Thursday, 25 August 2016

Proxima - Stephen Baxter

The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light... The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun. How would it be to live on such a world? 

My thoughts:
The beginning was a bit slow, but I kept thinking it's Baxter and it got better. I think the problem was that there was this other POV that showed up, not often, not that long, but I just did not care. I was all about the settlers. Oh those were fascinating.

It's a race between China and the rest, and to beat China settlers are sent to Proxima. It takes 4 years for a message to get from there home, and the settlers are really left to fend for themselves. On a strange new world, and well there are So many more things I want to say, but honestly it's just spoilers spoilers.

Proxima is an interesting planet, and there are secrets, and the end, omg, that was freaky! I really need to read part two to see how it all plays out. There are some good secrets in here for sure.

The book is about Yuri who gets sent to Proxima (and stuff goes down and I so want to talk about but I can not.) I loved learning more about the planet and the struggle for the settlers.

The POv of whatever was boring, and I am glad when it showed up it was a few chapters and I skimmed it. I did not really see the point of it. Our solar system is boring.

Conclusion:
In the end, Baxter is a great sci-fi writers and he always comes up with such cool concepts. I need book 2 then.

Cover
ok

Hardcover, 456 pages
Published September 19th 2013 by Gollancz
Proxima #1
Sci.fi
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Cherry Harvest - Lucy Sanna

A memorable coming-of-age story and love story, laced with suspense, which explores a hidden side of the home front during World War II, when German POWs were put to work in a Wisconsin farm community . . . with dark and unexpected consequences.

The war has taken a toll on the Christiansen family. With food rationed and money scarce, Charlotte struggles to keep her family well fed. Her teenage daughter, Kate, raises rabbits to earn money for college and dreams of becoming a writer. Her husband, Thomas, struggles to keep the farm going while their son, and most of the other local men, are fighting in Europe.

When their upcoming cherry harvest is threatened, strong-willed Charlotte helps persuade local authorities to allow German war prisoners from a nearby camp to pick the fruit.

But when Thomas befriends one of the prisoners, a teacher named Karl, and invites him to tutor Kate, the implications of Charlotte’s decision become apparent—especially when she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Karl. So busy are they with the prisoners that Charlotte and Thomas fail to see that Kate is becoming a young woman, with dreams and temptations of her own—including a secret romance with the son of a wealthy, war-profiteering senator. And when their beloved Ben returns home, bitter and injured, bearing an intense hatred of Germans, Charlotte’s secrets threaten to explode their world. 

My thoughts:
I read another book like this with POWs working the fields, and that one ended badly for them so I started this one with a bad feeling.....

Someone needs to pick the cherries. The Christiansen family needs money, food, workers, so yes I got it, either they all starve or get those POWs to help.

Charlotte the mother does not want them there, but at the same time she needs them there. She was rather judgmental and cold at times.

Kate the daughter wants to go to uni, she loves reading and writing, farmlife, not so much. She will have her own adventure.

Thomas, the father, is more in the background, he never wanted to become a farmer, but now here he is.

Charlotte's story was sad. Thomas was bitter, and Kate's story, well that was, it was like it was just thrown there for fun.

Conclusion:
At the end I knew I had enjoyed the book. It was a good book, but then I started to think, I have no good things to say, no bad things. It actually left me pretty cold. So is that good or bad?

Cover
Meh

Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 2nd 2015)
Historical fiction
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Lessons in French - Laura Kinsale

Trevelyan and Callie are childhood sweethearts with a taste for adventure, until the fateful day her father discovers them embracing in the carriage house and, in a furious frenzy, drives Trevelyan away in disgrace. Nine long, lonely years later, Trevelyan returns. Callie discovers that he can still make her blood race and fill her life with excitement, but he can't give her the one thing she wants more than anything--himself.

For Trevelyan, Callie is a spark of light in a world of darkness and deceit. Before he can bear to say his last goodbyes, he's determined to sweep her into one last, fateful adventure, just for the two of them. 

My thoughts:
Trev and Callie had a thing when they were teens, then he left for 10 years and she was left at the altar a lot, and is now less than a wallflower. Will they ever meet again? Well of course they will and...

He is rich and handsome.
She is a nobody, but does have a big dowry. She also likes bulls.
He may have secrets.
She lives with her cousin and his wife.

They flirt, and how fun they have at it. They way they talked to each other, aye, they were perfect, but those silly idiots! Argghhh, he is all no I can't, and she is all, never mind. Stupid idiots, you two belong together.

BUT, the last 150 pages were like so long, too long, so unnecessary, it could all have been wrapped up in 50 pages. So yes it dragged at the end, I was all, why just not wrap it up? New things happened it was strange. Just end it so we can get that HEA.

Good, even if the end was too long.


Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical romance
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Oria's Gambit - Jeffe Kennedy

Princess Oria has one chance to keep her word and stop her brother’s reign of terror: She must become queen. All she has to do is marry first. And marry Lonen, the barbarian king who defeated her city bare weeks ago, who can never join her in a marriage of minds, who can never even touch her—no matter how badly she wants him to.

To rule is to suffer, but Lonen never thought his marriage would become a torment. Still, he’s a resourceful man. He can play the brute conqueror for Oria’s faceless officials and bide his time with his wife. And as he coaxes secrets from Oria, he may yet change their fate…

With deception layering on deception, Lonen and Oria must claim the throne and brazen out the doubters. Failure means death— for them and their people.


But success might mean an alliance powerful beyond imagining... 

My thoughts:
Arghh, 4 days since I read this one and I have not written a review!!! Seriously, this is why I write at once cos I forget what I feel.

Lonen and Oria are married..well soon. But anyway, a political marriage. She needs his image, he needs, well he does not need her, but she needs him. Oh and he wants her, but can not have her, because she can not be with anyone. Sucks being her. No one can touch her cos she feels pain then. But hey maybe they will find a way *hint hint*

But first there is her stupid brother causing trouble. The stupid priestess causing the trouble. The Trom that are, I want to know more there....

And these two who want each other but can not have each other. I really hope they find a way, dunno what the author will do but I am curious!!

Conclusion:
Romance, politics, danger and intrigues. And just two people starting to fall for each other. So meant to be.

More romance in this one, so that was nice. 

ebook
Expected publication: August18th 2016 by Smashwords Edition
Sorcerous Moons #2
Fantasy romance
in exchange for an honest review


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