Zander and Felix's relationship has been to the brink and back: the Human-Stin War, imprisonment and an actual death/resurrection. Zander's death, to be specific, and the experience has left him…changed. The mysterious race known as the Guardians chose to revive him and appointed him as their emissary. A high honor, but he could do without the group of would-be cultists fo...more
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There was more "w"-verbing at 74% but for that one and only time it was less than revolting in context.
I'll get to reviewing before long.
**A GOOD WHILE LATER**
So another solid four-plus star outing in a series whose SFnal street cred, if we could only get some straight boys to read it, would carry it far beyond the m/m ghetto. The resonance is my absolute favorite race so far, not excluding humans, because "fluffy yellow partner unit" made me laugh until my belly ached. I cou ...more
And it’s not the horrifying WTH moment about halfway into the book. Which, incidentally, is really on the brutal side, even if I do understand why it has to happen.
But … not talking about all that, but about the fact that something huge inside Felix shifts. He is the ultimate, self-declared angry man. Irritable. Crabby. Testy. Unsociable.
Part of that is in his nature, but a good part has to do with his past and how he deals with it. What happen ...more
The past is always with us.
Waiting to mess with the present.
…and sometimes even with the future.
It’s an unwritten rule that you can’t escape your past. It catches up with you in the strangest of moments. Unexpected. Unwelcome. Inescapable.
Felix is forced to face his past in several ways. On the one hand, there are his demons in form of the aliens who kept him prisoner during the war, who tortured him and scarred him for life; those he hoped to never come near again. But their encounter ...more
Book 4 of the Chaos Station series has it all - politics, relationship drama, hot sexin', and even some near-death experiences.
Zed is settling into his role as Emissary, and gets called to duty when the Guardians announce the arrival of a new species to the intergalactic community. He is under constant pressure, juggling his duties and the public scrutiny. Felix sees the stress that Zed is under, but isn't sure what he can do to help. Things get even more complicated when the human ...more
Oh these poor, poor characters (or maybe poor, poor Felix is more accurate). Every time it seems like things are getting better and they're gonna get a break from all the problems, things just spiral down again. It gave me this really weird mixture of feeling awful for them and feeling happy because that's exactly the kind of thing I like to read.
Anyway... the reasons I loved this book. For one thing, just like all the others, it had a great plot but also lovable and realistic ch ...more
By Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
Carina Press, 2016
“Fluffy yellow partner-unit.”
This series (I’m on the fourth of five books) just gets better—or at least stays as good as it’s been since “Chaos Station,” book one. Felix Ingesson, known as Fix or Fixer to his crew, but as Flick to Zed—Zander Anatolius, his lover and best friend—is back. He is as annoying as ever, but happy to be on the road (or however one describes that in space—“in the black” I ...more
More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/I really have fallen completely in love with this series. The authors have lovingly crafted a strong science fiction story replete with heart-pounding adventure and interesting worldbuilding. Yet they have also stayed true to the characters in the process. The result is a group of people that we want to follow long after the romance aspect was taken care of in the first book. Remarkably, the action continues to ratche ...more
I held off on reading Inversion Point until Phase Shift had been released because I ...more
I think this my favorite in the series so far. While I wouldn’t say it was the best science fiction story I ever read, it was highly enjoyable and didn’t bog me down with a lot of technical jargon that is prevalent in many sci-fi stories. There were definitely some scenes that I could really visualize and thought they could be done well in a movie.
I liked Felix a lot better in this installment of the Chaos series more than I did in the others. He got some help and while still pr ...more
Inversion Point is another fantastic addition to the Chaos Station series. These books really must be read in order to fully understand the multi layered plot lines and extensive characterizations. At the beginning of Inversion Point, the relationship between Zander and Felix is stronger than ever. Zander has settled into his role as Emissary for the Guardians and Felix has begun to deal with some of the complex emotional baggage he’s carried since the war. But a su ...more
Ms. Burke and Ms. Jensen knocked it out of the park with Inversion Point! I loved everything about it, including the book cover! We were given action, wit, dire straits, drama and love. And in a creative new species, old enemies, past lovers and a fanatical cult to an already fabulous crew and you can’t help but have a wild ride.
Felix and Zander’s relationship is floundering but they aren’t sure why – they both love each other more than everything but sel ...more
Burke and Jensen's aliens are one of the best parts of their world-building. The huge puppy-crystal aliens were so very cool and different. I can't wait to see more of them! Qek an ...more
While it's hard to watch them hurt (again!), I like how it makes F&Z confront difficult issues and how it end up strengthening their bond. Theirs isn't an easy relationship. Finding each other again was just the beginning. Now we have the hard part - sticking with it when it gets tough - when ...more
I adore how some of this reminds me of the best parts of Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 without having to blatantly rip-off plot points or story-lines because the books remain original, have distinct feels that set them apart. And I adore Felix & Zed together; that mental connection is probably gonna take a whole helluva lot to get used to...can't wait to see how they deal with it!! ...more
Loved this story, especially all the techie stuff, and the new contact with resonance. So cool. Intense, great pacing, I was hooked.
The MCs' relationship development slower than I'd like after all this time, but it's good, and I love them together. ...more
Every time i go into reading one of these books from this series, I think...'okay, the authors can't keep up that kind of intensity. This one will be easier for my heart.' But nope, every single time, they tear out my heart before putting it back together again. Kudos to the authors because I LOVE how they do that to me.
In this book, Zed, Felix, and the crew of the Chaos are having to do an errand for the Guardians. The errand Zed was saved for...he's the emissary in charge of communi ...more
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Jenn is the author of The Gryphon King’s Consort from Dreamspinner Press and the co-author of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction r ...more