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review 2018-02-12 13:11
Nightfall by Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg
Nightfall - Isaac Asimov,Robert Silverberg

From the blurb:

"Imagine living on a planet with six suns that never experiences Darkness. Imagine never having seen the Stars. Then, one by one your suns start to set, gradually leading you into Darkness for the first time ever. Image the terror of such a Nightfall.

Scientists on the planet Kalgash discover that an eclipse - an event that occurs only every 2049 years - is imminent, and that a society unfamiliar with Darkness will be plunged into madness and chaos. They realize that their civilization will end, for the people of Kalgash have a proven fear of Darkness, but they are unable to predict the insanity and destruction that will accompany the awesome splendor of Nightfall."

Originally published in 1970, this book has a pulp feel to it.  This story explores the events before, during and after a total eclipse and resulting complete darkness on a planet with six suns and perpetual light.  The doomsday/apocalypse concept is interesting but the execution falls a bit flat - the characters are a bit two dimensional and some events and their timing are just too convenient.  However, the book is still enjoyable and would make a nice addition to the shelf of an apocalypse fan.

 

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review 2018-01-22 07:27
Dust by Charles Pellegrino
Dust - Charles Pellegrino

From the blurb:

 "In an idyllic Long Island community, paleobiologist Richard Sinclair is one of the first to suspect that the environment has begun to wage bloody, terrifying war on humanity. What initially appear to be random, unrelated events are actually violent eruptions in a worldwide biological chain reaction. Along with a brave group of survivors, Sinclair must learn to understand the catastrophe while it roils around them, slowly crumbling a panicked world and threatening apocalypse. The survival of humankind depends on finding an answer immediately--or else they will face the final, tragic destiny of their species. "

 

This book may not be the best writing on the planet, but it does take a fairly accurate look at what could happen should all the insects disappear - the collapse of ecosystems, food crops, the economy, society and ultimately civilization.  The book is rather interesting, scary and thought provoking.  The author doesn't provide all the answers and the reader needs to pay attention.  It does not have zombies (!!) despite the prions.  It does have some unusual voracious critters. Most of the science discussed in this book is accurate, which is what makes this book so fascinating (to me anyway). 

 

 

 

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review 2017-12-27 19:28
Snakes are mentioned
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

I am the type of person who wonders where the bath rooms are on the Enterprise and the Death Star.  Sure, the Falcon has neat hiding holes, but how are the toilet systems?  Does the head have a seat beat?  And how did Luke go to the bathroom on his way to Cloud City or wherever?  Does the transporter take care of bodily functions? 

 

                IN part this is curiosity, in part this is because I would be the one losing her lunch in the bathroom, so I really want to know.

 

                Hines’ latest book is about those on such famous ships who rarely get mention and never get thought about – the janitors.  In other words, Finn before he got sent to a planet where he didn’t like killing people unless they were people he knew.

 

                (Sorry, I like Finn.  In many ways, his reactions later in the movie are the most realistic, but that beginning sequence does Finn’s character a disservice.  He is cheering killing people he knows).

 

                Mops is a human in charge of a cleaning crew on the Pufferfish (the ships in this novel are named after the deadliest animals in human history).  The human race has go through a collapse, not so much destroying everyone, but turning everyone feral (like zombies but not dead).  The Krakau have developed a cure for this temperament, and humans who are cured work as mercs.  The species has a reputation for stupidity, toughness, and blood thirstiness.  Unfortunately for Pufferfish, on a recent assignment, the majority of the human crew has gone feral.  The only ones who haven’t are Mops and her crew: Kumar, Monroe, and Mozart.  There is also Puffy, who is more of hinderance, and Grom who is like centipede.  Mops is determined to find out what happen and to cure her crewmates, leading to the adventure story that is the book.

 

                Being a Hines book, there is much laughter.  Part of it comes from the use of names, cured humans take names of famous people.  So, Monroe, for instance, is named for Marylin.  There are also the various reactions to human things, such as a dig at erotica.  For the reader, there is the added bonus of reading being forefront in the story.  

 

                Truthfully, at the start the book is a bit slow and one of the big reveals, isn’t really a surprise for the careful reader (and Hines doesn’t treat it as such, to be fair).  Yet, this book is also one of those books that illustrates the strengths of sci-fi, in particular humorous sci-fi.

 

                The treatment of humans in the novel by other alien species is basically any ism that is in society today or in the past.  Some of the comments, for instance, you have seen in the descriptions of Africans by Europeans or white slave owners.  Hines is also getting the reader to think about how knowledge is transmitted or not transmitted; in fact, he tackles several big questions in this book.  By doing so, quite frankly, he cements his place as America’s Terry Pratchett, who also dealt with big questions in funny ways. 

               

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review 2017-09-26 23:11
A Post-Apocalypse story with heart and grit…
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski

 

Book Title:  Everything Under the Sun

Author:  Jessica Redmerski

Series:  Everything Under the Sun #1

Genre:  Dystopian

Setting:  USA

Source:  Own on Kindle

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.6/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.8/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:   5/5  Cliffhanger:  OMG

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I love Atticus. I love Thais.  And I LOVE Atticus and Thais together.  That ending gutted me.   This story terrified me…it's seems like something that could happen…all of it.  It's so f-ed up…and so amazing, especially between Atticus and Thais.  My only qualm, other than that hella cliffhanger ending is the length.  It's so freaking long, there are places where it could have been shortened up a tad and still felt completely epic.

 

Will I continue this series I cannot wait…and I have no idea how long I have to wait for it…it's not even on Goodreads, yet...which sucks.

 

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review 2017-08-18 17:35
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Seveneves - Neal Stephenson

"The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason."

Seveneves is an entertaining, complex and thought provoking hard-science fiction book that takes a look at humanity, the good and the bad, during an apocalyptic event.

 

The book is split into three sections.  The first sections deals with humanities' preparation for the cataclysm that will result from the split moon.  The second section focuses on the people in space immediately after the cataclysm, who have the task of keeping the human species alive or the duration of the catastrophe.  The third part of the book takes a look at what happens when the Earth is made habitable again five thousand years after the cataclysm.

The author has a fondness for lengthy explanations and descriptions of new environments, but is short of character development.  There is a great deal of focus on hard science in this novel - everything from orbital mechanics, robotics and the physics of keeping a space station in space to genetic engineering and psychology.  However, this story is still enthralling, the world building is fascinating and the character cast entertaining and their interactions complex.  I enjoyed this book immensely, but wish there was more to the second and third sections.  There are some poignant moments, some funny moments, feats of heroics, and then there are the moments where you wish you could toss a particular character out the airlock!  

NOTE:  Seveneves is a palindrome.

 

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