Vostok by Steve Alten ~ Fiction Book Review

Vostok (MEG) by [Alten, Steve]This review pains me . . . a lot. Let me begin by saying that I love this author’s MEG series. And his stand alone, The Loch. (I think we all know by now that I love books where people get eaten – don’t judge). This book is supposed to be a crossover between the MEG books and The Loch – giant shark meets Loch Ness Monster, what could be better, right?

I feel duped. This was not at all what I was expecting. Neither beast reared its ugly head. Don’t get me wrong, there were beasties, and people did get eaten, but this book (SPOLIER ALERT) was more aliens and parallel dimensions and government conspiracies that Jurassic Park-esque goodness. It was pure sci-fi. I can’t help but feel that the author was capitalizing off the popularity of the other books to sell another novel and trick people into reading this, and that, sir, is a nasty trick. Not a bad book, but not what I thought I was buying, either. 3.5 stars.


Hallucinations and Psychology: What Happens When You Read?

This is fascinating! Big thanks to Kristen Twardowski for posting this!

Kristen Twardowski


I’ve talked a bit about the health benefits of writing, but what does reading do to the human body? Luckily the fine folks at the University of Virginia Library have put together an infographic on just that topic.

During the first stages of reading, the tactile senses are engaged, and people enjoy things like that book smell. Then people begin to experience auditory and visual hallucinations. Readers become entwined with the book’s narrative. Though some of the stages listed by the folks at UVA are a bit tongue-in-cheek, the graphic presents an optimistic overview of how people’s bodies and minds respond to reading.

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Image Attribution: University of Virginia Library, “What Happens One Hour (and More) after Opening a Book,” Accessed 31 January 2017, https://i1.wp.com/news.library.virginia.edu/files/2015/09/WHAOAB.jpg?ssl=1

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