Monthly Archives: September 2013

Review: The Choice (The Returned, #0.7) by Jason Mott

The Choice (The Returned, #0.7)Rating:

A great idea poorly executed.

On paper, the effect of this Returnee’s reappearance had the potential to be heart-wrenching as a 37-year-old man attempts to solve a life-changing dilemma: to continue with his present life with a wife and child, or leave them for his 17-year-old first love who disappeared, and was presumed dead, 20 years ago.

I really wanted to like it but the writing is rushed and choppy.

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Review: The Sparrow (The Returned, #0.6) by Jason Mott

The Sparrow (The Returned, #0.6)Rating:

The Sparrow is a huge improvement over its predecessor The First. Whereas The First serves as an introduction to a world where the dead suddenly return alive, The Sparrow delves into the moral issues that arise from it. Are the Returned human? Are they still the people they were when they died? How is this possible: Is it magic or can science explain it? And do we sacrifice our humanity in seeking the answers to these questions?

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Review: Eternity Embraced (Demonica, #3.5) by Larissa Ione

Eternity Embraced (Demonica, #3.5)Rating:

By reading Eternity Embraced I was hoping to finally finish the series with Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica, #4). Unfortunately, dipping my toes back into the Demonica universe again with Eternity Embraced wasn’t the motivator I was hoping it to be.

I expected too much, for starters. This is a mid-series short story – those can be notoriously unfulfilling. Adding ‘paranormal romance’ into the mix can result in tired cliches, which I’ve apparently outgrown.

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Review: The First (The Returned, #0.5) by Jason Mott

The First (The Returned, #0.5)Rating:

Realistic portrayals of the bureaucratic response to an unexplainable event and the emotional turmoil experienced if you were to find out a dead loved one was in fact alive, drew me in as the scene was set for the rest of the series.

However, upon finishing, I was left feeling a mild mixture of indifference and curiosity, reminding me of the way short stories in anthologies are written; leaving what comes next, or reasons for what takes place, up to the imaginations of readers. Although the last sentence is ominous, indicating a not-so-happy ending.

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She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

She Stoops to ConquerRating:

If you’ve never read or seen a comedy of errors or farcical play like those of William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, then you might find this more entertaining than I did.

Having studied Wilde’s slightly more modern The Importance of Being Earnest in great detail as a teenager and later watching An Ideal Husband, you come to realise this genre is little more than a one-trick pony; if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Besides minimal alterations in events, only the cast and the production values change from play to play, from performance to performance. Originality is harder to come by in these older and somewhat old fashioned, and perhaps less sophisticated, plays. Wilde managed to stand out from the crowd with his tricky witticisms and absurdities. She Stoops to Conquers possesses nothing so unique, as far as I can tell.

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