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This novella is set in three parts. First dealing with the aliens and finding out who they are. Marianne is the scientist that has found DNA evidence of a newly discovered mitochondrial DNA sequence that the aliens are very interested in. The second part deals with a few years after the aliens left with a few people with this DNA sequence and in exchange they have given us technology that we can build our own ships and come to them. The Earth is also dealing with worldwide disaster from passing through a giant spoor cloud that the aliens warned us but didn’t have the technology to stop it. The third section deals with the spaceships almost being completed. As much as you would think this is a tech story this is more of a people story and how persons and people as a whole react to all of these changes.

A good solid read and I’ll be interested to see where it goes next.


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Nothing brings two sides together like a common goal. Former Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is now enjoying life working with her partners and former soldiers as Wardens for the Justice Dept. A scientific mission has been taken hostage over the possibility there may have found something about the plastic aliens. The mercenaries are a mixed group of Confederation and Primacy members. With a delicate peace hanging in the balance Torin finds herself working with Primacy soldiers but the good news is that she has worked with them before.
The book is great and builds on what has happened in the previous books. I really enjoy this series and I can’t wait to see the next book come out in the series.


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Take the idea that something happens in the world and if you are murdered there is 1 in a thousand chance that you would die but the rest of the time you would show back up in your own home naked and alive. Society changes in big and little ways from it. Dispatchers now sit in on surgeries and if things go bad they can “dispatch” you and send you home several hours in your past fully whole most of the time. Dueling and fight clubs are one of the gray areas that people have come up with from this. Rich people use them as a sort of insurance policy since you can die from accidents but being murdered can erase what damage an accident has caused.

The story revolves around the disappearance of a dispatcher and some of the things that people do with this new development in the future. A good interesting read and I wouldn’t mind seeing more stories poking at the problems this helpful occurrence has caused.

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The latest novella from Mira Grant is in a new setting. Thanks to advances with VR, a doctor has come up with a new use for it in helping people heal mental wounds. With any new advances, there are skeptics and people who want the technology. As Doctor Webb conducts a doubting Thomas journalist through one of the healing scenarios an industrial spy is downloading the info and sabotaging the demonstration with a bonus on the line to also kill the Webb.
The story uses the idea that scaring yourself can be healing and that is the scenario they use along with drugs during the highly scripted and controlled VR environment but when someone takes over the control and changes everything in order to kill you what will be the outcome.
A great story by Mira Grant as usual.

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This volume in the ongoing Liaden series focuses only on Theo, her crew, and the ship Bechimo.  Surprisingly enough this can work as a first-time dip in the series for someone since it only concerns so few people in the series and some background is given to reader as the story unfolds.  Longtime fans of the series might want to brush up on events that happened in Crystal Soldier and Crystal Dragon for things that happen in this story.  Another fun story in this universe and I’ll be reading more of them as they come out and rereading some of my favorites while I wait.

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The third book in this series about an inn on Earth that is an intergalactic waystation that most people have no idea about and the Innkeepers on Earth must keep the secret from the rest of us.  This is not a book to start the series with but it is a fun read.  Dina receives word that her sister needs her and she drops everything and calls in some favors to rescue her sister that she hasn’t spoken to in years.

She also takes in a guest that his species is being hunted into extinction.  The inn is under attack and it is her duty to protect all her guests. But the payment for housing the guest is too much to pass up. It is a lead on where she can find her missing innkeeper parents.

The story is fast paced and there is some resolution on some story threads that have gone on in the previous books.  There is room more story by the end of this book and I can’t wait to see more of this universe.


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Polly is surprised by her mother with a trip to an exclusive school on Earth. Her twin brother thinks this will be great but Polly doesn’t want to go and already has ideas about how her becoming a pilot are mapped out and this school wasn’t in her plans.  Turns out the school can really help her out since the cream of political and money circles of Earth go to Galileo Academy.  The off world students stick together for most part due to trying to get used to the gravity.

Polly has more issues fitting in then Charles but when things go wrong on an outing for her year mates she jumps in and does the right thing. This helps her out a bit socially but she still isn’t happy at school.  More things happen during the school year as Polly and with some assistance from her twin get to the bottom of it.
Overall a good YA read and I’m glad to see more from Carrie Vaughn.


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This is a short collection of stories that includes four pieces of fiction that have never been in print.  Several of the stories have a humorous bent to them and overall the stories are great.  If you haven’t read his stuff before this is a good starting point or if you prefer shorter fiction. Each story has a small illustration preceding it.


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You can read this before reading the other books in the series but there are spoilers since this covers the same time frame in this universe but with a team of bloggers following one of the Democratic candidates in the race to the White House.  If you don’t mind spoilers, then this is a great book to read in this universe. This story and the collection of novellas that came out earlier this year is like the best love letter to fans of the series. You may only see Shawn and George name checked but the playing in this world setting is great as always.

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Overall I really liked this and was grateful at one part near the end of the book that I know the writer will not add rape scenes and I could see the plot possibly having that since many other books would have done that just to ratchet up the tension. I hadn’t realized how uncomfortable I was getting reading the book until I set it down for a break and then that fact about the author popped in my head and I let out the breath I hadn’t known I had been holding.



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The latest installment of the series had Eve and NYPD trying to solve a murder committed by a sniper.  Everyone does a great job as usual and thanks for Roarke’s programming skills Eve gets a break that puts her on the killer’s trail that much sooner.   There a few cameos at the end with Bella’s birthday party of friends that wouldn’t be in a regular police investigation and there is a nod to previous book as well.

As usual a fun read and picking up one of these books means the bad guys get put in a cage, friends are loyal, and Eve and Roarke love one another very much.

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This is a collection of previously published and new material set in the Newsflesh universe. Most of these are novellas and two of them are brand new with one of them set after the trilogy and feature Shaun and George.  I've read most of the material previously but it was nice to read them all again. What made it nice was there is never the same main character over and over again in the stories. Mahir does show up in several but he is the main POV in only one of them.  If you are a fan, then you are picking this up for the last two stories and I have to say those are worth the price of admission. But I may be a little biased on that since I dearly love these books.  To pick this up cold it would be a good read but would ruin lots of the plot of the trilogy. The stories are mostly written chronologically with the Rise with the exception of "All the Pretty Little Horses" since it is one of the new ones.  The only problem I have with this is now I want so much more out of the universe.

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This book is set a few years after the first book but for the most part if you pick this one up in error and start first you will pick up the background without any problems.  Benson is no longer a police officer but since he is a hero to many he is drafted to go with several other people to deal with a first contact with the natives of Atlantis that wasn’t supposed to happen but did thanks to the separatists that snuck away and made a village near them.  Most people are worried about the one group warning the aliens against the others with examples of our past but it doesn’t seem to be the case. When a gathering of the tribes is called to let everyone know of the Earthlings then things go down the tubes quickly.

Benson and a native truth digger set out with others to find out who and why the gathering was attacked. And of course things are not what they seem there and problems back at the colony’s first city keep all the action moving quickly. This was a good read and I’ll be looking for the next book when it comes out.



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When the system tells you someone is in charge it can be hard to fight it when so much of the evidence conflicts with what is said.  And that is the underlying theme to the story. Four people awaken out of a cryo sleep on a ship with no power instead of arriving on the flagship of the Evagardian Empire.  Three of them are recent graduates but one is listed as an admiral and he has to be the youngest looking one the other three have ever heard of.  As they try to find out why they have crashed on a transport ship and not at their destination they try to puzzle out the admiral’s background and of course he isn’t helping.  As they go into each other’s background you get a good sense of world building in the novel.  The four quickly realized they must leave the ship before it kills them and cross part of the planet to a colony that should get them back to where they need to be.  

It is a race against the clock to cross before they run out of air and things are not as they seem when they get to where they need to be.  Lots of tension among the characters and there is the mystery surrounding the admiral a well.  A fun fast read and I want to see more in this universe.

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The setting of the book a bit of a murder mystery and it seems that it may link back to a missing starship from 25 years ago.  Elena is on shore leave on the planet next to a wormhole that sends out an EMP blast every day like clockwork.  While she is out having drinks and consoling her broken heart her ex -boyfriend is murdered and by coincidence the man she spent the evening with is framed for Danny’s murder.  Once she is back up on the ship she finds out Trey, the man she whiled away a night of passion is being arrested as Danny’s killer.  With the captain giving her some time to figure out what is going on things start moving very quickly and she realizes that she doesn’t know as much about Danny as she thought as it seems he was working on the disappearance of a Central Corps ship in the area of the wormhole.

Things move off planet and towards the wormhole as things don’t appear to be what everyone first thought.  The story is good and the mystery of the wormhole is pretty much solved by the end of the book but there are more questions and a good ending for most of the people involved.

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This volume is an all new story set fairly early in the Honorverse series.  Honor is contacted by her mother that her uncle is missing on the pleasure station Eros.  Uncle Jacques is trying to find out more about the genetically modified sex slaves and might be working with the Audubon Ballroom in order to free them.  Using some personal leave while her ship is in for repairs, she goes to Eros with Scotty and Harkness tagging along after she asked Harkness to do some illegal computer work for her to find out more about Eros.

Of course she can’t go anywhere without being known as the hero of Basilisk Station and it makes her snooping around a bit harder. Of course everything falls into place about finding her Uncle and everything coming out ok for our heroes.  An ok read but it didn’t feel much like an Honor Harrington story to me. I’ll stick with it for a bit longer to see if the next collection is more to my taste.


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The main focus of this Liaden book is Padi, Shan’s heir and a trader in training. There are two other story threads woven in but for the most part this feels like Padi’s story. All three threads are not set on either Surebleak or Liad.  Padi is working on becoming a master trader and hits a few bumps along the way due to the fallout of leaving Liad and being hunted by the Department.  Of course with most of Clan Korval there is more to Padi than meets the eye but her family knows this and for the most part help guide her on the path of becoming an adult using all her talents.  The other plotline has to do with what Theo woke up and how to handle that situation. The other one I don’t want to mention at all to leave as a surprise to the reader. For the most part this book deals with the themes of growing up and becoming an adult in the Liaden universe and how people go about it.  Is this the best book to start with, no but after 19 books there are enough ways to start the series without having to read them all in chronological order.

I love these books and I’ll be picking up more of them as they come out.


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Kris is living on the fringes barely surviving as a motorcycle courier in a sprawling multilevel megacity in a future California.  Offered the chance for a last run at the end of the day she takes it even when it is a bit out of her normal territory.  Corporations use physical couriers to send data they can’t trust over the web.  Multiple couriers are used and you never know if you are carrying anything important or just a blank data chip.  Kris is on the run when someone tries to take the chip from her at the delivery site after killing the intended recipient. Not knowing who to trust she is sucked into a world of deadly corporate espionage where she is just grist for the mill as the corps run the world now.  A good first book in a series and a good setup for future books.  I liked it and I’ll be looking for more when they come out.


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The story is set in the near future and blends ideas from physics with psychology.   A college professor comes to realize a study he took part in during his undergraduate days has caused a hole in his memory.  As he digs into his past he finds out things about those missing six months and that he was a completely different person than the one he is now.  Part of the story focuses on his discovery of his memory hole and how it came to be.  And current events in the book bring up painful choices when he finds out he can do the same thing to others. 

I read the entire book but I really didn’t care for any of the characters. I kept reading this hoping I would feel a connection and maybe come to like them and care about what was happening in the story but it wasn’t the case. Most of the time I kept reading this thinking the author read about something very interesting to him in science and decided to write an entire novel about it if he has to go over the concepts again and again in the plot. I wanted to like the book but I found myself just left with a feeling of “meh” after reading it and it will take some hard convincing for me to pick up another.

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The final book in the Parasitology is more of a getting the world to come to grips with the fact that the tapeworms are taking over people and a small percentage of them are actually able to integrate into the human brain and become a hybrid. Sal is constantly either on the run or trying to escape from one group to the next. As the first one that has had their tapeworm take over and become someone who can function in this new world she isn’t understood by most people.  The book has a good ending but I struggled to get through it since there is no super happy ending more of a and now this is how we are going to live with the results of our actions as humans trying to cut corners in science.


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The second book has Sal constantly on the run while she is the one person everyone wants so they can figure her out and what makes her so special. Sal on the other hand is also finding out things that make her different from other hosts that have had their symbiont take over. This story does introduce more people like Sal to her and the reader.  The only problem I had with it is that it is a middle book to a trilogy so there isn’t any clear wins and a definite cliffhanger ending.





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