say that Alana and Marko are together thanks D. Oswald Heist’s book A Night Time Smoke, and that’s why their next stop is the author’s home. The first impression of him isn’t the best one but luckily it’s deceptive.

Besides our main characters there were also interesting plot with two reporters whose job is makes some irritated and nervous; and also The Will, The Lying Cat and Gwendolyn were good. The last two meet Alana, Marko and others at the end. I have to say that I didn’t expect what happened at the end; plenty of blood too.

Unfortunately for some this meeting ends rather lifelessly. If I understood correctly the fourth volume doesn’t start right after this one. I’m happy that I can give higher rating to each volume! I guess the thanks goes to characters you can empathize to and a good plot (so far).

John Layman, Rob Guillory – Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice (Chew #1-5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He’s been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no plašā www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Tonijs kļūst par aģentu F.D.A. aģentūrā, kas, šķiet, pamatā nodarbojas ar vistu un to produktu, tai skaitā gaļas, kontroli, kas kopš putnu gripas uzliesmojuma aizliegti. Kas padara Toniju īpašu ir viņa spējas, apēdot, piemēram, ābola kumosu viņš spēs pateikt, kas ar to ticis darīt, un, kā tas izaudzēts, līdz tam brīdim.

Ar šādām spējām Tonijs nav vienīgais, līdzīgi ir arī ar viņa jauno partneri (īslaicīgi gan) Meisonu Savoju. Ainas ar viņu vismaz pagaidām bijušas iespaidīgas; tā teikt badass. Neiztrūkst arī visai grafisku un asiņainu epizožu, bet tik ļoti, lai riebumā novērstos vai kā, arī nav.

Var arī drusku pasmaidīt un iesmiet; ir neliels (melnais) humors. Patika arī segmenti, dodot nelielu tēla aprakstu. Ir gan labas bildes, kuras pētīt, gan teksts pietiekoši daudz; nav tā kā vienā mirklī sāc un gandrīz vai esi pie beigām.

                                                                                                                                           

Tony Chu becomes an F.D.A. agent which mostly deals with control of chickens and their products including meat that are illegal since the outbreak of bird flu. What makes Tony special is his ability, after eating something, for example an apple, even just from a bite he knows how it’s been grown and what has done to it until that moment.

Tony isn’t the only one with such abilities, his new partner (but not for long) Mason Savoy have something similar. All parts with him are spectacular and just badass. There are some gory and bloody moments but not so bad to turn away or something like that.

At some points the smile just creeps in, there’s a good, little (black) humor. I also liked the parts with little description of some characters. The art is good; enough to spend some time to stare at them and enough text so you don’t finish the book in a flash.

Annelie Wendeberg – The Lion’s Courtship (Anna Kronberg Thriller #0.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

London, 1885. Anna Kronberg hides in the city’s most notorious slum, offering medical treatment to prostitutes, beggars, and criminals of all kinds. None of her neighbours knows her true identity and she makes sure it stays that way. When the Irish thief Garret O’Hare breaks into her home in the dead of the night, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound and collapsing on her bed, her life begins to take a deadly turn.

Prequel to the bestselling Anna Kronberg Thriller series.
This book is not for the faint-hearted. Explicit language, explicit medical scenes, violence, poverty, and prostitution are depicted without prettifying.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Medmāsa Anna palīdz tiem, kuriem citi iet apkārt ar līkumu. Bez viņas trūcīgākajiem būtu vēl grūtāk nekā tas jau ir. Savas zināšanas Anna sniedz arīdzan priekamāju iemītniecēm un dažam labam kriminālistam. Ne kurš katrs tā varētu! Bet Annai Kronbergai ir savi noslēpumi, kurus viņa labprāt paturētu pie sevis uz mūžīgiem laikiem. Piebildīšu vien to, ka viens noslēpums saistīts ar identitātes maiņu.

Kramplauzis Garets starp citiem izceļas jau vien ar savu augumu un kopējo miesasbūvi. Vienā vakarā viņš ar šautu brūci uzrodas Annas dzīvē kā sniegs uz galvas, kas aizsāk abu tālākos piedzīvojumus. Attiecību turpinājums nešķita samākslots, bet gan tieši vietā. Skatpunkts mainās starp abiem (un vēl dažiem tēliem), tāpēc lasītājs uzzina gan Annas, gan Gareta domas un izjūtas. Jāņem vērā, ka Garets nav nekāds prasts zaglis, bet gan ar labu gaumi literatūrā. Protams, izvēles iespējas aprobežojas ar apzagto māju grāmatu plauktiem. Bez teātra izrādes mūzikas vēl viens pamudinājums izlasīt Frankenšteinu. : )

Savu nosacīto šarmu piedod darbības laiks un arī vieta – 1885.g., Londona.

Papildus trilleriskumam un mistērijai tiek pievienots, kad viena no prostitūtām dažas dienas pēc Annas palīdzības pēc iepriekšējās dienas klienta pāridarījuma tiek atrasta nogalināta. Par slepkavu prīkvelā dotas vien pāris norādes, turklāt pat ne viņa īstais vārds. Tā kā Anna interesējas par pazudušo meiteni un pastāv iespēja, ka viņa piesaista sev lieku uzmanību, kā arī policijai ne silts, ne auksts par vienu prostitūtu mazāk, tad Garets ar draugiem ņem lietu savās rokās.

Pēdējā nodaļa atklāj, ka viss pilnībā pēc plāna nav noticis un ļaunie spēki var ļauni iesmiet. Nav nemaz citas izvēles, kā vien ķerties klāt The Devil’s Grin.

Pēc ilgāka laika jūtams, ka izlasīts ļoti labs lasāmgabals. Kur gan biju agrāk?! :D Jāpiekrīt apraksta pēdējam teikumam, ka ir vairākas epizodes ir samērā grafiskas un nebūtu ieteicamas jaunākajai auditorijai.

                                                                                                                                           

Nurse Anna helps to those who others would rather imagined nonexistent. Without her the life for poor would be even harder than it already is. Her knowledge she also give to inhabitants of brothels and also to some cracksman. Not everyone could do what she does! But Anna Kronberg has her secrets that she would prefer no one ever finds out about. I’m just gonna say one of them contains identity change.

Garret O’Hara, a skillful cracksman, stands out in the crowd with his height and bulk. On one night he shows up in Anna’s life like from clear sky with a gunshot wound, and that is the beginning of their association. Their relationship doesn’t feel artificial, but just right. POV changes between them (and also few more other characters have the chance), so the reader can find out how both Anna and Garret feels about each other. It should be considered that Garret isn’t just any simple minded burglar, but with good taste also in literature, of course his reading choice is limited by the houses he gets into.

The time and place which the story takes place has its relative charm – 1885, London.

More thriller and mystery is added when one of the prostitutes few days after Anna’s help after the client hurt her in the previous day goes missing and later is found dead. In the prequel there are only few hints about the murder’s identity, even his real name is not revealed. Since Anna is interested in about the missing girl and who hurt her, also police doesn’t care if there is one less prostitute alive or not, Garret with his friends takes the matter in their hands.

The last chapter reveals that maybe not everything went according to plans. There isn’t even any different possibility thinking about what to read next! – definitely The Devil’s Grin.

After a while I have read very good story. Where was I sooner?! :D I have to agree to the last sentence in the synopsis that this book has some graphic episodes and isn’t for the youngest audience, but I don’t know about the faint-hearted.

Tess Gerritsen – Ice Cold (Rizzoli & Isles #8)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

New York Times” bestselling author Tess Gerritsen’s relentless, inventive novels take readers on pulse-racing thrill rides that are as satisfying as they are heart-stopping. Now, in this edge-of-your-seat suspense novel, a mysteriously isolated town stands abandoned as a silent watcher waits.
In Wyoming for a medical conference, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles joins a group of friends on a spur-of-the-moment ski trip. But when their SUV stalls on a snow-choked mountain road, they’re stranded with no help in sight.
As night falls, the group seeks refuge from the blizzard in the remote village of Kingdom Come, where twelve eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Something terrible has happened in Kingdom Come: Meals sit untouched on tables, cars are still parked in garages. The town’s previous residents seem to have vanished into thin air, but footprints in the snow betray the presence of someone who still lurks in the cold darkness–someone who is watching Maura and her friends.
Days later, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli receives the grim news that Maura’s charred body has been found in a mountain ravine. Shocked and grieving, Jane is determined to learn what happened to her friend. The investigation plunges Jane into the twisted history of Kingdom Come, where a gruesome discovery lies buried beneath the snow. As horrifying revelations come to light, Jane closes in on an enemy both powerful and merciless–and the chilling truth about Maura’s fate.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Savā pieejā noziegumam, tā izmeklēšana un atklāšanai Ice Cold labā veidā atšķiras no iepriekšējām sērijas grāmatām.

Pēc kārtējās darba konferences, šoreiz Vaiomingā, un vilšanās pilnas telefonsarunas ar Danielu, Maura piekrīt kopā paziņu no mācību laikiem doties sniegotā piedzīvojumā kopā ar vēl trim līdzbraucējiem. Bet, kad uznāk sniega vētra un laikapstākļi krasi pasliktinās, viss no laba aiziet pilnībā šķērsām. Pierādās, ka, pat esot 100% optimistam, tas nepalīdz, ja kāds vispirms šauj un jautā pēc tam.

Kad Maura neraksturīgi sev paredzētajā laikā nav atpakaļ, nedod par sevi ziņu un neatbild uz zvaniem, viņas draugi un kolēģi sāk uztraukties. Kā likuma pārstāvjiem Džeinai un viņas vīram FBI aģentam Gabrielam ir vieglāk virzīt meklēšanas procesu, bet līdzi dodas arī mācītājs Daniels un Antonijs no Mefisto kluba.

Sākotnēji izmeklēšanā visu uzmanība vērsta uz reliģisku kopienu/sektu. Lai gan ne bez pamata, valda stereotipi. Intriģējoša pirmā nodaļa.

No tēliem vēl gribētos pieminēt Džulianu Henriju Pērkinsu un viņa kompanjonu, suni vārdā Bear. Abiem būtiska loma pēc sastapšanās ar Mauru.

Pārsvarā nodaļas ir no Mauras skatpunkta; situācija, kurā viņa nonākusi, atklāj citu Mauras īpašību kopumu un raksturu. Grāmatai arī kopumā ir daudz psiholoģiskāks spēks.

Alternatīvais nosaukums The Killing Place.

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In its approach to  the crime and investigation Ice Cold in a good way is different from previous books in the series.

After another work related conference at Wyoming and disappointing phone call with Father Daniel Brophy, Maura agrees to go to a ski resort with an acquaintance from college, his daughter and two friends. But when the snow storm starts and weather gets horrible everything from good goes to bad and then worse. It proves that even being 100% optimist doesn’t help if someone shoots first and asks later.

When Maura doesn’t come back when she should and doesn’t answer to her calls, her friends and colleagues start to worry. Being representatives of law it’s easier for Jane and her husband FBI agent Gabriel Dean to advance the search. To Wyoming with them also go Daniel and Anthony Sansone from Mephisto Club.

At the beginning of the investigation almost everyone’s attention is to a religious commune. Although not without reason what dominates are stereotypes.

From other characters I would like to mention Julian Henry Perkins and his loyal dog Bear who have a very important role in the story after they meat Maura.

Most of the chapter are from POV of Maura; the situations and everything else reveals her other characteristic features. The book overall was much more psychologically powerful.

The alternative title for this book – The Killing Place.

Gary Taaffe – Final Straw (Urban Hunters #8)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

FINAL STRAW (book 8 in the Urban Hunters series)

It was all so perfect, until the dark side of life paid Amber a visit. Now all she’s got is a bloodied pair of pink pyjamas and a cardboard box down a rat–infested alley.

Amber comes face to face with a cruel murderer in the bush. She must decide — kill him now or later?

And remain a victim at the hands of her mother, or fight for a life of her own?

“I would read ANYTHING this man wrote.” NEW YORK BOOK REVIEW, W. D LaRue

“Masterpiece. A must read.” Anne Cook, UK

“Real and frightening. Great build–up!” Marie, UK

“Gripping!” Ethan, USA

“Surprising climax. Great ending!” Anne, Australia

URBAN HUNTERS is storytelling at its best. Unlike anything you’ve ever read, in typical Taaffe fashion. Always surprising. Wonderful!

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bunya Publishing

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

E-grāmatas kopija no autora apmaiņā pret recenziju

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Ja Bowels of Hell mums pastāsta pavisam nedaudz par Amberu, tad Final Straw ir pilnībā par viņu.

Pirmajās nodaļās viņai vien seši gadi, bet jau tad tēva Džima uzraudzībā darbojas pie smēdes. Ieraugām Amberu pavisam citā gaismā un daudz prasmīgāku kā varētu noprast no iepriekšējām daļām un viņas saskarsmes ar Billiju. Esam jau izbaudījuši Amberas cīņas prasmes, kā arī viņa ne reizi vien sevi pierādījusi kā labu mednieci, kam jāpateicas Džima interesei par vrestlingu un medībām.

Diemžēl viss nevar būt tik rožaini, un, kad Amberai ir 12 gadi, Džims tiek no armijas rezervēm tiek iesaukts dienestā. Šāds pavērsiens šokē gan Amberu, gan viņas māti Narelli, kura līdz tam vismaz visus stāstā esošos gadus noturējās nedzērusi, bet tagad no jauna atgriežas pie alkohola.

Ambera ir spiesta uzņemties savam vecumam neraksturīgi lielu atbildību, bet viņas raksturs nemaz neatļauj rīkoties citādāk. Bet ar to grūtības Amberai nemazinās, un dzīve dod jaunus triecienus.

Ja sākumā biju skeptisks par šāda stāsta nepieciešamību, tad izlasot visa skepse pazudusi pilnībā.

                                                                                                                                                

If Bowels of Hell tells us just a little about Amber then Final Straw is completely about her.

In the first chapters she’s only six years old but even then her dad Jim in his supervision allows her to do few things at the forge. We get a sight of Amber in a different light, much more skillful than you might think from previous books and her interaction with Billy. We have already witnessed her fighting skills and also how good she can be at hunting. That’s thanks to her dad’s interest in wrestling and hunting.

Unfortunately it can’t go on to be that good for too long and when Amber is twelve Jim is called in the army from reserves. Such news is a shock not only to Amber but also to her mother Narelle who managed to stay from bottle all these years during the story at least, but know she relapses.

Amber is forced to grow up and take uncharacteristic responsibilities for her age but her temper wouldn’t let her to do anything differently. Sadly, but difficulties for Amber doesn’t with that and life gives her new blows.

If at the beginning I was skeptic about the need of such backstory, but after I have read there is no doubt left.

Dan Simmons – Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1)(audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder,Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man From the Paperback edition.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Audible Frontiers

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Jau ar pirmajām minūtēm varēja just, ka šī būs laba (audio)grāmata : ). Seši dažādi stāsti un tagadne, septiņi svētceļnieki un vēl daudz kā cita!

Stāstu un svētceļnieku vienojošie faktori ir Hyperion planēta, uz tās esošās Laika Kapenes un radījums Shrike, ko vieni pielūdz kā sāpju dievu, bet citi vienkārši baidās kā no briesmoņa.

Stāsti savā starpā ir atšķirīgi – ir detektīvs, erotika, romantika u.c. – bet vislabāk tomēr patika pats pirmais un pēdējais vismazāk.

Mūsu Zeme (Vecā Zeme) vairs nepastāv Saules mūža beigu dēļ, un cilvēce izpletusies pa Visumu; ir arī liela attīstība interneta pasaulē. Nav daudz konkurentu, kas spētu stāties pretī. Ļoti patika mistiska ap deviņu labirintu pasaulēm, viena no tām Hyperion, kurus noteikti izveidojusi kāda civilizācija agri, agri pirms cilvēkiem.

Pats radījums Shrike lielā mērā paliek kā noslēpums. Skaidrs gan ir tas, ka drošs par savu dzīvību viņa klātbūtnē nevari būt.

Beigās kārtīgs klifhengeris, kas liek vēlēties VĒL! Noteikti patiks sci-fi faniem.

                                                                                                                                                

With the first minutes I could tell that this (audio)book will be great : ). Six tales and the present, seven pilgrims and many more!

What links all the tales and pilgrims is the planet Hyperion, the Time Tombs on it and the Shrike creature which some worship as god but others fear as from monster.

Tales are very different – there are a detective, erotic, romance etc. – but my favorite was the first tale and the least likable for me was the last one.

Our Earth (The Old Earth) no longer exists thanks to Sun life’s ending process, and humanity has conquered the Universe with not much resistance; also web has developed quite a lot. Very liked mystery around nine labyrinth planets (one of them Hyperion) which were clearly build by some civilization much ancient than humans.

The Shrike itself remains a secret. One thing that is clear is that when he is around you can’t be sure about your own life.

The ending is a real cliff-hanger which makes you to want MORE! Certain recommendation for sci-fi fans.

Gary Taaffe – Walkabout (Urban Hunters #3)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

WALKABOUT (book 3)

Billy leaves his family and the bush for the first time ever, but wolf-whistles and abuse leave him confused about the appeal of his bare bum. A friendly trucker named Turbo, teaches him that he won’t pick up any girls wearing a bright red sundress. And he nearly runs back home after a gruesome discovery in a barrel at the tip. He calls upon his ancestors for help with shocking results, and he’s forced to fight off a mongrel old man in a violent confrontation. A darkened alley full of rats in the city reveals a beautiful girl. Amber’s pyjamas are covered in mud and blood and she’s stained in tears, and Billy falls in love.

“It was such a fun and entertaining adventure story. Great gross-out scenes that I loved from the first book. I loved the Aussie lingo. The humor had me laughing out loud in places.” Jessica B, USA

“This writer has done something rare – he’s come up with something so original that I can’t even compare it to other books. It stands alone. And his humour is really sensational.” Jack S, Australia

“Can’t wait for the next in the series as I couldn’t put it down. They really are good value.” Ann C, UK

URBAN HUNTERS is laugh–out–loud, gut–churning, heart–wrenching storytelling at its best. Unlike anything you’ve ever read, in typical Taaffe fashion. Hilarious as usual. Always surprising. Wonderful!

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bunya Publishing

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no http://bunyapublishing.com/

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Billija piedzīvojumi plašajā pasaulē ārpus pazīstamās teritorijas, gan prieku nesoši, gan arī ar asarām esoši.

Pāris komisku situāciju rodas, kamēr kāds Billijam paskaidro, ka vajadzīgas bikses un nepietiek tikai ar apsēju~, kas nosedz priekšpusi. : ) Šis tēls nav vienīgais ar pretimnākošu attieksmi, bet netrūkst arī tādu, kas izsmej.

Billijs nokļūst pilsētā, turklāt ne kurā katrā, bet pašā Sidnejā. Tur viņš no drošas nāves izglābj trīs kucēnus, kuri vairs neuzdrošinās palikt pārāk tālu no sava varoņa.

Kā viens no pašiem galvenākajiem uzdevumiem, dodoties ceļojumā, Billijs no ciltsbrāļiem saņēma uzdevumu atrast ciemam meitenes/sievas (vēlams daudzskaitlīgi), jo ciltī palikuši vien vīrieši. Tā arī noslēdzas trešā Urban Hunters grāmata, kad Billijs neparastā veidā šķērsielā sastop vienu tādu radību.

                                                                                                                                                

Billy’s adventures in the big wide world outside his known territory, there both happy, cheerful moments and sad moments.

Few comical scenes emerge until someone explains to Billy that he should wear pants and it’s not enough with covered front. That and other characters are forthcoming and helpful but there also plenty of those that laugh at the boy.

Billy finds his way to a city and not just any city but Sidney itself. There he saves three puppies from definite death, which after that don’t stay far away from their hero.

As one of the main tasks for Billy during his walkabout from his tribe was to find and bring home girls/women because only men are left in the tribe. And that’s how the third book in Urban Hunters series ends as Billy finds one of these creatures in a very unusual way.

Lisa Gardner – Love You More (Detective D.D. Warren #5; Tessa Leoni #1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

WHO DO YOU LOVE?
One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?
AND HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO . . .
As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets. Would a trained police officer truly shoot her own husband? And would a mother harm her own child?
. . . TO SAVE HER?
For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn, no one to trust, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training, every trick at her disposal, to do what must be done. No sacrifice is too great, no action unthinkable. A mother knows who she loves. And all others will be made to pay.
Love you more . . .

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Policistes Tesas Leoni dzīve vienudien apgriežas kājām gaisā, kad viņa atgriežas mājās pēc maiņas, bet meita Sofija tur vairs nav, bet vīrs Braiens ar pašas dienesta ieroci tiek nogalināts viņas acu priekšā. Ar šaubīgu pagātni un īsti nezinot, kurš vēl iesaistīts, Tesa neuzdrošinās uzticēties saviem kolēģiem vai likuma aizstāvjiem vispār.

Šajā lietā varam baudīt kā Vorena un Bobijs apvienojas kopīgam darbam. Abi, īpaši jau par Vorenu, atraduši otro pusīti, bet tomēr jāuzmanās vienuviet esot, jo agrāk jau pirms pirmās sērijas grāmatas bijuši pāris, bet, saprotams, darbs katram bijis nozīmīgāks. Vorenai, ņemot vērā ar jauno sevis stāvokli un cenšanos aprast ar domu, lieta izvēršas citādāka. Viņas mērķis nostādīts uz Tesu un nepavisam negribas noticēt Tesas notikumu versijai.

Apbrīnojami, ko gan Tesa gatava paveikt, ja runa ir par briesmās esošo meitu, ko visticamāk citādāk nepieļautu pat domās. Bet, ejot arvien tālāk, pastāv drauds zaudēt vairāk no savas cilvēcības. Stāsts ietver sevī arī problemātiskas tēmas, kā aizraušanas ar azartspēlēm, neskatoties uz augošiem zaudējumiem plus vēl aizņemšanās no nepareiziem avotiem.

Vorenas sērijas grāmatas nezaudē savu šarmu ar katru nākamo grāmatu sērijā un spēj joprojām noturēt interesi, nezaudējot spriedzi un mistēriju, cerams arī atsevišķās Tesas sērijas grāmatas (pēc Goodreads datiem vēl divas ira) ir līdzīgas.

                                                                                                                                                

State police troopers Tessa Leoni’s life turns upside down when after a long shift she comes home to find her daughter Sophie missing and her husband Brian at gunpoint and then killed with her own gun in front of her. With suspicious past and not really knowing who else is involved Tessa doesn’t dare to trust her colleagues or other law enforcement.

This case gives the reader a chance to enjoy the investigative work when Bobby Dodge and D.D. Warren join together. Both of them have found a significant other but still as once ex-couple (before the first book in the series) and realizing that both of them enjoyed the work more. For Warren this case turns out to be something more as she tries to accustom with her new condition. Her target from the beginning is Tessa as she doesn’t buy her story.

It’s amazing what Tessa is willing to do and how far to go when her daughter is in danger, and probably what she didn’t even thought capable of before. But going further and further there are risks to lose more and more from your humanity. The book contains problematic themes as gambling even when your losses are increasing plus borrowing from wrong people.

Detective D.D. Warren series as it goes on doesn’t still can be interesting and not lose its mystery  and suspense, hopefully that’s the same for Tessa Leoni series. According to Goodreads two more books in that series.

H.G. Wells – The Time Machine (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

“I’ve had a most amazing time….”

So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Īss stāsts, bet arī tajā mazajā sprīdī tiek lasāmviela paspēj radīt spēcīgu atmosfēru.

Ceļotājs laikā prezentē saviem draugiem/paziņām laikamašīnas modeli un ideju par ceļošanu laikā, jo kādēļ gan lai tas nebūtu iespējams, ja varam ceļot telpā turp un atpakaļ. Aptuveni pēc nedēļas tie paši un vēl daži tiek uzaicināti uz vakariņām. Skats, ko viņi ierauga, liek visiem klātesošajiem palikt ar mutēm vaļā, jo Ceļotājs ievērojami pēc skata novecojis.

Jau labi zinādams, ka sacītais tiks uztverts kā, ja ne klaji meli, tad izdomājums un fantāzija, Ceļotājs izklāsta sanākušajiem piedzīvoto nākotnē, kur nonācis pateicoties pabeigtai pilna izmēra laikamašīnai. Neskatoties uz darba sarakstīšanas laiku pārsteidzoši reālistiska un ticama vīzija. Var pamanīt šo un to, kas vēlāk izmantots citos darbos.

Ja var ticēt mašīnas uzrādītajam, tad gads, kur Ceļotājs nonāk, pārsniedza 802 000 gadu. Un diemžēl cilvēces attīstība atšķiras no gaidītā negatīvā ziņā.

Būtu paticis, ja tēliem būtu bijuši doti arī vārdi, ne tikai profesijas, piemēram, ārsts un psihologs.

                                                                                                                                                

The story is not that long but in that short time it manages to create a powerful atmosphere.

The Time Traveler presents to his friends/acquaintance a time machine’s module and the idea about traveling in time because why couldn’t you do that if it’s possible to travel in space. About a week later the same guests and few more are invited to dinner. The sight when Time Traveler shows up makes them gasp because he has aged considerably.

Already knowing that what he has to say might be considered as fantasy if not lies, the Time Travel tells his guests about his adventures in the future where was able to get thanks to full size time machine. In spite of when the story was written the vision of future was very realistic and believable. You can see this and that that has been used later by others.

If you can trust the readings of time machine than the Time Traveler travelled to year 802 000 and a bit more. Unfortunately the state of humanity isn’t what predicted and thought it might be.

I would have liked if the characters would have names and not just their profession labels like doctor and psychologist.