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review 2018-12-11 00:07
I bet the Borg Queen never got invited over for slumber parties
Gods of Night (Star Trek: Destiny #1) - David W. Mack

Star Trek Destiny #1: Gods of Night by David Mack is the first part in a trilogy which was a journey from beginning to end. Firstly, let me start by saying that when I initially ordered these I did so not realizing that they were written quite a few years ago which did cause me some confusion early on. (I bought them at a discount rate as an ebook set so I really should have put 2+2 together.) Secondly, let me give you the heads up that I didn't have (because I really went in blind, ya'll) that you need prior knowledge about The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, AND Nemesis (which is the one I had not seen (and still haven't seen)) if you want to have any hope of following along. If you haven't seen these you are going to be 1. lost and 2. very much spoiled for future events. 

 

Now that that's all out of the way let's delve into the meat and potatoes of the plot of this book. Like most books that begin a series Gods of Night really lays down a lot of foundation for future action. And there is a lot of information to get through because there is a mess load of time travel back and forth with many, many different characters. (Hint: I didn't love this.) The reader follows 4 different Starfleet crews through multiple time periods which are denoted at the start of each new chapter. You have to be paying a lot of attention and since I read these as ebooks I found it a bit more challenging. Basically, the Caeliar are chanced upon by the Columbia and her crew and found to be so much more technically advanced that there is no chance of overpowering, negotiating, or escaping. The Borg are back and instead of assimilating they have changed their mission to one of annihilation. The Federation is trying to muster up the forces to stop the Borg without any success and the crew of the Columbia are just trying to get back home. SO many characters and so little time (ha time travel pun). I didn't love this book but I did continue the series because by the time I'd gotten to the end of this segment I was too invested to stop...and I'm glad I kept going because by the third book the action was intense, guys. (Wait til you get to the end!) For Gods of Night a 6/10 but check for the reviews of Mere Mortals and Lost Souls in the coming weeks to see what I thought of those and my overall series rating. ;-)

 

Quick rundown of details:

The Columbia captained by Erika Hernandez, the Aventine captained by Ezri Dax, the Titan captained by Will Riker, and of course the Enterprise captained by Jean-Luc Picard. The aliens encountered: the Borg and the Caeliar. The times explored: too many to recount.

 

What's Up Next: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-10 23:36
Please tell me if this gets better as the series goes on???
All Systems Red - Martha Wells

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

 

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

 

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

 

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

I've seen this series all over my feeds and I thought, I might as well try it, people seem to like it.  Well...I'm afraid that I didn't love and I'm not sure I even liked it.  Maybe it was due to the overly bland voice for the narration...I just couldn't stay focused on the story for anything.  It was too easy to tune it out, unfortunately.  I did have some moments where I almost kind of liked Murderbot, though...he was developing a sense of humor at least.  I just need to know, does it get better with the next book?

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 2.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 2/5
The Feels⇝ 2.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2/5
Addictiveness⇝2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 2.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 2.5/5
Originality⇝ 2/5
Ending⇝ 2.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝
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Book Cover⇝ Meh...it's fine, I guess.
Narration⇝ ☆2☆ for Kevin R. Free
Series⇝ The Murderbot Diaries #1
Setting⇝ Deep Space ???
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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text 2018-11-20 08:00
Space Debris Monitoring and Removal Market Size, Status and Forecast 2018-2025

 

This report focuses on the global Space Debris Monitoring and Removal​ status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players. The study objectives are to present the Space Debris Monitoring and Removal development in United States, Europe and China.

 

Space debris monitoring and removal play a significant role in the control of the amount of debris present in space. The high number of non-functional objects in Earth's spatial environment due to spatial collisions between natural and artificial satellites or spacecraft is the prime factor that is increasing the demand for monitoring and removal of space debris.

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Our industry research analysts have estimated that countries in APAC will constitute the maximum growth of this space debris monitoring and removal market throughout the predicted period. Growth in this region is attributed to the interest of various governments to develop separate monitoring and mitigation systems to ensure sustainable spatial environment have encouraged the growth of the market.

 

According to our market research experts, the space debris removal technology segment will account for the maximum growth and share of the market.

In 2017, the global Space Debris Monitoring and Removal market size was xx million US$ and it is expected to reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, with a CAGR of xx% during 2018-2025.

 

 

The key players covered in this study

  • Lockheed Martin

  • Northrop Grumman

  • Boeing

  • Airbus

  • Astroscale

  • RSC Energia

Market segment by Type, the product can be split into

  • Space Debris Monitoring Technology

  • Space Debris Removal Technology


Market segment by Application, split into

  • Military

  • Civil


Market segment by Regions/Countries, this report covers

  • United States

  • Europe

  • China

  • Japan

  • Southeast Asia

  • India

  • Central & South America


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review 2018-11-11 17:28
2 Escudos: "NewTales of Space And Time" by Raymond J. Healy
New Tales of Space and Time - Ray Bradbury,Isaac Asimov,Anthony Boucher,A.E. van Vogt,Kris Neville,Reginald Bretnor,Cleve Cartmill,P. Schuyler Miller,Gerald Heard,Raymond J. Healy,Frank Fenton,Joseph Petracca

(Original Review, 1980-09-11)


I tend to think in too cynical channels, and some comments sort of swept me back to the days when I found a Pocketbook (that's the trademarked name, not the generic) called NEW TALES OF SPACE AND TIME on the racks in our local US Import bookshop, plunked down my 2 escudos, and got COMPLETELY blown away on SF.
 
 
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review 2018-11-07 14:33
Space Captain Roadstrum: "Space Chantey" by R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey - R.A. Lafferty


(Original Review, 1980-11-26)


Another old Ace double that's a favourite is "Space Chantey" by R. A. Lafferty. It's sort of a retelling of "The Odyssey" in sf terms, but in typically crazed Lafferty fashion. Odysseus becomes Space Captain Roadstrum, the land of the lotus eaters becomes a planet where (shades of Tennyson) it is always afternoon, the clashing rocks become an asteroid belt and so on.

 

 

 

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