Invasion – By Robin Cook

This one is a sci-fi, I’m really into science fiction but this one was an exception. Today I am reviewing the book invasion by Robin Cook published in 1997. As you have gathered it is an alien invasion, but the aliens land in true sci-fi style. Robin Cook has also written books such as Contangion, Fatal Cure and Outbreak. He has books in Reader’s Digest and has bestsellers in New York Times. He mainly writes about medicine & public health, he is known for combining medical and thriller in his books.

This book is very entertaining from start to finish, for this book I am going to give you a really vague plot. I may reveal too much about this book. Late at night when many college students are out, and what seem to be a shooting star has appeared. At the same time electrical equipment is fried, unsuspectely nobody has a clue what is going on. The next day black discs all around the college campus are found. The story continues with the plans of how the aliens take over the world. Whilst this is going on a flu like disease is going on and the whole world is seem to be getting infected by it.

Robin Cook is able to balalance sci-fi and and action, suspense and drama. This is wierd but I compare it to a comedy book, just because of the ease of reading. This book, in my opinion was not just for sc-fi fans, through out the book you understood everything even the medical jargon. The book was about a team trying to save the world and it almost felt like you were with them, in that team. I though this because the style of the writing was not too concise and was very laid back. The layout was also very easy to follow too, not too muddled up and you were never lost with what is going on.

I really would like to get into the charcters in depth but it would give too much away. The characters were very well drawn out, with each having their moments and everyone single one seemed central to the story. I like the character a lot because the seemed so real and you could relate to their lives. The characters seemed to use what they know to help, it was not like they suddenly gained a skill that they would not normally have. There also brief bits of descriptions of how the characters were feeling, this also helped to understand what was going on in the story.

Robin Cook definitely laid something very different here for me, I was totally immersed in this books, and there were moments I felt I should put this down. Then something will draw me back in. The book has definitely got me interested in what sci-fi boks have to offer, I am sure it will do the same to many other people. It is not hard at all to get into and you don’t wait very long until you are engrossed. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading I am sure many will enjoy it.

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Inconceivable By Ben Elton

I am quite excited about writing this blog for two reasons. Firstly this is my first post and secondly this book I am reviewing is the first comedy book I have read cover to cover. The name of the book is Inconceivable by the comical genius Ben Elton.

In the early 80s and 90s Ben Elton was extremely successful as stand up comedian, writer of television programmes and a novelist. I think what made him so successful and what made me recognize him was the blackadder series which he had written. I thought the series was original and very witty, it was about subjects that people thought they could never make fun of. His brilliant ideas brought him great success as well as books being turned into films he also gained awards for his works.

Inconceivable was written in 1999 following the success of his other books including Stark, Gridlock and the Blast from the past. The book is about a couple determined to get what they want. Sam wants to write a big hit movie and lucy desperately wants a baby. If you compare their odds it looks like Lucy has a better chance of getting what she desires. The book is written in a diary form and it is quite clever, it is like reading two diaries at the same time. It is actually that. I like the way the book has been written structurally it is easy to read and the always something to laugh out loud to on each page. I could tell some humour was used to tone down the serious and emotional parts of the book. The diary style that the book has also makes it very easy to get get through and also very re-readable.

When I started to read the book I could immediately identify with both characters and you could tell they both needed their ambitions to be fulfilled, for the benefit of each other. Sam really wanted his big break as an hollywood writer and tries very hard and genuinely thinks he can do this. Lucy is also very determined to give birth, hence writing diaries to help them get through the difficult time. Lucy seems to always be bearing a lot more of this difficulty because she wants it more than anything, Sam just wants to make sure she is happy. Lucy comes up with many ideas to give birth, you can tell that Sam is always behind because of he likes to see her happy. You wonder how they have got this far, the love for each other in the book slowly starts to wither. Out of the whole book I found Lucy’s diary more interesting it involved a lot more of her emotion and you were up to date about how she felt. You also got the feeling that she wanted more and but there was something about Sam that attracted her to him.

I did really like this book I thought it was an excellent read and there were never parts of the book that were boring. Afterwhile you were just waiting for the humour to come. Ben Elton is such a talented writer because you can never tell what he will joke about next, it could be the most imaginery thing.

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