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 interestedI 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
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.
After reading Take the Star Road (book 1 in the Maxwell Saga) I picked up Ride the Rising Tide from the Kindle Lending Library. It was a very enjoyaAfter reading Take the Star Road (book 1 in the Maxwell Saga) I picked up Ride the Rising Tide from the Kindle Lending Library. It was a very enjoyable read and carried on the story as Steve Maxwell is inducted into the Commonwealth Fleet and rises from a trainee in boot camp to a commissioned officer.
This series hasn't shown a great deal of depth so far, but the stories have been well plotted. Maxwell leads a charmed life. He's the hero every time, which is fine for a fictional universe and a series of adventure stories. And that's what you get -- adventure after adventure. Lots of fun with the good guys coming out on top all the time. I'm eager to read the next book, Adapt and Overcome. It hadn't been released when I returned Ride the Rising Tide to the KLL, but I've got it earmarked for next calendar month. I'm hoping this "saga" doesn't stop at three books....more
Monk's Hood is the third book in the medieval monastery mysteries by Ellis Peters. In this episode, we learn more about Brother Cadfael's life beforeMonk's Hood is the third book in the medieval monastery mysteries by Ellis Peters. In this episode, we learn more about Brother Cadfael's life before he made his vows. Shortly after Gervase Bonel contracts to give his manor house and lands to the Abbey in exchange for a life pension for himself and his wife, he is poisoned. Suspicion falls on Cadfael—the poison came from his own laboratory and it turns out that he had been engaged to Bonel's wife as a very young man.
I'm enjoying this series and will definitely borrow more of them from the library....more