Book Review: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Summary: (4/5 stars) Into the Drowning Deep is a monster thriller novel with the pacing of a movie and reminds me a lot of Michael Crichton’s later work.

The basic premise is that a big, scientific ship is going to the Mariana trench to do some marine research.  Some of the people on the ship are going to investigate the deaths of all the people on another ship that went there seven years earlier.  Some of the investigators believe that the other people were killed by previously undocumented sea monsters that everyone calls mermaids.

Spoiler alert: a buncha people die.  It’s fun!

Several Quick Book Reviews

I was traveling for business for about a week recently and fell behind in my book reviews. Sorry!!  So, here are a bunch of quick reviews of books I’ve read recently.  I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but I can’t make any promises.

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan

Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole

The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess: How to Raise a Girl Who’s Authentic, Joyful, and Fearless–Even If She Refuses to Wear Anything But a Pink Tutu by Devorah Blachor

Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout

The Power by Naomi Alderman

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Book Review: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

(3 of 5 stars) I picked this one up after reading the description of it from Stephen King himself in On Writing.  The basic idea was to create a sympathetic political assassin. The thing is: a lot of King’s descriptions of the politician reminded me a lot of today’s political climate and Trump. Trump is no where NEAR as evil as the politician in this book, but there were aspects of his campaign that reminded me of Trump. So, I wanted to see how he told this story.  His approach is interesting, but I found it ultimately dissatisfying. I understand that this book is a character study, but the ending still felt rushed and wasn’t a sufficient pay off for everything I’d invested in the book up to that point.