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review 2018-11-17 23:27
Mary Sue's derivative adventure
Time Shards - Dana Fredsti,David Fitzgerald

I came across this book while perusing the shelves at my local library. It was the title that caught my attention; the word "time" on any book shelved in the science fiction section will always attract my interest. After giving it a quick scan, I decided to give it a try.


Two hours later, I find myself wondering what better use I might have made of that time.


To be fair, Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald's book isn't the worst book that I've ever read. It is, however, incredibly derivative, tossing together elements from two or three different (and better) sci-fi novels and rushing the reader through with nonstop action in the hope that if the pacing is fast enough said reader won't ask too many questions. Given the dual authors, this is probably the first book I have ever read with a Mary Sue and a Gary Stu in it, the latter of which isn't well disguised by the clumsy red herring thrown into the narrative. The whole thing ends up feeling like a treatment for a movie made for the SyFy channel, with every plot point hitting its sadly predictable beat. The closer I got to the end, the more I found myself thinking, "Please don't be the first book in a series. Please don't be the first book in a series. please don't be the first book in a series."

Then I got to the end and, sure enough, it's the first book in a series.


Oh, well, at least it proved a quick read.

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review 2018-11-17 13:20
Review: “Winter Oranges” by Marie Sexton
Winter Oranges - Marie Sexton


~ 4.5 stars ~


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text 2018-11-16 10:01
Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Market Rising Best Technology Trends Research 2018 To 2025

The Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) market was valued at Million US$ in 2017 and is projected to reach Million US$ by 2025, at a CAGR of during the forecast period. In this study, 2017 has been considered as the base year and 2018 to 2025 as the forecast period to estimate the market size for Real Time Location Systems (RTLS).

This report presents the worldwide Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) market size (value, production and consumption), splits the breakdown (data status 2013-2018 and forecast to 2025), by manufacturers, region, type and application.



This study also analyzes the market status, market share, growth rate, future trends, market drivers, opportunities and challenges, risks and entry barriers, sales channels, distributors and Porter's Five Forces Analysis.


The following manufacturers are covered in this report:

Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Breakdown Data by Type

  • RFID
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ultrasound
  • Infrared
  • Zigbee
  • Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
  • Others (GPS, Bluetooth & Combined)

Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Breakdown Data by Application

  • Healthcare
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Education
  • Government and Defense
  • Others

Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Production by Region

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review 2018-11-14 16:29
My Review of H.G.Wells' The Time Machine
The Time Machine - Greg Bear,H.G. Wells

The Time Machine is a multi-layered, dually structured novella, with the main plot lingering on both Physicalism and philosophical supernaturalism. It is a social doom prophecy which explores a model of society on the brink of chaos, as a consequence of social injustice.


From the perspective of a listener to the tales of a time traveller with questionable credence, the story narrates the physical embodiment of magnified industrialism, in the form of human evolution. Visiting the distant future, the traveller sees a utopian society with a suspiciously perfect lifestyle. He is acquainted with the Eloi, a weaker and smaller descendant of the humans, people who were of devoid of any tactical or logical sense due to the absence of any societal hardships. He questions the sustenance of such fragile creatures and their worldly existence.


Soon, he discovers the dark underbelly of the seemingly majestic superficiality - the Murlocks. An evolutionary product of the working class; beastly creatures who have been plagued by reality, and hardened by the horrors that come along with it. After countless generations of the nurturing of such a delicate dichotomy, they finally seek revenge and the destruction of the ones responsible for their existential predicament, the Eloi. Armed with physical strength, and, more importantly, common sense, their victory seems inevitable. However, the traveller does not stay there long enough to witness the outcome, escaping to a few other eras, including the death of our planet, and returns home to tell his story.


The entire journey is just an exacerbated fictional manifestation of our socioeconomic structure. While the intellectualism of the upper class made a solid base for a left-wing order, their weakness and stupidity due to indulgently isolated upbringing have favoured for greater power to the working class - the clearest form of emergent Socialism. While the novella superficially seems to be purely fantasy-based, it subtly weaves these political themes in a way that meaningfully completes it.


The fact that none of the listeners (except the narrator) believe the time traveller's story could be symbolic of humanity's ignorance to such consequences, and his sudden disappearance at the end may hint at the fact that our chance to fix these issues has been missed.


The futurism of this story can undeniably keep anyone engaged. His visit to the end of our planet can also be seen as an explicit expression of the doom prophecy. However, I feel that his visit to the beach, where he is visited by giant crabs, is truly unnecessary. Otherwise, this book is truly ahead of its time.


The multiple perspectives that can emerge from this story truly make it one of a kind. It was the book that created this genre, and I would say that it is a must-read for anyone looking for a mind boggle.

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text 2018-11-14 14:52
ARC REVIEW Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom


Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas, #1)


Once Upon a Time in Texas #1, A good Autumn read that takes place just before Halloween and ends with a Christmas epilogue. I adored this book! Maggie and Travis meet at a Halloween costume party, Maggie dressed as slutty Red Riding Hood and Travis as a Wolf. Instant sexual chemistry sparked between them they snuck off together not knowing each others real names and for Maggie not knowing what her Big Bad Wolf actually looked like only to part quickly after but not before Maggie's best friend slipped Maggies's number on to his phone. Travis is fresh out of the military and stuck in his hometown taking care of his nephew, Henry, whose mother just died of cancer and Travis' worthless brother is in jail, again. He's trying to earn money the best way he knows how, especially since the property taxes on his Dad's, now his, ranch are overdue. Maggie is the owner and operator of her own business, Petal Pushers, with her landscaping degree she made a name for herself, now she views Travis as competition, and really annoying, and too sexy for his own good. They wind up getting hired for the same job but for different reasons and the more time Maggie spends with Travis she realises how wrong she was about him. 

Travis recognizes Maggie as Red Riding Hood right away but because he was the one wearing the mask Maggie doesn't recognize him. With her number in his phone he makes contact. Through text messages they flirt and sext and Travis falls in love. Maggie is torn between the her Big Bad Wolf and Travis, and what will she do when she realizes they are one in the same. Between the adorable Henry, the loveable Mrs. Garza (I want one of her) and Maggie's two best friends Claire and JD the secondary cast of characters is just as entertaining as Maggie and Travis. I really did like everything about his book. Overall, it ends up being such a heartwarming story with an endearing cast of characters.   



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