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review 2018-01-24 18:03
A Turn of Light by Julie Czerneda - My Thoughts
A Turn of Light - Julie E. Czerneda

The third of my Christmas books and I'm 3 for 3!  (I have one Christmas book left to read.) 

So, Julie Czerneda is a Canadian author, mostly of science fiction.  She's a favourite of my good friend, Ginette, and when I had read something about Julie and this book somewhere (I follow a lot of blogs) I mentioned to G that I thought I'd like to give her a try.  G said that she thought I'd like it.  She did.  So it went on my Christmas list and my son put it under the tree for me.

Now this book is a brick.  I mean, an 800-page brick!  And I have the mass market paperback edition so let me tell you that when one is used to reading on an ereader, it's a pretty daunting thing!  *LOL*  It took me a while (for me) to read.  2 1/2 weeks.  But not because I wasn't enjoying it, 'cause I was, but looking for a light and a comfy way to hold the book for an extended period of time and the smallish font is a bit of a chore!  *LOL*

Anyway... to the book.

This is not a book for someone who wants a quick, action-packed thrill ride.  This is a book to immerse yourself in.  A book to discover slowly, like that cliché of peeling back the layers of an onion.  A book to sink into until you become as at home in Marrowdell as Jenn and her family and her friends. 

There's something special about Marrowdell and as you go along in the book, you slowly begin to discover its delights and secrets bit by bit.  It could be frustrating if you weren't into that, but I found myself almost wallowing in the atmosphere.  Julie makes Marrowdell come alive. 

And the characters.  Oh, I loved most of them.  Absurdly, the character I could never really warm up to was the main character of Jenn.  She was just a little too young, a little too naive and impulsive, a little too... flighty at times?... for old lady me.  I didn't dislike her at all.  I just never warmed up to her.  The surrounding characters... honestly?  I think I liked them all!  I have a special soft spot for Horst.  And Kydd.  And Tir.  Then there's Scourge... the, um, big warhorse. *LOL*  And like my friend, Ginette, the TOADS!!! 

And you know... there's nary a prince, a duke, a queen or an emperor.  This is a story about normal (well....) country folk, farmers, millers, tinkers and an one-time soldier or two.   You know... it feels just like a Canadian book in some ways.  *LOL*

Oh, I enjoyed this!  And I'll read the second one as well as dip into Julie's science fiction tales. 

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text 2015-12-26 13:22
Reading progress update: I've read 119 out of 368 pages.
A Thousand Words for Stranger - Julie E. Czerneda

Really struggling with this; it's written in a number of different points of view (including one in first person, ugh) and the writing seems really clunky.

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url 2015-11-09 12:56
Trilogies and Tribulations: a Conversation with Julie E. Czerneda & Karina Sumner-Smith
This Gulf of Time and Stars - Julie E. Czerneda
Towers Fall - Karina Sumner-Smith

When writers get together, shop talk is a given. We each have our own styles and approaches. We all learn from one another. Case in point: trilogies…with occasional tribulation!


Just because we Canadians are so darn pleasant and polite, we have not one, not two, but three prizes to giveaway! 


Just click through to read the whole conversation, and enter to win!

Source: beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/2015/11/trilogies-and-tribulations-conversation.html
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-04-21 18:06
Decent but not great SF; tedious romance
Species Imperative - Julie E. Czerneda,Rick Wilber

Julie Czerneda is not an author whom I follow regularly. But she has been on my radar ever since reading A Thousand Words for Stranger several many years ago. I read Survival, the first book in the Species Imperative series, when it came out and enjoyed it well enough. By the time Migration, book two, came along, I was reading other things and never found the time or inclination to continue. Recently, DAW issued the entire series in this omnibus volume, offered by the Science Fiction Book Club, and – the stars being favorable – I decided to complete my reading.


A brief summary: Sometime in the future, Earth has become a member of the Interspecies Union, a galaxy-wide association of aliens held together by the Sinzi, who control the transect technology that makes FTL travel possible. While interspecies relations are never easy, the situation appears stable and there are no threats on the horizon. In the Solar system, heavy industries and much of the population have moved off Earth, allowing the planet to begin recovering from the ravages of the Industrial Age.


Things are never so simple, of course; otherwise we wouldn’t have a novel. Along one of the transects that pass through the Solar system, there is a region of space called the Chasm, where every potentially life-bearing world has been scoured of all organic life. No current space-faring species knows who, why or how this occurred but recently similar scourings have been happening on worlds along the transect.

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text 2015-03-13 12:13
SF Review: The A.I. Chronicles edited by Ellen Campbell
The A.I. Chronicles (The Future Chronicles) - Angela Cavanaugh,E.E. Giorgi,Logan Thomas Snyder,Alex Albrinck,Sam Best,Peter Cawdron,Patrice Fitzgerald,Pavarti K. Tyler,Chrystalla Thoma,Samuel Peralta,Susan Kaye Quinn,David Simpson,Ellen Langas Campbell,A.J. Meek,Julie E. Czerneda

This was a last minute surprise in my inbox earlier this week, courtesy of Julie Czerneda. While I wasn't sure I would be able to read it cover-to-cover in time for today's launch, it ended up being one of those books where I just had to read one more story before going to bed.

The A.I. Chronicles is the latest collection inThe Future Chronicles series, edited byEllen Campbell, with a baker's dozen of authors on-hand to explore those moments where we come face-to-face with an intelligence we created but can no longer control. There's some dark stuff here, but there's also some very funny stuff, and it all has a cautionary sort of feel.

The Syntax of Consciousness by Pavarti K. Tyler and Piece of Cake by Patrice Fitzgerald were fun stories of what happens when life's conveniences are perfected - just remember to be careful what you wish for.

There were four consecutive stories with a medical theme, with the two that really worked being Narai by E.E. Giorgi, which is an interesting story about the perfect diagnosis and what an imperfect doctor can do when he questions it, and Left Foot on a Blind Man by Julie E. Czerneda, which examines what happens when prosthetics become smarter and better than the limbs they've replaced

Vendetta by Chrystalla Thoma was the creepiest of the lot, with a young woman technologically augmented to better fit in, but perhaps a little too much for her (or society's) own good. Taking a very different approach to a similar theme, Darkly Cries the Digital by A.K. Meek was a definite favorite, a story of science and superstition that asks how far a parent would go to save a child . . . and just what the cost might be.

There were, of course, a few stories that I chose to skip over after reading the story synopses, but it's a rare collection where everything works for every reader. The 'hard' side of science fiction has never intrigued me as much as the human side, but The A.I. Chronicles offers a nice balance that's as thoughtful as it is entertaining.

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