Monday, October 14, 2019

REVIEW: Recursion by Blake Crouch

Title: Recursion
Author: Blake Crouch
Genre: Science Fiction - Time Travel
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Acquired: Borrowed ecopy from library
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Memory makes reality.

That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

That's what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?

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I shudder to think that I didn't even realize Blake Crouch had another book out until I recently watched a Booktuber mention it. I read this book FOUR months after it's release date, FOUR! Anyway, shame aside, Blake Crouch has a new book out, and it's this one, and it's SPECTACULAR. Recursion (aptly named, by the way) was another deep-dive into the world of quantum theory and it's ability to disrupt the linear lives we've accepted.

Told from the multiple perspectives and timelines of detective Barry Sutton, and neuroscientist Helena Smith respectively, Recursion opens with Barry being radioed to a perplexing scene of delusion and faulty memory. 'False Memory Syndrome' (FMS) is the ailment being attributed to individuals in the city who seem to remember whole memories from a life they never lived, and the torrential onslaught of emotions that come with it. But with the introduction Helena's timeline, a few years in the past, we (and Barry) quickly discover that FMS is the consequence of a much more complicated, and tangible, invention. An invention that threatens not only this reality, but all of the realities we thought we wanted.

I'm trying to wrap my head around the immense amount of research that surely went into writing this book, as Blake Crouch is no quantum physicist himself, but is quite obviously a frickin MASTER at his craft. Crouch has the ability to perfectly marry meaningful plot and complex technical descriptions. He shoves you so far into your head with his theories that you start to refuse it's fictional components—he makes you believe what you're reading. That skill as a writer is so incredibly important if the subject you're choosing to write about is time-travel, or reality shifts, or literally anything that we have yet to accomplish as a species. There was not one moment of "yeah right, as IF that could happen", there were no doubts even when the chaos intensified. 

The last 20 pages were my favourite, but unfortunately it was also where this book fell ½ a star shy of 5 stars for me. There were a few too many occurrences of a necessary plot point, and I felt like the book would have still wrapped up quite satisfyingly without them. Needless to say though, Blake Crouch needs to keep writing books, he needs to keep writing them forever.



Read if you like:  
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Last Policeman Series by Ben H. Winters
The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan


Key themes: 
quantum-physics, reality shifts, loss, time-travel, love

Challenges: 

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credit: blakecrouch.com

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015's #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado.



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Friday, May 10, 2019

BLOG TOUR: National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian's Approach to At-Home Animal Care by Gary Gary Weitzman

Title: National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness
Author: Gary Weitzman
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: National Geographic
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Acquired: Print copy received for review
Goodreads: ADD

In National Geographic's comprehensive and easy-to-use illustrated pet reference, a renowned veterinarian offers expert advice on common health, behavior, and training for cats, dogs, and other domestic pets.

Combining first aid, medical reference, and tips and tricks of the trade, here is your go-to-guide for at-home animal care, focusing on dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and more! Building on more than two decades of veterinary experience, Dr. Gary Weitzman covers topics including upset stomachs, house training, physical ailments and behavior tips. The president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and former co-host of the weekly NPR show The Animal House, "Dr. Gary" brings a wealth of experience to essential veterinary questions, revealing basic first-aid techniques, when a trip to the vet is necessary, dietary recommendations, simple training techniques, necessary supplies, essential behavior cues, and much more.


Monday, April 1, 2019

BLOG TOUR: What She Gave Away by Catherine RIggs

Title: What She Gave Away
Author: Catherine Riggs
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Acquired: Print copy received for review
Goodreads: ADD

Revenge is anything but sweet in this twisty thriller about two women with very different lives locked in the same deadly game.

Imagining the best way to destroy a person’s happiness is Crystal Love’s favorite game. Devious and unpolished, the plus-sized loan analyst couldn’t be more out of place in her new town of Santa Barbara, where the beautifully manicured women never age and the ocean views stretch farther than the million-dollar lawns. And yet her eye for the power dynamics at play in this tony community is dead accurate.

Kathi Wright, on the other hand, has made it her life’s work to fit in with the plastic people who surround her. But when her husband—a wealthy bank president—dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing. Then the FBI shows up, asking questions she can’t answer and freezing assets she once took for granted.


While Kathi struggles to outrun the mess caused by her husband’s mysterious death, Crystal seems focused on her game. But why? And who are her targets?

Spanning two years and told in Crystal’s and Kathi’s alternating voices, this tautly plotted novel reveals the power of choice and the price of revenge.


Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 2019 Reading (Challenges & TBR)

JANUARY READING

In order to keep myself on track, I'll be making a monthly post detailing my TBR pile for the month. This will include the books I've chosen for my reading challenges, approved eARCs/review copies, and book club picks.

The reading challenge books I chose will be set in motion by the Pick-A-Theme Reading Challenge by She's Got Books on Her Mind. The theme I pick for each month will need to be present in all of the books for that particular month.


THEME THIS MONTH: COLD

(books will contain a cold-hearted individual as one of the main or secondary characters, will be a non-fiction book detailing cold-hearted acts/people/topics, or be set in a cold climate/have a cold atmosphere)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

43 Highly Anticipated Books of 2019 (Goodreads)

HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!

Last year felt like it would never end, and that was made worse by the fact that I had my worst reading year to date. Life most certainly threw me some lemons (amongst other things), and reading, unfortunately, took a backseat to all of that madness. Like most of my fellow obsessive book readers, reading plays the role of an escape, a balm to the trials of life—it can feel like the one thing they can always turn to for some happiness and positivity. At least that's what it's always felt like to me, and I hate that I had forgotten that during my worst and lowest times. But anyway...

I'm BACK! And I'm ready to delve back into the flurry and deliriously satisfying world of reading and reviewing. Of researching new finds, and clearing TBRs of already owned books. Of finishing reading challenges and cheering on my fellow readers on their own journeys! I can't believe I let myself stray so far away from something made me so content *sigh.

To kick off my 2019 posts, I thought I'd list the books I already own and plan to read off of Goodreads' recent post of 43 Highly Anticipated Books of 2019. I also listed the one that I'M most looking forward to from each category.