A pleasant Amish romance. Only novella length and I would have preferred a much longer story with more time taken in developing the characters. The prA pleasant Amish romance. Only novella length and I would have preferred a much longer story with more time taken in developing the characters. The price was right though -- this was a free book from Amazon....more
Too short. It was more of a "vignette" that a story in that there was really no conclusion. Even though this is #0.5, a prequel to the series, I recomToo short. It was more of a "vignette" that a story in that there was really no conclusion. Even though this is #0.5, a prequel to the series, I recommend reading it *after* reading The Girl Who Never Was. Otherwise you're likely to be confused about the setting....more
Told in the first person, Tandy Angel describes the events following the murder of her parents as they slept in their penthouse apartment. Doors wereTold in the first person, Tandy Angel describes the events following the murder of her parents as they slept in their penthouse apartment. Doors were locked, alarms were set, and there's no evidence of an intruder. The only other people in the apartment were fifteen-year-old Tandy, her twin brother Harry, their younger brother Hugo, and Mrs. Angel's personal assistant. With the police looking at Tandy as the most likely suspect, she realizes that it may be up to her to discover the motive and track down the killer.
I received a copy of Confessions of a Murder Suspect in the Summer 2015 YA Audiobook give-away by SYNC. Listening to the story was enjoyable. At first, I was a little bit put off by the reader's rather flat delivery, but as Tandy's character is revealed through the narrative, it becomes obvious that it's exactly the voice that was required. Any other style and the narrator would not have been true to the character. I'm planning on borrowing the second book in this series from the library. ...more
When I saw that an advanced reader's copy of Nancy Kress's new novella, Yesterday's Kin was available at NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read and
When I saw that an advanced reader's copy of Nancy Kress's new novella, Yesterday's Kin was available at NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read and review it. I tend to avoid shorter works, but I will make an exception when the author is one whose previous works I've enjoyed. Nancy Kress is one of those authors.
Yesterday's Kin begins shortly after humanity's first encounter with aliens whom humans have dubbed “Denebs”. They have arrived, contacted world leaders through the U.N. and set up an embassy in the harbor near the UN building. But that's it. They hold conversations with humans through the U.N. and offer friendship and aid, but have not allowed any visual or in-person contact. Then, Marianne Jenner publishes a paper describing the discovery of a mitochondrial haplogroup in the humam genome. Shortly thereafter, the aliens invite her to visit their embassy. While there, they disclose that Earth will shortly pass through a cloud of spores carrying a virus deadly to humans as well as the aliens—proposing that humans collaborate with them to develop a cure.
All-in-all, this is an well-written story which has given me a lot to think about. I have to say that I enjoyed this book, but it left me wanting more. I would have liked to know more about the aliens and more about Marianne's children who play important roles throughout the story. Should Kress decide to expand the book to a full-length novel, I'd love to read it. Or, if there are more stories to be told about the Denebs themselves and the possible continued interactions between humans and Denebs, that might satisfy me. Are you listening, Ms. Kress?
By the way, the author has blogged at SF Signal about her fascination with genetic engineering and why she writes about it.
Ana Delgado Briones, Anita to family and friends, married a charming maharaja. Almost overnight she was transformed from a cabaret performer to a queeAna Delgado Briones, Anita to family and friends, married a charming maharaja. Almost overnight she was transformed from a cabaret performer to a queen of a remote Indian kingdom in the Punjab. Javier Moro tells her story, based on actual events, transporting the reader to the India of the Maharajas. Along the way, he shows the conflict between traditions centuries old and the lure of European lifestyles. The story of Anita and the maharaja of Kapurthala is not just a love story, but also one that shows the clash of cultures, especially the growing tension between the British and the Indian Maharajas.
Right there on the cover it says “A Novel”, but this book has the feel of a scholarly text, complete with footnotes. The author has delivered an appealing work, combining information from a number of historical sources including Anita's own diaries to tell the story of a teen-aged girl who fell in love with a king, only to discover that her life as a queen turns out quite differently from her day dreams.
Ultimately this is an impressive story about the end of an era in Indian history. For the first time, I had been shown the withdrawal of the British from India through the eyes of a ruler of an Indian state. I heartily recommend this book to readers who are interested in the human side of world events. ...more