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review 2017-12-11 22:43
Awesome Suspense!
Calculated Collision (Crossing Forces Bo... Calculated Collision (Crossing Forces Book 3) - C.A. Szarek

Calculated Collision by C.A. Szarek is an outstanding read.  Ms. Szarek has once again wowed me with her story.  This well-written book will keep you glued to your e-reader.   My favorite thing about Calculated Collision is, as usual, the characters.  Lee is a seasoned FBI agent with a tragic past.  Her recent fling with Nate becomes more when he becomes her witness to protect after he is on the scene when his friend is murdered.  This phenomenal story is loaded with action, suspense, humor and five alarm fire heat.  I loved reading Calculated Collision and look forward to my next book by C.A. Szarek.  Calculated Collision is book 3 of the Crossing Forces Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2017-11-25 07:31
Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb
Calculated in Death - J.D. Robb

Who would want to kill an accountant? That's the puzzle Lieutenant Eve Dallas is dealing with. The "why would someone kill an accountant" is easy; it's not a mugging, the woman must've found something she wasn't supposed to and they took her out. And eve is back to "who" and needs to pick the right "who" out of her little pool of suspects.

You might've deduced from that lackluster synopsis, I didn't much care about this book. It too was rather lackluster from my POV, but it's probably just me and my complete and utter disinterest in the world of accounting. Because, let me tell you, it delved there, and it delved deep.

The story was so boring and slow, and with all those descriptions and information about shell corporations, fraud, corporate frauds blah-blah-blah it got to a point my eyes nearly crossed, and I just wanted it to be over with.
In the end, I didn't really care about who ordered all the people dead, who made them dead, and why. I just knew the motive was idiotic and the one who ordered and performed the killings was an idiot as well. Leaving a trace for the cops to follow, moronic to the core.

It was too simple, if you want, utterly too slow, and so boring, not even the cast managed to inspire more than a bare whiff of excitement. Peabody once more got on my nerves with her anything-but-the-case talk, Eve and Roarke were being Eve and Roarke in and out of the bedroom, and the preparations for the big premiere (professional and non) failed to whet my appetite.

Next, please!

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review 2017-08-11 10:03
The Quest for Immortality, variant no. 843: “A Calculated Life” by Anne Charnock
By Anne Charnock - A Calculated Life (Paperback) (2013-10-09) [Paperback] - Anne Charnock

“’That’s the heart of the problem. I haven’t lived enough. My character is just the combination of my intellect and my faults. I haven’t had time to become more complex, more interesting. […] I’m not sure if you realize this but without my flaws I’d be pretty dull. You should know that.’”


In “A Calculated Life” by Anne Charnock



For the sake of argument let me be devil’s advocate.


The scientific materialist assumption is that the body is the primary organ and consciousness is secondary. This is not so; consciousness is the primary experience and the body and all other experiences are secondary. The body is a construct of consciousness. Forward thinking scientists are just beginning to realise this. Man might be able to prolong life but a 'machine' existence will never happen because the 'reality' of phenomenal existence is simultaneously 'real' and 'not real'. People, including scientists tend to see everything in terms of being a binary system. Yes/no, off/on, is/isn't, 0/1, true /untrue. Reality is not that simplistic. Mm, that's some good pseudo bullshit. Preventing aging is almost certainly more achievable soon than consciousness transfer, but ultimately the latter offers greater security and opportunity. Immortal DNA is all very well, until you suffer catastrophic injury or brain damage. With transferable consciousness, you get the immortality, along with the option to backup and restore in the event of a fatal accident, as well as the ability to travel at light-speed as a digital signal to be reawakened on arrival. And that's before we even get into the idea of truly inhabiting the virtual world as digital consciousness. With an infinitesimal fraction of the earth's current energy use, you could have untold trillions living in a virtual utopia, with a near infinite diversity of cultures, worlds and lifestyles. Nevertheless, is it misleading to talk about 'transferable' consciousness? What would be uploaded would be a facsimile of your consciousness. As far as the exterior world, interacting with the facsimile, would be concerned it would be you. However, it would actually be a totally new instance of you, with no continuity of your original consciousness. It's what's always troubled me about the idea of Star Trek-type teleportation - the thought that disintegrating someone in one place and then reassembling them in another, would effectively mean the death of the original, internally-experienced consciousness (although nobody else would notice or care!). 



If you're into SF, read on.

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text 2015-11-29 14:35
Books read (or not!) in November
Wheel of the Infinite - Martha Wells
A Calculated Life - Anne Charnock
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power - Ryan North,Erica Henderson
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin,Robin Miles
The Hunchback Assignments - Arthur Slade
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Jeffrey Cranor,Joseph Fink
Princeless Book One: Save Yourself - Jung-Ha Kim,Jeremy Whitley,M. Goodwin,Dave Dwonch

Books started: 12 (including the 2 I'm currently reading)

Books finished: 7

Books not finished: 3


Genre breakdown: All SFF, if you also include the two graphic novels which kind of fall under that category. Kind of. Except for maybe one which is more steampunk/alternate history.  


What progress made on Mount TBR? A bit of a quiet month and I added a few new books to the mountain, so not much progress made overall...


Book of the month: No contest, it had to be The Fifth Season. What a fantastic book, a great start to a new series and I want the next one now. *pouts*

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-11-07 09:12
A Calculated Life - Anne Charnock
A Calculated Life - Anne Charnock

Set in a future Manchester where cognitive implantation has become the norm and one company has gone further in terms of providing (and contracting out) individuals like Jayna, who work for both the public and private sector, doing complex mathematical modelling tasks, I found A Calculated Life to be a bit of a mixed bag.


Jayna is working in the private sector and doesn't initially seem to realise the impact that her being brought into the company has on other people. This is understandable, as we discover that people like her lead a very regimented life, complete with approved housing and regular meals, and are basically 'born' as adults, ready for their new job. Even then, Jayna and those like her are seen to be undertaking small acts of rebellion against this routine, while other more substantial acts can lead to a 'recall' - they worry about this, particularly as the line between petty and non-petty is so unclear as to make anything but complete obedience a significant act of defiance.


As word spreads about others being recalled, Jayna begins to worry that she may be heading the same way even as she fosters a relationship with someone from the company she works for who is one of the non-implanted. In the end, her plans are all thwarted by a moment of panic on her part and A Calculated Life ends with the others who had been involved living in relative freedom (though poor and working hard) and an implication that Jayna has been placed somewhere else with a new memory. I'm not sure if this is meant to give a sprinkling of hope over what is otherwise at times quite a bleak existence for her, whether she realises it or not.


Personally, I'd have liked a little more flesh to the bones of Jayna's character - though the story is told from her perspective, I never felt as though I really got to know what made her tick. In fact, all of the characters could have done with being a bit more definite and suffer from being pretty much perfect and good, with the exception of one with whom Jayna has a violent interaction. Life isn't like that, so the folks with whom she is most closely dealing in particular needed to be a little more human.

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