The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

Tag: sci-fi

All Our Wrong Todays

5/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tom Barren lives his life in 2016, but the 2016 in which there is a clean unlimited energy- for free- that changes the world from the moment the Goettreider Engine was first turned on in 1965. Tom lives in a futuristic utopia where there is no material want, and the world economy is focused on entertainment. The only thing bad about Tom’s life in 2016 is that it’s bad. His mother was killed in an accident and his father was always absent and cold. With no siblings and no significant other, when the opportunity arose for him to be the first time traveler to go back in time to the moment the Goettreider Engine was first turned on, he took the opportunity with reckless abandon.

There were a few things that were overlooked when Tom’s father created time travel, however, and it caused Tom, who should have been invisible, to become visible to Lionel Goettreider for a brief moment in time, thus changing the entire timeline. Hurled back into 2016, he found himself in a world where he didn’t belong- the world of cars driving on land and doors that didn’t open automatically for him, and food that needed to be prepared and cooked. A world with a loving father and a living mother, and a younger sister and a successful career.

This book is not just about time travel. This book is about the love of a family and romantic love. This book is about choosing between selfishness and selflessness. This book is amazing and intriguing and I found it difficult to put it down between reading sessions.

Flowers For Algernon

5/5 stars

This book isn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. I’m not really sure what I had in my mind but the storyline of Flowers for Algernon certainly wasn’t it. I’m also not sure of how this book wasn’t even on my radar until this past year ago or so- I hadn’t even heard of it until I saw it recommended on /r/books and I saw it recommended over and over again before I finally picked up a copy of it. And still months passed before I read the synopsis of this book- and I was in love with the very idea of it.

I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It was a bit difficult to read at the beginning (as it was written by a then almost illiterate character) but I slogged through and couldn’t stop when I got past that initial hump. It was fascinating to read how Charlie’s life changed as he became more intelligent- his thoughts about himself as well as how people he cared for treated him so differently. I found the decline of Charlie’s intelligence very fast paced and I couldn’t finish reading quickly enough to find out what happened at the end.

What happened in the end, you ask? I cried. I cried at the end of this book and as a rule, I don’t’ cry over books and movies. But Flowers For Algernon broke my heart in such a simple way. I connected with Charlie and I cared about Charlie and I wanted the best for Charlie and I was mad at what people did to Charlie. Was it worth it, Charlie?

Crosstalk

4/5 stars

Thank you to Del Rey Books and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for free in exchange for my time to review it. I’ve read a few flops that I received from NetGalley but this book was definitely not one of them.

Crosstalk started off a little slow for me but once I got into it I really couldn’t stand to put it down and read it in huge chunks at a time. I felt like I really bonded with the character C.B. right from the start and I wanted nothing but the best for him, which left the ending rather pleasing. He seemed so nerdy and shy but very interesting- yes, I liked him from the start. I also really liked Briddey but her family were absolute nutcases, so overbearing and over the top that I found them unrealistic (granted I know there are probably families out there like this, I’m just thankful I am not part of them). I liked Briddey because she is a strong and independent woman who didn’t need her family to approve of any decisions she made for herself as a grown woman.

I didn’t like the comical bit about no one being able to get the letters “EED” correct and I was glad when the author stopped using that too long running joke. I felt like the time that C.B. and Briddey spent in the library dragged on a bit too long. I was also disappointed that Trent Worth, who I didn’t like from the first time I met him, didn’t seem to get any sort of comeuppance for his huge lowlife dick move that could have caused even more trouble for Briddey than it ended up causing.

Despite those problems, I had with this book I really and truly enjoyed it! I’m glad the romance aspect was more of a secondary part of the storyline, second to EEDs and Unintended Consequences. This book was so light, so fun to read. It had some witty moments that made me smile as well. I definitely enjoyed this book and I not only would I recommend it to someone, I already have!

Dark Matter

5/5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Dark Matter in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Matter was excellent. It was fast paced and I found that not a single page was boring. Even when I thought the book was over I was surprised by the amount of action yet to come. Reading about Jason Dessen opening doors in the box, though it sounds uninteresting, was gripping and opened my eyes to the idea of infinity, and gave me a better understanding of the concept of the multiverse. I was emotionally invested in Jason’s journey and I wanted so badly for him to find what he was looking for.

I don’t want to talk too much about the actual storyline of the book because I would hate to spoil anyone on any aspect of Dark Matter, but I will say that this book left me with some questions that will never be answered, and I’m completely okay with that.

Not So Much, Said The Cat

3/5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.

Anthologies are always so difficult to rate and review without going piece by piece, which I refuse to do. But as always I will do my best with this review.

This book started off with a bang- the first story was my favorite in the entire book (“The Man In Gray”). It was so beautifully heartbreaking. I also really enjoyed “3 A.M. in the Mesozoic Bar”- so much, in fact, that I sound myself wishing it was a full length book and not just a short story. Other stories that I liked so much I feel the need to single them out are “Of Finest Scarlet Was Her Gown” and “The Woman Who Shook The World-Tree”.

The entire first half of the book was pretty rock solid, but the more that I read the fewer stories that I truly liked. So the first half I would rate a 4/5, the second half I would rate a 2/5 leading me to my final rating of 3/5 stars. But that’s the problem with rating anthologies- there are a few good stories and then less good stories, and then stories that just taste like filler on my tongue.

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