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Book review: The Sufferstone


BOOK SYNOPSIS

On Dolvia, the women of the savannah serve under the burka, but Kyle Le was denied that covering by tribal leaders. Only her gift of second sight and the mortgage on her father’s land protect her and her three sisters. 

Kyle Le meets Brian Miller, a Softcheeks who teaches her about offworld politics and accumulating wealth while she teaches him the words of power from Mekucoo. 

Working alongside the warrior Cyrus, they labor against the mining enterprise that robs teh savannah of its mineral wealth and leaves the tribes with only the scarred and suffering land. 


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BEC’S REVIEW


Sufferstone is one of those stories told in multiple parts, with each part being a different first person perspective. As a result there were times when it took a few pages to work out whose perspective I was reading. Further, some of the parts start (and in one case finish) before the beginning or the end of the previous part, making it difficult to construct in your mind a linear progression of the story. As the story itself can move months, weeks or only hours in a few paragraphs, this task of trying to get a sense of time is made even more difficult. As such I never had an idea how long had passed between events in the story. This was not helped by long paragraphs with no visible gaps between events. 

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Book Review: Barcode - Legend of Apollo

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Spencer’s an infamously well-known “god” uninterested in his own fate. He turns nineteen-years-old on the first day of his last year at Colt Academy, the academic institution for gladiators. To celebrate, he unwillingly mentors a mysterious nerd, watches his family’s helicopter plunge into the ground, and meets a strange Louisianan boy that may want to kill him. With the future of his family’s fortune on the line, Spencer not only has to fight the occasional trip to Hades, but also train with his most hated childhood friend, discover the truth about his mother’s death, and reestablish his legend as America’s savior. 

BEC’S RATING


BEC’S REVIEW


From the start of this book I felt like I was missing some important information and struggling to catch up, a feeling that continued the whole book. There was little background information about the Barcodes or how they worked or even why the Gods powers were channelled in this way, rather the story seemed to expect you to know all this and while some bits were later explained these explanations were not enough to make up for the lost feeling that continued throughout the book. A few paragraphs in the introductory chapter would have been enough to stop me from feeling like I was playing catch up. 


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Book Review: Keir by Pippa Jay

BOOK SYNOPSIS

For Keirlan de Corizi—the legendary ‘Blue Demon’ of Adalucien—death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand. 

But Quin has secrets of her own. She’s spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends’ counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius. 

When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin’s home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again? 

BEC’S RATING


BEC’S REVIEW


This book reads more like two shorter stories as opposed to the novel it is, albeit two sequential short stories. While this may put some people off, in that the major plot seems to change halfway through with the first half dealing with Keir’s heritage and parentage, I still found myself enjoying the story (or stories). Even with the two halves seeming to have few connections in terms of plot beyond the shared main characters, both halves have a way of drawing you in and making you wish read more. 


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Book review: Transmat World by Glen Hendrix

BOOK SYNOPSIS

It is the year 2145 A.D. From a Post-Hit apocalypse rises a technology so powerful it destroys the economic infrastructure of Earth. Vince Miller is determined to forge that technology into something that will turn humanity’s fortune around and take it to the stars. The only things in his way are a deranged artificial intelligence that claims those very stars and a cease and desist order from a parallel universe. Non-compliance is not an option. 



BEC’S REVIEW


I feel I should have enjoyed this book more than I did. After all on first impressions it ticks all the boxes. It’s a science fiction book, a genre I enjoy reading. It’s well written, a fact easy to see by opening the book to the beginning and from the synopsis it has an interesting storyline (a fact which is true of the book). And yet despite the book reading like a professional novel, and despite wanting to know what happened next there were elements of this book that largely decreased my enjoyment of it. 


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Book Review: Lisa’s Way by Robert Collins

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Lisa’s Way is a science fiction story told from the perspective of a young woman who wants more from her life. With the only possibilities on her planet teaching or motherhood, she decides to reactivate the portal, which is reminiscent of the Stargates from the television show of the same name, and travel to other worlds to see how she could make a difference. Each of the worlds is recovering to an event that was hinted to many times, the Savage Rain. 

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Book Review: Force of Habit by Marian Allen

Review by Bec

Being a bit of a science fiction junkie, I love when stories are set in space, involving aliens. And this one covers those bases, involving a few different species of aliens, a space ship, an alien planet and cultural misunderstandings caused from the relation of the above. It all makes for a very interesting setting overall, and one that serves well to highlight the intricate story and weaving plot that this book contains. 


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Book Review: Force of Habit by Marian Allen

Review by Bec

Being a bit of a science fiction junkie, I love when stories are set in space, involving aliens. And this one covers those bases, involving a few different species of aliens, a space ship, an alien planet and cultural misunderstandings caused from the relation of the above. It all makes for a very interesting setting overall, and one that serves well to highlight the intricate story and weaving plot that this book contains. 

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