Book Review

Book Review: Sip

Sip
By Brian Allen Carr

My Edition:
Paperback, 302 pages
2017, Soho Press
ISBN: 9781616959517

Mira and Murk live in a world where people can drink their shadows and get high. Shadow sipping grants strange powers, but only temporarily – like any drug, it creates addicts who are always after more. Everyone must protect their own shadow, for once yours is stolen you won’t be able to sleep unless you drink the shadows of others. Mira’s left tending to her shadowless mother – she must “hunt” shadows and bring them home for her restless mother. While some inhabit the wilds like Mira and her mother, eking out a living, others have retreated to the protection of domes. Bale was one such person, until he made a mistake that got him kicked out of the relatively safe dome life. When he meets Mira and Murk, a shadow addict, the three of them will set out to try to find a cure for the shadow sickness so many suffer from.

This is a hard book to blurb – it’s unlike any I’ve ever read and if you want to understand what’s going on in the world Carr created, I suggest you just read it!

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Book Review: The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower I)
By Stephen King

My Edition:
Paperback, 330 pages
2016, Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781501161803

Roland is chasing the man in black across an endless desert. The man has answers and Roland will do whatever it takes to get them so he can get to The Tower and save his world.

You guys, sorry, but I really can’t describe this book without like…giving away every detail in the story. This book is WEIRD. I’m going to assume most of you have at least heard of the series, if not already read it, but if not, the internet could probably give you a much better description.

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Book Review: Wolf Road

Wolf Road
By Beth Lewis

My Edition:
ARC paperback, 356 pages
2016,  Crown
ISBN: 9781101906125 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: July 2016

After a violent storm causes a seven-year-old girl to lose her home, her grandmother and even her name, she finds a new home with a hunter after she gets caught stealing his food. Trapper, as the girl comes to refer to him, teaches her all he knows about hunting and even renames her Elka. But after years of growing up with a man that Elka privately thinks of as a father, she learns a terrible truth that will forever shape how she looks at Trapper and her past. She runs from him, but now the man who taught her to hunt is hunting her.

Wow. This book was powerful. Elka goes on an incredible and harrowing journey, both physically and emotionally. I loved her as a protagonist – she’s incredibly rough around the edges, especially her dialect, but that served to solidify her character. Here is a character who is smart and an excellent hunter, but she’s still young and makes many mistakes. She learns from her mistakes and experiences however and really grows throughout the story. Trapper was a fairly horrifying character and an excellent antagonist – because of Elka’s relationship to him, it make him complex rather than just “evil.”

I don’t want to say much about the plot – it’s better to let Elka take the lead on that. But the pacing was on point and I had a hard time putting this book down. As I neared the end of the book, I did guess the big reveal, but that didn’t make the horror any less powerful.

This book was unsettling in all the right ways. If you’re interested in a sort of post-apocalyptic take on our world (a la Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but with a society that started to develop itself again), with a wild west feel and you can handle some disturbing content, I highly recommend Wolf Road.

I received this book for free from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.
You can find Beth Lewis on Twitter and visit her website here.

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Book Review: The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl

The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl
By Tim Pratt

My Edition:
Paperback, 399 pages
2005, Bantam
ISBN: 0553383388

What if characters from a comic you wrote suddenly began creeping their way into your life and were less than friendly? Would you take a stand against them or call a shrink? Marzi finds herself facing The Outlaw, a nemesis she created for her gun-toting, badass alter ego, Rangergirl, in her wild west themed comics. As The Outlaw and his minions force their way into her life and threaten to destroy her town she must face them and defend her home. 

If you enjoy urban fantasy mixed with a healthy dose of western adventure, this is the book for you.

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