Chimera Review of Timekeeper by Tara Sim

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

This book turned out to be something of a fairy tale. It was your classic YA book with an interesting protagonist who had special powers. We were all hoping it would get much more steamy than it did, but were reminded this was a YA book. It was in interesting twist on a “love saves” trope. ANd the system of how time work was intriguing. We enjoyed the Greek Mythology that was sprinkled in. As well as the strong female characters. Our protagonist was a bit whiny, dealing with many issues. Not only was he gay, but he was gay for a clock. The story touches on friendship, love, family, and community. 

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Chimera Review of Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

We learned something interesting with this book. This was one of the original set of book that were first dubbed “Steampunk”. The term  originated in the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk. It was coined by K. W. Jeter, a science fiction author himself, looking for a way to describe works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983), James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986), and himself (Morlock Night, 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987) All of these books are set in a 19th-century ( and usually Victorian) and had similar conventions like H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine. 

This book was time travel and the steampunk was secondary really, overall we enjoyed it. It’s nice to dip into classics and the mystery in the narrative along with the call back to other pieces to literature was great.

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Worst Book You Ever Read


What are some books you just couldn’t get through or are upset that you read?

When I was in high school I used to not read the books that were assigned unless they caught my attention within the first 20 pages. I used to only give a book 20 pages to hook me. To be honest I give songs even less time, they only get 20 seconds. Art and other visuals get 30 seconds. But books got more time. Time for an author to tell me where we were going and why I might want to go there.

Because of this there were many books I did not read in high school because they did not speak to me . There were so many other books to read! I had discovered Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. I was falling in love with David Sedaris and of course I was being sucked into the world of Harry Potter. So I did not want to “waste” time on books that I did not think would enthrall me or characters I could not care about.

This is how I missed reading many American Classics.

They all seemed to be about a set of people who didn’t know how good they had it and could do nothing but complain. My very least favourite book was “The Great Gatsby”. This was the first time I was presented with a book where there were NO characters I could relate to or even liked. It was then I learned that to enjoy a book I had to have at least one of these things (besides a good plot, world building, or theme).

What is your least favorite book? I’m not talking about books that are just badly written, or books that are in bad taste (though those are good reasons to not like books) but what is a book that you just plain didn’t like an why?

First Book

Discussion post

What is the first book you remember reading all by yourself? Leave a comment and a link to the book. For me it was Corduroy by Don Freeman. I used to pretend to read it before I knew what words were because I knew when to turn the page, based on how my dad used to read it to me and memorizing the words. My aunt thought I was a genius 3 year old. It is still one of my favorite books!