My Bookshelf: Evil Genius

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Title: Evil Genius

Author: Catherine Jinks

Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction

Amazon Summary:
“Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he’s fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he’s a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies. But is it too late to stop Dr. Darkkon from carrying out his evil plot?”

Jeers:

  • I didn’t really have any problems with it, but it may have dragged on too long for some people.
  • There were people who could explode and that really wasn’t expanded on enough because that seemed pretty cool.

Cheers:

  • I thought they did a very good job of writing an hero who was actually a villain (or the other way around, I dunno).
  • I really liked how diverse the people at the institute were.
  • It gave off a spy/superhero kind of vibe.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes. If you like longer books. Obviously it is aimed at kids but it was serious enough that I could enjoy it fully as an adult. (Lots of people die. Like a lot.)

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Genius-Catherine-Jinks/dp/0152061851

Some Realistic Alien Movie Ideas

I’m watching Independence Day and I want to know why there aren’t any realistic alien movies. I’ve come up with some ideas for Hollywood.

  1. Aliens find Earth, act like friends, then slowly impose a puppet government over the entire earth to extract resources like America would do to any other planet.
  2. Aliens finds Earth, but they’re dumb as fuck. Basically alien teenagers who got lost at Alpha Section 6 and allow us to treat them like gods in The Road to El Dorado fashion.
  3. Aliens find Earth, they think we’re dumb as fuck. They treat us as completely insignificant and ignore us like ants.
  4. Aliens come to earth and refuse to acknowledge our world leaders. They’ll only talk to the idiot stoner they met upon landing and make everyone go through him.
  5. Aliens come to earth and bring a terrible disease. Accidentally kill us all. Feel really bad, but only as bad as Americans felt for killing all the Native Americans.
  6. Aliens come to earth fleeing a terrible sun explosion or something that destroyed their home planet. We impose a quota system and only let a few in each year. The rest chill in a ghetto on the moon.
  7. Aliens come to earth. They sneak up on a guy’s porch at night in Florida and get shot dead. Man goes free, we start a war with the aliens.
  8. Aliens come to earth saying the escaped from something terrible. There are too many of them so we end up capturing them and putting them in concentration camps. We experiment on them and kill most of them, and at the end we find out that they are actually humans from millions of years in the future, escaping an apocalyptic earth and unknowingly going back in time. We killed ourselves.
  9. Aliens come to earth, they’re not any more exciting than we are. Talk mostly about taxes and low military pay, and how private donors had to fund their space program to get them there.
  10. We go to an alien planet. There is bacteria and worms and not much else, but no oxygen to sustain us. Billions of dollars is spent getting an astronaut infected with Super Ebola to kill the entire planet upon his return.

Edit: My dad thinks that for 5 the disease should wipe out everyone but the Native Americans. “Everyone likes a revenge movie,” he said.

My Bookshelf: Wild Concept

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Title: Wild Concept

Author: C. S. Boyack

Genre: Science Fiction/ Adventure

Amazon Summary:

“Lisa Burton is a new kind of robot. Built in the concept lab, she will be dismantled at the end of the experiment.

Lisa is a bit naive when she starts her new life, but soon learns to fit into modern society.

She gets assigned to the Hudson Police Department to study how she reacts to pressure, stress, and the everyday world. Hudson PD assigns her to a homicide case to catch the Escort Executioner.

When the escorts start showing up dismembered, she decides not to conclude her own experiment. She takes off on her own adventure to turn the tables on her creators.”

My Summary:

Yeah, this was about a robot who was basically human and wants to solve crimes. She also likes tattoos.

Cheers:

  • It was an interesting concept, and Lisa was pretty unique.
  • The gambling thing was pretty interesting and it seemed accurate enough.
  • Though I had to suffer through the terrible aspects of the book, the story was alright.

Jeers:

  • The editing was non-existent. This is the kind of book that gives self-published authors a bad name. There were mistakes, formatting issues, no breaks between scenes (literally, it’ll go from Lisa going to sleep to her being at the crime scene with no warning). I’m not talking a few mistakes here and there, I’m talking the whole book.
  • The police information is unrealistic. I took detailed notes to forward to the author, but the biggest thing that jumped out at me was that they found out a girl was dead and they said, “Oh, well it’ll suck when we have to inform the family in the morning.” No. Just no. (I plan on working in the criminal justice field, so it really bothered me.) He could’ve at least reached the level of accuracy that cop dramas work for, but it wasn’t even at that level.
  • Not only were there errors and typos that had missed editing, but there were some scenes that were just plain bad writing.

Would I recommend it?:

No. Maybe if it was edited by a professional, but not in it’s current state. Don’t waste your money, there are better robot stories out there.

Additional comments:

Again, I was sad to see such a terrible self-published book. It was worse because the story had promise, but the author refuses to improve his story. When I emailed him my notes explaining that he HAD to edit (even just on his own) and put in breaks to show jumps in time, his defense was that he didn’t really have time for that, so he wasn’t going to, despite releasing other titles and having plenty of time to blog. He just didn’t care.  He also said “No, all of this is completely accurate” when I pointed out the stuff he fudged about the police, citing his work in a branch of criminal justice that was NOT the homicide department that he was confused about. (Disclaimer: I read this a while ago, so he *may* have edited it since then, but I don’t think he has. I’ll be happy to reconsider my opinion if he does some major editing.)

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Concept-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B00IIWQ10A

Author’s blog:

http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/