Admiral by Sean Danker was one of those books that surprised me. I mean, I like science fiction. A lot. I like military science fiction and space operas. What surprised me was the quirky little smile that appeared on my face at the tone of the book.
6 word review: Who the heck is the Admiral?
A wrecked freighter on a mysterious planet; 3 Evagardian trainees and an "Admiral" awake from stasis confused and alone on the freighter. What happened to the captain and the pilot?
Suspicion abounds, but in order to save themselves the four of them must work together.
Found this about Sean Danker: Sean Danker has been writing since he was fifteen. He read entirely too much Asimov in college, and now we’re all paying the price for it. His hobbies include biting off more than he can chew, feeling sorry for himself on Twitter, and telling people to lighten up. He is currently serving in the military on a base in North Dakota. Source
Science Fiction. May 3, 2016. Print length: 320 pages.
I reviewed A Better World (the second in the Brilliance trilogy by Marcus Sakey) a while back. NetGalley offered the first book, but I couldn't get it to download, so I went on to Written in Fire, the final installment.
Although it would be best to begin with the first in the series, I enjoyed the last two without that benefit.
from description: For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war. We failed.
Lots of action and some things to think about. People who are different are often feared.
This must be part of our genetic programing as it has been true even from times before civilization and civilization has only improved upon the ways to subjugate the "other." What is different is feared, the fear leads to persecution, and in so many historical situations, to extermination. Things aren't much different today. Trusting leaders is a risky business worldwide. Leaders and followers may be acting out of good intentions, but the results can be disastrous regardless.
This trilogy is a science fiction thriller, but as is often the case, a certain truth can be extrapolated from even exaggerated and implausible plots.
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Science Fiction/Thriller. Jan. 12, 2016. Print length: 348 pages.
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell sounded so good. Unfortunately, I found it...hummm, frustrating.
from the description: the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt to find the family's long-rumored secret estate, using clues her eccentric father left behind.
Such an interesting premise, but I didn't really like any of the characters or the play on Bronte's Jane Eyre. The novel came across as sullen (don't know if you can really have a sullen book, but...), and I guess I didn't appreciate the humor. The Bronte family is immensely fascinating; however, this take on Brontes, past and present, didn't work for me. Nice cover, though.
genre? March 1, 2016. Print length: 352 pages.