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THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU

Posted: December 30, 2013 in Book Reviews

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The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G Wells.

This is classic that many are familiar with or at least many know of. The book takes place on a tropical island in a undisclosed location on the pacific ocean. our main character Edward Prendick finds him self abandoned on this mysterious island after being kicked off a boat full of strange and unusual passengers and cargo full of wild animals.

He is welcome by the Islands only inhabitants the mysterious Dr Moreau and his assistant Montgomery. At first he is thankful for the welcome but soon comes to hear and see some strange things going on the island. The sound of animals being tortured. He soon runs from his room that he is given only to find himself  being hunted and ambushed by strange looking half man and half beast creatures on the island. Some welcome him into there group while others run wild. He is now living a nightmare he could of never imagined.

The beasts who previously had been effectively controlled  by a pre programmed law given them by Dr. Moreau soon start to revert back to their wild natures and shed the humanity that had been merged into them. They begin to hunt Dr Moreau, his assistance Montgomery and Mr Edward Prendick.

This is a classic for a reason. It is a  frightening and intense story. The description of the events and beast that hunt the characters in the book was I felt quite well done. I was drawn in from the start. At times felt sympathy for the creatures of Dr Moreau’s creation. You can’t help but have pity on them,  given the torture that was inflicted on them in there creation. Dr Moreau seems to have an almost God like complex in that he sees not wrong in what he is doing and has no capacity to feel any empathy for the cruelty he commits upon the helpless animals he turns into these beasts.

The book paints a vivid picture of scientific morals gone wrong. It poses the question of morals behind science and weather the pursuit of knowledge trumps the methods of acquiring said knowledge. It paints a nightmarish picture of what can go wrong when we throw morals out to achieve scientific knowledge.

This book I would say is now one of my favorite story’s and I would recommend it to anyone. It’s short and easy to read but enjoyable for the science fiction fan. The pace of the story flows well and keeps you interested in what is happening. Always wanting to know more I took every opportunity to read more of the tale of Dr. Moreau and his island of horrors. It also left me wondering about the fate of the beasts on this island. Who among them was the sole survivor of the man beasts? It’s a shame there was no sequel to this book as it is most certainly deserving of one.

I would give this book a 8/10 book worms over all

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DRAGONS OF A VANISHED MOON

Posted: December 28, 2013 in Book Reviews

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Dragons of a Vanished Moon by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis

The third and final volume of the war of souls. Picking up where the other 2 left off, the knight Gerard has been sent on a spying mission disguised as a dark knight. Odila a knight he met up with previously has become converted to this new god of Mina’s and starts her service to this dark God. Meanwhile Tass along with the wizards Palin and Dalimar find themselves dead but trapped and bound to service to Mina who is still conquering the world with ease.

Raistlin has met with the Gods whom the people of kyrnn has believed have fled. The Gods are desperatly looking for the world that has been stolen from them. They soon learn of the importance of the kender Tasslehoff  Burrfoot as he holds the key to finding the world so that the Gods can return to there people.

The Qualinesti Elvin nation has been destroyed. The survivors embark on a treachourous journey to Silvanost Elvin nation in hopes of being accepted by them as refugees. However it is soon learned that both Elvin nations are now on the run for there lives and both are refugees of lost nations.

What I liked about this book is that Mina, who previously had no opposition finally has some. Her followers begin to doubt her and question wether the god they are fighting for is a good god or just using them for her own purposes. The seeds of rebellion finally begin to grow and opposition finally begins to make an appearance.

The story progresses slowy however and seems to wrap up quite quickly in the last 100 pages. I felt that it took to long to progress and came to an end to quickly. Overall it was a fun dialogue to read. I enjoyed reading about it but had a hard time really understanding where the story was going. For quite a while it did not really seem like there was going to be an end to it.

As with all dragon lance books it was a simple story flow that was easy to follow and understand. While it keeps you interested in the story it still lacked that quality that makes it difficult to put it down. I did not feel the same attachement to the characters that you do with some other books. However that being said I still enjoyed it quite a bit and makes for a good ending to this trilogy. While the previous book was a dissapointment this book salvages the series for me. I would give this book at 6.5/10 book worms

for the review on the previous books in this series see https://andrewsbookreviews.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/dragons-of-a-fallen-sun/ and https://andrewsbookreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/dragons-of-a-lost-star/

 

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My kids say I read to much. Well I will have to disagree with them. I don’t think I read enough. I’m sure all of you my readers would agree. After all I only seem to get a book review up every 2 weeks or so. I’m sure you will want to see more of my reviews. I would like to see more as well. Given the 12 books I have on order I am currentley sitting at about 34 books that I have not read yet. That’s alot of reading to get caught up on.

I am very excited to get caught up. So many good books to read I cant wait to read about all the adventures that await me. I love finishing a book and love to start a new one. Reading a book is so much better than watching T.V. or going to a movie. Though I will admit that seeing your books come to life on the big screen is alot of fun.

That is why I have decided to watch less tv and read more books. That way I can get my reviews out to you more frequentley and generally just have more fun. I have yet to Watch something on tv or in the Theatres that I enjoyed more than reading a good book.

When it comes to reading anyway that is my new years resolution.

Thanks for reading.

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