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text 2018-04-17 13:51
IT'S OUT!!
Before Mars - Emma Newman

Ahem. Sorry, I'm a little excited about Emma Newman's latest book coming out, although it looks like those buying UK versions will have to wait another couple days.

 

I'm really tempted to just start this now, but my original plan was to reread the first two books via audio before continuing. The books are all independent, but it took me a good chunk of After Atlas to figure out who the main character actually was in relation to the characters in Planetfall. I didn't need to know for the story, but it gave it additional context. It looks like this is another mystery, too. (I haven't really been looking at any early reviews or descriptions because I know I'm going to read it.)

 

And look, the audiobook is read by the author. I'm probably going to have to spring for that too, aren't I?

 

And yes, I've just spent time adding all the books because they wouldn't import!

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review 2018-04-12 00:00
Last Day on Mars
Last Day on Mars - Kevin Emerson Last Day on Mars - Kevin Emerson I probably won't even officially review this one.

It's just so...bland, unexciting, monotonous, dull, awkward, ungainly... you get the point.

*sigh*

And I was so excited to read it, too.
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review 2018-03-10 17:15
An Engrossing Sci-Fi Mystery
Micromium: Clean Energy From Mars - Davi... Micromium: Clean Energy From Mars - David Gittlin

Unlimited, clean energy is an elusive goal even in the future, where a company on Mars charged with mining the Mother Lode of minerals finds itself under investigation by an audit team which runs into more than mining operation discrepancies.

 

Micromium promises to be a solution to the world's clean energy dilemma and an ever-deepening environmental crisis.  One kilo of refined Micromium can power a major metropolitan city for an entire year without any environmentally harmful side effects.  There's much promise - but the team's latest probe may turn out to be their last as truths emerge that threaten not just projects and ideals, but lives.

 

Micromium may sound like classic sci-fi, but its roots lie just as heavily in a mystery as in its backdrop of Mars. Readers who turn to it expecting the mundane trappings of science fiction will uncover much more as they become involved in a blend of murder mystery, ethical conundrums, and corporate corruption and revelations that heavily impact mining operations and lives.  The story is thoroughly engrossing.

 

-Diane Donovan—Midwest Book Review

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review 2018-03-05 10:00
Review: Andorra Pett on Mars by Richard Dee

Published by: 4Star Scifi (April 2018)

 

Source: ARC via author

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

 

Andorra Pett has left the Oort Cloud Café; she’s back on Mars, a place she vowed she’d never visit again. 

She’s gone back for her friend Maisie’s funeral. Everyone thinks it was suicide but the more she learns, the less sure she is. Things don’t add up and she realises that the whole story doesn’t make sense. Something else is going on and the questions soon multiply. 

 

Why would Maisie kill herself if she’d just had good news? Why is Andi being followed? What was the mystery bequest? When she begins to find the clues that Maisie has left for her, it becomes a race against time. Andi must work out what’s going on and hope that she can get out alive.

What could possibly go wrong?

 

Review:

 

I'd previously read and LOVED Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, so when I realised there would be a another novel featuring the supersleuth of Saturn herself, I was really pleased and couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy...luckily, I didn't have to wait long as author Richard Dee was kind enough to send  over a copy.

Although this book picks up where Oort Cloud Café finishes, I don't think it's a necessity to have read that before starting this, as it reads well as a standalone, and any information that you do need is well explained. 

 

Andi is as fantastic as before, larger than life, beautiful written, and just sounds like someone you'd want to go down the pub and swap embarrassing stories with. Cy is entertaining, and his relationship with Andi is sweet. There is a whole host of other characters that make the book as engrossing as it is. Andi and Cy unwittingly getting sucked into a rollercoaster ride of drama while trying to find out what happened to poor Maisie made captivating reading.

 

Andorra Pett on Mars satisfied both the sci-fi nerd and crime thriller fan in me simultaneously; it's an intelligently written tale full of twists and turns that I found impossible to put down! Special thanks to author Richard Dee for the ARC; this is my unbiased review. 

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review 2018-01-30 00:00
Girl on Mars
Girl on Mars - Jack McDonald Burnett Girl on Mars - Jack McDonald Burnett Loved it! There are quite a few space flights like the first book, also some fifth dimension travel and a little alien vs. human discord along with alliances.
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