14, by Peter Clines14, by Peter Clines

This was a great read, recommended to me by my good friend John. As the cover says, it has a feel, particularly in the first half of the book, similar to Lost – though in my opinion, it holds together more coherently and has a more satisfying finish. It has a few tame horror scenes, but where Clines shines is in his ability to build and maintain suspense and tension.

The plot did have one or two tiny thin spots, but it’s a book I highly recommend, and will likely reread someday.


vN, by Madeline Ashby

vN: The First Machine Dynasty, by Madeline Ashby

I enjoyed this book, and anyone who enjoys stories of robots making their way in a dystopian world will, too. Mostly. Okay, it had a few rough spots. Tell you what, here’s a separate review of it.





Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer

Technically, this book is for a YA audience, but I received it as a gift for Christmas, and I decided to read it. I’m glad I did.Cinder

Cinder is the Meyer’s reimagined take on the Cinderella story. Now, there have been several of those from many authors lately, but this one has new plot twists and is generally done well. Though Cinder is a cyborg, she is quite human in her expression, and I found her affect as she struggled to fight her wicked stepmother and save the life of her much-loved sister from a terrible disease appealing. I enjoyed the injection of Chinese cultural elements. I also rooted for her every time she engaged the handsome prince.

I will definitely read the next installments.