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text 2018-06-05 00:51
Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 319 pages.
Death in Winter: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Michael Jan Friedman

"Columbus found the Americas by mistake."

 

Not to be "that" person, but Columbus didn't discover anything. Especially America. All he did was get lost, land in the Bahamas, and commit mass genocide. 

 

But I will forgive Picard because this is fiction and was written in 2005, before it seems people cared about the murdering Italian "explorer".

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text 2018-06-04 02:25
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 319 pages.
Death in Winter: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Michael Jan Friedman

I remember when Data died and it was one of those moments that tore out my heart. The ship isn't the same without his dry humor. At least we still have Geordi and Worf. 

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review 2018-03-26 13:49
Death of a Movie Star
Death of a Movie Star - Timothy Patrick Kirby

I was contacted by the author requesting that I review his book, sending me a free copy. After reading the story, I am pleased to state that the book is a good read. 

 

The story starts with the comment that if you are over 80 years old, you can commit a murder, just one murder, and get away with it because it would be too much money to try you and put you in jail. Because at 80 you are knocking on death's door and it would be wasted money. I didn't really like the thought of that as we are seeing more people live to their 90's and 100's. But I wasn't willing to leave the book at that point, I wanted to see how this would progress. 

 

Lenora is an aging film actress who hunts up another has-been actress and asks her who she would love to get rid of forever. The name that jumps to her lips is Cassandra aka Casmo. A young actress who has become a thorn in the sides of both women. Lenora has a plan. She wants to get rid of Casmo and wants someone else to take the blame. 

 

She runs a television show with her business manager, Micah Bailey. Micah is the host of "Starbash 2020" and he hates Hollywood and all the trappings. So much so that he states that he never watches tv or movies. He hides in the garage at Lenora's and works on cars and trashes the Hollywood elite. 

 

16 actors and actresses with known problems with temper, alcohol or drugs come on the show to go from the top to the bottom and show that they can become human. Along the way, you see the changes in Casmo and you see that she has an ax of her own to grind. One that goes back to when Lenora and her own mother were sharing an apartment and competing for acting jobs. It seems that Lenora is suspected of turning Cassandra's mother into the FBI during the 1950's witchhunt for Socialists. 

 

This did have a definite story and you could see people emerging from the face that they present to the world. I do recommend this story. 

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review 2016-11-17 18:03
Rogue One: Catalyst by James Luceno

 

Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war.

 

As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal.

 

While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

 

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review 2016-02-11 05:34
A Flame in the Wind of Death
A Flame in the Wind of Death (Five Star Mystery Series) - Ann Vanderlaan,Jen J. Danna

Good. I enjoyed it better than the first one.  This is listed as book #3 in the series but there's novella that came out between the 2 and frankly, I'm not sure it's worth the read. The transition between book 1 to this book is seamless and no other references are made, save for the murders in the first book.  

I enjoyed the plot, it moved along pretty well and the ending, although not a complete surprise, was still entertaining enough to be satisfying.  There wasn't much forensic-y type stuff going on, except for an autopsy or 2.

Overall, an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next.

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