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review 2017-10-06 13:54
This reminded me of Guardians of the Galaxy but without all the fighting scenes…mixed with a little Avatar
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude

Book Title:  The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

Author:  Becky Chambers

Narration:  Rachel Dulude

Series:  Wayfarers #1

Genre:  Science Fiction, Space Opera

Setting:  Deep Space

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Not so much…

Steam Factor: 0-5:  3

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

I would call this a fun, laugh out loud kind of Space Opera.  A character-driven story with fantastically sapient-diverse characters, which is why I was reminded of Guardians of the Galaxy.  With similar character descriptions and the life-affirming sentiments found in Avatar. Yes, there's swearing and sexual situations aplenty.  Which really just added to the quirkiness of this story.

 

My only issue may be with the narration because sometimes I was lost in regards to who the characters were and what was going on.  I think it may have been due to there not being a significant silence between scenes.  I'm certain there were whole scenes that I missed out on because I was just…lost.  I didn't always know whose head I was in, either.  It would have been beneficial to have a full-cast narration to differentiate the characters.  I believe it would have a made a huge difference.  Despite this, I still feel Rachel Dulude did a decent narration.

 

Will I continue this seriesYa know, I didn't know this at first, but the next two books are considered stand-alone just set in the same Universe…so yeah, I’m totally going to read (or listen to) them too.

 

 

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review 2017-08-15 22:25
Meow…Woof, Woof…Bahhhaah…
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

Book Title:  Gemina

Author:  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series:  Illuminae Files

Genre:  YA, Sci-fy,

Setting:  Heimdall Station

Source:  Both the Hardcover (yes an actual book), and a Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  …a 'to be continued'

Total:  5/5 STARS ✧A+✧

 

 

My Thoughts

 

This series is the cat's meow and dog's bark and the ram's bahhhaah…all that shit and more…It's not going to be for everyone…but damn, it should be.  I think so, anyway.  The format is crazy, and it (for me) may be part of what makes it so good…that, and the amazing and intricate plot.  Nothing is off limits in this series.

 

I read this both from a hardcover book (that my daughter bought me for Christmas) and a Kindle eBook that I borrowed from the library at the same time.  I'm so glad that I did it this way.  Because…the eBook is good for low lighting and when I was at work, seriously though, that book is lug…and the actual lug of a book is perfect for those pages with small, teeny tiny pictures/documents and such on them.  I flipped back and forth between the two constantly.  I also used an Audible credit for the Audiobook of Gemina, which I plan to listen to right before Obsidio comes out in March, 2018.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Damn Straight!!!

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-21 14:55
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales by Una McCormack
Enigma Tales (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) - Una McCormack

Just as a report about war crimes during the occupation of Bajor is published on Cardassia, Pulaski and Alden come to visit - and are embroiled in internal politics, kidnapping and the attempt at defamation of Natima Lang, the next hopeful for head of the Cardassian Union's university.

 

I love McCormack's Cardassia, it's rich, well-nuanced, and her Garak is to die for, pure and simple. 15 years have passed since the end of the Dominion War and Cardassia is on a good way to becoming a lasting democracy. One important step is facing its own role in past events, like the occupation of Bajor, and its consequences - in this case putting criminals on trial. But the situation is still unstable enough that accusations against a popular figure might put democracy as a whole in danger. And this knife's edge comes through beautifully. However, ultimately, as long as Garak's in power I simply don't quite see any serious threat to Cardassia's fledgling democracy. He's too vigilant and circumspect - but after his term, I guess all hands are off. For we know a young democracy is most in danger of falling back into old authoritarian patterns when people begin to feel safe and stop paying attention.

 

Garak's own position is, of course, rather unique; he was a member of the Order back on Bajor, did his own share of criminal acts, has always frowned upon democracy and the rule of law - but keeps steering Cardassia on the right path. Of course, he has his agenda, of course, he keeps secrets, and I think Garak wouldn't be Garak if he didn't, but he's the one character who has changed most consistently throughout TV and treklit, and having him as the strongest supporter of democracy now feels right and true. One thing I find really extraordinary is how drawn he seems to be to doctors, as in Parmak, as in Bashir who have always acted as some sort of moral compass for him. Just one thing: How long is the castellan's term? And can't Garak be reelected for another term?

 

As for Bashir: Since I haven't yet read "Section 31: Control" I don't know what happened there, but just the few little scenes (the last one with Garak especially moving) have moved that novel up quite a few spots in my to-read list.

 

As much as I love McCormack's portrayal of Cardassia, I really can't relate to her Pulaski who smells conspiracies and shows prejudice whereever she goes. She's annoying as hell, and even if she doesn't care about diplomacy she's old and experienced enough to realize when to speak and what to say (and in what way). So her blunder with Garak and the media is a bit tiresome. But I like Alden - so he should keep popping up in McCormack's novels, but please spare me Pulaski!

 

Overall, another solid entry about Cardassia - nowhere near Never-Ending Sacrifice or Crimson Shadow, but still an entertaining glimpse into Garak's reign as castellan.

 

As a sidenote: Apparently, this novel is meant to be set 3 years into Garak's term as is mentionned multiple times within the narrative (which makes sense, given the various changes and developments Garak's pushed through since), but the historian's note has it set one year after Crimson Shadow... well, since TrekLit doesn't have the license to move beyond 2387 (the Romulan supernova), they've certainly hit a bit of an obstacle here.

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review 2017-06-05 01:04
Loved the story, meh on the art
Star Trek Archives Vol. 4: Best of Deep Space Nine - Lurene Haines,Mike W. Barr,Gordon Purcell,Rob Davis

The art wasn't bad, but recent printing choices in comics make them so slick I think I've just gotten used to that quality and a bit snobby about it all.   Even without the benefit of glossy paper, or the coloring systems used now, the pencils weren't the most fantastic I've seen, not even in Star Trek comics. 

 

But my fears that the stories wouldn't be good based on some poor photograph choices and the early art choices were unfounded.   The art quality stayed the same - better than mediocre, not the best I've seen - but the stories were phenomenal, getting at some of the best conflicts in Deep Space Nine: how to resolve the conflict between Bajorans and Cardassians given the recent, and traumatic, history between the two people, and who has rights, and the way the characters interact.   

 

This all seems to be before Odo finds his people, so the earlier DS9 years, but that's okay: I enjoyed those when I finally got into this show, so I appreciated all these stories. 

 

I'm ready for more Trek.  I figure in a day or two, I'll revert back to Turner's bundle, but for now?  These volumes are so excellent they just make me want to read more Trek. 

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text 2017-06-04 23:26
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 145 pages.
Star Trek Archives Vol. 4: Best of Deep Space Nine - Lurene Haines,Mike W. Barr,Gordon Purcell,Rob Davis

 

This is, for serious, the first page.   Why do they look like poorly lit, plastic action figurines of these characters?   Who are poorly photoshopped onto a standard swirling vortex?   What's going on here?  

 

This does not bode well for something that proudly proclaims 'the best of' on the cover.   If this is your best first page, I fear for what's further inside...

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