At the end of a long and devastating war on earth - World War III - the nations of the confederation (The US, Canada and Mexico) built the first FTL s...moreAt the end of a long and devastating war on earth - World War III - the nations of the confederation (The US, Canada and Mexico) built the first FTL ship and sent it off "into the black" for a shakedown cruise. Until then they had labored under the impression that they were the only sentient species in the galaxy and the Odyssey One was the ship to find out if that was true. What Captain Eric Weston, war hero and Archangel Pilot, finds out changes everything and depending upon how the information he returns with is received, may make him a hero or a criminal.
The book is packed full of technical information on laser based fighting and ablative shielding of ships and the action keeps all 600 pages of it moving along at a good pace. There are diverse characters from Captain Weston and his XO Commander Roberts, to the Archangel Fighter Pilots that make up the screening and fast attack force and the confederation troops that make up the recon forces and while we get to know them they aren't really fleshed out, the book is much more action than character driven, which is unfortunate in some ways as some alluded to an interesting backstory that isn't really explored.
A good, solid, Military Science Fiction book that left me wanting to know what happens at next contact.(less)
There are so many reviews of this book ranging from the overwhelmingly gushing to an indictment of the book as nothing but pornography that it almost...moreThere are so many reviews of this book ranging from the overwhelmingly gushing to an indictment of the book as nothing but pornography that it almost seems extraneous to add another but here goes.
Yes there is a lot of sex portrayed graphically in this book, yes there is frank discussion of BDSM and the dominant/submissive lifestyles and behaviors, yes the book discusses a dark side of relationships and sex that many people don't want to know exist or are titillated about because it's dark and dangerous. Yes there are things that I read that made me shake my head and wonder if I wanted to read on because they disturbed me, and yes I did read on to finish the book and then purchase the next one in the series. And yes, I enjoyed the book. For all that's worth I also enjoyed reading The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, The In-Death Series by J. D. Robb, Both series by Laurell K. Hamilton, the Sookie Stackhouse Books by Charlaine Harris, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skool and about 2000 other books.
But strip away all the sex, the "rules" the lifestyle and you have a love story; a twisted, difficult and nontraditional romance but a love story never the less. Our protagonist and narrator is Anastasia Steele an extraordinarily naive girl just graduating from college when she meets the enigmatic, charismatic and heartrendingly handsome Christian Grey and is immediately captivated by him. For all of his worldliness Grey has never met anyone quite like Ana who is both sweet and gentle, inexperienced, yet possesses a core of steel that he can not fathom. Together they will explore their limits, bend their rules and find what they can and can't do. This goes far beyond just sex, it is who each one is. Can they bend enough, quiet their internal demons and voices to be able to find a happiness? (less)
A new series (Rust and Relics) from Lindsay Buroker that slightly breaks the mold of her other series in being an urban type fantasy instead of the ri...moreA new series (Rust and Relics) from Lindsay Buroker that slightly breaks the mold of her other series in being an urban type fantasy instead of the richly imagined worlds that she has created in the past. As with the Emperors Edge series the book revolves around an impetuous young woman, Deliia, whose ability to think on her feet often seems to outstrip her good sense. Accompanied by her friend Simon, an almost too much of a geek genius, she seeks to become a "modern day Indiana Jones" bucking the more established path of archeology after she finishes her degree. With Simon's gadgets and internet wizardry she seeks lost treasure, and hopefully fame. What she finds is different, a few objects here and there she sells to collectors, a practice looked down upon by most if her colleagues. But when looking in an abandoned mine in Arizona they hear a scream and despite common sense, move towards it and discover a freshly decapitated corpse, and what ever just did that seems to now be stalking them. The plot moves rapidly with the appearance of a childhood friend of Deilia, Temi, a former tennis phenom who was badly injured in an auto accident, and 2 mysterious motorcycle riders. The book has many similar elements to EE a headstrong woman who makes inexplicable choices that get her into hot water over and over but who manages to think her way out of them, and reluctant supporters who follow her charismatic lead into and out of danger, but it takes off in new directions with surprising outcomes. Looking forward to book 2.(less)
I think this has to be one of the best books in the series. I was not a big fan of her last book, Seawitch, it felt slow and plodding and while it int...moreI think this has to be one of the best books in the series. I was not a big fan of her last book, Seawitch, it felt slow and plodding and while it introduced two new fantasy "creatures" to the lexicon it had a very side show feel to it. On the other hand Possession was a great book to read, maybe I just like my mysteries a bit more on land or more tangible but Possession hit all the right notes for me.
A woman approaches Harper, in Phoebe's (Harper's old friend) bookstore, her sister is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) but has been convulsively painting eerie scenes over and over again. When Harper goes to see the woman she gets paint lobbed in her eye disturbing her ability to see the normal but realizes the woman is possessed by a ghost, and many ghosts stand around her. Harper's investigation turns up 2 other cases of PVS, something that is incredibly rare, and realizes there is something darker going on.
But as she tries to tackle this Quinton's father rears his very ugly head and tries to use her to make Quinton "fall back into the fold" something Quinton has vowed not only not to do, but to bring his father and his father's cronies down.
Between the two plots the book moves at a good pace and not only do we see Harper grow, but we watch her fail and get back up and try again, one of the things that keeps me coming back to the books. She is a very realistic heroine not all kick ass and full of it and herself, or so unsure of herself that she can't move forward, and Quinton is an enigma that I have enjoy learning about.
It took me a few days to get over the end of this series, something that only the best series or the best books can do. And although I'm sad to see th...moreIt took me a few days to get over the end of this series, something that only the best series or the best books can do. And although I'm sad to see them go I'm more than pleased at the way Ms. Buroker finished it all off, all the niggling little threads tied up, monsters from the past that haunted our protagonists dreams brought back and vanquished, characters from tie in novels making their appearance with all their quirks, and of course love both real and unrequited ... Well that would be a spoiler so I will just say read the book.
The book is once again told from Amaranthe's and Sicarius' point of view and while a great portion of the book takes place with them separated after the circumstances at the end of the last book, it wasn't as distracting for me as it seems to have been for other readers. I didn't read the book for the romance that underpinned the tale, but it did give some non-action related drama. And action aplenty there was with all of Ms. Buroker's great attention to detail and place. The story veered all over Stumps from train to plane to steam lorry from rooftop to submarine to barracks to warehouse to palace and pretty much everywhere in between. There is much introspection both on Amaranthe's and Sicarius' part and we see the human side of Sicarius, vulnerable due to love of Amaranthe and Sespian but still the deadly side of him as he is twisted and used and the fine amalgamation of both as he is restored to being his own man. There are emotional highs and lows that go with all of the action. Some moments that made me smile and a few that made me cry but they all come together to make an excellent ending to the series.
Definitely a favorite book and series. Not every book was great bit the overall concept and execution over the seven books was a winner for me.(less)