Ice Station – Matthew Reilly

Ice Station – Matthew Reilly

After discovering this author by his novel “The great China zoo”. I added one of his other books to my wishlist to check out one day. I have a bit of a soft spot for the Great White Land having spent some tine there and i tend to grab any book I see about it or with a story set there.

Turns out this book is the start of a series based on its lead character who has a call sign “Scarecrow”. So the story in this one is that a research crew discover something buried deep under the ice. But then the group that discovers it mysteriously dies. The remaining station staff send out a radio message telling of their find and asking for help. Due to the unique nature of Antarctica, namely no one owning anything down there. the race is on to secure it. An American marine squad arrives with our lead character on the scene to find a French group there and the British soon arrive all have kill on sight orders.

Quite a fast paced and clever story, really enjoyed it. Quite a good bit of character development as well.

The author does stretch the plausibility a bit on some aspects of this story but I am thankful he keeps the plot routed in solid every day themes. The inclusion of a super secret military organization does raise my interest and now knowing this is the start of a series I woukd be very much interested to see how this pans out in following books

Great read by an aussie author who continues to climb up my favourite author list I have already picked oit a few more of his books to get my hands on soon

Outpost – Adam Baker

Outpost – Adam Baker

Everyone loves a good apocalyptic story, you know a story that follows that last few men and women alive as they try to survive. But these days all apocalyptic stories seem to be the same – Zombies. The books blurb didnt specify what the cause of this doom was just that the world ended. For me reading that I straight away hoped its some kind of disease, if it was zombies they would of said so and that wouldn’t of been such an original choice.  sadly i was wrong turns out it was zombies. And these days isnt every apocalyptic story about zombies. You really have to think outside the square to make a zombie story different or unique. But there wasn’t too much different about these zombies luckily the story more dealt with the human elements between the survivors.

I was enjoying the rivalry and tension between the survivors and the story was going well until towards the end when the writer must of forgot to take his crazy meds because the story just shot of on a tangent. To be honest it kinda lost me at that point

The story had alot of promise as it stuck with the more human side of things and the zombies were just in the background but the ending part of the book kinda killed it. And the actual end pissed me off.

I hate stories that dont conclude and are just left hanging. A poor ending really sours the whole book. For the whole book if you are going to keep having the characters talk about getting home then surely that should be the ending? If not then why have them talk about it

And another thing I like details you can’t just tell me oh the world ended. I need to know how. For me I need the complete picture I cant just focus on a tiny aspect. Better to leave something out than mention half a story.

Still I did like and feel for these characters they felt more than just two dimensions and that does win back some kudos for the author probably even enough for me to read another of his works

Doomsday Book – Connie Willis

Doomsday Book – Connie Willis

It says in the back of the book it took the author 5 years to write and to be honest at times it felt like it was taking me that long to read. I think the main reason for the was i felt disconnected from the story so often. It just seemed like there were so many characters being mentioned yet i didn’t know who they were it kinda lost me a bit, that coupled with their odd names. It just took me a long time to figure out who was what, i think that just really confused me , fortunately i got past that and really started to enjoy the story

The story finds itself based around an organisation that sends time traveling scientist back in time to study different time periods. We find out the 1300’s are normally off limits due to the plague etc yet a underling decides to send someone back to 1320 while his boss is away fishing.things go wrong right from the start, not long after sending the scientist back the technicians who sent her falls ill, its not long before it becomes an epidemic on the other side of things the time traveler also falls ill as soon as she arrives.

So we have the present story of a epidemic and the organization trying to figure out what happened to the scientist and then we have the scientist time traveler trying to find out how to get back to the drop (the place she came through) but soon both the present and the past discover she isn’t in 1320 but in 1348 right when the plague sweeps through Europe.

Once I got my head around the characters who suffered from no development (took her 5 years to wrote it, think that was plenty of time to develop some characters) I really enjoyed this book the concepts and plot were well thought out. Turns out this author has won numerous awards, in fact the most amount of nebulas for any science fiction writer. I believe after this ill be in google seeing what else she has written