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review 2017-02-22 18:31
Swapship Troopers by Walker Long
Swapship Troopers - Walker Long

Swapship Troopers is a story filled with lots of giant bug killing and lots of sexy times. What more could you want?

I read one too many short story horror collections last month and was feeling the need to stop reading, maybe forever, and pick myself up a new hobby but instead I decided to give this one a shot (I did commit to review it, after all) and it knocked me right out of my mini-slump. Now, I’m no fan of action or military maneuvers so there’s no need to be put off by the Starship Troopers resemblance if you aren’t either. I haven’t read Starship Troopers which, from what I’ve heard, may likely bore me to death but I did see the movie. I loved the movie. It was gory fun. This book is gory fun too and it’s not at all boring.

It’s about giant ant-like alien monsters who occupy planets and murder everything in their path and the Marines who risk their lives to keep civilians safe. All that alien murderation makes a man weary and eager to burn off some steam but the trouble is they are often deployed to planets where the only companionship they have are each other. In order to keep morale up, the military creates something called “Pink Vector” which is an injectable that turns men into women. There’s also a “Blue Vector” serum to turn them back once the fun is over.

Half of the men are injected and suddenly grow womanly parts. They’re all good humored and open minded and go along with this kooky plan. Much fun is had. Then they are turned back into men and are eager to get back to work.

Now don’t you go thinking too hard about the implications about any of this. This is a book that doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously and I loved that. Some of the men aren’t the comeliest of women but everyone just goes with the flow and has a good, kinky time. Yeah, what goes on is a little nutzo but I mean that as a compliment. It’s beautifully nutzo and even a little romantic when one paired up couple begin to have feelings other than the sexy kind for each other.

The blend of sexy times vs. action is well balanced. There is a lot of action but it never bored me which is kind of shocking actually. I thought it was hilarious to watch a tough Marine turn into a woman and then have to deal with pervy civilians as they treated him as if he were braindead and a toy for them to paw and insult.

I enjoyed this book so much. Yeah, so, it perhaps wasn’t the most believable of romances starting out but considering the circumstances, the author did a decent job of turning pure sexual attraction into something more in the end. It also never got angsty or dreary and was just what I needed after my series of dark and dreadful reads the month previous. It was totally enjoyable and that’s all that counts to me.


Audiobook Challenge: Book #6 Not an audio

HA Mount TBR Challenge: Book #9 Not a tbr

HA Pages Read Challenge

2017 Horror Reading Challenge Book #7

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review 2017-02-19 16:02
Solan's Mate: A SciFi Shifter Romance (The Last Alphas of Thracos Book 1) by Marina Maddix and Aubrey Rose Review
Solan's Mate: A SciFi Shifter Romance (The Last Alphas of Thracos Book 1) - Marina Maddix,Aubrey Rose

he doesn’t need his protection and he doesn’t need the distraction of her luscious curves. Except they’re both wrong…


I hate my life. So do all the other genetically inferior orphans at the Training Center. How much worse could it get than forced diets, grueling exercise and gene therapy designed to tame our curves?

As it turns out, so much worse.

When I discover that I’ve been sold as a sex slave, I’m horrified. When I find out that my two best friends are meant to suffer the same fate, my fear changes to anger. I’d do anything to save my ‘sisters’, even if it means facing down the most terrifying monster on this Godforsaken planet.


I love my tribe. As wolf shifters, we’re at the top of Thracos’ food chain, but if we don’t find a solution to our fertility problem, we’ll die out with a whimper instead of a roar.

As the alpha, it’s all on me to find the answer.

When three alien colonists crash land in our forest, I can’t help wondering if they hold the key to our survival. I also can’t help being drawn to their beautiful leader. She’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a mate. But Sienna’s need to protect her sisters is strong, so when it clashes with her need for me, I’m left with one burning question:

Who will she choose?




It wasn't awful but it could have been much more. There are lots of plots points dropped and out of character behavior that if fixed could have made the book so much better.


Examples: Why is the other tribe so barbaric? Why does the hero do that dumb thing (or not do the right thing that his character would totally do) and talk about in his head forever? Why don't the the heroine and her friends think about saving the other girls. This tribe needs women.


Sigh. Annoying. I am interesting in the the other heroines but I am likely going to not like the next book much either based on these kinds of errors.

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review 2017-02-13 15:00
2312 Review
2312 - Kim Stanley Robinson

There were many things I loved about 2312. It was filled with imagination and a foretelling of life from the most basic level to the grandest. It had the potential to sweep the reader up and carry them off into a world that was richly detailed in all the right places, and yet left the perfect amount to the imagination. Below are some of my favorite things.


Post-Binary Gender. I loved the idea of a society at ease with post-binary gender. How do things change when toxic displays of masculinity and ridiculous femininity are no longer present? When we’re no longer held back by even the simplest expectation that only ‘girls’ can have the babies? Imagine being able to experience being a parent from both sides of the equation. But even better? Imagine being able to be with large groups of people that don’t judge someone because of their gender or lack thereof. For some of us that would be like heaven. I hope that people that fall into that group one day get a chance to experience it.


Turning asteroids into terrariums.  The idea fascinates me. There is estimated to be between 1.1 and 1.9 million asteroids in the asteroid belt alone that are over a half mile in diameter. It might be a long time before we have the capability to terraform asteroids, but imagine what we can do once we can. Kim Stanley Robinson focuses on the ability to save animals from extinction by breeding them in asteroids. Notice I said “in”. He makes a very good point in 2312 that it would be much easier to hollow out an asteroid and create a protected space than it would be to try to protect people or animals on the outside of one.


While I absolutely love the idea of saving endangered species (and yes, being able to experiment with evolution on different ones), my first thought wasn’t about animals. It was about me. I would love to have my own asteroid that I could go to when I needed to get away from people. Wouldn’t you? Even if it was only a half mile in diameter, I would be fine with that. A half mile with no people besides myself is perfectly fine.


Terraforming the planets. This one just made me do a happy dance because I love Robinson’s visions. A massive city on Mercury that moves on tracks around the center of the planet so that it’s never directly in the sunlight? While it’s one of those things that really only seems like it would be done just to say you can do it, it sounds so cool!! Or putting the much-needed nitrogen into Mars’ atmosphere by freezing chunks of it on Titan, and booting it to Mars? And his speculation about ways to make Venus livable? I absolutely love this man’s mind.


There’s even a huge thread running throughout the book that talks about the evolution of artificial intelligence. That is pretty much a staple of science fiction classics, but the way Robinson puts the pieces in place in 2312 keeps it interesting.  After all, there are good and bad humans, so why not the same for artificial intelligence? Even just the possible development of pseudo-emotions is something to set your mind to chewing on.


At the end of 2312 Robinson brings everything together with a timely reminder. That though we may not see the change our actions are making now, decades from now, we will. There will be stumbles, trips, and falls. There will be times when things look hopeless, but as long as we keep pushing forward, things will change. We will enter a new age.


In my opinion, if Kim Stanley Robinson would just learn to throttle back on his output per book, there would be no disputing him as the best science fiction writer alive today. Unfortunately, his tendency to try to do a little too much in each book leads to an unfortunate case of bloat which can put the casual reader off.  2312 was a book full of fascinating ideas and breathtaking visualization. But it was easy to lose sight of that. Especially about halfway through the book where things slow to an ungainly crawl. His imagination is wonderful, but I don’t think the man is capable of writing a book with consistent, good pacing.

Source: www.scifiandscary.com/2312-review
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review 2017-02-12 16:53
Alien Paladin's Woman by Vi Voxley Review
Alien Paladin's Woman: SciFi Alien-Human Military Suspense Romance - Vi Voxley

Sometimes, what the galaxy needs is a hero no one's ever heard of.

Tieran, the Commander of the Palian paladins, has never been allowed to have anything of his own, other than the blade in his hands and the honor he serves with. But a feisty, curvy, and utterly impossible human woman is about to change all that. He never thought that he'd desire something or someone as much as he needs her and nothing will take her from him. Even if he has to slay the most feared enemy ever known for her.

Audrey Price has seen a lot of hard work and cold times as a governor of ice planet mining colonies. She never expected to be in the middle of the greatest hunt in the galaxy, though. One moment, she was protecting her miners from an alien threat, and the next moment, she's tied to said threat, with only one man capable of keeping her and the rest of the universe in one piece. The sexy, infuriating paladin who makes her core pulse as hard as he makes her want to wring his neck.

Coming to grips with the fact that she's the key to tracking down one of the most mysterious and horrible races known is no easy feat, but that's nothing compared to dealing with the fact that she might be falling for the paladin. And when all eyes are on them, including a pair that can see through space and leave havoc in its path, Audrey and Tieran are in the fight of their life.

Not only for their own safety, but for that of the galaxy as a whole.






I just have so much fun with this series!


Where did that book go? Oh, I read it already. So fun!


The hero is this one is a super smart warrior from a race of peacekeeping geniuses. How dope is that?

He is very pragmatic.


The heroine is an adventuress organizer who is appointed governor of far flung colonies. How dope is that?


They make a wonderful partnership in this non stop action adventure and save each other many times.




PS the chest veins on the cover creep me out. That is all

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review 2017-02-06 02:54
Time Lost
Time Lost - C.B. Lewis

by C.B. Lewis

[Possible spoilers. Read at your own risk. Ha]



I hated to say this but I'm actually disappointed. Why? Because I'd been expecting for more time travel in this second book unfortunately there still not enough of it. At least for me. I know, I know maybe  my expectation is too high. But is that wrong?


Yes, there’s still mystery regarding time travel; some important guy got murdered & they gotta find the murder who is believed from far future world who is found dead as well. Yeah, I'm confused too. Turn out the murder had a comrade who is now hiding somewhere & they gotta find her. All these happened in the present futuristic day. The prove? They now have pods & quills which equivalent of cars & phones. Kinda cool but not that cool. And the murder; what proves made him from far future? He had a high-tech eyeball installed in him. And he wore some kind of high quality coat or something. Still, not that cool. There was no actual ‘time travel’. The characters were all here in the present world. All that happened in the past or future were only a brief descriptions nothing more. In fact, I think the first book is much better in terms of this aspect because at least I got a little moment to travel back in time.


Yeah, so I’m disappointed.


Okay, maybe I'm alone in this but I'm more into the story rather than sexy time to be honest (I will say this many time & I won’t tired). I don't mind sex, mind you, but the less the better (because I have a really good imagination haha) I loved reading about guys exploring their emotions but it would be lovely if there’s a perfect balance of story & emotions if that makes sense. A good, an acceptable & believable story. That is.


However, Time Lost is not a lost cause because it still gives me one hell romantic relationship of Kit & Jacob. They swooned me. They're an interracial couple which is really good & there's an age gap between them though this is not the cause of angst. Thank goodness.




I loved that Kit is a geek, young & he's a romantic guy. And Jacob, what a character! He's a Ghanaian Detective Investigator & he is such a smart guy. I already used with hot & hunky detectives but most of them were so-so in solving mysteries in my opinion. Sometimes even though the solution was obvious & right in front of them, they could've missed it ha. But Jacob, geez man, he solved everything by himself! He's not just hot & hunky, he have sharp eyes & mind, he's a responsible & caring leader & he's also a kind & loving lover. A complete package for a perfect boyfriend! And I'm so in love with him...yeah. Kit you can go away & find another guy, shoo!


I loved getting into their heads. The angst rises because they both had to lie & concealed the truth from each others as to protect their peers & jobs. They felt conflicted for telling the truth because it might caused their developing & still fragile relationship. They now miserable. And smitten.  I just loved miserable & smitten guys!


I can’t stop smiling whenever they had a scene together. I loved that they tried to distance themselves, at least Jacob tried but Kit had not realm of self resistance to be honest & don’t easily take no as an answer. Which is actually very good. I loved how their relationship is built slowly & believable. The sexy time are hot & not bad too :)


The overall story is well paced. Nothing dragged too long & bored me. The time line is still well maintained & despite of my disappointment, fortunately I got a lovely MCs & diverse side characters to care about.


Time Lost is the second installment in the Out of Time series featuring different couple that is Kit & Jacob. But don't worry this could be read as a stand alone in my opinion.  If you're interested, you could start with Time Waits.


All in all, I think this book is well written like the previous book & based on all the mushy feels it gives me, it deserved  4*. Now, I’m confused with myself; why this book got 4 & the last one is only 3.5? Oh, yeah, I remember. I really felt uncomfortable with Dieter’s spur of profanity lol But I’m willing to keep supporting this author because I liked the writing style. So yeah...


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