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review 2016-09-15 02:41
5 Fantastic Stars for Revenger!...
Revenger - Alastair Reynolds

Synopsis:

 

"The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

 

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them …

 

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded with layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

 

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

 

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future – a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism … and of vengeance …"

 

 

Revenger is one of those books that you just know from the very start that it's going to keep you locked to its pages until the very end. I won't go into a summary because I think the synopsis sums up the basis of the story very well and anything I can think to add will just spoil it. I will say though that it exceeded even my highest expectations. The world building and the character development was absolutely phenomenal! By the time the story was ending I was hoping for just a few more pages because I wasn't ready to let go of the Ness sisters or their world just yet. I dearly hope there are many sequels in the works because there is so much more to be gleaned from the amazing world Reynolds has created. If you enjoy a good space adventure, then Revenger is a must-read!!

 

*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Orion Publishing/ Gollancz in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

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review 2016-01-14 03:58
The Palace Job
The Palace Job - Patrick Weekes

This was quite a bit of fun, and if you're looking for a rather boisterous fantasy heist, this is going to be right up your alley.

 

This was not my absolute favorite fantasy heist book (though wow do I love having choices; that is fantastic), but I will definitely be picking up the sequels, because I enjoyed this quite a bit.

 

The humor was a bit overblown for me in a few places (it reminded me a bit of Discworld, which is probably a huge endorsement for some but kind of ended up a series I didn't quite "get"), and the characters, while rather charming, weren't quite fully dimensional enough for me--they felt a little too much like tropes, which is perfectly fine for a fun ride but not quite as good for anything deeper.

 

The story (once it gets going--this is a slow start) is quite a bit of fun, with twists and turns galore, and lots of quick clever little comments from our characters (I keep wanting to call them a "party", like a D&D party). This is more of a burglary than a con, in case you were wondering exactly what flavor of heist you had signed up for, and it remarkably light-hearted for the material it contains.

 

The biggest problem with the story itself is that it feels a little all-over-the-place at times. Part of the slow start was due to that--there was a lot of jumping around before everything was established, and there are an awful lot of characters to keep track on top of it, so things were a tad confusing at times. Not really "I will understand this once everything is revealed" confusing, but "Er, wait, are we over here for a particular reason now?" confusing, which is not as much fun.

 

I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series eventually, because they absolutely are pleasurable reads and now I feel invested in the characters.

 

This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-11-07 13:03
Pros & Cons
Pros and Cons - Janet Evanovich, 'Lee Goldberg'

This short novella is an introduction to the characters Kate O´Hara und Nicholas Fox, who supposedly have to team up in the first full lenght novel "The Heist" which takes place after the events in this novella. And since there isn´t a substantial plot to speak of it is really not more than a short introduction to the characters.

And I´m not quite sure if I´m going to like them in the long run. FBI agent Kate O´Hara is one of these unbelievable creatures who can eat like a pig without gaining weight or dying of a clogged coronary artery right there on the spot. And Nicholas Fox is, according to Kate, "the physical embodiment of her dream man" (I did some massive eye rolling right there). I haven´t learned much about the character of Nicholas other that he is immensely attracted to Kate. I actually expected this to happen before starting to read it, so this hasn´t come as a suprise to me. But I expect this whole series to be quite formulaic.

I´m definitely going to check out "The Heist", just to see if this turns into a guilty pleasure kind of read.

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review 2012-12-16 00:00
Hauntings And Heists - Dan Poblocki Fantastically fun! The characters are likable, the "mysteries" are fascinating and realistic and delightfully varied.

My favorite thing: that the questions the kids are asking themselves as they go about solving their mysteries are printed in bold and followed by a page break so the reader can attempt to solve along with The Question Marks.

I'm delighted I picked up two copies of this, that way I can keep one for my classroom library!
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