Wuthering Heights

Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You want to read this book on a rainy or cold winter day, curled up in your favorite reading spot, with a cup of hot coffee, tea, or chocolate. You want it to be just you and the book, be able to drown in the words, the scenes, the tragic love of Heathcliff and Catherine. Watch how a broken heart can turn into bitterness, and start to destroy lives. I secretly wished that Heathcliff could find himself and love again after Catherine, but instead he let bitterness, and heartache ruin his life. Such a sad, sad, man and until the very end when he finally found peace.

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Book Summary:

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr. Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax #3)

Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax, #3)Hybrids by Robert J. Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not a bad ending to the trilogy. I think the book could have a been a bit better, but it still kept my imagination and attention going til the very end. In this book we see Mary and Ponter struggle to stay a couple. Mary is trying to adjust to living in Ponters world where each partner has a lover of the same sex, having kids every ten years, and living apart except for when two become one. They also add into the mix of trying to have a kid of their own even though they come from two different yet similar species. You’ll just have to read it to find out what happens! A great trilogy overall.

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Book Summary:

In the Hugo-Award winning Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character readers will never forget: Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist from a parallel Earth who was whisked from his reality into ours by a quantum-computing experiment gone awry – making him the ultimate stranger in a strange land.

In that book and in its sequel, Humans, Sawyer showed us the Neanderthal version of Earth in loving detail – a tour de force of world-building; a masterpiece of alternate history.

Now, in Hybrids, Ponter Boddit and his Homo sapiens lover, geneticist Mary Vaughan, are torn between two worlds, struggling to find a way to make their star-crossed relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the joining of their two versions of reality.

But after an experiment shows that Mary’s religious faith – something completely absent in Neanderthals – is a quirk of the neurological wiring of Homo sapiens brains, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary’s Earth is dealing with a collapse of its planetary magnetic field, her boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden that is the Neanderthal world . . .
Hybrids is filled to bursting with Sawyer’s signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love. His Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion that’s sure to make Hybrids one of the most controversial books of the year.

The Reluctant Warrior (Warrior series, Book 2)

The Reluctant Warrior (Warrior series, Book 2)The Reluctant Warrior by Ty Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*ARC Review*
This book is one amazing adventure. I have never read anything by this author before but I plan to read the very first book to the Warrior series. The first part of the book follows a father and his kids. The father is struggling to keep his family a float so he decides to go back to his old ways of gun smuggling and selling. Along the way he lands in the New York area where he meets up and starts to work for an up and coming gang. Having a gut feeling that something is about to happen he leaves his kids in the care of their Aunt. Then in come the Warriors, they are called in by the FBI to help flush out a mole that is part of the gang. What follows next is a lot of action, adventure, heartbreak, and triumph! A must read if you are into action/adventure books.

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Book Summary:

The Warriors did not exist. They worked for an agency that no one knew of.
They were an elite, trouble-shooting force that went in where other deep-black, Special-Ops teams feared to tread. They always came out on top.
This new mission, helping the premier law enforcement agency in the country clean its house, was different from any other mission. This one had three problems they had never encountered before.

One: They would have to come out of the shadows
and become the hunted.

Two: They would never win this war.

Three: They would be stalked by a mysterious
assassin. An assassin superior to the Warriors.

Broker and his team of Warriors take on the most ruthless, fastest growing criminal gang in New York as they seek to flush out a mole.
Who is the mole? And who is the phantom stalker?

Humans (Neanderthal Parallax #2)

Humans (Neanderthal Parallax, #2)Humans by Robert J. Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Haha love it!! This book is better than the first and the story just keeps going. This time around we are in Ponter’s world and discover how his people live. Ponter’s world is bit different from the human world due to the fact that the Human race died out and the Neanderthals became the dominate species. They have children every 10 years and live apart from their mates, except during when Two are One. Also, their sense of justice is down right awesome! I love how Ponter got justice for Mary, even if she doesn’t know it.

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Book Summary:

Robert J. Sawyer, the award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans, the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax, his trilogy about our world and parallel one in which it was the Homo sapiens who died out and the Neanderthals who became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deeply rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization dramatically, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that has made other choices. In Humans, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughan, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.

As we see daily life in another present-day world, radically different from ours, in the course of Sawyer’s fast-moving story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction. Humans is one of the best SF novels of the year, and The Neanderthal Parallax is an SF classic in the making.