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Far from Home

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  142 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A collection of three m/m sci-fi novellas:

Following the Sun - The nearly fatal crash of their spacecraft leaves Jack and Samuel stranded on a verdant planet far from civilization. Discovered and sheltered by a native tribe, the two resign themselves to new lives - lives that include a new culture, a new language, and even new love. But their new home isn't at all what it
Paperback, 196 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Dreamspinner Press
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In a Nutshell: The romances in these three novellas were superficial at best though the sci-fi settings were interesting.

The Set Up: Three MM novellas: Enhanced about two scientists thawing out two hot soldier from their fifty year old cryo-sleep; Close Encounters features two space pirates whose cargo turns out to be a young man with a highly communicable disease; Following the Sun where a ship’s crew of two crash lands in a jungle and are rescued by myster
Pamela Craft Jenewein
Enhanced – All I can say is “WOW!”. Fast paced, intense and earthy guys. The suspenseful premise was captivating as Nighthawk, Brimstone, Cary and Ryan pushed the story along with macho vigor. Awesome story!

Close Encounter – Another “WOW!” for this powerful short story. Loaded with zealous high action that combined with a fantastic cast of earthy male characters, Tris and Retter along with Mill and Rey. Splendid read!

Following the Sun – This story was unique on its own merit; well written sci-fi
Jun 07, 2014 Jen marked it as setting-aside-for-now
Finished the first two stories. Still have the 3rd one to read.
Aug 22, 2011 Lady*M marked it as to-be-finished-later  ·  review of another edition
Finished story Enhanced and liked it (3.5 stars, if I have to give a rating). Although the story reads as sketch for the novel and throws the reader in the middle of the action, with background story crammed into a few dialogue lines, I liked the idea and characters a lot. Very promising, too bad the author hasn't expanded.

Now, it seems I'm not in the mood for sci-fi, so I'll finish the other two stories later.
Mara Ismine
I enjoyed all three of the novellas that make up this book. There was plenty of action, drama and angst in each one, enough for a full length novel, crammed into a novella length story. And happy endings for all the main characters. I think this one will be going up to five stars, because I'm sure I'm going to want to read these stories again and again.
Jan 25, 2010 Sueij rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sueij by: SarahF
As always, I just personally like the depth of novels over short stories. But a friend of mine loves Urban's writing, and these science fiction-based m/m (that's male/male, in case that affects your perspective) romances are fun, steamy, and well-written for their short length. Good stuff, though I loved her novel _Caught Running_ even better.
Following the Sun is my favourite of the three stories and the reason I'm giving Far From Home a four star rating. Close Encounter and Enhanced were okay. I liked Close Encounter a little better than Enhanced, though. I guess it's 2 stars for Enhanced and 2.5 ~ 3 stars for Close Encounter.
Three short stories - all are quite different from one another but all have sci-fi type theme. I was pretty entertained by all three and I found them to be different enough to each be unique. I think I liked the 3rd story best of the three.
Ms. Urban style and story-telling is outstanding and very much to my taste. This book is everything I expected and more. Highly recommended.
Loved these stories.
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Madeleine Urban is a down-home Kentucky girl who’s been writing since she could hold a crayon. Although she has written and published on her own, she truly excels when writing with co-authors. She lives with her husband, who is very supportive of her work, and two canine kids who only allow her to hug them when she has food. She wants to live at Disney World, the home of fairy dust, because she be ...more
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