Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden_Son_(2015)3.5/5

I enjoy sci-fi I really do and I was able to appreciate this book for what it was. A sci-fi action story, but it is complicated. To give a short description of the story without giving anything important away will be difficult. The story which takes place sometime in the future after Red Rising, begins with Darrow our heroine finishing up at the academy and being ruined by his darn ego as always. Darrow isn’t the type of hero I route for, his whining and ego consistently had me upset with him. I can though forgive him for doing the right things in the end. After finishing at the academy I cannot even mention anything else without giving away some kind of plot twist or another. This book is full of plot twist it will keep you on your toes or completely confused. There was a few times while reading I just had to stop and try to work it out in my head. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who had read Red Rising and loved it as much as I did. Golden Son while pack full of story is still a good follow-up to it predecessor and still left me wanting to read the next book in the series.

Golden Son is book two in the Red Rising trilogy*.

*I mention it as a series because I believe while it was intended as a trilogy to begin with there is a fourth book coming out.

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Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

Mrmercedes4/5

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King is not your average horror novel, by our wonderful master of horror, but a detective novel. Though the book starts off with a horrific event (I don’t want to spoil for those who don’t know it.) the story continues down the path of a retired detective who has the one case that just haunts him. Bill Hodges is drawn back in to the hunt for Mr. Mercedes after receiving a letter from the supposed psychopath. Through-out his investigation he meets an array of lively characters that add a wonderful angle to the story. While I enjoyed the book I did find myself constantly annoyed with Hodges. He continually refuses help and constantly just by-passes a huge clue. I can not say why this annoyed me, really it made the character all the more realistic. The other reason is I could have been frustrated was because we also got the story from the antagonist point of view, so I kind of knew what was going on. These chapters are something that could only be made real through the mind of Stephen King. So if you are a fan of Stephen King’s, a fan of detective novel, or a fan of both check this book out. I enjoyed it and instantly downloaded the next book in the series.

Mr. Mercedes is this first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy.

Mr. Mercedes is being made in to a tv series on the Audience Network.

I listened to Mr. Mercedes on audio book.

Discussion Questions RP1

This week I am re-reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It was my pick for book club and I am attempting to get every one on my bandwagon! While I am reading I will be trying to come up with discussion question for the story. I am kind of excited to be doing this since I normally just use whatever is released by the publisher or questions I find online. If you have any tips or if you have read the book and have a question I can also ponder please let me know!

In other news to catch up with reviews for books I have read this summer.  This week I will continue with reviews for:

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

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Golden Son (book 2 of the Red Rising Series) by Pierce Brown

Why do you read?

So yesterday my lovely book club got together and the topic of why do you read came up. One person mentioned having an outlet for your experiences. So say you are going though something in life and don’t quite know how to handle it, or you feel inappropriate in your feelings during the situation. Reading a book where you can relate to a character and what they are going though can help you process you feelings better and possibly help you not feel bad for crying. Another person mentioned escape, getting out of your current situation and away from where you are. I want to say my answer is about the same. I experience wunderlust and reading is my outlet. It helps me go to places I can’t at the moment. I can read a story about someone in Ohio and though the story isn’t about Ohio, I can feel like I am there and living out this story there. My favorite kind of story transports me to the future where something has happened to change the world. I like to read and learn, to know and be scared by certain possibilities. Think about it, what is the reason you read?

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still_Alice_(Genova_novel) 4/5 *book club pick

Still Alice was a book different from the kind I normally read. Told from the point of view of Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Still Alice gives you an inside look at what it might be like to lose yourself. Alice is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned linguistics expert, she is proud of her achievements and when diagnosed at 50 struggles with what losing her mind will be like. Genova writes a book that is perfect to read with family or friends to help open up the conversation of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects those involved. The story is well written and often makes you feel sad as you start to notice the main character has just again forgotten something important. Still Alice is an easy to read book and only took me about two days to complete, it is a must read for any book club.

“In the ladies’ room, Alice studied her image in the mirror. The reflected older woman’s face didn’t quite match the picture that she had of herself in her mind’s eye.”
― Lisa GenovaStill Alice

For book club questions visit: http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/fiction/987-still-alice-genova?start=3

Still Alice was made into a movie starring Julianne Moore. (The book is better, 😉 )