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review 2017-04-30 17:27
Exile (Exile #1) by Colleen Vanderlinden Review
Exile - Colleen Vanderlinden

Two races fight for what remains of a dying planet.


For generations, the Maarlai, an alien race who fled the destruction of their own home world, have lived silently, hidden, exiled on Earth. They watched, year by year, as humanity destroyed what was once a planet full of hope and promise.


Unable to idly watch as the planet dipped further into destruction, the Maarlai left their hidden villages and went to war with what was left of humanity. With the death of the last great human king, the Maarlai found themselves victorious and vowed to protect and restore the planet that had sheltered them for so long.


A treaty made, an alliance formed.


Shannen of House Lyon is a member of the last of the human royal families. While they bend knee to the Maarlai ruler, her people have not forgotten their former greatness, the years of bloodshed and horror... or the memory of their fallen king.


To ensure a lasting peace between their two peoples, Shannen and three other prominent human women are sent to the Maarlai capital. One of them will wed the future Maarlai king, cementing the peace between former enemies.


When Shannen finds herself married to the Maarlai warrior, she discovers a whole new world... and freedom unlike anything she could have imagined. When war threatens once again, she will need to decide where her loyalties truly lie.

 

 

Review

 

I forgot that Vanderlinden writes Sagas! Ahhggghhh. We are in for a long luscious ride with this series.

 

There isn't really a cliffhanger but more of much more to go in this tale.

 

The alliance marriage makes this feel more like a medieval with aliens and thus a fantasy romance that a science fiction romance but the mash up is well done.

 

The hero comes to cleave to his wife and the heroine comes into her own power. She is a bookworm which I love and never passive about anything but practical. 

 

The pace is sedate but lots is happening and the love story could be more detailed but you feel it.

 

Let's see what happens next!

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text 2017-04-30 04:01
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

Wow! This book knocked my socks off. Nothing like that movie, but that's a good thing. Poor Deckard. When all is revealed I was worried he wouldn't be able to retire. And his wife Iran seems protective of him now. I'm still puzzled about Mercer though. 

 

Readathon: Hour 9!

Booklikes-opoly: 256 pages = $3.00

 

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text 2017-04-30 03:08
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

Well now I'm worried Deckard is going to end up dead. He's retired one andy and looks likes he's in trouble.

 

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text 2017-04-30 02:10
Reading progress update: I've read 19%.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

So Blade Runner is based on this book. So far am liking the book. Cannot imagine a world in which people spend thousands of dollars just to have an animal to take care of. I feel sorry for Decker. All he wants is a live animal. Since he's a bounty hunter, he is hoping to catch some andys (androids) in order to pay for one.

 

Readathon: Hour 7!

 

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review 2017-04-30 02:01
I got the mixed feels about this
Shift Omnibus Edition (Silo, #2) (Wool, #6-8) - Hugh Howey

Ever since I finished the fantastic Wool a few years back I've had the other volumes on my TBR list. It was only when the other half of the two-person sci-fi reading group I'm in selected this that it became a priority though, and even then I'm about three months late getting to it. Part of it was the size, which suggested a commitment of time that I couldn't make until I took care of other reading requirements. Fortunately reading it proved quicker than I thought -- but only because I ended up skimming so much of it.

 

Hence the title of my post. I can't recall the last time I was so divided in my feelings towards a book. At the core of it is the backstory explaining how the Silos came to be. Overall, I was impressed by Hugh Howey's story, which explained nicely how so many people ended up in constructions that would take an enormous amount of preparation to realize. It also filled in the margins of Wool by providing prequels to the events in Silo 18 and one of the characters in Silo 17, though this felt like padding. And there we have the source of my conflicted feelings about the book.

 

Perhaps I'm ungrateful to complain about what amounted to unnecessary backstory, when the part of the book that I liked was really little more than unnecessary backstory itself. The difference, though, is that the backstory I liked introduced new characters and illuminated previously unexplored parts of the world of Wool. With the other half of the book, however, I already knew where I was going to end up. Had Howey's characterization been better I might have been more interested, but his strengths have always been with plot rather than character development. Fortunately once I figured this out I was able to skim through big chunks of it, which helped me to finish it a lot more quickly than I expected. So at least there's that.

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