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review 2018-05-11 01:18
After Atlas by Emma Newman (audiobook)
After Atlas - Emma Newman

Series: Planetfall #2


After Atlas takes place in the same universe as Planetfall and references the mission in that book but is otherwise an independent and standalone story. This is basically a story about the people who were left behind when Atlas left Earth but it's also a murder mystery because the son of one of the women who left is now a detective for the Ministry of Justice.


Andrew Kingston's narration is great and the story is too. :)

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review 2018-05-10 22:07
The Emerald Atlas
The Emerald Atlas - John Stephens

Book One in the Series and just a mishmash of other stories it felt...felt a little like Harry Potter (orphans Kate, Michael and Emma taken from their parents and raised in orphanages where they are transferred around because they don't want to be adopted because they believe that their parents are still alive and coming for them), with a touch of magic (Wizards and Witches and a giant named Gabriel all working to either destroy the children or save the children). With a touch of "The Chronicles of Narnia" with a wicked witch hunting special children who are prophesied to help save the world. 


The story was read by Jim Dale and we listened to this story in the car while driving to Point Clinton and Cedar Point in Ohio. The girls and I enjoyed some of the scenes of the story and others were comparing to the other stories. I don't think I will be reading or listening to the others (even though Jim Dale did a remarkable job as always), but I just didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed the other stories. 

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review 2018-04-22 01:19
Renegade Atlas: Renegade Star Series Book 2
Renegade Atlas - JN Chaney

Do you guys remember the show Knight Rider and the AI, Kitt, that was installed his car? Well the main character in this series, Jace Hughes, has an AI in his spaceship named Sigmund aka Siggy and he's so cool! He's like the star of the series.


I have some good memories of watching Knight Rider and Indiana Jones and this series is like a cross between the two but set in space, so I'm enjoying it tremendously. But if you're not a fan of over the top, outrageous action scenes then you might want to find something else because this is pure entertainment. You really have to be willing to believe the unbelievable as they say.


I listened to the Publishers Pack audio version and the audio performance made the story come to life even more. There's no audio for books 3, 4 and 5 though which completely sucks especially after hearing and loving the narration in this book.

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review 2018-03-11 22:10
Atlas of Middle-earth: Revised Edition
The Atlas of Middle-Earth - Karen Wynn Fonstad

Anyone who loves Middle-earth's maps will love this book. It is chock-full of large maps of the First, Second, and Third Ages, detailing the major events from them all. Follow the Elves, Hobbits, Men, and more through their epic journeys. Also has valuable information about how many miles the Nine Walkers traveled each day, what the climate was like in their time and much more.

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review 2018-02-28 05:36
After Atlas - Planetfall #2
After Atlas (Planetfall Novel, A) - Emma Newman

I knew this book didn't pick up right after Planetfall, and that it followed a different set of characters and story, but I didn't quite expect it to be quite so radically different. If Planetfall reads like anthropological sci-fi After Atlas reads like a cottage mystery with a dose of cyberpunk. The tone has that signature cyberpunk bleakness, which I found blended very strangely with the English countryside cozy inn mystery angle. The writing is still sharp and engaging, but I never really felt completely sucked in. (Probably because while I do enjoy cyberpunk stories I don't generally enjoy mysteries.)

I also had some trouble connecting with the main character. He continually told us how curious he was, and how he couldn't leave a mystery unsolved, yet over and over again he did things that demonstrated the opposite - for example he habitually deleted messages unread, and failed to follow up on suspicious behavior in both friends and suspects. This drove me nuts. If I, the reader, am curious about these things, then I find it maddening that the so called "curious" character (who would presumably be affected by these things) doesn't care. I could never decide if he was just lying to himself about who he was, or if it was a blindspot for the author.

Also...the ending. I'm not going to go into specifics, because I try to write spoiler free reviews, but do be prepared for it to be weirdly paced, and to pull the rug out from under you. I felt like I was reading a different book the last 100 or so pages, and the last two pages left me reeling. Planetfall also had some ending weirdness, so I thought I was prepared, but I was not.

All of this makes it sound like I didn't like the book, but that's not the case. The world building Newman has done remains intriguing, and she has a lot of interesting things to say about people, technology, and potential futures. While I didn't love this book the way I did Planetfall, I do respect how different it was, and what she was doing. I don't think she failed, I just think it wasn't as much to my taste. There's a lot in here to think about, and I'm quite interested to read her next book set in this world.

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