Science fiction is beautiful in how many times you can see something familiar, but it is fresh and new. This was the case when I got to read Simon HayScience fiction is beautiful in how many times you can see something familiar, but it is fresh and new. This was the case when I got to read Simon Hayne’s soon to be released Alpha Minor, the second book in his new Harriet Walsh series.
If you have not had the chance to read the first, I promise you I won’t give away anything in this blog post. Harriet Walsh is a down on her luck, young woman who needs a change of fortune which comes in the strange form of a dinner menu.
Harriet is a down to earth girl who knows the limits of her abilities but is willing to test every bound when the planet Dismolle needs her.
Alpha minor picks up with the continuing adventures of Harriet and some new additions that are now serving with her in the Peace Force. Though the retirement planet is pretty much devoid of crime, there I still enough for the strange team to get themselves into.
What I loved the most about this adventure is that Simon Haynes has shown that he can handle the wacky humor of Hal Spacejock but also bring a more sophisticated, subtle tone to the story. The Harriet Walsh series is not, in essence, a sci-fi comedy like his other series but more an adventure with humorous compatriots (like a talking car named Steve) that brings in the laughs that we love.
I loved Harriet from her first appearance in Hal Spacejock #4: No Free Lunch, and it felt like a long lost friend when you get to read her origin story in Harriet Walsh #1: Peace Force. I became attached to Harriet in Alpha Minor as we not only got to see her character as a police officer but also how she handles mature decisions that could affect those around her.
This series is excellent and I am glad that I had had the opportunity to read the book before it came out and to talk to Mister Simon Haynes about his creations. If you love science fiction and are looking for something new, I recommend Alpha Minor. A long fan of Hal Spacejock and not sure? Buy it! The series has the same feel as the original series, and you will not be disappointed. I wasn’t!...more
I received a copy of Frank Mundo’s Four Eyed Fairy Anthology collection from Booktasters for an honest review and I am happy to say that I was impressI received a copy of Frank Mundo’s Four Eyed Fairy Anthology collection from Booktasters for an honest review and I am happy to say that I was impressed with the story structure and unique ideas that he presented.
Each one of the twelve stories was carefully crafted and presented in a colorful way. My favorite was the “A Strong Independent Woman”. It was a great read and would recommend it to anyone else who would likes fantasy!...more
Received this book for an honest review from Book Tasters. When I first got a copy of the Lilac Princess and the Blood King, I was not quite sure whatReceived this book for an honest review from Book Tasters. When I first got a copy of the Lilac Princess and the Blood King, I was not quite sure what I was expecting. The title had a very fantasy feel to it but the cover hinted at something science fiction. Upon delving in, I found the book quite enjoyable and interesting.
Without giving too much away, the story turned out to be an entertaining book about dragons and their relationship with humans in a direction that I have never seen before. It brought a blend of humor while showing that the world that Karen Greene has created is filled with more possibility that this book contains.
For dragon lovers and those who enjoy fantasy, I would recommend this book heartily!...more
Thanks to the great people at Book Tasters, I was given a copy of Apocalypse Orphan by Tim Allen to read and review. Suffice to say there were a lot oThanks to the great people at Book Tasters, I was given a copy of Apocalypse Orphan by Tim Allen to read and review. Suffice to say there were a lot of ups and down about this book that I'm going to cover. First though, one of the biggest things I wanted to note is how much work the author put into a 100,000 plus book, and it shows.
The World Building was Wonderful It has been a long time since a book pulled me into the world especially with what was pretty much along prolog to the main story. Without giving too much away, the description of Earth several hundred thousand years later after an asteroid impact was quite catching and opened my imagination to a lot. Being able to explore the world was quite a fun part of the book.
I actually closed my eyes and stopped reading to see if I could imagine the destroyed Earth that was healing itself and the new mini-world orbiting it. The descriptive ability of Tim Allen is quite strong.
Everything was fun until the Characters Not to sound harsh but the hardest part of the book was the characters. The novel struggled when it came to giving characters that I could care about as the main hero was so perfect that there was no way to relate to him and no weakness.
I had a hard time keeping my interest and only found the computer that is featured to be of interest, but even that felt like it was following a stereotype instead of being a full character.
There are also a quite a few plot holes about how an entire civilization couldn't advanced technology but less than two years come up with interplanetary travel and not giving the hero any real weaknesses.
The Author Does have Potential My review is on the work itself and not that of the author. I think he has a lot of potential and working on plot holes and making better characters is a firm step towards producing a solid story and making it better.
I actually will be looking for his next book, so I can keep up and see what type of work he does next.
I stumbled upon Time Probe by V. Bertolaccini while perusing smashwords.com. As it is my go to site for indie author books, I like to keep up with whaI stumbled upon Time Probe by V. Bertolaccini while perusing smashwords.com. As it is my go to site for indie author books, I like to keep up with what is going out there. The long blurb and cover were very interesting and I decided to give this book a whirl. Like many indie books, this one has its positive points and drawbacks.
The story is a very interesting twist of time where it does not focus on a specific time period for the entirety of the book. We range from the modern times to the future with each of the threads being connected together near the end. I actually enjoyed the story and trying to figure out what the mysterious object was and found it an enjoyable part of the story.
The challenges to the story was the writing style. There are many paragraphs in the story that could be easily simplified to say the same thing and still be poignant. It was also hard to relate to a lot of the characters as they were merely names with little to know background.
One thing that really jumped out at me is that there is a point of the story where a character mentions a city cataclysmic event going on but it was the first time the reader has heard of it and was said in passing as if creatures rampaging through cities were commonplace.
Overall, it was a good story and though it was a bit of work to get through, I think V. Bertolaccini has provided a solid piece of storytelling. ...more
The first thing that jumped out to me about Brainwalker was the cover. I actually went back to it a few times in my twitter feed before I decided to tThe first thing that jumped out to me about Brainwalker was the cover. I actually went back to it a few times in my twitter feed before I decided to try it. I can say that Iwas pretty surprised about the content. One of the hardest things about writing a story that is meant to teach or show something is avoiding the dreaded “preachy” feeling. Robyn Mundell and Stephan Lacast were able to accomplish it beautiful! The story was intriguing and the pacing sound. I only struggled with some of the technical stuff a bit but it barely detracted from the story. I would recommend any young adult reader (or adult reader) to try this book out and see what they can learn about it! ...more
This year I really did not get a chance to participate in any Halloween writing. Though not my favorite genre, I do enjoy writing a scary story. StillThis year I really did not get a chance to participate in any Halloween writing. Though not my favorite genre, I do enjoy writing a scary story. Still wanting to get my fix, I decided to try out Deanna Knippling's October Nights: 31 Tales of Hauntings and Halloween. Suffice to say, I was not disappointed. Initially not sure what to expect with a collection of flash stories (any author knows they are hard to write), I found her style and presentation of these world snippets fascinating. They hover between just an idea for a future book to a quick peek at worlds and what they could become. Personally, my favorite was Mummy and her presentation of what could have been a “yet-another-mummy-coming-to-destroy-anything” into something that, to me, felt real and possible. They leave enough having that you don’t know quite what is going on but you see something dreadful has happened.
Ms. Knippling continues to impress especially with her Blood in Space: The Icon Mutiny and Clockwork Alice. If you’re looking for short, simple, but enthralling tales while waiting for waiting in line for your prescription (which I have done), then look no further than this book. ...more