Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Have you ever started reading a book that initially excited you, but then you read a little bit more of it and then you weren’t sure if you liked it enough to continue reading it? That’s how it was for me at first with Dark Matter. But before I go much further here, let me share this blurb of the book from the publisher, so you know a little bit about the story:

Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

Okay, that seriously sounds like a fantastic read, doesn’t it? I was very excited to dive into the book and get totally wrapped up in it. And I did – for a little while. The first couple of chapters had me totally hooked. But then, it started to lose me.

To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out why I began to lose interest in it. The writing was certainly good enough. This is the first Blake Crouch book I’ve read, but I was immediately impressed with his skills as a writer.

I think, though, that the problem was more with me than with the book itself.

I don’t read a lot of sci fi thrillers, so it probably took me a little longer to totally get into the story than it probably would for regular readers of books like this. Some of the more “scientific” parts of the story slowed it down for me towards the beginning and I wasn’t sure if I cared enough to keep reading.

But I did. And I’m very glad that I did. Like I said before, Crouch is a talented writer and storyteller. He made the book very compelling and I eventually grew to care a lot about the characters. Also, the story itself kept getting better and better as it moved forward. In particular, the last hundred or so pages were especially interesting, clever, and exciting.

So, my recommendation is to read this book. Chances are very good that you’ll love it all the way through. However, if you do struggle at all with it, well, don’t give up on it too soon. Stick with it and I bet you’ll like it.

As for me, I ended up liking it a lot. I’ll be reading another Blake Crouch book very, very soon.

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Karma Police: Karma Police, Book 2 by Sean Platt and David W. Wright

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THE THRILLING NEW SERIES CONTINUES!

“EveryDay” meets “Quantum Leap’ in “Jumper,” the thrilling new series from the bestselling authors of “Yesterday’s Gone.”

I am a Jumper — someone stuck waking up in a new body every day or so.

I don’t know why this is happening. Nor do I remember anything of my life prior to this.

But when I begin to hear strange staticky messages, I run into someone from my past. Someone who not only knows who I am, but WHAT I am.

And now I find myself waking up on the same street every day in a different neighbor’s life.

The one thing they all have in common: their proximity to an abusive man who is a threat to the woman and child living with him.

What if the only way to save them is to kill a man in cold blood, before he’s even committed a crime?

“Karma Police” is the second novella in the “Karma Police” series by Sean Platt and David Wright. Each book is a standalone story in the series, with three books coming out in the first half of 2016 and another three planned for later this year.

MY REVIEW

I loved the first book of this series, so I was cautiously optimistic about this new one. Would it give me the same excitement that the first book gave me? Would I love it as much?

The answer to both questions is a very big YES.

If you enjoyed the first book, Jumper, then do not hesitate in reading The Karma Police. If you haven’t read the first one yet, go check it out. It’s a great read!

Personally, I enjoyed this book even more than Jumper, which surprised me since I loved that book so much. I found this new one to be even more exciting and more entertaining.

As for the ending of the book, I’ll just say this…

I’m already ready for Book #3!

Bring it on, Mr. Platt and Mr. Wright!

Click here to purchase Karma Police on Amazon.com.

Have a great day!

FTC DISCLAIMER:
This book was reviewed outside of the request of the publisher and/or author.

 

Spoof Review: Taxidermy Guide

An old review of mine on Amazon.com:

This taught me how to stuff my dead pet squirrel Curly

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Until recently,  I had three pet squirrels. I named them after the original Three Stooges – Moe, Larry, and Curly. Sadly, my squirrel Curly died. I consider this quite ironic since the real Curly was the first of the Three Stooges to die.

Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to do with Curly’s body. I don’t own a shovel, so I couldn’t bury him. Also, my attempts to flush him down the toilet had gone horribly wrong.

I then bought this fantastic book. I stuffed Curly up really good and all my problems were solved.

It’s great – Moe and Larry still get to play with Curly when they want to. It’s fun for them, but sometimes they get a little confused when Curly doesn’t play back. It’s not that they’re dumb – they’re just squirrels. They have tiny little brains and don’t understand things as good as we humans do.

Losing my squirrel Curly was very sad, but thanks to what I learned from this book, he’s sort of still alive. Well, not really, but at least he sort of looks like he’s still alive.

I know I’ll use this fantastic book again when it comes time to stuff Moe and Larry (and my new squirrel Shemp.)

 

Spoof Review: Old Spice Deodorant

My newest review on Amazon.com:

The Best Deodorant In The History of The Universe!

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I find it hard to put into words what this deodorant means to me.

The effects it has on me are amazing. I put it on and I suddenly feel invincible. I’m stronger! I’m faster! I’m smarter! And last, but not least, I feel sexy.

REALLY sexy!

I also need to mention the odor of this deodorant. It truly is a thing of beauty. It’s like I’ve taken the prettiest butterfly in all of the world and rubbed it into my armpits.

Further words fail me, but if you want to feel stronger, faster, smarter, sexier, and downright pretty, then this is the deodorant for you!

Spoof Review: Heinz Easy Squeeze Ketchup

An old review of mine on Amazon.com…

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First of all, there’s no better condiment for anything than Heinz Ketchup. You can use it on anything and make the anything taste better: steak, hamburgers, soup, spinach, Wheaties – anything.

My problem with the ketchup isn’t the ketchup itself but the upside down bottle it’s in. For Pete’s sake – it’s upside down! What were the Heinz people thinking?

I’m a bit on the obsessive compulsive side and having an upside down bottle of ketchup in my refrigerator while everything else is right-side up makes me a little crazy. I tried turning the other things upside down so they’d get along better with the ketchup, but it was a disastrous experience.

Thankfully, the upside down state of the bottle doesn’t affect the taste too much. As long as I turn the food upside down before I put the ketchup on it, everything still tastes okay.

I just hope this doesn’t catch on with other bottled items. What if they start making shampoo bottles upside down? Then I’d have to turn my head upside down in the shower. Not only would it be uncomfortable, but I’d also end up getting water up my nose. I hate getting water up my nose.

I just hope the Heinz people aren’t connected with the Head And Shoulders people.