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text 2017-12-08 20:50
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Aliens: Rogue - Ian Edginton,Will Simpso... Aliens: Rogue - Ian Edginton,Will Simpson
Aliens: Labyrinth - Jim Woodring
Aliens: Nightmare Asylum - Steve Perry
Aliens: Genocide - Karl Story,Damon Willis,John Arcudi
Avengers: Vision and the Scarlet Witch: A Year in the Life - Steve Englehart,Al Milgrom,Richard Howell
A Once Crowded Sky - Tom King

This is what I got.   

 

I also took part in a yankee swap and got this:  

 

 

It's lootcrate, er, loot that someone didn't want - but I kinda looove it.   The shirt might be a tad small for me, but I still looove it.   

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review 2017-11-27 06:51
Ancient Alien Ancestors by Will Hart
Ancient Alien Ancestors: Advanced Technologies That Terraformed Our World - Will Hart

TITLE:  Ancient Alien Ancestors:  Advanced Technologies that Terraformed Our World

 

AUTHOR:  Will Hart

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2017

 

FORMAT:  e-book

 

ISBN-13:  978 159 1432548

 

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The objective of the book is to "present the scientific basis for the theory of directed panspermia, which posits that life, via microorganism, was shipped to Earth by an extraterrestrial civilization".  The author also aims to prove his "Genesis Race Theory" that life was seeded on Earth by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization and that they intervened in the evolutionary processes to create humans and to generate civilizations.

 

Will Hart takes a look at the whole idea of panspermia in general, the possibility of life in the universe; the possible geoengineering of the Earth; various oddities involving the construction of the Great Pyramid, the advanced engineering and town planning of the Harappan/ Indus Valley civilization in India/Pakistan; modern UFO cases and government response to these; DNA; ABO blood group genetics, clones, chimeras, hybrids and the current state of transgenic science; the Cobalamin/ Vitamin B12 enigma, and ancient Sanskrit texts on advanced civilizations.

 

This is an interesting book that provides a great deal of "food for thought" and new information to research.  Will Hart raises many interesting questions and seems to have hit on a hypothesis that provides an answer to these oddities.  However, the author could have made a tighter conclusion based on the evidence in this book and his previous book (The Genesis Race), but seems to just leave the reader hanging at the end.

 

Other book by the same author:

The Genesis Race: Our Extraterrestrial DNA and the True Origins of the Species

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review 2017-11-22 04:16
Childhood's End
Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke,Eric Michael Summerer

 

A slow-paced story about aliens who come to earth bringing world peace, ending cruelty, and guiding mankind into a strange, new, and unexpected future.

 

I listened to the audiobook version of this novel. The narrator was ok, but not exceptional. The events of the story take place over decades and generations. It was interesting to hear how different people felt about the aliens and the prospect of world peace. And what do people do with themselves once everything is affordable and you actually don't have to work if you don't want to? The ending was clever and not at all what I expected.

 

Overall it was just okay.

 

 

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review 2017-10-17 04:17
Andromeda Strain - audiobook
The Andromeda Strain - David Morse,Michael Crichton

 

 

Wow. What can I say about this book? It was soooo boring. So much scientific jargon, military times and reports, stuff that I think I could have glossed over if I was doing the reading. But, listening to the audiobook, the narrator reads every word and I can't really skip over them. I will admit I lost focus from time to time. I really tried, but I just couldn't do it.

 

I've seen many positive reviews about this book and I purchased it on sale. I was really looking forward to a creepy, deadly, alien organism invasion story. In the end, I'm not really sure how the story ended. It was sort of a letdown. I am planning to watch the movie and see if taking all the superfluous stuff out helps.

 

Anyway, it was fairly short and I was anxious to finish it, so there's that. I read this for the Aliens square because the organism was alien in origin (at least I think it was).

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review 2017-10-14 23:48
Book Review of Ros by Dee DeTarsio
Ros - Dee DeTarsio

 

An out-of-this-world love story . . .

 

Ros is a supernatural encounter with a female from our cosmos: E.T. meets Starman. With the clock ticking, Micki tries to save Ros, who only has a few days left to find her way back home. The bonds of this most unlikely friendship are tested on the run, as they realize that love truly does transcend time and space.

 

Review 3*

 

This book has been sitting on my Kindle for quite a while. I bought it when I first bought my Kindle way back in 2012 and it was on free promotion at the time. I was originally intrigued with the blurb because I love a good space romance. Unfortunately, due to my long reading list, it has taken me longer than I anticipated to get to read it.

 

Micki Cramer is a character I must admit I didn't connect with at first. I initially found her rather annoying. However, as the story progressed I came to like her a little more. She is a divorced mother of two who unexpectedly has a close encounter of the third kind when an alien spaceship crashes close to her house. As she tries to help the alien, Ros, get back home, she finds herself running from the US Navy and facing a dangerous cult who will stop at nothing to capture the stranded alien. Will she succeed in helping her new friend?

 

The blurb is slightly misleading. I thought I would be reading a space romance. However, the story is more about friendship than romantic love. Having said that, I really enjoyed watching the sisromance (can't call it bromance) grow between the two main characters. Ros's character comes across a little one dimensional in my opinion. I think this is because the author may have struggled to imagine what an alien is like, while trying not to make her too human. There is an ET type feel to the story, with action and adventure thrown in along with some quirky characters. I actually loved Micki's ex mother-in-law, Rhoda. She's an eccentric character with the beginnings of Alzheimer's, but she's as sharp as a tack when she wants to be. There are also a few other interesting characters, like Captain James Kerk of the U.S. Navy, and Stanley Brower, Micki's neighbour.

 

I must admit that although the story was interesting, I found it easy to put it down and read something else and then come back to it. I'm not sure if this was down to the author's writing style or if it was my mood at the time of reading. There are some scenes that had me laughing, but I think the author was trying too hard to use wit and it fell flat at times, especially where there was a need to ratchet up the feeling of suspense for some of them instead. Having said that, I especially loved the scene where they steal Stanley's RV and find him in it. Then there's the one... Nope, you may just have to read it to find out more. I did find myself becoming rather emotional near the end and even shed a tear or two. The ending was slightly unexpected, but it left me feeling satisfied.

 

Dee DeTarsio has written an intriguing story. Her writing style is not particularly fast paced, but it kept me turning the pages. The flow of the story was pretty good, but some scenes could have been shortened for more impact. Would I read more of her books in the future? Perhaps. I am not ruling it out completely. I need to reduce my reading list first.

 

Due to some profane language, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love chick-lit or science fiction genres. - Lynn Worton

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