Sunday, April 19, 2015

Melanie's Week in Review - April 19, 2015

Hello! Greetings from sunny London, England. I hope you have all had productive weeks. I would really like to say that I hammered my TBR list and had a big bunch of books to tell you about, but alas I don't. Well I do have 2 really good books to tell you about. So what did I read?

I have had Nexus (Nexus 1) by Ramez Naam on my TBR for far too long. I am kicking myself for not reading Nexus sooner. This is a great book. The story centers on Kade Lane, an extremely talented scientist who has developed a variant of an illegal drug which can link minds. Lane's 'experiments' bring him to the attention of a covert group of the American government. Captured and coerced Lane has no alternative but to do what he is told but is it for the good of the people or the good of the government? Lane finds himself in Thailand on a mission to infiltrate the lab of a prominent scientist. Nothing is as it seems. Friends are enemies, enemies are friends, the master becomes the slave, and Lane doesn't know what to believe. All he really knows is that Nexus 5 will be salvation of many or the downfall of many more. Kade is partnered with the damaged Samantha Cataranes, an agent of the ERD. Kade and Samantha both describe themselves as pawns and this is a perfect analogy. Kade is the white pawn and Samantha the black pawn: Kade the innocent who tries to do the right thing, and Samantha who will do whatever she is told to do by her superiors. It all changes when both discover that innocents are being hurt by those who are supposed to protect them.

If you are a science fiction fan then Nexus is the series for you. Naam has created a fantastic plot where you don't really know who Lane should trust. Naam perfectly balances plot development with action. There is a lot of death and mayhem but it didn't detract from the overall story. I was on the edge of my seat (or book) from the first few pages to all the way to the final one. Nexus is a great book and I can't believe its Naam's debut. Well done. I'm looking forward to Crux (Nexus 2) which is next on my list to read.

The lovely Qwill reminded me of a series that I had forgotten about - Dragon Kings by Lindsey Piper. She sent me book 3 - Hunted Warrior which I devoured in just a few days. I am going to be writing a full review of this book so keep your eyes on the blog for it. p.s. I love the cover!

I am going to end this post by telling you about a show about a book that I am watching.  No, its not Game of Thrones either. I discovered I had a subscription to Amazon's video streaming service and came across a the TV version of the much loved book Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I knew this book had been made into a series but forgot all about it until an advert popped up. If you don't already know the Outlander is the story of a young woman, Claire who has survived being a nurse in WW2. She finds herself transported 200 years in the past whilst on a honeymoon in Scotland. Lost and alone in the Scottish highlands she ends up married into one of the largest Scottish clans - the MacKenzies - while trying desperately trying to get back to her husband in her real time.

It's easy to feel disappointed when books are turned into movies or TV shows. I can easily get disappointed even by book covers when the models/actors don't look like I pictured them or worse when the plot of the books are changed for movies/TV. This wasn't the case with Outlander. All the characters were just as I imagined. The only thing that surprised me was amount of sex Claire is having. I read these books as a young teenager and either I blocked that aspect out or I have forgotten about it. These books reminded me of how historical fiction can teach you history (provided the history is accurate). I think I learned more about this period of history from the Outlander series than I did in 5 years of history classes. Congratulations to Diana Gabaldon!

That is all for me this week. I hope you have a great week and Happy Reading.


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