August 19, 2011

Bringing My Reading List Up to Date

The last two books to bring my reading up to date...

Book# 45 in the 50 Book Challenge...


A beautiful new trade edition of the original science fiction masterpiece that inspired the cult movie classic Blade Runner. By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep . . . even humans.

My Take:

2 out of 5 stars. I don't know why they say this book is classic science fiction. Not my cup of tea. Honestly, it was a waste of my time to read it, not to mention the time I spent carrying it around in my purse.


Lewis Crane lived through the devastating Los Angeles earthquake of 1994. He survived, but his family didn't—and at ten years old, his life was ripped apart.At the age of thirty-five, Lewis has devoted himself to the study of the most powerful force on Earth: earthquakes. He is the foremost expert in the field of seismology; and when he predicts a gigantic quake, everyone prepares for disaster. But to his relief and dismay, the quake never occurs, and suddenly Crane is the subject of ridicule from scientists around the world. Then he discovers a mistake in his calculations, and realizes that the "Big One" is just around the corner. The clock is ticking as he attempts to convince the world that this time, catastrophe is certain.Richter 10 is vintage Arthur C. Clarke—a fast-paced novel of ideas and near-future imagination, realized by McQuay's talent for characterization and ingenious plotting—and is the major science fiction event of the season.

My take:

3 out of 5 stars. It was ok. The plot was really slow and didn't pick up until the last 100 to 150 pages. Not great but not horrible.

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