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Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, #1)Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was interesting to read the original Tarzan. I only watched the Disney animated movie. A lot of details that were in the movie must have completely passed over my head as a child. It was only through reading the book that I understood them. I was surprised at the ending, though. I was expecting the movie ending so I was disappointed.

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Seveneves

SevenevesSeveneves by Neal Stephenson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

All the science went straight over my head and the characters did not endear themselves to me. However, it was interesting reading their adventures in space. Everything else, I did not like.

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked this book to read because I saw that someone else on my Goodreads timeline was going to read it. I’d only tried one other Neal Stephenson book- Seveneves- and I didn’t really like it all that much. I gave this one a try because I saw that it was co-written with someone else. I had a thought that there might be more character development as well as a more coherent plot. Instead, I got beautifully written scenes of history and long science lectures populated by thin, cardboard cutout characters. From beginning to end, the main male lead was a mystery. We learn nothing about him and then the authors have the audacity to put him in a romantic relationship. We don’t know his age, where he comes from, if he has family…. he remained a stranger from beginning to end. However, that was not my main gripe with the book. Apparently, the plot was to rediscover magic. But they soon shunted that aside and focussed on time-travel. Had I known it was going to be a time-travel adventure, I wouldn’t have bothered. I was disappointed that a whole magic rediscovery plot was discarded in favour of science so I gave this book only two stars.

(I won’t have minded if they decided to study magic through the lens of science but obviously magic was not the focus in this book, only time-travel. I am not a time-travel fan. People never go into the future, only the past which to me makes no sense. If you’re travelling time, you should visit all times, in my opinion.)

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The Chalice Project

The Chalice Project (Island Fiction)The Chalice Project by Lisa Allen-Agostini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like that the book is based in my home country- Trinidad and Tobago. I like the fantasy elements. However, this book is definitely a children’s book. The plot is simple and straightforward. Also, foreigners will be able to understand even with the use of dialect for one or two of the characters.

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Earthseed: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents

Earthseed: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the TalentsEarthseed: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Totally gripping story. I enjoyed the first book more than the second one though. I did not like the POV character for the second book which brought down my enjoyment of the story particularly because she kept inserting her thoughts. Another thing I didn’t like was not learning the name or sex of the POV character for both books until a few chapters in. If I hadn’t read a synopsis of these books before I wouldn’t even have known that both protagonists were female. However, that was a minor point and didn’t detract from my understanding of the story.

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The Stars Blue Yonder

The Stars Blue Yonder (The Outback Stars #3)The Stars Blue Yonder by Sandra McDonald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There was a reason I didn’t look too hard to find the rest of The Outback Stars trilogy. The story did not end satisfactorily in my opinion. The point of the whole story was to name-drop Australian and Aboriginal names and culture but not much else apparently. The story was ostensibly focussed on Aboriginal artefacts but Mighty Whitey was all over the place. Aboriginals were marginal even in their own story.

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