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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-30 08:07
March 2017 — Wrap-Up

 

 

 
 
 

Old Favorites

 

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Dune (Re-Read)

I’ve covered this book in too much detail to add anything here. Well okay, I’ll just leave this joke here:
 
Check out the final review instalment here.

 

New Delights

 

 

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Coraline

Coraline is a book that I would have loved to read as a kid. It is full of Dahl-esque quirkiness…okay, who am I kidding? I loved it even as an adult! Two of my favorite quotes:
 
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Binti

Read my detailed review here.
 

 
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I dunno what to say about this book, except that it had nothing and everything in it! I wanted to pick it up as soon as I got off work and I didn’t want to put it down. The plot is simple and straightforward. The author hasn’t weighed it down with complicated science. You can see where the events are leading up to and yet… I am still ambivalent about the ending but I guess, I’ll just let it sink in for a bit before I come to a decision. This was my first Simak book and I can’t wait to gobble everything else by him!
 
 
P.S. The cover has NOTHING to do with what goes on in the book. 
 
 

Holocaust Horrors

 

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The Complete Maus

This comic will just mess you up and yet, you’d be unable to put it down. Just look at how beautifully it portrays the impact of the dreadful event on not just the parents who experienced it but also on their kids who had to live with it:
 
 
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New Additions to Old Favorites

 

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Saga Vol.5.

 
Saga continues to be its beautiful, painful self. I’ve stopped thinking that the story is going anywhere. I just read it because I can’t not read it! Some of the artwork:
 

 

 

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More Weird Customers Say in Bookshops

 
The first one was wayyyyy funnier.
 
 
 
 

New but Okayish

 

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The Lady Killer

Beautifully drawn but lacks anything that’d make it stand out!  I don’t think I will be continuing.
 
 
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Bag Lady

According to GRRM, this book is the first ever short story written in the Wild Cards series. However, it wast published as a part of the series, which had already changed and evolved.
 
I loved this nod towards Asimov:
“What are your orders?”
“To obey my creator, Dr. Maxim Travineck. To guard his identity and well-being. To test myself and my equipment under combat conditions, by fighting enemies of society. To gain maximum publicity for the future Modular Men Enterprises in so doing. To preserve my existence and well-being.”
“Take that, Asimov”, Travineck said.
 
He uncorked the bottle of vodka and raised the bottle on high in a toast.
“New Prometheus,” he said, “my ass.”
 
and this witty repartee:
“I am beginning to realize, said the android, raising a hot buttered rum to his lips, that creator is a hopeless sociopath.”
Black Shadow cnsidered this, “I suspect, if you don’t mind a touch of theology, this just puts you in the boat with the rest of us,” he said.

 

 

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Read my review here.
 
 
A good month that was full of reading, I’d say. How was was your March reading-wise?
 
 
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review 2017-03-29 22:02
Review: People of the Sun by Jason Parent
People of the Sun - Jason Parent

 

People of the Sun has everything I love to find in a book. It's a mix of horror, sci-fi, thriller, and dark fantasy, and it ticked all the boxes for me - I'm especially fussy when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy too, so they are not boxes that are easily ticked! It really has something for every reader within its pages. Seriously, is there anything this guy can't put his pen to?

 

I was totally captivated by the characters, completely immersed in their world, their experiences and their emotions. The world around me ceased to exist while I had the book in my hands. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and change throughout the story. Seeing them become more human and relatable, both for the better and for the worse.

 

People of the Sun explores what it is to be human, it delves into the good, and the bad, and the effect they have on those around us. It's a sad poignant tale, but at the same time it's tension filled and has plenty of action. I was sad to see the story come to an end. I tried to draw it out. I didn't want to say goodbye. I wanted to savour it and stay with the characters longer, but I failed miserably and ended up reading it in one sitting. I really hope there is more to this story in the future especially after that ending, it killed me.

 

Highly recommended!

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-03-29 21:23
Sci-Fi and Scary Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge-March Update
The Secret of Ventriloquism - Jon Padgett
Wallflower - Chad Lutzke
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3 (Walking Dead Compendium Tp) - Charlie Adlard,Charlie Adlard,Robert Kirkman
Hell Hound - Grady Hendrix,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton

 

 I am participating in a Horror Reading Challenge over at the Sci-Fi and Scary blog. You can sign up yourself at the Sci-Fi and Scary Blog here: Sci-Fi and Scary

 

This month I've read 4 books towards the challenge:

 

The Secret of Ventriloquism by Jon Padgett

 

Wallflower by Chad Lutzke

 

The Walking Dead Compendium 3

 

Hell Hound by Ken Greenhall

 

March Total:  4

February total: 3

January Total: 5

 

Grand Total: 12

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review 2017-03-29 19:26
didnt grab me straight away
No One Earth - Jennifer Loring No One Earth - Jennifer Loring
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Jon is suffering, drinking himself into oblivion dealing with the loss of Daniel, a year ago. His sister tells him of an old story of their people, that of the Handsome Fellow and Jon's interest in life is again budding. Erukkass lost HIS partner a year ago, and he has been searching for Jon ever since. But Erukkass came a long way, through many different worlds and times. Will Jon accept him, and their story?? This is only short, and a short book HAS to grab you straight away, or its over before its begun. Or, usually, I'd say that. Because this did NOT grab me straight away! Nope, it kinda crept up on me, and it just went boom, round about half way! And I really enjoyed it from that point. I didn't dislike it before then, not at all, it just seemed a much more enjoyable read after about half way. You don't get all of Erukkass' story immediately, it comes at you in little snippets and takes time for it all to become clear. For a 62 page book, that took some doing, let me tell ya, and I loved that! I loved that Jon is less than accepting of Erukkass in the beginning, but that he warmed to the idea. Loved the little things Erukkass said to remind him of Daniel. Loved that Jon fought his feelings for Erukkass in the memory of Daniel. Again, only short. First I can see that I've read of this author, and I'd like to read more, maybe a longer book. (I say that a lot, don't I??) Because shorts really need to grab and not let go, and this one didn't quite do that... 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-03-29 17:10
ARC Review: His Virgin Mate (Interstellar Brides: The Virgins #1) by Grace Goodwin
His Virgin Mate (Interstellar Brides: The Virgins Book 1) - Grace Goodwin
Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures
 
His Virgin Mate 

 Interstellar Brides: The Virgins #1  
 Grace Goodwin  
 Science Fiction Romance - Adult 18+  
 Amazon Digital Services LLC  
 March 13, 2017  
 eBook  
 152  
 ARC Review Copy  
 

 

One look, one touch, and there is no denying the heat…

 

Twenty-one and single, Alexis Lopez hopes her lackluster response to men is a problem she’s eager to solve by volunteering for the Interstellar Brides Program. One look at the large, dominant alien who claims she belongs to him sets her body on fire. When he tells her, in explicit detail, how he’ll claim her in every way, she is eager to give her mate everything, body and soul.

 

Von of Everis is a ruthless and high ranking Hunter who’s spent years fighting in the Hive wars. But his bed, and his life, are empty until Alexis arrives. One look at his innocent little bride and he knows she belongs to him.

 

Simple, right? Nope. The match is challenged by one of the most feared warriors on the planet and stolen kisses and mind-numbing pleasure won’t save Von from a deadly duel. But Von is a Hunter, a warrior, a protector, and someone is trying to take what belongs to him. Only him. He will do whatever it takes to protect, save and claim his virgin mate.

 

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This is my first Grace Goodwin book. I felt like I was missing something at the beginning and when I took a look at a few other reviews they pointed out that this is a spin-off series from her Interstellar Brides: The Colony.

 

In this series the mates are virgins. For me I have a hard time with virgin heroines and so I had trouble connecting to Alexis. She’s 21, but at times I felt like she was 16-19; a teenager just from the mannerisms and things she says.

 

The opening starts us off in the Interstellar Brides Program testing center. The way this book starts had me lost, the author treats us to a sexual dream of a man Alexis has not meet yet. I was also a little lost on how the Bride’s program works until I got a little further along and a few things got explained. The Brides Program maybe is explained more in the first series. I just don’t know.

 

Something that bothered me was the chairs the women sit in for the testing. I felt it was odd that the facility straps the women down into chairs. Why do they strap them in? It felt to much like experimentation or a torture chair (yep, that’s what popped into my head) until it we got a little and I mean a little explanation on it.

 

Another thing that bothered me was once Alexis gets a match she didn’t ask many, if any questions. I would want to know about the alien planet, world, and get more information before I accept. Information is power.

 

I loved Von our sexy alien. Von of Everis is a Hunter which is a very prominent position on his plant. Hunters are protectors of the weak and keepers of peace and justice on their planet. Von is very alpha and dominate especially in the bedroom though he does make sure his mate is well satisfied. I enjoyed all the Hunter men that we meet even the one vying for Von’s mate. This rival brings a little conflict to the story.

 

As for the relationship I didn’t feel the lust move to love. They have only know each other for three days and on each day they do a different sexual act. Yes, the mate marks are their to instantly connect the couple, but I didn’t feel the change in the relationship. Maybe this has to do with me not connecting to Alexis.

 

I did enjoy the way they claim their mates. It’s new and interesting. The mating ritual consists of three things. What surprised me was anal came before pussy, which is very different from what you would think, especially with her and all the women being virgins. The sex scenes were well written, descriptive, and very steamy.

 

The secondary characters we meet where intriguing and I’m curious to find out, especially with the little teasers we got, what happens with their matches.

 

This is an enjoyable quick read introducing new cultures, planets, and brides.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Grace Goodwin via RockStar PR with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

 

 

Challenge(s): New To Me (Author/Series) New Release (2017)

 


 

 

 

 

Once upon a time, a young girl was born into an average, working class family. The wee little girl, convinced she was not an average child but was, in fact, a fairy princess, longed to leave the mundane world behind and live her dreams. She grew up, went to school, and when shed grown too big to wear tutus and tiaras in public without drawing unwanted attention, turned to writing down her fantasies instead. Now a bit older, her fantasies have grown to include sexually dominant men who know how to ensure a woman’s pleasure. Grace believes all women should be treated like princesses, in the bedroom and out of it, and writes love stories where men know how to make their women feel pampered, protected, and very well taken care of. She currently lives in Oregon where she spends her days writing, and her nights in the arms of her very own Prince. 

 

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