Poison Study: Maria v. Snyder. (Spoiler Free)

This book. Is amazing!It was spectacularly written and the story line was beautifully developed; it was an intricate work of art that I loved reading. I cannot even being to describe how happy I am with this book, but I am certainly going to give it my best shot. 

This book. Is amazing, I put it down not three minutes ago and I am currently buzzing with the thrill of finishing a good book and starting a fantastic series. It was spectacularly written and the story line was beautifully developed; it was an intricate work of art that I loved reading. I cannot even being to describe how happy I am with this book, but I am certainly going to give it my best shot.

To start off with I unfortunately have to point out two minimal negative. Firstly, I wish that the romantic sub-plotline was a little more developed, while the build-up was beautiful subtly and not at all like a cheesy romance where you just have to roll your eyes, I feel like if it weren’t for the blurb revealing how it would go I wouldn’t have seen he romance coming and therefore, it would’ve been an out of nowhere occurrence, it also seemed like the development to the point of romantic action was a little rushed to build further up the sequence of events leading to the end. I feel like we weren’t given enough time to properly enjoy the pairing before chaos ensued. Another negative which is barely even a problem was a slight nuance of predictability. I kind of saw the plot-line evolving the way it did before it actually started developing. Now, I’m not sure if it’s because I’m such a seasoned reader that I can spot familiar tropes a kilometre away or if it was just the writing; so I’m only going to mention it instead of talking about it more, just in case it is just me.

Now that the gross negatives are out of the way, on the the gushing and frankly overwhelming compliments and good opinions on this book. HOLY CRAP it was fantastic!

So, right away we’re thrown unceremoniously into the story; and not in the ‘what the heck is going on?’ kind of way, but being thrown smack bang into the story and introduced to Yelena who is a prisoner, whose sentence of hanging is about to be carried out when she is given an unexpected reprieve. Continue on with her fate, to meet the noose or to become the Commander’s food taster, to risk her life everyday in order to ensure the leader of her country’s food to test for poison. She chooses to take the position and beings training under the eye of Valek, the commander’s advisor. The story is set in a fantasy setting; a country called Ixia where they are under martial law with a man called the Commander heading the country. The country is then further split into 8 section with each section under the rule of a General under the Commander’s rule.  It’s an intricately written story and Snyder does beautifully to set it up without the reader feeling overwhelmed by information. It’s done in a way that’s gradual and uses language we can understand and told through flashbacks and other characters stories to reveal how the world is shaped, formed and run. For me, fantasy has always been a challenge; but this series is brilliant and brings a whole new amount of faith into my exploration into the genre. It is truly hard to write a fantastic fantasy novel with a balance of information and plot working together; but Snyder has done it ten-fold. I cannot wait to read the next instalment in her series, and hopefully any others she has written after that.

This book is beautiful written and published, It is a wonderful beginning to what i hope will be a wonderful and fantastic series. I would recommend it to anyone who ants to read a good fantasy novel to open them up to the series.

Til Next Time,

L.K.

Geekerella: Ashley Poston (some spoilers)

Adorable book.

Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.

Adorable book.

Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.

Geekerella was a beautifully charming story; it follows the two separate lives of Darien Freedman and Elle Wittimer. Darien Freedman is an actor who was best known for his soap-opera role and is about to embark upon the renewal of an old sci-fi TV show known as Starfield.  He is hired to play the main male role known as The Carmindor, and has been a fan of the series since he was a child. However, he finds himself stuck between who he thinks he is and how he is forced to act around others, almost as if he has to act all the time. Never free to be himself; Darien feels like he has no allies or friends to call his own except for his assistant who he considers one of his best friends. His father sees him as a way to gain money and he has previously lost a friend due to his fame. So, when he messages a phone number he believes to be the number for Excelsicon and ends up messaging another fan of Starfield instead, he sees his chance to make a friendship that is real and based on who he is as a person rather than how famous he is.

Elle, on the other side of the phone isn’t experiencing the dream life either. Elle is someone who has recently lost her father and when she was little has lost her mother. Now she lives with a shallow step-mother and two twin step-sisters, both of whom are given everything they could ever want in life, whilst Ella is let with nothing. Ella often finds herself at the butt of her step-mothers and stepsisters cruelty and criticism. there have been cases where the twins have gone out o their way to make her life miserable, even at one point fabricating a false relationship with a boy they’re friends with to hurt Ella’s feelings. She is forced every morning to wake each of them up and cook a ‘healthy’ breakfast for them, while the girls go off the the ‘club’ to have tennis lessons and Ella goes to work in a food truck known as the ‘Magic Pumpkin. The Cinderella pun is strong in this one. Her life seems to be a never ending ritual of sadness and oil stains. Until one day she receives a text on her hand-me-down phone that used to be her father’s. The man who made the convention ‘Excelsicon’. From this point onwards Elle and Darien are in each others lives, even if they don’t know each others names. This sense of anonymity when talking to each other envelops them in a feeling of safety which makes them feel like they can really express themselves for the first time in a long time. Especially about all things Starfield.

From this point onward almost all characters go through a lot of personal growth and change. One of the twins Calliope learns that she can have an identity separate from her much crueler sister and grows in confidence to finally become who she wants to be; hell she evens gets a girlfriend. Elle ends up learning to overcome the suffering she has endured at her step-family’s hands and open up to another human being (her co-worker Sage) and find connections with other that she wasn’t expecting, she also learn that who she is, and her family (her real mum and dad) are not isolated to a single place but are within her forever. Sage, the ever confident hopeful fashion designer, is someone who becomes Elle’s best friend who Elle converts to Starfield. Together they come together to take the old costumes that once belonged to her parents to make a wonderful cosplay, and Sage learns what it feels like to be unconditionally accepted by a friend.

The development of the relationship between Darien and Elle is a really well explored story line.  There relationship is one that is admittedly rushed a little, but under the circumstances it seems appropriate, as their relationship is one that mimics an online one, so essentially there are no hold barred in what they reveal to reach other. So being completely honest and open helps them to fall for each other as quick as they do. And having a relationship this way help them to explore who they are themselves as you can truly be whoever you want to be through anonymous text, even an unencumbered version of yourself. Still its a really cute and sweet romance that makes me squeal overtime something cute happens. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book yourself…

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to read a nice contemporary to get themselves out of a slump or even to just enjoy a sweet story that isn’t harboured with political mumbo-jumbo and something to just enjoy and love.

 

Til Next Time,

L.K.

p.s. i wrote this with the sun in my eyes, so please excuse any spelling errors.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett vs. Beloved – Toni Morrison (Spoiler Free)

So, I’ve recently read both of these books. One (The Help) voluntarily and the other (Beloved) as a part of my university course. I started off reading Beloved and to be honest, not quite liking it. Trying to find an exact reason why I pondered if it could be because the novel is a historical piece, and I frankly, have little to no experience reading historical fiction. In order to prove or disprove this theory I began reading The Help. Having now finished both novels, I couldn’t help but compare the two novels and thought… why not write about it?

So, I’ve recently read both of these books. One (The Help) voluntarily and the other (Beloved) as a part of my university course. I started off reading Beloved and to be honest, not quite liking it. Trying to find an exact reason why I pondered if it could be because the novel is a historical piece, and I frankly, have little to no experience reading historical fiction. In order to prove or disprove this theory I began reading The Help. Having now finished both novels, I couldn’t help but compare the two novels and thought… why not write about it? So, here it goes..

BELOVED:

So Beloved if you didn’t know is an Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning novel written by Toni Morrison. It is based off a real story about a woman who was an escaped slave. For some historical context, this was in a time where in America being one either side of a river (Whose name i unfortunately don’t know) dictated whether or not you were considered free if you were of African descent. However, this freedom was at a constant risk as if you were “owned” by someone across the river they could come and “retrieve there property” essentially dragging you back. For this woman she was living in America essentially free from her “master’s” ensalvement, with her family; until one day she saw her “master” coming up the drive. Reacting quickly she herded her whole family into the shed and killed them all. She was in the process of killing herself and her infant child when she was captured and jailed. A horrific story which to this day astounds me. This true story spoke to Morrison and is what she based her novel off of. The fictional piece follows he life of Sethe and her daughter Denver. Seth is a woman who was a slave on a plantation who was abused, beaten and raped and who despite being injured and about 9 months pregnant trekked across state lines to ensure her baby’s and her family’s future. We are introduced to Sethe when she is living with her youngest daughter (now 18) Denver in a place called simply “124”. This home of of their happens to be haunted by the ghost of the baby whom Sethe killed. Her two other sons had left her already having had enough of the Ghost’s presence and her Mother-in-law Baby Suggs had just passed away. Denver and Sethe live a seemingly quite life, except their house is plagued by secrets, insecurities, and obviously a ghost that doesn’t know when to blood quit.

Admittedly it starts off as a really hard read. You’re picked up and thrown into the story, like Alice falling in to Wonderland. Only unlike Alice instead of saying “oh dear!” i personally was utterly a little more rude expletives. It’s a confusing ride at first, with incomplete stories and a language that while seemingly English is harder to understand, and there is absolutely no context at all. Somehow i feel like that’s the point of everything. To make the reader completely and utterly confused. However, after… quite a long while into the book. Some more context is unveiled and somehow, though I’m not sure how exactly you fall into the “rhythm” of the language of the book and all the things that completely sent you for a loop starts to make sense. Just in time for the climax of the book to leave you utterly confused, elated and sad. It’s not the world’s happiest book. Actually, there is nothing all that happy about it. Still, it’s a good read. Something I would suggest picking up if you want the unbridled and haunting truth of the Slave Trade in America. Just make sure you’re watching a lot of romantic comedies while reading this book, because it made me yearn for a really big hug and an even bigger carton of ice-cream.

THE HELP:

The Help on the other hand is almost the complete opposite of Beloved. The Help for one thing occurs in a later time period than Beloved. It is set in a time when slavery is abolished, and those of African descent are paid for work, although they are still treated as less than human and paid little to nothing, there is also a worrying amount of segregation and racism that makes me very sad. However, unlike Beloved this story while told seriously also has some light hearted elements which make it a much less depressing story. It is also a story that is easy to follow and while it does contain slang, it is slang that I didn’t find difficult to understand. It truly was a fun read and i really enjoyed the story it told and the clever way it was told in. The movie that was based off this book was also extremely good and was fantastically acted and beautifully told. Definitely highly recommended by yours truly.

The story follows three main characters. Skeeter Phelan, Minny and Aibileen all of whom live in Jackson Mississippi . Aibileen and Minny are maids who have been in the business of looking after white-people’s babies and houses since around the time they were fourteen and are long time friends. Minny is a short tempered and sassy maid whose sharp wit and tongue often get her in trouble with her employers and Aibileen is a calm and sad woman who has spent her years raising and loosing other people’s children and after having lost her own son to a tragic accident has just about given up on life. Eugena “Skeeter” Phelan is a white 22-year-old woman who never quite fits in with the crowd in Mississippi as instead of going to college to find a husband like most of the women her age, she actually went to college to get an education. A revelation I know. This decision is constantly looked down upon by just about everybody in her life, including her mother. It is because of her outsider tendencies and her college educated mind that she sees the world in a way that is unique of that time. That is, she doesn’t look down upon “the help” like everybody else does.

Together these three find an unlikely and heartwarming friendship and band together to write a book about how the world really works. By doing so they risk everything, Aibileen and Minny more than most; as while it is not predominant in the book, the violence that African American suffer is touched on and alluded to as a possible consequence. This book does not solely place the victim role upon “the help” as the book also goes into how people who are of the same race but not considered the same class are also treated. altogether the book splendidly highlights people’s ability to be cruel for cruelty’s sake. But, it does not solely focus on the negative like Beloved, instead Stockett choose to include some redeeming themes such as: discovering friendship and strength in difficult times, the kindness of others and sometime Kindness found in unusual places. Stocked even touches on domestic abuse and finding the self-empowerment to put and end to it, as well as definitions of community and how they can make or break a person.

I would seriously recommend this book to anyone who asks. It is a fantastic and beautiful read. Both of these books are.

 

Til next time,

L.K.

A Small Rant About Life and Expectations.

Just a little ramble

Have you ever felt like your life just isn’t that way it should be? Like you have this image in your head of who you are and who you want to become and those two things just feel like their never going to meet? I personally have multiple goals that i want to achieve in my lifetime; I want to publish my own book, travel the world, move into my own home, have dogs (so, so, so, so many dogs) and achieve my own independence as a human being; and of I’m ever feeling particularly confident in myself and self-esteem maybe even make a Youtube channel one day. Yet, I find myself in a place that is seemingly going nowhere, yes; I am in university going towards achieving a bachelor’s degree and possibly even a masters; and yes, I have started writing something (which is far from anywhere near being ready to be read) and yes, I have this blog here where i can express my passions to people who are like minded. But i feel as if I’m stuck forever int his situation without any capability of moving forward. I see people going to different continents and finding love, moving out and starting off in their dream careers whereas my life remains stagnant and the most exciting thing I experience is getting a good mark back on an assignment.

Am I just in this stagnant state of living which needs to remain unchanging until i have finished my degree and then I can successfully start living my life? Or am I missing all the important things that people are experiencing and that I am going to one day regret not doing? I do have these moments of bright possibility in which i start planing what I am going to do once I graduate; but these are all infringing on the decisions and judgements of others. Is that any way to live? should I be out there gripping life by the horns and living every moment to the fullest at the possible suffering of my grades (which believe me would happen) or is the safest route to just bide my time until I am academically free and then live in a state of permanent Carpe Diem? At least until my feet need to touch the ground again.

Maybe some things are meant to be waited for so that when I do eventually experience them I can do so would without the stress of academia sitting on my back like an unfortunate squatter. Or perhaps its not a case of either/or. Maybe I can do little bits of both, I can take whatever free time I have to follow my stationary passions and when i am free from Academic expectations I can take flight around the globe and take some career risks? Is that the way to go?

This stereotype of the ‘golden age’ of living is really an atrocious expectation to live up to. Shows need to stop perpetuating this culture of partying and stupidity experienced at a peak young age, do they writers ever stop to consider that not everyone like that kind of thing? Personally, the idea of dancing like a moron in a hot, sweaty, claustrophobic space with drunk idiots feeling me up like I am a prized pig… holds no pull on me, I’d personally rather sit on a beach, in a hammock, in the sun with a really good book. I don’t find anything appealing about getting drunk, having one-night-stands and wearing shoes that I am going to regret. And according to popular culture and media this makes me a freak? Why? Does youth really need to be immature, stupid and crazy to really be properly experienced? Can’t you live a quiet life and not regret it? Sure, some crazy could be cathartic. But is it necessary to be done through crazy and dangerous actions? Couldn’t someone just get culturally and spiritually lost in a city and be experiencing youth? Or even following their own passions that are more of an academic value? Is it really necessary to have crazy stories about stupidity to be considered as having “lived your life to the fullest”.

I hope not, as otherwise I might seriously consider becoming a hermit.

Thanks for listening/ reading to my small rant.

Til Next Time,

L.K.

Ready Player One: Ernest Cline

The Ultimate Gaming story for any and all kinds of nerds.

Where to even being? I went into this book expecting it to be a good read, what i didn’t expect was for it to fulfil my every Geeky dream. While it was a slow burn, it was the kind of slow burn that made you glad you waited every second you did, because the ending is immensely satisfying. This story follows the journey of Wade Owen Watts, a kid with the coolest initials ever living in the futuristic equivalent of a trailer park (trailer vans stacked onto of each other high enough to tower over skyscrapers) who is attempting to be the winner of the ultimate treasure hunt. But first some context.

The world that Ernest writes about has basically gone to hell, there’s pollution, poverty, starvation, drug abuse and the eradication of society as we know it. Not exactly “Disney Land” material. Everyone’s way of escaping their crappy reality is to login to this gaming system called OASIS. This system works as an online digital world which people use as both a gaming platform, and education platform and a business platform. Its basically a world embedded in 1’s and 0’s. The man responsible for the success of this game is named James Halliday who is a billionaire in a world of poverty. Upon his death, instead of a will leaving the company, OASIS and his wealth to someone he knew, he left a trail of three keys leading to three gates that all lead to the final prize. To find a key, gives the clue to the corresponding gate and completing the challenge within the gate reveals the next clue to find the next key. This sparked a culture amongst those who live in the OASIS. The people who spend their lives trying to find the first key and being their journey to finding the final gate are called “Gunters”. These Gunters live by a shared code of respect for each other, Halliday’s creation and a love of 80’s pop culture. They also share a hatred for a group of people also on the quest to the finish line who are called “Sixers”. These “Sixers” work for a company called “IOI” and whose bosses wish to turn this free platform into a way of making money and making sure that only the rich could use OASIS.

The general flow of the book is a slow burn leading up to a satisfying ending was admittedly a little hard to read. As someone who has not yet picked up a gaming console the vocabulary was a little difficult to grasp at first; but once I got into the flow of the story it was relatively easy to understand the lingo and get into the character’s from of mind.  Wade Watts is a beautifully written character who is both relatable and sweet. He is a very dedicated and wholesome nerd who lives and breathes OASIS, being only in his teenage years he has seen a lot of what the world has to offer and is quite happy with living in a virtual reality, and has given up on any ideas of trying to save the world, in fact, he reveals that if he were to inherit Halliday’s fortune he would build a rocket-ship to try and find a new world to populate. So, essentially in the beginning he is an overweight, nerdy character with only one friend to calls his own and a low level character. Throughout the book he evolves as a character enormously, he is still loveable nerd, but his friendship circle has expanded, he started caring more about his health and safety and he found a home to call his own; he also power-ups his character enormously. his evolution is one that makes your heart warm, but is subtle enough to be believable and to have a strong emotive response as it feels as if you as a person and the reader are growing along with Wade.

Even though it feels at some point within the novel that the ending is pretty obvious, the book does not cease to surprise by adding plot twists and turns throughout the story that really turn all of your assumptions about the characters and story on your head. Each new character that Wade befriends or interacts with has a compelling outline that really evokes emotions within the reader and makes you want to get to know the world and the gamers within it even more. It is definitely a book I would recommend and consider re-reading.

 

Til next time,

L.K.

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

An interesting start to what I hope to be a great Trilogy.

NON-SPOILER SECTION:

The story if an excellent start to a series, with an ending that makes a reader want to continue the story as soon as possible. However, there are some elements to the story that (to me) were predicable. The mythology and world-building involved was elegantly written with just enough mystery to promote continued reading. I love the development of the characters and the way they were subtly described across the book. Laini Taylor really creates a beautiful and mysterious story  that I can’t wait to continue to explore, the only negative I would say would be the  slight predictability to some events.

The story line was given just enough history to make sense with the attitudes of surrounding background characters such as other Chimera and Seraph. I liked especially how Kaoru had a unique childhood and she had a unique perspective on the world around her. Prague was also a beautiful setting for this book which added another element to the story with the descriptive language that brought the story that resides in the paranormal into everyday life; making it all that more emotive. Aviva as a character was an interesting construct, as he remained almost threatening and elusive until almost the end of the story. He himself grows as a character, going from a cold, unfeeling soldier to someone who dares to hope again and feel once more. His past like Kaoru’s remains mysterious progressively being revealed along the plot line, which is shown to be interwoven.

The structure of the paranormal worlds is also curious and well-written. The societies explored are those of the Seraph and Chimera, along with a few other locations. Each is written to have it’s own structure, religion, ceremonies and lifestyle. Its an incredible feat attempted with grace and intelligence. Its revealed through the perspectives of the main characters, but in a way that allowed their reliability to create an understanding in the author. Seeing these instances through both of the character’s eyes also allows for the unique situation of seeing how the perspective of the opposing societies were formed and how each are trying to reach an understanding within themselves of how their world and others work. Its almost like feeling as if you’re the intruder in your own home.

Mystery within this book is a dominant theme. The four most explored mysteries in this book are: Kaoru’s past, Brimstone’s work, the Hamsas and Akiva’s past. Koran’s past is the element that I believed to be obvious. There were hints that I picked up throughout the book which maybe only to me seemed to be a gigantic red arrow pointing directly to the answer, still there were moments when I had my doubts and considered other options, but when it was confirmed I was really satisfied by being able to guess the outcome. Brimstone’s work and the other three were elements that had me guessing until their reveal. Brimstone as a hulking yet soft hearted Chimera is someone who raised Kaoru from birth along with the other Chimera in his dwelling which acts as the portal between the human world and the Chimera domain. He deals with teeth, collecting them and making them into necklaces all the while using his hands and senses to understand their value. Why he does this remains unknown until Kaoru’s history is also revealed. Which brings the Hamsas unknown element into the light and stringing along to the finish line is Akiva’s past. Though some gaps remain in the story where they are headed is sure to fill them, I also look forward to how the story is going to progress now that there is little reason to continue dealing into the past.

All in all this story, a story of love, war and hope is something I look forward to continuing to read; especially to find out how the story evolves.

 

 

Jurassic Park & The Lost World- Michael Crichton (Spoiler Free)

The book series, turned movies that fascinated a generation with dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park and the Lost World are an interesting new perspective on the consequences of science and getting involved in the competitive market of the biochemistry industry. These two tales follow the sequence of events that follows when a company called “In-Gen” succeed in their endeavour to bring the extinct race of Dinosaurs back to life, and to features these creatures in a theme park that is believed will enrapture millions. Michael Crichton takes utterly believable scientific theory to create this utterly enchanting and horrifying world. However, amongst the creating of this story and following the plot line of the movies we all know and love; he gets caught-up in what I call the “World-Building” of his novels. See in my -admittedly somewhat unsupported- opinion there are three main ways in which an author writing a novel that has rules outside of reality can express how their world of fiction functions.

The first is the ‘Sporadic Approach’. The ‘Sporadic Approach’ as the title would suggest is when the author/writer introduces the audience to the rules of this reality as the time for such knowledge approaches. This is usually done through plot devices, and expressed in short bursts of a large amount of information being introduced with long gaps in-between in which the rules of this reality remain stagnant and applied to all characters. Then as the plot finds it necessary these rules are either challenged or applied to. This is commonly seen in TV shows such as Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries and Once Upon a Time. It is also found in books such as, Vampire Academy, Mortal Instruments and Harry Potter. It can be useful in cases which the world being introduced has a lot of differentiation from reality, in order not to overwhelm the reader and allow for some semblance of understanding to occur gradually along with a relationship with the characters.

The second approach is called the ‘Gradual Scheme’. The ‘Gradual Scheme’ is essentially like a steady flowing river of information, where instead of small clumps of world building occurring throughout the book, there is an underlying plot line introducing the inner-working of the world. This is usually revealed through the eyes of a character new to the situation, in most cases the main character. It is also useful when there are organisations or small groups with a hierarchy involved directly in the plot. For instance, say the story is about a rebellion against a higher ‘evil power’. The rebellion would have its own hierarchy of people in power and its own inner workings of operations along with people important to 1) the main character or 2) important to the overall plot line. The ‘evil power’ would probably mirror this design. The main character who we as an audience learn through, would probably view these places as alien terrain and as such would observe things that someone who was used to this environment would glaze over. These details often give us an idea of how things work. Also, other characters might take time to explain things and events to the main character which is another method to introduce the situation. This method is commonly seen in Shatter Me, Star Wars, Divergent, Twilight and Avatar: The Last Airbender. It is a useful method to employ in story wiring when there are multiple plot lines and character developments to consider whilst still making sure the world structure makes sense.

The third and final method, which is employed by Michael Crichton is called the ‘Info Dump’; and again with a revealing name we can gather what it means. The ‘Info Dump’ is when during the story, usually at the beginning, the author takes the time to build the world before falling into the main plot of the story. This usually occurs when the main characters are other wise occupied and the plot has not even begun. It condenses all the rules and structure and in some cases the history before the event into one section so that there is no need for it later and there can be more focus on the action occurring. This is usually done in a round-about way in which the main character is not particularly involved at all. In the case of both Jurassic Park and The Lost World, Crichton takes the time to offer some opening history of the goings on before anybody really goes anywhere near the dinosaurs. Int he first book, most of the beginning chapters centre around the science of bio-engineering and how it is a competitive industry for people who set out looking for ways to profit from science. It also goes into the history of bio-engineering and a introduction into the company that is In-Gen and its competitors. Whilst it is sometimes essential for this information to be out there, in this case I believe it took away from the book.

While the science explored in both book is fascinating and something I wouldn’t mind reading about in a different context, it does indeed take away from the books in terms of its ability to keep the reader’s attention. What was revealed in the ‘Info Dump’ was important to the story as a whole and if told during the action sequences would’ve slowed down the book. But I can’t shake the opinion that this information could’ve been better revealed, perhaps through plot devices such as, speech between characters, the observation of other, an argument, or causal mention even. The biology could’ve also been implemented into the plot in a bit more of a subtle way that just was given. Nonetheless, it was a good book. I really enjoyed it and was quite surprised about the underlying scientific theory and how it played into the book as a whole which i didn’t realise until the end. Once the main plot line got started everything was smoothed out and became quite enjoyable; and even though I have seen the movies numerous times i still found myself loving the novels despite how closely in the beginning they aligned with each other. They were truly unique and i only wish that Crichton had considered writing some more to add to the series, though I suppose I can be satisfied with his involvement in the movies that followed.