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review 2018-08-08 10:00
Release Week Review & Blog Tour with Giveaway! Entropy (Atrophy #4) Jess Anastasi!
Entropy - Jess Anastasi




Captain Qaelan Forster is used to trouble. He lives on the wrong side of the law and he’s on the most-wanted lists. He’s mixed up in his cousin's mess who has problems on a cosmic level—like shape-shifting aliens who want them dead. But Qaelan’s not prepared for the cheeky kind of trouble called Camille Blackstone, whose infamous father has any man interested in his daughter executed.


After Camille drags Qaelan into an impulsive act of rebellion, she finds herself trying to defend the sexy captain from her overprotective father's wrath, even if she has to handcuff herself to the captain to keep him alive. However, it soon becomes apparent there are much more dangerous things lurking in the dark corners of the universe than a vengeful pirate lord. And she's just landed in the middle of it.



Used to trouble, Captain Qaelan Forster is on the most-wanted lists, and mixed up in his cousin’s mess but he’s not prepared for Camille Blackstone’s kind of trouble. In an act impulsive rebellion, Camille finds herself defending Qaelan from her father and handcuffing herself to him the captain to keep him alive.


The fourth book in the “Atrophy” series is cosmic explosion of thrills and passion that keeps readers on the edge from beginning to end. Qaelan and Camille are two strong, charismatic characters that easily draw readers in and hold them hostage throughout their romance which is full of sizzling chemistry, explosive passion and emotional turmoil. This relationship starts off with a major life and death obstacle that keeps readers in suspense until the very end while the characters entertain readers with lots witty repertoire and daring personalities.


Suspense builds and action explodes throughout this fast paced plot with lots of thrills, intrigue and surprising twists that keeps readers as well as the characters on their toes. There are plenty of bad guys to inspire readers to cheer for their demise as well as conflicts regarding friends and family so there is never a dull moment and readers can’t help but feel as if they are part of the story from the very beginning as the author’s well written words and well-developed world paints vivid imagery and sparks the imagination.


I love the sexy, adventurous feel of this sci-fi romance series and there was no way I could put “Entropy” down until I had read every last word and the conclusion was certainly added an intriguing element to the conflict with the shape-shifting alien enemies that face the characters of the “Atrophy” series and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.



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is the 4th book in the Atrophy series

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which includes:
1 Atrophy
2 Quantum
3 Diffraction


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Excerpt 2:


Cami didn’t bother trying to make conversation with Captain Qaelan Forster as they left the noise and stale-alcohol smell of the bar and headed out into the balmy night. He hadn’t followed her for some kind of deep-and-meaningful or even the slightest bit of small talk.


The only thing he was interested in wasn’t going to require any words. Well, not any coherent ones, anyway. Not that she was looking for anyone to talk to. The last run for her father hadn’t gone well, and she’d ducked into the bar to avoid seeing him. He probably wouldn’t say anything about it, and he couldn’t be more pissed at her than she was at herself. But he’d get that look. The one that said she’d disappointed him. And she hated that look more than anything. Would rather he yelled at her.


So, leaving the bar with the infamous Qaelan Forster hadn’t really been about him at all. It’d been about avoiding her father. And for the fact she was sick of her demon princess- of-hell reputation. Sure, it was well warranted, and she’d always thought it didn’t matter that a bunch of people who weren’t significant thought she was an unfeeling callous bitch who believed they were all beneath her.


But for some reason, tonight it had gotten to her. Qaelan Forster had been there, and she couldn’t deny the tall, dark haired, blue-eyed captain was seriously hot, just like she’d heard. Kissing him to shut up a few morons up hadn’t been a chore at all.


In fact, it’d been the exact opposite. An instant fire had lit up her blood, and while initially she’d been planning on ditching him as soon as they got outside, now she was trying to remember the last time she’d let anyone get close to her. It’d been almost two years ago, that gorgeous blond waiter she’d seen a handful of times passing through a space station not too far out of the Belt.


Claude had been the first and only casual relationship she’d had. She’d thought if it wasn’t serious, then her father would be less likely to interfere or threaten anyone. Turned out she’d been wrong. He’d still managed to have a hand in messing things up. Truth be told, her heart hadn’t been in it, so she hadn’t been all that devastated.


Though her handful of other relationships had been short, she’d never had a one-night-stand with a complete stranger before—usually she was at least somewhat familiar with her partner.


And she couldn’t actually remember the last guy she’d been serious about, not clearly anyway. Her father had probably gotten him killed, or banished him, or some equally ridiculous overreaction. The second she ever looked at a guy twice, her father was plotting murder and mayhem. She glanced at Qaelan as they silently walked through the bright, night-lit streets, people spilling out of all kinds of establishments or shopping in the bazaar. Life in Tripoli never stopped. The party just kept rolling on.


Qaelan had his hands in his pockets, casting her glances every now and then, probably trying to figure her out. Men were always trying to figure her out. It annoyed the crap out of her.


For half a second, she considered cutting him loose again. Her father favored Qaelan and his even-more infamous cousin, Rian Sherron. He’d be seriously pissed if he found out Qaelan had touched her, let alone anything else. But maybe that favoritism would mean Qaelan would simply get banished, not dead. And that would only happen if her father found out…



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Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, one hyper-active border collie dog, one bunny with anger management issues, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.


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review 2018-05-17 21:11
The very model of a modern Star Trek novel
The Entropy Effect (Star Trek: The Original Series #2) - Vonda N. McIntyre

When it was originally published in the summer of 1981 Vonda McIntyre's book represented something of a new frontier (if you'll forgive my use of the phrase) in the Star Trek franchise. Though the second entry in Pocket Books's series of Star Trek novels, it was the first original story they published (the first book in the series was the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture). As such, it represented an effort to develop the franchise, rather than the more half-hearted adaptations of the Bantam Books series in the 1970s.


If the series's editors wanted to use the first original novel to set expectations, it is difficult to imagine choosing a better book than this one. McIntyre's novel opens by setting the stakes, as while studying a naked singularity that suddenly appeared in a warp lane, Spock discovers that the universe has only a century remaining before its demise. Before he can verify his data, the Enterprise is summoned to a nearby planet to transport a dangerous prisoner for rehabilitation. The prisoner turns out to be Spock's old physics instructor, Georges Mordreaux, who was convicted of murder after the disappearance of several people, all of whom Mordreaux claims had been sent back into the past. Though skeptical of Mordreaux's claims, Spock investigates Mordreauxs claim after the physicist suddenly appears on the bridge and kills Captain Kirk all while supposedly detained in a guarded and shielded room on the ship.


As this description illustrates, McIntyre's novel is not short on plot. Yet it is her characterization that is the strongest part of the book, as she develops both the familiar figures from the show (most notably Hikaru Sulu, which started a welcome and long-overdue trend of giving the secondary characters background and depth and even first names!) and and her original creations into plausible and well-rounded people. The mystery itself adds to the book, as it helps keep the reader engaged until its last pages. And while some of the logic in the story may not hold up well, the book overall makes for a great read, one that set a high bar for the novels in the series that followed.

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text 2018-05-17 15:48
Reading progress update: I've read 83 out of 224 pages.
The Entropy Effect (Star Trek: The Original Series #2) - Vonda N. McIntyre

Just reached a Kirk death scene that was better than any Shatner could have pulled off.

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text 2018-05-13 06:11
Going back to basics!
The Entropy Effect - Vonda N. McIntyre

I'm still chewing my recent experience with reading a Star Trek novel over in my head. the reason, I suspect, was a combination of disappointment with the book and the sense that this was because of the heavy burden imposed by the author of dealing with over a half-century of accumulated backstory. Perhaps this is unfair to Dayton Ward, considering that it was the very idea of a Star Trek novel set in its universe's past that drew me to it in the first place. Yet I can't help but think that Ward over-egged the pudding, at the expense of the story.


In that respect Ward's novel differed from what I remember about the other Star Trek novels I've read in the past. They seemed so much simpler than Ward's book, with the focus on their focus on the things that matter most in a novel, namely characters and plot. They may not have been on the level of Tolstoy, but they certainly were a cut above Ward's effort.


It was while contemplating this a realization dawned on me: I should go back and read the original Star Trek novels. I remember vividly the Pocket Books series they published when I was growing up, and while I didn't read most of them the ones I did I enjoyed. Whether nostalgia is tingeing this is an open question, and one that I suspect will be answered easily enough once I delve into them, but I suspect not. The early novels were written by SF writers who knew their trade well, and who also had the advantage of writing something that was truly fresh in terms of something for Star Trek. Tomorrow I will make a stop at my local used bookstore and see which books in the series they have on their shelves. It should be a fun exercise!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-01-24 00:47
Star Trek: The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Entropy Effect - Vonda N. McIntyre


The Enterprise gets called away from studying an unusual singularity to ferry mad scientist and convicted murderer Mordreaux to a rehabilitation colony. En route, Kirk and the security chief are killed by the apparently escaped prisoner - but Mordreaux never left his quarters, and how is it possible for Spock to be in 2 places at the same time?



Well, well, just when I had begun to lose hope (as of yet, I haven't managed to get across the halfway stage in the 4th Titan-novel... it's just so boring!!!) I finally stumbled upon a really gripping ST-tale. Unfortunately, it's a rather old one that I managed to get my hands on due to its being reissued, but nonetheless, I'm one happy reader.

Of course, everything about time travel and its paradoxes simply appeal to me. If Spock goes back in time and changes the past - wouldn't that mean, that the Spock that went back in time never truely existed at all? I do love those alternate universes, parallel timelines that split from "ours" because of one decision etc. Granted, it does tend to cause some serious headache to consider all the ramifications - but that's the fun about it!!!

In this instance, it's not just the aspect of timetravel that appealed to me a great deal, but also how everyone deals with Kirk's death. McCoy's trying to save his mere body while his brain's already long gone, Spock's mindmeld with the dying Kirk to support him, only to narrowly escape dying with him - McCoy and Spock's discussion about slingshooting around a star to get into the past and prevent the event in the first place and Spock's denial of this possibility only to come up with Mordreaux's invention. Wow, I simply loved the emotional depth of these scenes. *That*'s Star Trek to me. *That*'s why TOS, despite its many flaws, still is my favourite ST-series. I've come to realize that I need to have key characters in a show that are explored in depth and whose relationship is portrayed each and every week, rather than a vast cast with a mere 1 or 2 episodes shedding some light on each character per season. Perhaps that's even where Star Trek went in the wrong direction with the most recent incarnations. There no longer were any characters one could really identify with, just 2-dimensional people that changed their opinions/emotions/traits from week to week and that live side by side on the ship rather than in a close community.

As loathe as I am of original characters, even Flynn and Hunter didn't annoy me to much. They came across as self assured women - Hunter even leading a life-style that would be frowned upon even nowadays in certain circles -, and not some easy love interests to liven up things for the men.

The best part, of course, is the ending of this novel. Spock's relief at having succeeded, Kirk's suspicion but also his trust in Spock... again, and I seem incapable of *not* repeating myself, *that*'s classic Star Trek. I liked the fact that it remains unclear quite what happened in order for Spock to retain his memories of the now-prevented timeline. Was the new timeline's Spock replaced by "ours" upon his return from the past? Or just how did this timeline's Spock get our Spock's memories? Well, another of those little paradoxes that come with timetravel.

"The Entropy Effect" certainly whetted my appetite for more classic TOS-novels - and looking at my shelf, there are still quite a few unread ones just waiting for me to finally get my hands on.
review originally written in 2008.
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