Airship Ketty Jay is captained by by Darian Frey who has assembled a motley group of crewmen. About the only thing they have in common is that all areAirship Ketty Jay is captained by by Darian Frey who has assembled a motley group of crewmen. About the only thing they have in common is that all are running from something. Frey has previously led them in smuggling operations, but when he gets a tip about a crate of jewels being transported on an unarmed ship, he decides that one act of piracy can set him up for life. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong and the Ketty Jay and its crew are public enemy #1.
There's adventure; lots of close scrapes and near misses. There's magic, but it doesn't dominate the story. There's simply an understanding that magic is a normal part of their world and a quiet thread of magic use runs through the entire book. There's humor and danger and romance and the occasional sad story. All-in-all, an extremely delightful book — first in a series that I intend to read to completion.
In the beginning of Retribution Falls, I found myself confused as to whether the Ketty Jay was a spaceship or just an airship. I'm sure that's because of the number of reviews I read which compared the book to the Firefly television series. Finally, when I had sorted out the environment, I settled down to one of the most enjoyable books I read in 2014.
I rated Retribution Falls with 4 stars. One of the best parts of the book was the character development. The world-building could have been better, but maybe I'm thinking so because I was misled and confused at the beginning.
I borrowed this book from the library, checking out the electronic copy from the library's Overdrive catalog....more
Charlie Laird starts having nightmares after his father remarries and they move into his stepmother's spooky purple mansion. His solution to nightmareCharlie Laird starts having nightmares after his father remarries and they move into his stepmother's spooky purple mansion. His solution to nightmares is simply to avoid sleeping—which doesn't work. To make things worse, Charlie is sure his stepmother is a witch. When Charlie sees his younger brother carried through a portal into the world of nightmares, Charlie follows. There, through a series of encounters, he learns that nightmares are caused by a person's fears. When the fear is conquered, the nightmare stops. Charlie discovers that he's braver than he thought as he attempts to find his younger brother and set him free.
I just happened to be watching one of the morning news shows when Jason Segel was interviewed about his new book. And, I just happened to be checking the Overdrive web site for my library and noticed that Nightmares! was in the catalog. I considered myself to be very lucky that no one had checked it out, so I grabbed it.
By the time I was 1/2 way into Nightmares!, I posted on an online forum that I was absolutely gobsmacked. The book is simply amazing. Although it's Segel's first novel, he's not a novice writer; having written several screenplays, including The Muppet Movie. And, he partnered with Kirsten Miller, author of a number of bestselling books for young people. The combination worked and they've produced a masterful story—and the best part is that it's the first of a planned trilogy.
I had placed The Pattern Ship onto a wishlist at Amazon back in February. (Wish I could remember how I ran across it and what led me to be interesteI had placed The Pattern Ship onto a wishlist at Amazon back in February. (Wish I could remember how I ran across it and what led me to be interested in it.) At any rate, in late September, I decided to choose it as my monthly selection from the Kindle Lending Library. I'm so very glad that I did. This first book in Tobias Roote's Pattern Universe series is a delightful science fiction book. The Pattern Ship is all about first contact resulting in a tremendous technological leap forward. Subsequent books appear to introduce space flight, colonization, and all-out war in space. This is a new-to-me author, and the book appears to be self-published. There are flaws in the book—particularly a problem with missing and extraneous apostrophes. But these weren't serious enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story. I'm certainly going to be reading more of this series....more