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text 2017-08-18 02:22
Schmidt Monday

    The clock on the wall of the train reads 8:24 AM. With nothing but a coffee in his hand, Schmidt Monday sits on the metallic seat on his way to work. The city is far too busy for him to be able to travel by car; not to mention the fact that he doesn't have one. He only has a cycle he rides to work when the weather allows. Very few people own cars, though; why own one if you're not really driving it? All cars or motorcycles are driver-less vehicles.

   

    Every few minutes the train would come to a stop and passengers would get off and new passengers would fill it up again. And every time, the passengers cringe at the feel of cool steel as they sit down. Schmidt never does though; he wouldn't dare let any stranger notice his discomfort.

   

    A woman boards the train and sits next to Schmidt. The one thing Schmidt hated more than talking to people, was being close to them. Reluctant, he silently sighed to himself and faced the window to his right, trying to distract himself with the view of the city; and avoid any conversational contingencies with this woman who obviously doesn't respect anyone's privacy. People walk, ride, or talk. And the 3000 feet skyscraper tips were hiding above the clouds. All the buildings look like different lengthened needles; slick shiny and the closest thing to an edge is the deadly, spiked tips. The clouds are always grey. Always. Schmidt liked that the world is either silver or grey; no complexity or distractions.

 

    For a small moment he forgot about the woman next to him. He thought to himself that he could probably get used to being closer to people, and his face felt a splash of warmth from satisfaction. Albeit, people usually have the habit of ruining things for Schmidt, and this woman is apparently no exception.

   

    "Wow, these things go pretty fast, huh? I was always afraid to go on trains when I was young; I thought they went so fast they would blow up!", she said looking around but clearly directing her words to Schmidt. A muscle in his cheek twitched. "You seem pretty used to it, though.", she went on. "So does everyone else here. It took a long time for me to be able to breath properly on one of these. They are also just so high up off the ground and you can see things miles away. I suppose the distance is relative, though. After all this city isn't big at all compared to other cities;  this one is like one grain of sand on an enormous beach. Which is why I never understood why people say 'It's a small world', if you run into someone from your job it's obviously because they live and work in the same area; then that would mean 'it's a small neighborhood'. Well anyway, my point is that this world is incomprehensibly huge! What's your name?", she asked.

   

 

    The timing could not have been better. The train came to Schmidt's stop. He got up and said, "Excuse me.", and walked out of the train. There wasn't a snowflake's chance in hell he was gonna get sucked into this. He shook off the annoyance he felt from the sound of her high pitched voice and constant chatter, and walked into the hospital, across the street where he worked as an implant surgeon. Any sane person can guess what that means. The name speaks for itself.

 

--- This is  a short story I wrote for an eighth grade Sci-Fi Language Arts Project. This is only the first short chapter. More are to come. Hope you liked. I'm not sure if this is what some people use this cite for, but here goes nothing. 

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review 2017-08-17 13:25
Immurement (Undergrounders #1) by Norma Hinkens
Immurement: A Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian Novel (The Undergrounders Series Book One) - Norma Hinkens

 

 

Author: Norma Hinkens

Title: Immurement

Series: Undergrounders

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The year is 2069. Sixteen-year-old Derry and her brother live in perpetual fear of capture. They survive underground on a post-apocalyptic earth overrun by gangs and clones, and hunted overhead by mysterious hoverships. When her brother goes missing, Derry’s only hope of finding him is to strike a deal with a group of cutthroat subversives. Desperate to save her only sibling, she leads a daring raid to uncover the secrets behind the Sweepers’ hoverships, but she soon finds out the world she knows is a lie.

 

 

 

So it wasn't bad, it wasn't great. I felt like I read it before but most YA dystopian books are nearly interchangeable these days.

Cut and paste most of the basics change a few minor details and you basically have the same story with the same character traits and plot lines.

I think Immurement stands a better chance with someone who isn't burned out on these kind of reads.

But as for me I think I might have gotten a little too much of the YA teen angst love angle involving a young heroine who is supposed to be a lot braver and stronger than she actually is who is willing to sacrifice what should be important for a more than obvious compulsive obsession with a boy. 

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-16 08:52
short but cute!
Clone Me a Lover - Rosalie Redd
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Oh so deliciously short!! Cute too! Those are my overriding feelings upon finishing this book. Angelo Thirteen is found drifting in space after his ship is damaged. Elle is on a mission to sell some ore to raise funds to rescue her brother. Can a clone built without emotion find the love he craves? Can Elle find a place in her heart for someone other than her brother and her ship? Like I said, short!! 100 pages, little over an hour's reading time for me, but such a lovely way to spend that hour!! I've had a little run of science fiction books, and they can, at times, be a little too overpowering with the technology and stuff, but NOT so here. Just enough science, for Angelo is a clone. We get just enough for why he is Thirteen, and how he came to be craving the things he really shouldn't have. Just enough history, for Angelo and Elle and her brother. Just enough drama, for Elle is trying to keep her brother out of the prison mines. And a little twist at the end that I did not see coming! I do enjoy the way Ms Redd spins her tales, such easy, well rounded, well written tales! I wonder will there be more of these clones that aren't supposed to feel, but do?? A short review for a short book, but a VERY enjoyable book at that. 4 stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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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 2017-08-12 16:41
The Course of Honour by Avoliot
The Course of Honour - Avoliot

An excellent original work from Avoliot on AO3, could not put this one down. Prince Kiem is hurried into a marriage with Count Jainan to preserve the treaty between their two planets. Keim puts Jainan's subdued manner down to the fact that he is still in mourning for his partner Prince Taam who recently died in a flybug accident.

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Art by AmandaTolleson (my Jainan)

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/9720611?view_full_work=true
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