BA Features The Antithesis by Terra Whiteman

Welcome to BA’s Book Features showcasing a small collection of books to be released this week, or showcasing a special feature as part of a blog tour and promotion event. If you’d like to have your book featured on Bookish Ardour please send an enquiry.

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Author Terra Whiteman and the beginning of her pentalogy The Antithesis

Review: The Antithesis by Terra Whiteman

Justice Alezair Czynri is the newest recruit of the Jury, a group of powerful beings who reside in Purgatory and enforce the Code between Heaven and Hell. However, Justice Czynri could not have come at a worse time. A storm lays just over the horizon…

One that brings with it a war.

Review

If only I could begin all reviews of books I enjoyed immensely with ‘I love books‘ or ‘I love reading‘, but I have a sneaking suspicion I’ve done that too many times already. So I’ll stick with – I loved this book. There are so many elements of The Antithesis (a.k.a TA) that I got a kick out of; love in this instance is more like an umbrella term.

Writing this review has been laborious. I’m one of those readers who can’t launch into the next read straight away, putting off the review for later. I must do it beforehand and that’s where the labour lies. I can’t think of a time where I’ve wanted to write up a review less when I’ve relished a read. There’s a definite urge to say to hell with it, pick up the next copy, and learn more about all the characters. Continue reading

Review: The Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick

There once was a time when everyone believed that the earth was the centre of the universe. The heavens were a blue arch that spun overhead, displaying its arrays of stars and the sun on an endlessly revolving canvas. The concepts in the Bible were literally true; heaven was above in the sky, the earth was the mid-point and hell was below everyone’s feet, buried deep in the ground at the very heart of everything in existence.

Then, a few very special men came along and made their contributions to humanity’s store of knowledge and changed everything. Absolutely everything that everyone knew about the world, the universe and God was turned on its head. The earth was not the centre of the universe. It revolved around the sun, which in turn orbited on the outskirts of the galactic cluster, which in turn spun in a far-flung corner of a group of galaxies too numerous to count. All of a sudden, Man was not the be all and end all of creation. He was relegated to a tiny, insignificant corner of a vast ocean of nothing; cast aside and eternally adrift.

Where was God? If the universe was a perfect system which functioned like clockwork without the constant intervention of a higher power, was there any need for an all-powerful deity to watch over everyone? Could humanity’s expanded view continue to encompass both the sight of eternity and God?

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Threshold

I mentioned in a couple of posts back that I was reading Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan and I was enjoying it, but it turned out to be one of those books where I respond with an “Ok then…” and put the book down with great uncertainty.

Why great uncertainty?

Well, apart from the grammar and sentence structure, this book showed promise. I love the details and wording she used and it left me wondering what she would be like as a poet. There is a lot of dark content in there, in the descriptions, and in the subject. The story deals with a lot of death and at some point the characters get quite confused (or just start going mad) making you wonder what the hell is going on and what is up with these characters.

You have the drunken guy who drowns out his demons, the woman who explains everything away with science, the Goth girl who is damaged only because she wants to be damaged, and then the albino girl who shows up sprouting nonsense about monsters and things that just don’t make sense.

There was also no romantic interest in sight and for someone who is an old horror buff, but has been reading novels where the vampires are all love sick morons who whinge, it was a really nice change. The monsters in this story are actual monsters.

So I’m getting into it and then we come to the chapter at the end. I’m not going to give away spoilers, but I didn’t really see it coming. It was like she completely broke off onto a different tangent and then left it at that without an explanation. Which I don’t mind to an extent because some stories just shouldn’t have explanations, but it also driving me nuts because I want to know why it started or how it fits with the story.

It had a classic what the f*ck ending really, but at the same time it was an ending that just wasn’t good enough for me, and yet I don’t want to say it was a bad read and I’m even tempted to check out her other books.

That’s why the uncertainty.

One other thing I’ll say about it is the science character is a palaeontologist and I think it’s great to see proper descriptions and names used for that character, rather then some slap together job where the character is a palaeontologist, but without the details. You can tell that the author either knows what she is talking about or did some research.