A Hundred Thousand Worlds

ARC August 2016 Wrap-Up

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ARC August 2016Well, I have to confess this year’s ARC August (hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. ) was not nearly as successful as last year. I only read a grand total of four (!) books this month, much less than the nine I had hoped to get through (and the 11 ARCs I read last August). But sometimes life just gets in the way and you have to roll with it. Hopefully life will slow down soon and I can get back into my reading groove!

Read in August:

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Already Reviewed:

Review to Come:

  • The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry – This is a great read for anyone interested in the Salem Witch Trials. However, it won’t be published until January so I will hold my review until then.

Currently Reading:

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  • Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely – I’ll be participating in my first-ever blog tour for this novel, so stop back in next Tuesday!
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown – I started this in July, but set it aside for ARC August. I’m looking forward to picking it back up now, I had liked what I read so far.
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North – I swear I will finish this book this month even if it kills me.

September Reading List:

I’m almost hesitant to even bother making a September list, since I’ve been so bad at following my reading lists the last couple months, but I like having something to strive towards, so we’ll give it a shot – although I think I’ll keep it down to five this time.

  • Open Season by Archer Mayor – I promised my boyfriend months ago I would give this series a try, so this will be up first in September once I finish my current reads.
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – This has been sitting on my stack since the day it came out and I’m looking forward to it.
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Frederik Backman – I loved Britt-Marie Was Here and can’t wait to read this one.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) – I’ve been wanting to read this book for a very long time.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte– I meant to read this over the summer, but never got to it. Hopefully I will now.

And there you go! I wish my ARC August had been more successful, but it is what it is. Hopefully I’ll still get around to each of those ARCs I had planned to read sooner rather than later.

CJ Reviews A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl

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A Hundred Thousand WorldsTitle: A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Author: Bob Proehl
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Format: Advanced Reading Copy
Rating: 3.5 stars

Valerie Torrey took her son Alex and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way. 

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a lesbian comics writer to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined. (Goodreads)

I have to be honest and say I’m not really sure how I feel about this book. I was so excited to read it because it sounded like exactly my kind of book, but then I never really got into it. There were some great things about it that I liked, but I just couldn’t identify with the characters as much as I thought I would and just wasn’t as enthusiastic about it by the end.

It was interesting reading Proehl’s made-up Pop Culture universe and trying to associate the characters, tv shows, comic book publishers with their counterparts in our world. And I really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at comic writing and fan conventions. I also really appreciated the over-arching theme of valuing stories and moving on. There were a lot of elements in this book that were done really well and could possibly invoke a great discussion within a book club, but for some reason I just found myself wanting to rush through it so I could get it done and move on to my next read. There wasn’t anything about this book that made me fall in love with it and want to savor the moment while reading it. Ultimately, I think I just wanted to enjoy it way more than I did, which is a shame.

I think one of my problems with the book was that most of the novel was building towards this potentially dramatic climax, that just ended up falling flat – at least for me. I also felt the novel was lacking the excitement and humor that I had expected of it – this was much more of a drama set in the world of comics and fan conventions than I was expecting. My favorite part was by far the veiled references to our own Pop Culture icons, which you had to be paying attention to pick up, as all the names and places are changed.

Overall, this book just wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be. Perhaps if I had gone into it with fewer expectations, or had been in a different mood while reading it, I would have been able to enjoy it more.

ARC August 2016
A Hundred Thousand Worlds was read as part of ARC August hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. You can find more on the books I read during ARC August here.