Review: Forlorn Hope By Mark Gardener

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Publisher: Article94

Publishing Date: January 2014

ISBN: 9781539811343

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.4/5

Publishers Description: Most of the world is a frozen wasteland. Populations have dwindled and a pair of scientists are traveling to Yellowstone National Park to see if ‘Old Faithful’ holds the key to reversing the current ice age.

Spoilers.

Review: This was an entertaining and very short novella. Hard to rate compressed storylines but what was there was pretty good up until the end where the believability aspect took a downturn. The characters were very well developed in a short amount of time and held your attention throughout. 

One kind of glaring hole, and this is just my opinion, but wouldn’t aliens that come from a colder climate than earth (stated that they retain heat better in their core) subscribe to Allen’s Rule where a lower surface area to mass ratio would be better served? So rather than have 9 foot aliens, you might likely have Eskimo  sized aliens (if humanoid).

 

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Review: Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles, #1) by Erica Cameron

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Publisher: Entangled

Publishing Date: February 2017

ISBN: 9781633755963

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.0/5

Publishers Description: In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle. On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.

Review: This was a really fooking good novel up to the Kindle 41% mark.  See, Kyha is a baddass that don’t need no body muthafuka, and you can take that shjt you bring and leave it in a cavernous bathing pool why she run muthafukin miles through the desert on patrol. So go fukof.  UNTIL, she meets a boy. Fug. Then it’s a fukin’ mess of shjt.  How do you go from a badass warrior/magic user to needing hims bigs stwong awms wapped awound her poor wittle self? She cans fweels his manwly manwiness as hims draws near. Kyha is now constantly needing Tessen to prop and hold her up and basically hover like an African Tsetse fly waiting for a bite. Lets see…..Can kill with multiple weapons and trained since birth, runs miles avoiding Teegras and other nasties, lives for days without food or water….but needs a douche to hold her up every time the going gets tough…….yeeeeeah.

Ok, done with the bad, now with the good. World building and character development were superb. The storyline really held your attention with the constant movement and subtle intrigue. Really a 5 star work without a couple of ruined characters. I may give the next novel a shot if dipshjt and horny toes behave like normal people or one of them dies off and sets the storyline straight again.

 

Review: Slingshot by Robert G. Williscroft

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Publisher: Self

Publishing Date: May 2016

ISBN: 9781533214416

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.3/5

Publishers Description: Slingshot is a mystery – about a missing aviatrix, a conspiracy, a true-believer. Slingshot is an adventure – about following a dream, the ocean-deep, outer space. Slingshot is about constructing the first space launch-loop stretching 2,600 km between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific. It’s about high finance, intrigue, unlimited ambition, heroism, fanaticism, betrayal…and about opening space to the common person.

Review: Ah, smugness where is they sting? Margot: Hot and sexy-smart with gumption, perky nipples and blushes galore. Klaus: The boisterous German giant with a glint in his eyes and a taste for beer and blonde women. Alex: Super engineer with dashing good looks, brilliant insight and a penchant for adorable leadership. Mabel: Genius program manager whom can multi-task simultaneously while solving every problem while looking at snow capped mountains. With hot and sexy young marauders sabotaging their buoy lines and hot and sexy reporters wanting exclusive rights to the story and their naughty bits, Slingshot is a tale that rams home the idea that engineering is not for nerds anymore.

Everyone on this crew is just oh so fucking perfect and speshul. The constant love/lust interests is a common theme that begins a pedantic downturn about half way through. Sex pot reporter, Lori is in just about every scene constantly attempting to seduce anyone within spitting distance. And how they let an eco-terrorist escape multiple times and make multiple attempts at sabotage is just not believable.  Mabel constantly looks at “The snow covered peaks of Mt. St. Helens/Olympics/Rainier” from her Seattle office. Only you can’t see Mt. St. Helens from Seattle. Coffee is also over-used as a smugness vehicle for our horny heroes. The capper to this bag of assembled words is Mabel’s infatuation and adoration of Dixie Lee Ray. Really? I mean, fooking really? D. L. Ray was and still is, the worst Washington State Governor ever. With her failed programs, policies and management, she left a residue which still taints a once proud state. Policies that include rampant urban growth, docking super tankers in Puget Sound, dumping radioactive waste in the sea, and dismissing the need to clean up the radioactive Hanford site or most of industrial Puget Sound. Weird coming from a biologist, eh?

If you like novels that are extremely formulaic and were written with a movie deal in mind, then Cumsh….er, Slingshot is the novel for you. 

Review: Dominion By D.A. Hewitt

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Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks

Publishing Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9781771153393

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.5/5

Publishers Description: Dominion Off-Earth Resources has beaten the competition into space and is ready to establish its monopoly with the opening of the orbiting space resort Dominion. But Pettit Space Industries has a secret plan to emerge as a major contender in the commercialization of space. The upstart company is training the first space rescue squad at a secluded off-grid site in Barrow, Alaska.

Review:  Parts of this book were pretty good in that it carries a message about the deeper understanding of self, presented in Jungian fashion. A lot can be garnered from relinquishing the mind/ego/identity and enabling an awareness of being.

“SO WHY YOU NO GIVE 5 STARS!!”.  Well, the main characters sucked. Dipshjt, er Jess is a rich myopic, self-centered debutante that is a genius at everything. Her daddy owns a space conglomerate and when not being idolized by the common folk she is fighting for truth and justice. Douche, er Dougie is a LONER (dun, dun dun) and is also fooking speshul as his daddy owns Pettit Space.  “Oh, what will they do when they finally find each other?” Well of course they do and Dougie dumps his Russian GF like a half-dead raccoon. But that’s ok, as its true love.  What an asshole.  These two ruin the whole novel with their me, me, me routine. Kind of opposite to being fully aware and in the moment. But hey wtf do I know.  They pissed me off so much that not counting the grammatical issues, their antics dropped my review from 4.8 to 2.8.

Get this for the deeper message imparted not the characters pretending to live it.

 

Review: Catalyst: A Red Dog Thriller by Blou Bryant

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Publisher: Blou Bryant

Publishing Date: April 2016

ISBN: 9781530523634

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.5/5

Publishers Description: In the not-too-distant future, society is even more divided than it is now and the ‘new economy’ has left most of us behind. The world has been changed and people look to change themselves. Tattoos and piercings are visible examples while the use of drugs, DNA therapy and surgery to alter ourselves becomes common.

Review: This was a damn good read. The storyline was excellent. It starts as a rendition of some high school angst novella and quickly transforms into a high octane SciFi thriller with bold characterization and fast paced action. Wyatt is kind of a jock-douche that has the hots for Jessica and with the help of his buddy, Ford, he sets out to finally meet the girl of his dreams. Only she is more like a nightmare on acid and Ford becomes something other than what was commonly believed.

Like most of the supporting characters, the villain is drawn wonderfully, so much so that you come to like her. The characters developed with perfect timing along with the movement which is not an easy thing to do. Visualization of the scenes were a snap as the descriptions were concise enough to allow your imagination to fill it in. This kept the novel focused on the characters while building a surround from your own perspective. Very brilliant writing. 

“SO WHY YOU NO GIVE 5 STARS!!!”. Sadly there were just too many grammatical errors to ignore. So much so, that some of the sentences were fractured beyond repair. This really detracted from the intensity of the novel. Still, very high marks from this stingy reviewer. There is a new talent in town and his name is Blou…..er Blue, Blow?

Review: Post by Brenda Cooper

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Publisher: eSpec

Publishing Date: November 2016

ISBN: 9781942990222

Genre: post-apocalyptic

Rating: 2.4/5

Publishers Description: The world, for some, has crumbled. Disease and natural disasters have brought on social collapse in the Pacific Northwest. For Sage, born and raised in the safe haven of the Oregon Botanical Gardens, that has never been more than academic. What more could she ask for than to be safe and fed?

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Review: “Why does everyone want to rape me?” As young, hot, nubile 16 year old Sage’s storyline begins, she is chased by rapists bent on catching her. She eludes the rapists and decides that living in a garden sanctuary is like, way boring (ewww, old people) and heads out to find a bigger world. Once she leaves, she is again chased by rapists, meets a new friend that has been raped, saves new friend from biker rapists (because we know that all bikers are rapists) and is saved (again) from a good looking well dressed, self-sufficient rapist/killer. This takes place out in the country, and as they make their way into a city with a couple of hundred thousand people, the worst that happens to them is that they get their asses slapped by guards and groped by a cute boy.  You would think that a city would be a concentrated epicenter of rapists if this books statistics hold true. And why is every dystopian YA novel  rampant with people that predominately want to rape, kill, steal and control?

Well, the novel is well written and brings you into a stylized world of post-apocalyptic mincing about. Sage comes off really self-centered and has no depth of emotion about the people who raised her, but gets all blushy and hot when a girl and a boy kiss her. She is strongly attached to a girl that she has known for a week and this summary relationship just doesn’t add up as being plausible.  Additionally, the idea that a violent tyrant dictator can be overcome by a peaceful process is just ridiculous. And why people would flock to a city that has no resources is again, not plausible.

If you want a factual representation based on a salient process, then this book is not for you. If you want a pretty gurl chased by rapists and kissed by gurls while dreaming about airplanes under a Portland moon, then run to the bookstore like a rapist is chasing you. 

 

Review: The Sister Paradox by Jack Campbell

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Publisher: eSpec

Publishing Date:  February 2017

ISBN: 9781942990406

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.0/5

Publishers Description: Liam is his parents’ only child, and that’s just fine with him. Until the day the sister-he-never-had shows up at school. Just to make it worse, the sword-wielding Kari tells him they have an important quest to complete. And that’s how Liam finds himself dragged into another world, facing basilisks and unicorns, cursed objects, elves, and even a dragon, all magical and dangerous, but none more so than the sister he didn’t have until that morning. A sister who turns out to be quite good with her sword, and ready to use it when faced with things like a dragon as long as her brother is at her side.

Review: I am not sure that teens would find this entertaining (especially with that cover art), as the characters embark on a quest to recover some scattered items from Liam’s universe. Throughout the quest there was never a sense that Liam was in any real danger as the storyline is built upon his ultimate success. What we get is a string of near misses and deuce ex events that render the storyline bland while hoping it gets interesting while on their way to winning the day. This lack of tension makes getting through the novel a bit of a slog. The backstory of Kari (Liam’s sister) is brief and lacks emotive content which fails to evoke any empathy.  Liam’s patterned and glib responses are predictably redundant and detracts from the story line. What we get is a ho-hum journey through a magical land with a smart-ass and some mildly interesting stops.