Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review of DRAGON ASSASSIN 3: DARK WINGS by Arthur Slade

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44246104-dragon-assassin-3" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Dragon Assassin 3: Dark Wings" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1551741161m/44246104.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44246104-dragon-assassin-3">Dragon Assassin 3: Dark Wings</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/40823.Arthur_Slade">Arthur Slade</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2747956001">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
A hard-driving strong female protagonist is always a joy to discover, whether the genre in question is fantasy, science fiction, mystery, or any other. Such a heroine who has been honed in the crucible of affliction and fine-tuned by betrayal is even more admirable. Meet Carmen, the young woman who befriended and trained a dragon, faced down death, destruction, and betrayal, and now must stand on her own against all odds.<br /><br />DRAGON ASSASSIN 3: DARK WINGS is the third in author Arthur Slade's new YA fantasy series.
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Review of MARTIAN INSURRECTION

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43883936-martian-insurrection" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Martian Insurrection" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1549560484m/43883936.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43883936-martian-insurrection">Martian Insurrection</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7021368.Brandon_Ellis">Brandon Ellis</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2747942451">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
For a science fiction novel, MARTIAN INSURRECTION is actually a non-stop SciFi thriller. A plethora of conspiracy, corruption in high places, abuse of power__and the determined hero who refuses to be killed or dissauded. All this on (in, under) Mars! A reader's hook that practically explodes out of the starting gate, and the tension and adventure never stop. MARTIAN INSURRECTION is the third entry in Brandon Ellis' new Martian series.<br />
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Review_THE WIDENING GYRE by Michael R. Johnston

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42175982-the-widening-gyre" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="The Widening Gyre" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1551785530m/42175982.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42175982-the-widening-gyre">The Widening Gyre</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18491178.Michael_R_Johnston">Michael R.  Johnston</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2665871772">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
THE WIDENING GYRE is exciting "hard" science fiction, meaning it's strong on technology, science, and space travel. In a future when the Zhen Empire rules the universe and humans are rated lower than an unwanted stepchild, former hero Tajen Hunt and his crew embark on a quest to locate Earth, humanity's original home planet, which after so many centuries has become a legend rather than an actual location. <br /><br />Smooth writing, empathetic characters, and great world-building combine to make THE WIDENING GYRE a compelling science fiction read.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Review of THE LIVING AND THE DEAD by Sara Furlong Barr

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31697709-the-living-and-the-dead" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="The Living and The Dead" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1472435077m/31697709.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31697709-the-living-and-the-dead">The Living and The Dead</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6590097.Sara_Furlong_Burr">Sara Furlong Burr</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2731978715">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
In the future, when scientists and researchers have discovered how to transplant the brains of the terminally ill into new bodies, and later how to capture memories and personal experiences on a hard drive to insert in the brain of a new body, despite these breakthroughs, human nature is to fear the different or unknown. So the "dead," as they are called, are shunned and evacuated from the communities of the Living, kept outside patrolled walls. One young woman decides to do good despite the societal strictures and despite the fact that her mother is the governor of the community. As often as possible, Zaila Lockhart goes over the wall, locating provisions including clothing, and distributing them to families in need, of which there are so many. THE LIVING AND THE DEAD is a romantic YA Dystopian, with a strong female protagonist bent on doing good and learning truth. I think this novel will be very appealing to readers of this genre, and to any reader who admires a determined heroine.
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Review of OASIS by Bharat Krishnan

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42772903-oasis" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Oasis" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1542149909m/42772903.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42772903-oasis">Oasis</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15640359.Bharat_Krishnan">Bharat Krishnan</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2729224689">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
A beautifully written, lyrical, vividly imaged, fantasy with creatively designed world building and well-delineated characterizations, OASIS was a total joy to read. Simultaneously engrossing and entertaining, this novel captured my intrigue from the first page and never released it. I was introduced to a remarkable magical mythology, like none I had read, with characters who are both divergent and yet true to life, whose motivations are readily comprehensible. Never perfect and sometimes feckless, nonetheless they elicited my empathy and made a very enjoyable reading experience.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

My 2019 Year of Reading Divergence_Personal Challenge

Inspired by the #YARC2019 (the Year of Reading Asian Literature) I decided to also challenge myself to a Year of Reading Divergence. This of course includes my Asian lit reading, but also includes African and other continents, plus authors/topics/characters of colour. I'm going to try to add nonfiction in here as well.

See my Goodreads shelf: 2019 Year of Reading Divergence!

Books Read:
1-Jukai by Tara A. Devlin Japan
2-Kage by Tara A. Devlin Japan
3-The Decagon House Mysteries By Yukito Ayatsuji Japan
4-The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu China
5-Oasis by Bharat Krishnan India
6-The Bakken Blade by Jeff Siebold. NA


Current:
The Worship of Mystery

Upcoming in March:
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Another by Yukio Ayajitsu






Monday, February 25, 2019

Review_DEPARTURE by Ken Barrett (EXTINCTION 1)

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40191589-departure" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Departure (Extinction Book 1)" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1526977364m/40191589.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40191589-departure">Departure</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18070509.Ken_Barrett">Ken  Barrett</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2729329911">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
DEPARTURE is Book 1 in the EXTINCTION series, a literate approach to an era of Apocalypse--Post-Apocalypse--Extinction Event which creates a different, unusual, but breathtaking spin on the usual Apocalypse routine. In a world either post-apocalyptic or Dystopian, or both (such as the world identified here), survival is dog-eat-dog or every man for himself without exception. What room is there for culture, ethics, or personal integrity? Well, our Protagonist hero Liam possesses all of those, and amazingly, refuses to be cowed. If life isn't bad enough already (it certainly is), the approaching solar flare/solar storm/EMP threatens effectively to wipe out what remains of the Earth...unless a cadre of humans can escape to the stars. Therein lies the question: can all humans escape? If not, then who? Only the upper class? Read on to find out, and then follow the series.
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