I admit that I entered into the reading of this book with certain false assumptions. An archaeologist that solves murders, conjured up images of LaraI admit that I entered into the reading of this book with certain false assumptions. An archaeologist that solves murders, conjured up images of Lara Croft and Harrison Ford. It's ok that I was wrong about that, those genres are often overrated anyway. But the pace of the book and the plot did not match the sense of adventure I was hoping for. The story was somewhat predictable and the supporting characters seemed two dimensional. I was happy to finish and was interested enough to want to keep reading (listening...I did the audio on this one) to find out what happened.
The best thing about the book was our protagonist, Ruth Galloway. She is a middle age, slightly overweight academic that is asked by the local police for assistance with a body that has been found in the marsh area. Being the atheist daughter of two born again Christians provide more than a few moments of metaphysical reflections, that I found interesting.
This was the start of a series so it's possible I'll read another. It's hard to say for sure, I can be very moody when it comes to picking my next read.
This has been on my radar awhile and have actually been waiting for it to go on sale on Amazon. The more I read the reviews and after reading thEscher
This has been on my radar awhile and have actually been waiting for it to go on sale on Amazon. The more I read the reviews and after reading the sample I decided to go for it (full price and all). I have not been disappointed!
Science fiction, when done right, deals with concepts that are different than our current reality. "What if?" questions. But not just "the weirder the better", these concepts need to be made to seem possible. And if your really lucky you get strong interesting characters to help you imagine these concepts. Well Dark Matter is science fiction that is done right.
An interesting form of travel has developed in this far off future society of humanity. Our molecules are broken down and mixed with light particles and sent through space at the speed of light. Our particle arrive at a predetermined destination 58 light years away (or however long your trip takes). Then your molecules are reassembled and you are as good as new, not having aged but for the short, "relative" time that you experienced on the trip. The rest of the world has experienced the 58 years. Pretty cool, right? A subculture has developed among scientists and explorers that routinely make these trips.
Our story takes place on a distant planet that was discovered by a scout ship. The world seems inhabitable by humans. But there is the presents of Dark Matter, which is still very much a mystery. Gravity and light doesn't seem to play by the rules we are used too.
What is discovered on this planet challenges our concepts of conciseness and time and space. The characters living this story are engaging and real. There is an underlying mystery in the plot that keeps things moving.
This was an enjoyable, "mind expanding" read. While it deals with some of the more challenging ideas in physics it is not too technical nor would I classify this as hard science fiction. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
This was a nice trip back into a universe created by Brian McClellan. It takes place 20 years before the events of the trilogy, so we are talking realThis was a nice trip back into a universe created by Brian McClellan. It takes place 20 years before the events of the trilogy, so we are talking real backstory here.
I don't think you have need to have read anything prior to this. It's a nice short story that gives you a feel for McClellen's style. Which I really enjoy, BTW.
Wow this was suspenseful! We start out with a young man witnessing a murder and has to be put in witness protection. He finds his way to Ethan and AllWow this was suspenseful! We start out with a young man witnessing a murder and has to be put in witness protection. He finds his way to Ethan and Allison Serbin a couple that run a survivor training course and once a year take in troubled teens as a way to help them learn some very important life skills.
When I read the publishers summary I had the plot all worked out in my mind as pretty typical, but after reading the sample I thought it was well written and jumped in.
This story is not typical! There were so many surprises and direction changes that I was pretty much glued to my kindle until I finished. This was enjoyable entertainment.
If your uncertain, do as I did and get the free Kindle preview. This has 10 chapters, by that time, you will know. I wish more publishers did this.
Interference is one of those books I wish we could discuss after you finish reading it. But I want you to be as surprised as I was when I read it.
ThiInterference is one of those books I wish we could discuss after you finish reading it. But I want you to be as surprised as I was when I read it.
This story is about a man and a wife who seem to really love each other and about another women that plays an important role. Each chapter is told from the pov of each of the three characters. On yes, there is a tragic death.
Ok that's all I'm saying about the plot.
The characters, they are interesting. Some of the reviews I read talked about not really liking one or two of them. I get that, but it's ok to have a bad, unlikable characters; just don't have a poorly written one. And in my opinion they are not poorly written.
I want to give this more than a 3 but there is something that holds me back. For originality I give it a 4 or higher. It is well written and interesting. I think at the end of the day it was just a little bit hard to buy into the "reality" of what happens.
It is a good read and one that I recommend for the lovers of the mystery genre. ...more