The girl on the cover totally reminds me of a younger blonde version of Lori from The Walking Dead. She just has that look in her eye that Lori has. LThe girl on the cover totally reminds me of a younger blonde version of Lori from The Walking Dead. She just has that look in her eye that Lori has. Like "I may look innocent, but I will bash your head in with a car hubcap if I have to."...more
We're Space Bandits! Here we come... We're coming for ya. Space Bandits! Here we come... We're taking ya higher.
I think that's high enough, crazy. Why don't you come back down now?
Why you might be interested:
It takes cues from Battlestar Galactica - large cast of interesting characters and similar wardrobe (gold flight suits for pilots, tank tops with cargo pants, etc...)
Uses similar tech and future speak from Grimspace - using technology to interface with nature, and in this case, linking to the human mind or biological environments.
It's reminiscent of Mass Effect - with it's names, tone and setting.
Has the feel of Firefly - a cast of outcasts, scouring the universe looking for shady investments.
An element of Ender's Game - an anti-gravity battle game.... For adults!
Song of Scarabaeus is hard science fiction romance. You're probably thinking, "Oooooh yeah." But when I say "hard", I'm talking about the technology. Get your minds out of that sex gutter!!
There is a lot of technical language. However, this book actually has a strong urban fantasy vibe, with the exception of having sci-fi jargon, instead of paranormal slang. It can be confusing at times, but no more complex than the most in-depth urban fantasies. It's just a different type of language that can take some adjustment if you aren't a sci-fi reader.
Our heroine, Edie, is a cross between River from Firefly and Jax from Grimpsace.
No, really. She can.
She was taken from her family by a corporation at a young age to train her "special" abilities. She is able to interact with technology through wires embedded in her fingertips and an implant in her brain, and she can control the electrical impulses to certain types of tech with her brain, telling it what and what not to do.
Almost 20 percent into the book, we start to get Edie's back story. The lengthy wait actually felt very refreshing as I am not really a fan of prologues and immediate infodumps. I need some Gorram ACTION!! Thank the Lords of Cobol, that's what happened in this book.
The love interest, Finn, is the kind of man who says very little with his mouth, but says all kinds of naughty things with his eyes. This particular book is lighter on the romance and allows the relationship to develop slowly and naturally. Definitely not a quickie space romp.
As you might have seen from my one(view spoiler)[What can I say? I've been a slacker. (hide spoiler)] status update: Haller is a prick! He makes me so angry. So angry that I want to smother him in the goo from the inside of a frakkin Cadbury egg. Wait - that doesn't sound like much of a punishment. Submerge him in it! No, maybe not that either. Damn. Sorry, I can't stop thinking about Cadbury eggs. Oh!! I could convince that lion that dresses up like the Cadbury bunny to go all RAWR on him. Yeah, let's go with that.
Now I'm not sure if I'm reaching here, but the author seems to throw in quite a few science fiction homages. Like the section of space called the "Fringe". Or the character Rackham, possibly named for Mazer from Ender's Game.
Did I mention that this book is about SPACE BANDITS? Space bandits who plan to steal terraforming technology that helped create an entire world. It is one hell of a whirlwind train job. Except, this time the train is a planet. A living breathing freaking planet, that doesn't NOT want to be taken advantage of.
If you need a little more persuasion, I guess I'll allow you to check out the Book Trailer. Or read the excerpt on Amazon. The first part of the book is great, but it gets waaaay better.
It was a Eco-rad fighting, nodespace jumping, wet tech hacking, biocyph stealing, hanging from the vines and getting fighting against the vines type of good time. See, the language easily becomes second nature once you get used to it. Now, I have a ton of new words from more fantastical worlds in my encyclopedia de brain.
In case you couldn't tell, I LOVED this book. I am about to internally combust from the excitement that this series could be epic. But I will refrain, since that sounds rather uncomfortable.
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So... I was wired on Christmas Stocking candy while writing this. I'll warn you once. Only read the underlined parts:
Unearthly's all about earth stuffSo... I was wired on Christmas Stocking candy while writing this. I'll warn you once. Only read the underlined parts:
Unearthly's all about earth stuff. Just Kidding. It's not. Just Kidding. It is. Just Kidding. It's not... It's about UN-earth stuff. Like angels. Just Kidding. It's about devils. Just Kidding. I'm evil like a devil. Just Kidding. I am evil like a G6. Just kidding. I'm actually fly like a G6. Just Kidding. I don't even know what a G6 is. Just Kidding. Of course, I do. It's a cybernetic butterfly. Just Kidding. But wouldn't a cybernetic butterfly be cool? Just Kidding. This book was about cybernetic butterflies. Just Kidding. This book tells the story of Ellie Monroe, I mean, Clary Fray, I mean GARGAMELLLL. Just Kidding. It's about Clara Gardner. And if you don't already know that you must be living under a rock. Just Kidding. Why would be living under a rock? Unless you are a worm. Just Kidding. I know a worm. Just Kidding. No really, I do. Just Kidding. There are no worms in this book but Clara Gardner is part angel! There's also a really hot guy named Tucker. Maybe he knows where to find some worms. Just Kidding. Not really because... He's a cowboy. Cowboys should know something about worms. Just Kidding. There's another really hot guy named Christian, and Clara has a strange connection to him. They're actually Siamese twins. Just Kidding. They're not. Just Kidding. They are. Just Kidding. No really, they are. Just Kidding. I know: I'm evil. Not really. But there is an EVIL angel after Clara. Just Kidding. Angels can't be evil. Just Kidding. Yes, angels can definitely be evil. Exactly like this review. Just Kidding. You should read Unearthly because I said so. Just Kidding. But really... You should read this book. Do you really need more reasons than two hot guys and ANGEL vs EVIL ANGEL? Well, too bad. Just Kidding. No really. That's all I got.