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The Spires of Turris

(London Wells #1)

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Dr. London Wells, linguist and adventurer, has the unique ability to understand any language in the universe, including the languages left behind by the ancient dead races of the Lost Planets - making him an intergalactic celebrity. But London likes his privacy—and he always works alone. No assistants, no entourage. When he goes on expedition to a Lost Planet, it’s just hi ...more
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Published January 2nd 2017 by NineStar Press
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K.J. Charles
Feb 20, 2017 added it
Shelves: m-m, sci-fi
I enjoyed this space adventure with Indiana Jones type academic (preternaturally gifted archaeolinguist, if that's a thing) exploring a Lost Planet and meeting alien technology and bad guys on the way. Some really exciting action sequences, vivid writing, and a nice nerd-action hero with a slow burn romance.

Not perfect, though what is. It spent a long time getting started, the romance was so very slow burn and back-end loaded that I'm not really sure it qualifies as romance genre (which is fine,
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Chris, the Dalek King
No one knows what happened to the Lost Planets–or, well, more specifically, the people who used to populate them. All anyone can figure out is that at some point they left or died out without leaving any trace of their existence there other than a few broken pieces of writing. Dr. London Wells was the one who cracked all thirteen languages (though he only gets credit for twelve) but even he doesn’t know who or what these writers were or where they went. Sadly, most everyone is convinced that wha ...more
Bretton Coppedge
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Just Wow

I think everyone has an interest in vast and inspiring mysteries, and the intrepid explorers that get to the roots of them. So much like the book's often mentioned Allan Quatermain, London Wells has the power to encourage any reader to cheer for him to solve the mystery. But unlike previous fictional adventurers, he is not a strapping, suave or even brave man most of the time. He is severely emotionally scarred and stunted but it's difficult to determine if this is the result of the futu
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Alison
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, sff, my-e-things, lgbtq
This was fun and entertaining. I really liked it. An adventurous academic goes exploring on another planet and finds both love and the answers to a great galactic mystery and it's great fun. Dr. London Wells is an Indiana Jones-style linguistics professor who is an expert on ancient languages and travels to other planets for research. He's also a bit prickly and charmingly eccentric and pretty entertaining to run around with. There's bad guys and lively action scenes and a budding background rom ...more
J.P. Jackson
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-fiction, 2017, sci-fi
Brilliant read! Loved it. Will definitely pick up another book by this author.
Foz Meadows
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Some worldbuilding issues and a few fridge logic moments, but overall a very fun, enjoyable queer SFF story that hits a lot of my favourite buttons.
Kragthang
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, wfs
I requested this book, after winning a giveaway from Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews.

I'm usually not one for science fiction. I read a book here and there, but I prefer other kinds of fiction. When I read the blurb of "The Spires of Turris" I wanted to give it a try, because a university professor exploring forgotten languages on so-called lost planets? Count me in.

The pace of the book is rather slow, but not in a bad way. London, who is a genius, when it comes to deciphering unknown languages
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Lada
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first half of the story, but wasn't too keen when Chas joined London's expedition because he seemed like a suspicious character. The world building was pretty good, but it still lacked some details. Romance was almost nonexistent, and some plots were still not resolved.

I also found missing words and punctuations, which annoyed me.
Susana
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Idamus
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Up until the epilogue, 3.5 stars, but that was too abrupt and open, so 2.5 stars.
Andrea
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Great writing, story, characters and world building. If you like Jaye McKenna's Wytch King series (which I LOVE) you'll like this one.
Pernilla
DNF. The premise seemed interesting, but I got too annoyed with the protagonist.
Stonemagpie
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, science-fiction
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one, I wasn’t sure at the beginning. But the story sweeps you along and there’s going to be another one right? Because there are too many plot points left dangling.
Lissel
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
*3,5 STARS. Thought, I may round it up to 4 stars in the future, if the rest of the series is really good.

When I saw this book described as some kind of futuristic Indiana Jones, I thought YES! A gay futuristic Indiana Jones, even better! So I dived right into it and I can say I enjoyed the experience very much.

It did take me considerably longer to read than other books of similar length. Maybe the pacing of this book was a little off. That is to say, the first 40% of the book felt long. Once th
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Eric Jackson
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
Indiana Jones, in space, with ancient alien languages. Really enjoyable
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