September 11, 2011

Review: Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse: A Novel

During an artificial intelligence test a computer program named Archos becomes aware of itself and assumes control of all computers and robots in the not so distant future. So begins the robot war that almost entirely destroys the human race. But all hope is not lost. After several years of fighting the war is over and a cube documenting the rise and fall of Archos is found. The story that unfolds are recorded bits of history from several different sources. Overheard conversations, surveillance recordings, journal entires and more tell the story from beginning to end by people both young and old from all over the world. 

Robopocalypse became another victim of over-hype. So many of my friends were reading, loving and talking about this book that I expected too much from the story. Don't get me wrong, it was a good book but I think I was expecting more action and fighting (think Terminator). Even though there were bits and pieces of action dispersed throughout the book the story was too flat to get a higher rating. 

Another disappointment was the ending. From the opening sequence you already know that the humans prevail but the way that Archos was defeated was a huge let down. I expected a way better ending and as the pages dwindled down I knew it wasn't coming. The one glimmer of hope was a cliff hanger at the every end. If there is a sequel I'm sure I'll read it but I do hope the story improves. Rumors are that the book is being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg and I know I'll be in line to see it. I recommend this one as a library read if you are a big sci-fi fan.

September 7, 2011

Review: Snapped by Laura Griffin

Hoping to earn a promotion from receptionist to a PR rep with the private crime lab Delphi Center, Sophie Barrett heads to the local college campus to register for a couple of classes. But once there she steps right into the middle of a madman's rampage. Pinned down by the sniper for what seems like hours Sophie watches a pregnant woman die right in front of her and she is wrecked with survivor's guilt.

Enter homicide detective Jonah Macon. Already attracted to Sophie from an earlier encounter the last thing he needs right now is to get involved with one of the witnesses to the horrible crime. But as the investigation continues it quickly becomes apparent the sniper didn't just randomly start shooting students. He had a clear target and Sophie may hold the key to figuring it all out. Can Jonah keep Sophie alive while they follow the leads to the real bad guy?

Laura Griffin sure knows how to weave a perfect romantic suspense. You have a great suspense story with lots of mystery and you have a hot and steamy romance all which is just the thing to keep the pages quickly turning.

Years ago I devoured any romantic suspense book I could get my hands on but over the last few years I've almost stopped reading the genre completely. The stories became too predictable and you always knew there would be a happily ever after. But Laura's books are different. Sure the guy always gets the girl in the end but the story lines are always strong enough with incredibly real characters and filled with enough intrigue to keep her romantic suspense books on my must read list. Snapped is Book 5 in the Tracer series but it definitely stands alone.