Monday, 12 September 2011

Music - Specials

Just to say, I recommend listening to Bright Lights by Ellie Goulding when reading Specials - or, in fact, any in the series. Especially songs like Human.... and, well the whole album!
Thats all! :)

Review: Extras - Scott Westerfeld

Again - futuristic world where everyone can get an operation to make themselves pretty.
In some ways, I can say even less about this one, as it is the last book.
In contrast to the last three books, it is set in what was once Japan, and a girl called Aya is the main character. Aya lives in a city with a reputation economy - this means that the people with the best face value get the best clothes, houses, you name it. Aya is a kicker, desperate to kick stories to her feed in order to gain a bit of fame, and raise her face value.
But when she meets people who care more about blending in then bursting out, she cant believe it, and more importantly, its the perfect story to kick.
But, not everything goes to plan, an it becomes a 'Special Circumstance.'
If you read this, you'll get that last part. ;)
I really like this one too, as it was new and fresh. And after I finished it, I wanted to read more, I needed to know more... but alas...

Review: Specials - Scott Westerfeld

So, as you guys know by know, this series is set in a world where at the age of sixteen everyone gets an operation that makes them pretty... but at what cost?
I've just realized that reviewing this book in any way really gives out a lot of spoilers, so all I'm going to keep this brief.
I enjoyed this book in some ways more than the others. As with its prequels, it's a little hard to get into at first, but after you're hooked, you're hooked. It doesn't really follow the basic bones of the same story as with the previous ones, instead there is more action - very icy. Also, I really liked the ending. It wasn't what I expected, but I liked it.
So.. Thats really all I can say!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Reading, reading, reading... Reading!!

So these past few days I've been in a really anti-social/hermitising mood. I suspect there are many reasons for this, but that's besides the point.
The point is, last month I was so busy that I didn't have time to read - which is funny, because it was summer. Now, though, I'm finding whole afternoons to read - which are facilitated by my sudden urge to become a hermit. I read an entire book yesterday, and found the time to almost finish another today - not to mention fit in the last episode of Sherlock, which was class.
I'll need to write up some reviews.
Sadly, though, despite this sudden mood, my pile of unread books is higher than ever, and it doesn't look like it's going to disappear anytime soon. I don't remember a time when I didn't have about 10 books waiting to be read.
Anyway, back to the books!