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review 2017-07-22 13:02
The Andromeda Strain ★★★☆☆
The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton

Put together the most meticulous plans and bring together several brilliant and creative minds, but still nearly come to disaster through mistaken assumptions and mechanical and human errors, and be likewise saved by random leaps of logic and mechanical and human errors. Perhaps the most fun part of reading this, for me, is how plausible this seems, because all the characters involved behave like real humans do. Plus, having been written in 1968, Crichton is writing about cutting edge/futuristic technology that is now hilariously dated. Imagine a disaster nearly caused by

a communication failure, because an isolated team is relying on alerts that are transmitted to a machine that prints on a continuous roll of paper, but the paper gets jammed and nobody notices because the guy who’s supposed to check it just looks for software failures rather than mechanical and thinks, well, no news is good news.

(spoiler show)

 

Paperback, picked up at a used book sale. Good thing I didn’t try this on audio, as I expect that the frequent displays of lab test results and technical readouts would be horrible on audio. What would they do, just read line after line of figures?

 

I read this for the 2017 Booklikes-opoly challenge, for the square Tomorrowland 33: Read a book set in space or tagged SciFi on GR or a book that includes robots or cyborgs. The SciFi tag applies to this book.

 

Previous Updates:

7/8/17 - BLopoly pick

7/14/17 – 40/288pg

7/18/17 – 107/288pg

 

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review 2017-07-18 20:03
Review: The Escape - Soren's Saga (No Regrets #3)
The Escape: Soren's Saga - Nicky James

 

I feel like I can not give this any less than 5 stars !!! Soren's book was the cherry on the cake in this series

 

  

 

No Regrets and New Beginnings dealt with so much loss, it was excruciating!! But that's what I love most in reading. I love that stories touch my heart, that it's painful. And losing Landon en seeing Abel struggling with this loss was all that.

In these stories, Soren was a character. Soren, also being kicked out of his home for being gay, comes to live with his brother Abel. In the beginning they get along but Abel goes through some dark times and they kind of lose their connection. Soren is on his own, has to take care of himself.

We know from previous books that Soren danced at a nightclub. Abel hated him working there cause he didn't trust the owner. It seems that dancing is not all Soren is doing..... He's stuck in his life and doesn't know how to escape.

 

 

When Remy meets Soren for the first time, he's captivated. And after he understands what trouble Soren is in, he'll do anything to keep him safe.

I loved the differences between them. Soren's sassiness was able to get Remy out of his ODD comfortzone. “We balance each other out, don’t you see?" - Remy

Remy

 

 

“Your heart is racing,” he said. “I can hear it.”
I chuckled and traced my fingers up and down his back.
“Because you drive me crazy.”
“I know.”
He smiled into my chest.
“But you like it.”
“I love it,”



I'll be revisiting this series often!!

*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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text 2017-07-18 15:11
The Andromeda Strain: 107/288 pg
The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton

Zing! I didn't see that one coming about the person who gets the key to the nuclear bomb.

 

And I'm curious about how Crichton set up this fictional study of which type of person is most likely to make the "right decision" with the key - the subjects are categorized by gender and marital status. I'd think that having a child/being a parent would have a greater impact on this kind of decision than simply having a spouse. But perhaps, in 1969, it would have just been an assumption that the parenting would be associated with marital status. Married = family & Single = no family. I suppose it just wouldn't be part of the assumption, at that time, that parenthood could be completely independent of marital status. 

 

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review 2017-07-17 13:31
The Red Pyramid ★☆☆☆☆
The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan,Kevin R. Free,Katherine Kellgren

Boring with incredibly simplistic writing. Yes, I know it's middle grade fiction with children as the target audience, but so was the first Harry Potter and The Hobbit, which both offered immediately engaging characters, fascinating new-but-familiar worlds, and a sly humor that sucked me in immediately. This... didn't.

 

Audiobook via Audible. I gave it a full 30 minutes before I DNF'd.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-17 02:20
"The American Girls Collection: Kaya: Kaya's Escape: A Survival Story" by Janet Shaw
Kaya's Escape (American Girls Collection) - Janet Shaw

I definitely like this one better than the first one. It still has a rather abrupt ending, but otherwise, the plot arc is better. Contrary to my memory, I was expecting Speaking Rain to be rescued by the end of this book, but I like that it's more realistic, with Speaking Rain and Steps High's plots continuing on through the series. At the same time, I kind of wish these were one book instead of six. They're more satisfying if you think of them as one book. But I understand that they are shorter because of the age they were written for. I remember taking a couple of these with me when I had to go grocery shopping with my mom and finishing them both as I walked around with her. ^.^

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