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Review: Mechanized Masterpieces 2: An American Anthology

Authors: J Aurel Guay, Megan Oliphant, Jay Barnson, M. Irish Gardner, D. Lee Jortner, J.R. Potter, M.K. Wiseman and Scott E. Tarbet

Edited by Penny Freeman  / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 319 Pages

Cover Artwork Mechanized Masterpieces 2I have not previously read a steampunk novel. So I thought an Anthology would be a perfect choice for my adventure into this genre. I was especially interested because they were to be stories inspired by famous stories or poems. I felt that would give me a head start in understanding what was going on.

For those that maybe have heard mention of Steampunk but were too afraid to ask. Tor Publishing defines it as “Victorian science fiction.” Steampunk has migrated into art and fashion in addition to novel formats. If you like the TV show The Wild, Wild West, you may enjoy steampunk.

I really loved the cover on this. D Robert Pease at walkingstickbooks.com is given credit for the cover and interior design. It does a great job at setting the mood.

My favorite story in the collection was by author Diane Lee Jortner. Titled “Payoff for Air Pirate Pete,” this story is styled after “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry. I have to say that I found it charming, with bit of warped humor. “With a little ingenuity we found we didn’t need to ride trains to stay in the burglary business.” “Clayton threw his hat on the ground and swore like the mechanic and soldier he was.” And the word “skedaddle” was used. Grin.

My only complaint was that there wasn’t a clickable table of contents. You couldn’t skip to a particular story/author if you were in a mood for one over the other. You could either read it from beginning to end or keep flipping pages till you got to the one that caught your fancy.

If you haven’t tried steampunk yet, I would give this anthology a try. There’s lots here to love.

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Review: Broken Skies

Author Theresa Kay / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 290 Pages

Broken Skies CoverI haven’t read this author before. It is easy, casual reading. The pacing was excellent. The plot was being advanced while you get to know the characters at the same time. She never stopped the action and had you read paragraphs of information. Bravo! The dialogue was written with the appropriate vocabulary for the characters.

Jace and Jax (short for Jasmine) are brother and sister twins. They are both competent young adults with skills and maybe a few secrets. Jax is a courageous tomboy. I relate to the idea that she doesn’t know how to ‘fix her hair.’ The main alien character’s name is Lir. Unlikely strangers are thrown together for a rescue mission. There is a little, sci- fi, some romance, action and how do you figure out who to trust built in.

It is a real writing skill to be able to write a fight scene. Enough detail to tell us who is where and what they are doing, but not so much that it slows down the excitement and pace with long passages of description. Ms. Kay hit that balance just right.

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Review: Frontiers

Author Jeff W Horton / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 315 Pages

Frontiers Book CoverI was drawn to read this book by the great cover. I like science fiction and grew up watching Star Trek, Lost in Space and Star Wars. Even the title Frontiers promised a new world, or the edge of what we know, at least. Have you ever ordered a chocolate dessert and when you tasted it, there wasn’t that rich, gooey flavor you were hoping for? It’s still a great dessert, just different than your expectations.

I kept turning the pages waiting for the adventure to start off into space on this great ship on the cover. Sadly, you are only in the magnificent beast a few chapters near the end of the book. I did care about the characters, but it reads more like a political spy thriller novel. There are politicians, military and scientists all debating what to do with technology that can be used for good or for destroying mankind. Should it be shared, how should it be disclosed, should they be reimbursed for their investments?

You follow the life of an intelligently gifted young man who becomes a test pilot. His mother and father are both scientists and contribute greatly to understanding technology shared by a superior race. So maybe the title Frontiers is more metaphorical about the edge of our humanity and what that means.

It is book two in a series, but you don’t have to have read Cybersp@ce to enjoy this one. I think this author shows great promise.

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Parched – Dream Cast

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by Georgia Clark
YA Romantic Sci-Fi
Hardcover, 312 Pages
March 14th 2014 by Holiday House
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Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic adventure novel about a utopian city struggling to keep its peace.

 

“Bold futurist adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Georgia Clark is an Australian writer and performer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the young adult novels SHE’S WITH THE BAND (Allen & Unwin) and sci-fi/romance PARCHED (Holiday House). Widely published online and in print. Won some awards/grants/residencies. Has a play on at the NY Fringe festival. Pretty keen on cheese plates.

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Georgia is gearing up to teach a short, online writing class about writing sci-fi through a Lit Reactor course. Want to go check it out and join? Go HERE! Begins January 14th.

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Meet Tessendra ‘Tess’ Rockwood

Age: 16

Hair: Black (dyed)

Eyes: Blue

Favorite food: Mushroom risotto

Favorite possession: Mack (a hunting knife)

Following her mother’s murder, Tess fled her safe and easy life in the domed city of Eden to spend an aimless year in the rough ‘n’ ready Badlands. Here she changed her name, taught herself the local dialect Malspeak, and learned to hunt, protect herself and survive on her own.

Tess is independent to a fault, sarcastic, and brave. One reviewer compared her to Jack Bauer, while another felt strongly that even though she’s hella tough, she’s relatable. She isn’t afraid to throw herself into the fray, and once she works out who, exactly, she loves, she’ll die to protect them. She’s definitely flawed, but hey: aren’t we all?

In creating the character of Tess, I drew on the most headstrong and funny parts of my personality, as well as classic YA heroines like The Hunger Games’ Katniss and Graceling’s Katsa.

Dream Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz

Ah, Chloe, how I love thee. Let me count the ways! How about her hilarious turn as Alec Baldwin’s duplicitous niece, Kaylie Hooper, in the LOL-inducing 30 Rock? Or her understated take on Abby, the spookily shy vampire girl in Let Me In? But of course, the reason why we know she’d be perfect for Tess was the uninhibited badassery of Hit Girl, the pint-sized, foul-mouthed assassin in Kickass. Girl’s got sass and style for days. I’d love to see Ms Moretz take on the Trust, don’t you agree?

 

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New Release: Spark Rising

by Kate Corcino

Giveaway Celebrating the Publication Date: December 15th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

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Synopsis

All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

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New Adult Science Fiction

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.

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The Missing Planets


Planet Terato has become a member of the assembly of the Confederated League of Allied Star Systems. The Murian Outpost Terato once commanded by His Imperial Majesty’s Lord High Chamberlain Herklo Korvo XXXIV is now Teratoan staffed and under the command of Teratoan Eklam a’Qoc. From the uncharted reaches between galaxies, attacks of extraordinary weaponry come against Terato and the Myr worlds of the Murians. Terminus Terato’s expanded link-portals and converter power modules are virtually useless. Power loss, defenses, communications and travel are totally disrupted. High Chamberlain Korvo’s unexpected return to Terminus on a mission for His Imperial Majesty leaves him stranded on Terato. Attacks grow more massive, more unpredictable; spread across the worlds of the League, as an isolated Terminus struggles among the shattered rubble and whispering remains of an ancient Polity of star-walkers. Family and friends are lost, empires and civilizations in disarray, Terminus and Planet Terato almost defenseless. Desperate for answers, their worlds being overwhelmed by this remorseless aggressor, Eklam and Korvo reach across unexplored space in a despairing gamble and the last reserves of converter star-substrate, seeking one insignificant star system of gas giants and rocky inner planets for possible relics of the elusive Lantaraan Polity. See an excerpt after the Rafflecopter.

About the Author

Author Photo Hawk MacKinneyWith postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction. Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention. Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series. The first book in another mystery-thriller series is scheduled for release in 2015. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, has just been released.

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Spotlight on Human Forged

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The Human Forged

A Sci-Fi/Thriller by Anthony J. Melchiorri

 

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In 2094, stealing a person’s identity is virtually impossible when every medical record, government document, and bank account is tied to their DNA via a personal Chip.

Implanted beneath the skin, this microscopic device also augments people’s real world senses with a network of information, sending data and communications directly to the AR lenses in their eyes or the receivers in their ears. Nick, a former Army Specialist, is about to find out what happens when that vital connection is severed.

Venturing into an underground rave in an abandoned Estonian prison, Nick is encouraged to live life naturally, untethered by technology. But all is not as it seems.

Nick is abducted and cut off from the rest of the world, including his fiancée. He unwittingly becomes embroiled in a biotechnological nightmare and embarks on a dangerous adventure to return home. The only person that might be able to help him is a man Nick never knew existed—his clone.

 

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Review Black Hole Bounty

Author Sienna Bronwyn/ Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 276 Pages

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First Book in the Series

Interestingly, this novel starts out in 1987.  One usually thinks of a science fiction work to be in the future?  But I suppose after you are on another planet, what does the year matter?  The author obviously has an interest in science fiction as her protagonist Jerusa mentions and references characters, books, and movies from that genre.  She is a self- proclaimed average brownie-baking mom. Upon her abduction she cries foul, there’s no reason for their interest in her.  Well, as the story goes on… she did have several hints through her life that she wasn’t really what you would call average.

She finds herself smack dab in the middle of a war on another planet.  Who is telling the truth, what do they want from her, who can she trust?  How can she escape? Oh, and how do these creatures mate?  The first blurb I read about this was that it was a sci-fi romance.  On one of the first title pages when I began reading I saw the label ‘erotic romance.’ Oops, wasn’t sure I was up for that!  However, I kept turning the pages.  The science fiction and adventure are the backbone of this work.  There are some explicit bedroom scenes but they are part of the storyline of the races characteristics, and how healing can be done. In this alien environment where she is dragged around like a pawn, does anyone around her begin to care for her?

Even though the kitchen kept calling for me to come clean it, I stayed in the living room chair reading while it rained outside. This was a well-plotted adventure with an interesting woman.  She’s not Wonder Woman (never saw her puke in an episode), but she has spunk and tries to be a good person as she is making difficult decisions. I really enjoyed this book.  If you like Farscape mixed with a little Red Shoes Diaries you will enjoy this book too. Continue reading

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Alien Admirer

Alien Admirer (Alien Next Door #2) by Jessica Subject

Book # 2 in Alien Next Door SeriesHe fills her with forbidden longing…

Widowed for over a year, Sera longs for the company of her younger, sexier neighbor, the one man she can never have—unless she plans to rob the cradle. It’s too dangerous…

She’s the only one for him…

Adam never wanted to settle down…until Sera. But even when her children give him the green light, he must prove age is an alien concept…

Will Sera give him a chance, or will Adam be left in the cold, never more than her alien admirer?

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Staring out the window at his next door neighbor, Adam cringed. His buddies had already left for Morty’s Pub, needing a break from a week of twelve hour days to finish building another house. He was the only licensed carpenter among them, though they all put in the same effort. Instead of spending his Friday night with them, he’d chosen to lounge in nothing but boxer briefs, and pine over the woman of his desires, but not his reality. Not because one of his parents came from a planet many light years away—a part of his life that he kept secret from everyone. Continue reading

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Review: Crimson Son

Author Russ Linton / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 327 Pages

Crimson SonThis book has a great angle on the super hero theme. What would it be like to be the son of a super hero? Spencer struggles with his father’s absence and misses his mother. He’s at young adult hood, but people seem to still be treating him like he’s a kid. So naturally, he is rebellious and frustrated.

I was reminded of a young man I dated in high school. He was the preacher’s son. He shared with me one day about how his dad was there for everyone in the church, called away whenever tragedy befell others. But that often meant that he wasn’t there for his own family. How in the middle of a small family celebration of his birthday, that the phone rang. My boyfriend said as his blew out the candles he hoped that his father wouldn’t answer the phone.

Spencer has some of the same issues. Why isn’t his dad looking for his mother? Why can’t they do regular father son things? Would his dad ever be proud of him? Events take place that throw Spencer into a quest of his own. There is plenty of action and intrigue as he tries to figure out how go about finding his mother and how to fight the same villains his father strives against. There is some harsh language. The author captures the attitudes of a young man quite well. This was a very fun read for anyone that likes action and adventure with a dash of super heros.

 

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