Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.
Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.
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Update, 11:12am pacific: phew, you guys kept me typing non-stop for over an hour, but I've got to run now and get packing for my tour this week! So sorry I couldn't answer everyone's questions, but some of them (especially about Dark Swan, Age of X, and future VA) were asked a few times, so skim around to see if it was answered. Thanks for your time and support! Hope you love The Emerald Sea. <3
I write fantasy and sci-fi for teens, adults, and anyone who loves badass heroines, weird pop culture references, and sobbing over emotional cliffhangers. My novels are worldwide bestsellers and have seen film and graphic novel adaptations. The Emerald Sea, my 28th novel, comes out on June 26, 2018.
Hello all. I’m currently reading the Dresden files and I simply cannot put them down. The way Butcher throws you into the first person perspective using Dresden’s witty commentary feels so at home in the dark, deep and gritty shadowy supernatural Chicago. Looking to marvel with other people about the brilliant quirks and little intricacies of Dresden’s universe. For those who haven’t read this, Harry Dresden is a PI in Chicago, he’s also a wizard. He deals mostly in matters the cops can’t handle, usually involving nasty supernatural enemies which lurk in Chicago’s darkest shadows. Whilst humans generally aren’t aware with whom they share their world with, some brave souls like Karen Murphy - a martial arts expert and police sergeant - often find themselves shoulder to shoulder with Harry against the Vampires, gouls or Faeries or the Nevernever.
I just finished Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos. I started reading the book because I wanted to understand how math can be fun. Studying engineering myself but have failed too many math exams to keep count. I am not very far from saying "it's just not for me, this whole math thing".
But after reading the book I feel like math can be very useful, and in best case maybe even a little fun from time to time. Especially the chapter about probability (which often related to gambling related questions) was so fun to read, and while I sometimes didn't understand exactly the method being used - I could at least get a glimpse of what good of a tool math can be. I am hoping to be able to keep this fun way of looking at it when uni starts again in a few months, I am hopeful I will.
How about you guys, have you had a similar reading experience? That rather than picking up a book because you are into the subject and like it already, you pickup the book and it changes your mind. Suddenly it seems fun and exciting! Either way goes, of course, maybe it's the other way around and thats fine. I'm curious to hear your stories. Tell me!
Have a great day.
Edit: Thanks guys for the many comments, got quite a few actually. Will try my best to reply to all and thank you for the recommendations, but have to stay off the computer for a while now. Will be back later. Thanks again!
I guess I know the obvious reason because people don't like reading about gore, child abuse, rape, heavy subjects of that nature. But if it's a part of a truly compelling story such as My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, why would people feel the need to rate it down. I'm specifically thinking of amazon and how some reviews on there for this book are just one-star one-word reviews containing something like "filth," or "disgusting," or "garbage." Yeah I get that the book is difficult to read and centers on an abusive father and his daughter, but the story is very intense and ultimately uplifting, reading about this fourteen year old girl fighting for her freedom and her soul. Idk. Just thinking out loud. Feel free to comment.
In the story, we see juveniles sent to Camp Green Lake which is a detention camp in a desert in the middle of the Texan desert. The juveniles are ordered to dig 5' x 5' feet holes every single day.
The 2 guards and the warden state that if they make a run for it that they can die due to the fact there isn't any water source within a hundred miles. In fact, they dare them to run since there are no walls or guard towers and the guns used are used on poisonous creatures.
Pushing the story aside, Would this set up even work or is it set up to ultimately fail in the end?
“See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God's sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they'd allowed to wither in themselves.”
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I just finished reading “Rosemary’s Baby”, classic, and I’ve got to say, it turned out to take quite different path than I imagined it would. Throughout reading the book, I got some of the “Dream Story” resemblance connected to the cults. First chapter of the story was full of subtle, creepy events happening, which made me suspicious about the neighbors/husband all along. I didn’t think main character was going insane, not for a second. The story itself was dark, as well as intriguing. I finished it in the same day as I started it. Book was kind of a fast-read. Before reading it, I always thought the story would follow the path where we are lead to believe everything around the main character is real, whilst somewhere in the story, we would realize Rosemary did go crazy (due to anxiety, suspicion, stress etc.) Husband was a narcissist, easy. Neighbors were total mad. Rosemary came as a little naive, in my opinion, especially letting everyone around control her, thinking they were being “caring”. And the ending. Well. Man. It was conflicting as hell. I would have been okay with her going all “Jack Torrance” on her neighbors and husband with that kitchen knife. I would have been ok with her thinking with cold mind, planning a serious comeback, but accepting the half-human, half-pure-evil baby? No. Main decision to keep him alive could have been influenced by all the “madness” going on around her, turning her mind inside out though. What do you guys think about the book? Have you read it and do you think she technically joined the cult after the ending? Glad to hear your opinions.
This morning, I flipped though my old dog-eared copy of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and was surprised how much I could remember the place I first finished reading it several years ago, during a family vacation in Puerto Rico.
For anyone who hasn't read Neverwhere, the book is about a journey though a series of hidden, magical societies in the sewers and passages beneath London. It's the kind of thing you'd read on a crowded subway while getting out of the rain, maybe the furthest thing from a piña colada under the palm trees. Still, I've got all these bright, sunny memories tied up with this book. It's weird.
Anyone else have a book that ties you back to the place you first read it, no matter how dissonant the two seem?
I'm reading this book right now and I'm absolutely enthralled. It's transformative, I would go as far as to say that it's changed my entire worldview. If you enjoy non-fiction books, particularly history and popular science, definitely consider picking it up some time. It's very dense, not something you can read on a weekend, but very much worth your time.
I think I’m more likely to just read whatever, and look at their book choices for inspiration. I don’t like having to read books on a schedule (reminds me too much of uni) and my moods won’t always match what someone else suggests. Have any of you guys joined their book clubs or thought about it?
Off the top of my head I know of Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Roberts, Florence Welch and Emma Watson who have book clubs.
I started reading consistently again at the end of 2016, and I've since read almost 100 books of varying genres, degrees of difficulty, etc. So while I'm not worried about my ability to actually read and understand content, it usually only feels like a shallow understanding. I don't feel very skilled at analyzing text, and I know I miss out on a lot of symbolism.
Has anyone else struggled with this? The only advice I've gotten irl is to read more, but that doesn't seem to be the answer. I'd love to hear if you all have any better advice.
Books are so expensive. The libraries around here are good but they never seem to have the stuff I actually want to read. Is there some type of subscription service out there? Like maybe a Netflix but for books? Kindle Unlimited is okay but it's mostly just a bunch of self-published authors, nothing substantial and never really has the books I specifically set out to read.
Here is a rundown of the books (no real spoilers)
Intro: Hi, I’m the protagonist and I have done a gazillion super important stuff. Let me tell you about them.
First half of book 1: I am looking for the killers of my family so I join this school.
End of book 2: Two thousand pages later, I am still at the school and I haven’t done any of the gazillion super important stuff I told you about.
Third book: Will probably never come out, and even if it does it will be impossible to fit all that gazillion super important stuff without feeling rushed.
And I get it, most love it for the writing style than the plot. That makes the prose good. It’s not good as fantasy, or story, or action, or adventure. In fact, the worst parts are when it tries to be about fantasy / action / adventure. Takes two stars out of five from me, because I bought it exactly for what it’s bad at, and not for 2000 pages of a high school teen flick.
Definitely one of the most depressing endings I’ve seen in any form of media. Pretty decent book, the characters were memorable and the time period the story is told over provides some neat development (if not at certain times feeling forced) for characters.
Would I say it’s as good as IT? No, but that’s like comparing an apple to an orange. IT was a true horror story of a monster that enjoys murdering children in sadistic ways based off of fears. Revival is a book that’s more suspenseful and provides a compelling antagonist who we can empathize with. Like most other books by Stephen king, the story truly shines in my opinion because of the characters. They feel like legitimate people. The main character alone is literally not the same in so many ways after the second time skip into his 20s.
I give revival a solid 9/10
So whenever I finish up a book I like to read the reviews on it in order to see if I felt the same way as other people. I absolutely loved this story! Elphaba was a brilliant character and the writing style kept me intrigued the entire way through. Although maybe this enjoyment was partly due to my love for dark stories or that I was never amazingly fond of the original Oz story.
When I read what other people write, they seem to hate that it wasn't close to the source material, that there were loose threads, or that it wasn't like the musical. These issues just seem so strange to me. Like, for example, the loose ends were left deliberately by the artist because they show the story being similar to real life and the loose threads that it contains. Or, the book came before the musical! How can one be disappointed that the book is darker than the musical if the former is based on the latter?!
Anyhoo, to anyone who has read this fantastic story, why do you think that it seems like the majority of people seem to be unable to tolerate this book?
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