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Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett (review by Andrew T. ’17)

Thief of Time (Discworld, #26)Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thief of Time‘s pantheon of characters, including Death, his granddaughter Susan, famed warrior monk and janitor Lu-Tze,and his disciple Lobsang Ludd, have a problem, namely, the apocalypse next Wednesday. Armed with an orange cream chocolate in each hand, the heroes must fight the Auditors, a race bent on the destruction of humanity. This hilarious, wacky fantasy novel strays from the well-beaten path of dwarves, elves, and humans, in favor of creatures such as history monks, yetis, and Igors. It reminds the reader at every step that nothing is what it seems in a way that is entertaining rather than cliché. Fans of the ongoing Discworld series will see some old faces, yet those unfamiliar with the books will not feel lost. Anyone wanting a good time and a good laugh should definitely read Terry Pratchett’s Thief of Time. – Andrew T. ‘17

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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (review by Andrew T. ’17)

The Andromeda StrainThe Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain follows the story of four scientists, Dr. Stone, Dr. Leavitt, Dr. Burton, and Dr. Hall, in their efforts to combat a deadly virus brought down from space by a military satellite. The virus, labeled the Andromeda strain, threatens to become a pandemic with catastrophic effects. While The Andromeda Strain has some riveting scenes, for a thriller novel, it lets the reader down. With every step, the scientists make some mistake which is simply feels frustrating rather than satisfying. The ending is a disappointment – both unrewarding and hard to believe. All in all, The Andromeda Strain does not live up to the standard of Crichton’s other works and isn’t worth the read. – Andrew T. ‘17

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Inferno by Dan Brown (review by Andrew T. ’17)

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)Inferno by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of Dan Brown will be familiar with the protagonist of Inferno, Robert Langdon, a world renowned professor of symbology with a photographic memory and questionable fashion sense. The book starts with Langdon in a hospital having suffered amnesia in the middle of his latest adventure. After narrowly avoiding an attempt on his life, he is joined by the mysterious Sienna Brooks in order to retrace his steps towards whatever he was looking for in the first place. Inferno features twist after twist leaving the reader not entirely sure who to trust and what really is going on. The ending is clever and memorable long after closing the book. Regardless if they are familiar with Robert Langdon’s previous adventures or not, readers who love action, adventure, history, or clever narrative that keeps them guessing will undoubtedly love this book. – Andrew T. ‘17

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