Sci Fi

Bump Time Origin – Book Review

by Doug J. Cooper
Published on:  May 7, 2019

Is progress and improvement always good?  Maybe not when you’re working with artificial intelligence – especially when you make the AI sentient.  Or it possible that perhaps in their world they don’t have the movie 2001:  A Space Odyssey to tell them of all the dangers surrounding HAL…

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Sci Fi Short Stories/Novella

Notice to Spacemen

A Novella by Oliver Arnold
Published on:  February 19, 2019

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What in the world did I just read?  This was…different.   Was it a parody?  Tongue-in-cheek comedy?  A satire?  A serious novella?  All of the above?  After I finished reading this so many thoughts and questions rolled through my mind…

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Cozy Mystery

The Burning Issue of the Day

Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #5 by T.E. Kinsey
Published on:  April 18, 2019
4-stars-1

Burning IssueI love a book that makes you smile while reading it and then leaves a smile long after.

“We should at least be able to secure a conviction for cruelty to books.” – Flo

Summary
January 1910. A journalist has been killed in a suspicious blaze. Everything points to a group of suffragettes, but the apparent culprit insists she is innocent.

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Cozy Mystery

A Deadly Course

Sugarbury Falls Mystery #1 by Diane Weiner
Published on:  September 2, 2016
3 stars

A Deadly CourseFirst, I want to say I enjoyed this book. Sometimes giving a book 3 stars might give a bad impression. That’s not the case – I liked the book. I liked the characters and the town and the story, but there were a few things that weighed it down while I was reading it, which is how I came to give it 3 stars.

Sometimes when I read a book it starts dragging or slows down somewhere in the middle. As a reader I will wish there was some action or additional subplot to catch my attention and speed things up. But that is not the case with this story. One of the things I kept wishing for or wanting in the story was for it to slow down. The author has carefully crafted her plot, her victim(s), her suspects, her locations, but I felt that we went from point to point too fast. However, it got me to thinking that perhaps it wasn’t too fast, but instead there wasn’t enough prose or breathing room between plot points. Leading me to then think that what I felt it needed was better transitions, although I still would like some room to breathe and think between plot moments.

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Middle Grade

Enlightened: Evaline’s Journey

by Lauren Eckhardt
Published on: March 1, 2019
4-stars-1

Evaline's Journey“It all started with the lightning bug. Evaline watched it floating in the air, flirting with the wind like its life was the best thing in the world.”

Enligtened: Evaline’s Journey is a book written beautifully – producing images that dance around in your head long after reading.

While the story for Evaline starts with a lightning bug, for the reader it begins with Evaline in a car crash. When she opens her eyes again, she doesn’t remember anything of her past except for impressions left upon her – impressions of ‘pain and heartache.’ We never learn specifically what her past is, but the author provides gentle impressions that perhaps her home was not happy and that she may have been mistreated. However, she meets the Sun who asks her what ‘home’ would be to her. To her a home would be ‘a place with people who care about me and won’t hurt me.’ The Sun tells her he will help her on her journey and to keep an open mind.

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Middle Grade

Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse

by K.J. Kruk
Published on:  March 19, 2019
4-stars-1

Leo GrayWhat a fun read this book was! I won Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse in a GoodReads Giveaway and was excited to get it because it combined two genre’s I enjoy: middle grade fiction and sci fi.

Leo Gray is the eldest child of two parents who are very ‘unhip’ and do not appreciate the modern things of year 2113 and instead identify more with “old” Earth. Mr. Gray, especially, is very hard on modern life and the government, so that when there is a chance for Leo to enter a government rocket-building contest with the reward of getting a free ticket to go to school in Luna City (on the Moon), Leo’s mom enters him in secretly. Leo does eventually get to Luna City, but not without a few hiccups along the way. Once there he then makes friends with kids from different countries who all have unique talents and together they discover that they must help save Earth and Luna City from those who wish to destroy both.

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