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review 2018-10-08 21:48
“That’s the sum story of human history, isn’t it? Could be worse...”
By Alastair Reynolds On the Steel Breeze - Alastair Reynolds

Running out of superlatives now. The second part of a three-part narrative begun with “Blue Remembered Earth” takes us back to the land of Afro-futurism, cognitively uplifted elephants and a giant mandala (“as wide as equatorial Africa”) on the surface of the planet Crucible. However the waters (of the Merfolk?) are muddied most pleasingly leaving this reader well up for part 3.

In “Steel Breeze” we have three clones of Chiku Akinya in play: one remains on Earth in Lisbon, another heads for the mysterious planet Crucible and another tries to catch up with her space-faring Grandmother Eunice. Earthbound Chiku discovers data from Crucible has been mucked about with by a malevolent AI “Arachne”: that Mandala is certainly there but, deliciously, so is something else in orbit and preliminary terraforming by robot pioneers is notable by its absence. There’s also the little problem that the ships heading there set off without any idea how they might be able to slow down once they arrive. Oh, plus that AI “Arachne” has got it in for an illegally built AI facsimile of Chiku’s famous grandmother. After a trip to parlay with the space-whale Arethusa (yes, really) and a disastrous Venus encounter with June Wing (who gets a beautifully described au revoir) we split our time between the Lisbon Chiku and the one travelling to Crucible. Ahead lies a sort of Windows 97 version of Arachne, the mysterious Watchkeepers and big decisions to be made, particularly about the advisability of letting artificial intelligences into your head. If you think you’re under pressure at work, check out what the characters here have to go through. I’d be signing up for “skipover” like a shot.

Reynolds’ ideas are never wildly out of left-field – he’s not Philip K. Dick – it’s all rocket-fuelled versions of ideas doing the rounds today. However, anyone can extrapolate but Reynolds never forgets we as readers wouldn’t mind having a bit of fun too in amongst all the SF-ness. He maintains what Rider Haggard called “the grip”, that difficult to quantify adhesive glue that keeps us turning the pages and which is the mark of all great popular writers. I admit I don’t *quite* get Reynolds’ interest in elephants but I’m perfectly willing to indulge him when everything else whirling around in the mix makes for such good readin’. I love his sense of story: the secret passages, a door only one person can open, a mysterious explosion during experiments to create a new power source to decelerate after space travel. “On The Steel Breeze” put me in mind of John Wyndham’s “The Outward Urge” – another novel that tackled the classic SF subject of man’s ascent to the stars – and while Reynolds’ “Revelation Space” trilogy seems to get most of the light I can’t see why, if he sticks the landing with part 3, “Poseidon’s Children” shouldn’t be considered just as good – at least by me, if the critical consensus hasn’t got there already. That’d two slam-dunk trilogies to his name. Imagine if the man went absolutely crazy and embarked on a 10 book sequence. Now there would be some reading.

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text 2017-09-05 13:10
Blog Tour: In This Breeze by Kathleen Maree with Giveaway
 
Today’s stop is for Kathleen Maree’s In This Breeze. We will have info about the book and author, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway. Happy Reading :) 

 
A nerd. A quiet art student. A nobody.   Or perhaps, just some girl.   These are the non-spoken titles I was known as since I started at Lake Shore Uni almost two years ago now. When given the chance to leave my horrific childhood behind - I didn’t hesitate. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the door hit me on the ass on my way out of town; because the only two things I actually loved in my traumatic life…   Were coming with me.   And whilst the three of us shared the same beat-up truck when we moved here – that’s where the similarities unfortunately end.   Ethan ‘The Mule’ Jones, is kind of a super star on campus. Everywhere he goes he seems to draw attention. I guess that’s what happens when you’re headlining papers as the star basketballer for the LS Eagles. But to me, he’s just Eth. A boy who still spends his Friday nights snuggled up watching movies with me, and who walks me to classes just to make sure I get there okay. He is my best friend in every way, and I can’t imagine my life without him in it.   And then there’s Jase.   The truth is I knew from the moment I met Jase at the local skate park, when he was smoking a cigarette and teasing Eth for his poor skating ability, of how fiercely protective he was about those he cared for. From the time he blew his warm breath over my injured knee, to when he thankfully intervened on the most horrific day of my life. A day, that still haunts me when I am alone in the dark.   He saved me.   But Jase has his own demons too. Even if he doesn’t go looking for it, trouble always seems to find him. Which is why he has been absent from our lives for the past two years.   Sometimes I wonder what he’s doing. Quite often I worry if he’s okay. And I always, always, think about him. Even though I shouldn’t. 
 
 
 
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From the earliest age I was a born storyteller.
 
Ask my parents and they will tell you I had a gift for making a simple event seem like an elaborate one. Purposely? No. Innocently? Yes. It was my imaginary world that initially led me to believe I wanted to be an actor. All of that role playing and living in fantasy... it was an obvious direction for me. However, becoming quite uncomfortable with the limelight quickly saw that dream diminish.
 
Over the years I turned my world of fantasy into stories, and eventually began writing them down. Before I knew it, 'Cut' had been completed.
 
When I am not busy writing my next story, I am a working mum, housewife and sometimes hockey wag :) In other words, probably some kind of circus act who specialises in juggling ;)
 
I hope you enjoy my blog, where I will be posting thoughts, other books I am currently reading and even sneak peeks of my novels. I encourage any feedback, comments or direct messages via my contact page should anyone wish to get in touch.
 
I am so thrilled to be sharing my journey and hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
 
Dream often. Believe always.
 
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Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/blog-tour-breeze-kathleen-maree-giveaway
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review 2017-09-01 08:05
Book Tour w/Review - In This Breeze
  
 
Title: In This Breeze
Series: Lakeshore University #1
Author: Kathleen Maree
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: August 24, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In this Breeze (Lake Shore University #1)In this Breeze by Kathleen Mareé
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Breanna is best friends with Ethan and Jason. Though to her, they are just Eth and Jase. She tends to have all sorts of nicknames they come up with. Bree and Breezy as the most common. She doesn't really care. She is just glad to have such good friends.

Eth has been in love with Bree and does not know how to tell her. They do everything together. He cannot imagine a world without her in it.

Jase lives a much harder life. Things do not always go his way. He is afraid of the danger his life could bring to her. He knows he must separate himself before something goes wrong.

This story is a deep and compelling tale of young love, mixed choices, and consequences that can happen. It is a start to the Lake Shore University series that jumps right out of the gate with a bang or two to get you going! I am eagerly awaiting the next title. This is character angst that I cannot wait to read more of.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews
 
 
 
 
“Must Read! Great New Series!” - BookPlusHeart Amazon Review
“3 Hearts, 2 Best Friends, 1 True Love....” - I Don’t Get Sundays Book Blog
“This is a captivating story full of uncertainty, secrets and the tension of unspoken and unrequited love….” - Sheena - Amazon review
 
 
 
A nerd. A quiet art student. A nobody. 
 
Or perhaps, just some girl. 
 
These are the non-spoken titles I was known as since I started at Lake Shore Uni almost two years ago now. When given the chance to leave my horrific childhood behind - I didn’t hesitate. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the door hit me on the ass on my way out of town; because the only two things I actually loved in my traumatic life… 
 
Were coming with me.
 
And whilst the three of us shared the same beat-up truck when we moved here – that’s where the similarities unfortunately end. 
 
Ethan ‘The Mule’ Jones, is kind of a super star on campus. Everywhere he goes he seems to draw attention. I guess that’s what happens when you’re headlining papers as the star basketballer for the LS Eagles. But to me, he’s just Eth. A boy who still spends his Friday nights snuggled up watching movies with me, and who walks me to classes just to make sure I get there okay. He is my best friend in every way, and I can’t imagine my life without him in it.
 
And then there’s Jase. 
 
The truth is I knew from the moment I met Jase at the local skate park, when he was smoking a cigarette and teasing Eth for his poor skating ability, of how fiercely protective he was about those he cared for. From the time he blew his warm breath over my injured knee, to when he thankfully intervened on the most horrific day of my life. A day, that still haunts me when I am alone in the dark. 
 
He saved me. 
 
But Jase has his own demons too. Even if he doesn’t go looking for it, trouble always seems to find him. Which is why he has been absent from our lives for the past two years. 
 
Sometimes I wonder what he’s doing.
 
Quite often I worry if he’s okay.
 
And I always, always, think about him. 
 
Even though I shouldn’t.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the earliest age I was a born storyteller. Ask my parents and they will tell you I had a gift for making a simple event seem like an elaborate one. Purposely? No. Innocently? Yes. It was my imaginary world that initially led me to believe I wanted to be an actor. All of that role playing and living in fantasy... it was an obvious direction for me. However, becoming quite uncomfortable with the limelight quickly saw that dream diminish. Over the years I turned my world of fantasy into stories, and eventually began writing them down. Before I knew it, 'Cut' had been completed. When I am not busy writing my next story, I am a working mum, housewife and sometimes hockey wag :) In other words, probably some kind of circus act who specialises in juggling ;) I hope you enjoy my blog, where I will be posting thoughts, other books I am currently reading and even sneak peeks of my novels. I encourage any feedback, comments or direct messages via my contact page should anyone wish to get in touch. I am so thrilled to be sharing my journey and hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
Dream often. Believe always.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOSTED BY:
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2017-08-24 08:10
Release Blitz - In This Breeze
 
 
Title: In This Breeze
Series: Lakeshore University #1
Author: Kathleen Maree
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: August 24, 2017
 
 
 
A nerd. A quiet art student. A nobody. 
 
Or perhaps, just some girl. 
 
These are the non-spoken titles I was known as since I started at Lake Shore Uni almost two years ago now. When given the chance to leave my horrific childhood behind - I didn’t hesitate. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the door hit me on the ass on my way out of town; because the only two things I actually loved in my traumatic life… 
 
Were coming with me.
 
And whilst the three of us shared the same beat-up truck when we moved here – that’s where the similarities unfortunately end. 
 
Ethan ‘The Mule’ Jones, is kind of a super star on campus. Everywhere he goes he seems to draw attention. I guess that’s what happens when you’re headlining papers as the star basketballer for the LS Eagles. But to me, he’s just Eth. A boy who still spends his Friday nights snuggled up watching movies with me, and who walks me to classes just to make sure I get there okay. He is my best friend in every way, and I can’t imagine my life without him in it.
 
And then there’s Jase. 
 
The truth is I knew from the moment I met Jase at the local skate park, when he was smoking a cigarette and teasing Eth for his poor skating ability, of how fiercely protective he was about those he cared for. From the time he blew his warm breath over my injured knee, to when he thankfully intervened on the most horrific day of my life. A day, that still haunts me when I am alone in the dark. 
 
He saved me. 
 
But Jase has his own demons too. Even if he doesn’t go looking for it, trouble always seems to find him. Which is why he has been absent from our lives for the past two years. 
 
Sometimes I wonder what he’s doing.
 
Quite often I worry if he’s okay.
 
And I always, always, think about him. 
 
Even though I shouldn’t.
 
 
 
 
 
 
In this Breeze (Lake Shore University #1)In this Breeze by Kathleen Mareé
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Breanna is best friends with Ethan and Jason. Though to her, they are just Eth and Jase. She tends to have all sorts of nicknames they come up with. Bree and Breezy as the most common. She doesn't really care. She is just glad to have such good friends.

Eth has been in love with Bree and does not know how to tell her. They do everything together. He cannot imagine a world without her in it.

Jase lives a much harder life. Things do not always go his way. He is afraid of the danger his life could bring to her. He knows he must separate himself before something goes wrong.

This story is a deep and compelling tale of young love, mixed choices, and consequences that can happen. It is a start to the Lake Shore University series that jumps right out of the gate with a bang or two to get you going! I am eagerly awaiting the next title. This is character angst that I cannot wait to read more of.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the earliest age I was a born storyteller. Ask my parents and they will tell you I had a gift for making a simple event seem like an elaborate one. Purposely? No. Innocently? Yes. It was my imaginary world that initially led me to believe I wanted to be an actor. All of that role playing and living in fantasy... it was an obvious direction for me. However, becoming quite uncomfortable with the limelight quickly saw that dream diminish. Over the years I turned my world of fantasy into stories, and eventually began writing them down. Before I knew it, 'Cut' had been completed. When I am not busy writing my next story, I am a working mum, housewife and sometimes hockey wag :) In other words, probably some kind of circus act who specialises in juggling ;) I hope you enjoy my blog, where I will be posting thoughts, other books I am currently reading and even sneak peeks of my novels. I encourage any feedback, comments or direct messages via my contact page should anyone wish to get in touch. I am so thrilled to be sharing my journey and hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
Dream often. Believe always.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOSTED BY:
 
 
 
 
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review 2017-08-22 06:40
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In this Breeze (Lake Shore University Book 1) - Kathleen Mareé

Breanna is best friends with Ethan and Jason.  Though to her, they are just Eth and Jase.  She tends to have all sorts of nicknames they come up with.  Bree and Breezy as the most common.  She doesn't really care.  She is just glad to have such good friends.

 

Eth has been in love with Bree and does not know how to tell her.  They do everything together.  He cannot imagine a world without her in it.  

 

Jase lives a much harder life.  Things do not always go his way.  He is afraid of the danger his life could bring to her.  He knows he must separate himself before something goes wrong.

 

This story is a deep and compelling tale of young love, mixed choices, and consequences that can happen.  It is a start to the Lake Shore University series that jumps right out of the gate with a bang or two to get you going!  I am eagerly awaiting the next title.  This is character angst that I cannot wait to read more of.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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