Tiamat's Wrath


Tiamant’s Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S.A.Corey

Another Short and Sweet Book Review is brought to you by my exhausted self who should really be getting ready to go to bed after a test this evening in class.

Tiamant’s Wrath is the latest book in The Expanse series, and my second favourite book I’ve read so far this year (an extremely close second to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) I have to admit, I love this series. I will be sad when the last one is written, which last I heard will be book #9. After the last book was a little lack-lustre for me, I was really excited to get back to the excitement. Which is weird, because Tiamat’s Wrath really doesn’t have a lot of action scenes.


Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper.

In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay.

At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn't guess.

And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia's eternal rule -- and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose - seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough.

With all the main characters (Holden, Naomi, Amos, Bobbie, Alex) separated in different parts of the galaxy, I really wasn’t sure how I would enjoy Timant’s Wrath. I really enjoyed it though, all of the story lines were interesting and I never wished that I was reading a different point of view during each chapter.

Ok, that’s all I have for today. I really enjoyed Timant’s Wrath and if you’ve read any other the previous books, you will enjoy it too.

Fathomless ~ A Book Review

Fathomless by Greig Beck

The first book I finished in 2019 was Fathomless.  I do consider finishing this book today a little bit of a cheat to count it towards my 2019 read books list since I started and read 89% of the book in 2018, but watcha going to do?

After watching The Meg, one of those good bad movies I love to watch, I kind of felt like staying with the shark theme when I picked out the next book I was going to read.  Searching around the Amazon store on my Kindle late at night, I stumbled upon Fathomless by Greig Beck. It sounded kind of familiar, but also interesting so I decided to give it a whirl.  

Turns out, I had added Fathomless to my TBR list a little while back, no wonder it sounded sort of familiar.  I was glad to randomly stumble upon it again, as I did enjoy this quick and fun read.

The main premise is the lead, Cate Granger,  researching an area of Alaska and looking for a possible underground sea where her grandfather had disappeared many years previously, finds what she has been searching for, and a little extra on the side.

Down into a cave system and then into an underground nightmare out of the prehistoric ages Cate and her lucky band of adventures travel and explore the great depths.  One of these adventures is a rich billionaire from Russia with many enemies.

Chaos ensues and suddenly Cate and her band of adventures come face to face with a giant dinosaur shark, the Carcharodon Megalodon.  Not only battling a shark but also nefarious Russians hell bent on revenge, Cate and crew have to overcome incredible odds to save the day.

Typical shark book, discover a shark, find the shark, kill the shark, however, it was a lot of fun to read.  With some initial underground exploration scenes, Beck, did an amazing job setting up a fantastic world that you can truly visualize.

I enjoyed reading Fathomless by Greig Beck, and while the last third of the book dragged just a little bit for me, I felt that it came to a satisfying conclusion.  If you like good bad movies or shark books or adventure stories, you will enjoy Fathomless.

Funny Enough, when I was about half way through this book, I ended up watching the second episode of Blue Planet II, The Deep.  There is a lot of crazy ocean life deep down. Beck, did an amazing job describing it in Fathomless and while watching The Deep I could easily envision a megalodon swimming down at those depths.

A Review of Amber Eyes

Amber Eyes (Children of the Blood Moon #2) 
By ~ S. D. Grimm

I was very excited to have been invited to read and review Amber Eyes as part of the blog tour hosted by Unicorn Quester.  This young adult fantasy series has a lot going for it; action, adventure, magic, family, friendship.  Amber Eyes is the second in a three-part series, starting with Scarlet Moon and ending with Black Blood, which will be released January 2019. 

I had not heard of this series prior to being invited to the blog tour and I needed to do some catching up in order to review Amber Eyes.  I started with reading Scarlet Moon first so that I would have a background of the characters, the world and the story in general before reading Amber Eyes.  I'm glad to say that after reading two of the Children of the Blood Moon series back to back is that I could easily read the third right away, if it was available, as I am not yet tired of this world.  S.D. Grimm has created an incredibly interesting universe filled with magic and friendship.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Darkness retreated from the light of the scarlet moon, but has since grown even stronger. The Mistress of Shadows has found a new pawn—one that may be the key to unlocking the door to her underground prison. Now evil threatens to escape its shackles and destroy the land. 

In the aftermath of loss and betrayal, Jayden’s fight with the enemy still isn’t over. But while she isn’t sure she can stop the Mistress alone, leaving her friends might be the only way to keep them from being consumed by the darkness.  

With lives hanging in the balance—and no time for error—can Jayden make the right choice?

While I enjoyed reading Amber Eyes, there were just one very minor thing that I personally  didn't like.  Teen Angst.  For myself I find that a lot of young adult novels are filled with teen angst and it is overwhelming for me to read as an adult.  I’ve been there and experienced those feelings and I don't need to relive it through fictional characters, however that is my personal feeling of teen angst.  I think that if I read this as a teen I would really relate to the situations and feelings the characters were experiencing.  While Amber Eyes had a bit too much teen angst for me, it wasn't the entire story, and Grimm also included themes about perceived personal failings, family and friendship.

That being said, the characters experienced a lot of personal growth during Amber Eyes, so I was able to understand that this teen angst was there to provide them with the emotions needed to grow as a character.  I look forward to seeing how this growth expands in the last book, Black Blood.

Amber Eyes also has just the right level of fantasy.  I really felt like I could imagine the world that this story took place in and I think that even someone who isn't necessarily into fantasy would enjoy reading Amber Eyes, and The Children of the Blood Moon series in general.  With common enough characters names and limited amount of made-up words, it is very easy to imagine this world filled with magic, and yet not become overwhelmed with a bunch of names places and things that exist in the authors imagination.  

I enjoyed Amber Eyes, and I look forward to coming back to this series when Black Moon comes out.  

If you would like to check other reviews of Amber Eyes and author interviews I encourage you to check out the rest of the bloggers on the tour.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Scarlet Moon and Amber Eyes in exchange for an honest review.  


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The Gray Tower Trilogy ~ Part 1

This review is the first part of a three part series of reviewsof The Gray Tower Trilogy.

The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy #1)
Author ~ Alesha Escobar

The Tower's Alchemist has one of the most ridiculous synopsis I've read for a book in a long time. 

Wizards Vs. Nazi Warlock Vampires.

Yup, you read that correctly, Nazi warlock vampires.   I received this book in a witchy Story Bundle I purchased in May 2017 and I have to honestly say that I would have been unlikely to read this book had I just come across it on my own, the premise just sound ridiculous.  Boy, I sure would have missed out on a FANTASTIC read.

Goodreads Synopsis:
The Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe and the Allies are forced to recruit and employ wizards to counter their attacks. Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job-extract a deadly warlock from Nazi occupied France and prevent him from unleashing an alchemical weapon that will devour the continent.
But France is crawling with the Cruenti, vampiric warlocks who feed off other wizards. When things don't go according to plan, one Cruenti sets his deadly eyes on her.
Betrayal is everywhere. Even some of her closest allies cannot be fully trusted. Worse still, she finds, she can't even trust herself. She becomes a woman torn between her charismatic spy lover who offers her what she desires most, and one of her closest confidants, whose soft seductive eyes hold deadly secrets about her past, and the Gray Tower itself.
Plans within plans. Plots versus counter plots. Heists gone wrong, sword-wielding Catholic priests, and the greatest manipulation of history that has ever been seen, is just a taste of what Isabella George is in for, in her final mission.

Thank you Story Bundle to introducing me to author Alesha Escobar and The Gray Tower Trilogy.  The ridiculous synopsis of Nazi warlock vampires is really well done.  Hitler had an obsession with for the occult so it would make sense, in a world where wizards and magic existed, that Hitler would have Nazi warlocks on his side.

In researching spy's during World War II, Escobar discovered some pretty amazing women who went undercover and helped the Allies ultimately win the war.  Bits and pieces of these women, and their accomplishments, shine through in The Tower's Alchemist and you feel like they could have been real people.

All of the characters in the story are very intriguing.  Good, bad, neutral, I was fascinated with all of them and really wanted to know what what going to happen to them.  

I sure am glad that I gave The Tower's Alchemist a try and I'm extra glad that I happen to have the second and third books in this trilogy as I immediately started Dark Rift (the second in the series) once I finished The Tower's Alchemist



Origin (Robert Langdon #5)
Author ~ Dan Brown

By the author that brought you the world-wide sensation, The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has another home run with his latest Robert Langdon adventure, Origin.

Robert Langdon finds himself at the Guggenheim Museum, invited to an extraordinary scientificpresentation presented by his former student, Edmond Kirsch.  With religious and scientific repercussions, Kirsch has discovered the answer to the age old question of Where do we come from?
Where are we going?  
Moments before the big reveal, the evening erupts into chaos and Langdon finds himself forced to flee the Guggenheim, with the museum coordinator and future queen consort of Spain, Ambra Vidal, in tow.

Aided by Kirsch's assistant, Winston, Langdon and Vidal must find a way to help Kirsch to reveal his secrets to the world.  

I was a little hesitant to get back into the Robert Langdon world.  I didn't much like the last book in this series, and felt that it was a little too outrageous and over the top.  I wasn't expecting much from Origin, but I surprised myself by liking it.  

Origin is a popcorn book, plain and simple.  If you are expecting any more depth to this book, you will be sadly disappointed, but if you are going in, knowing that it's going to be just a little ridiculous, just a little silly and a whole lot of "that would never happen in the real world", Origin will be a fun read.  

With a few twists and turns Origin is a fun read and if you have enjoyed Dan Brown's other books in the Robert Langdon series, Origin is a very good addition and you will surely enjoy it too.

All Systems Red


All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1)
Author ~ Martha Wells

As I was reading All Systems Red by Martha Wells, I can honestly say that I didn't realize what this book was actually called and I kept referring to it as "the murderbot book".  This was a quick read, written up as a novella, that I very much enjoyed.

In a future, taken over by corporations, a group of scientists are exploring a new world.  The corporations provide security in the form of a company security droid.  

While on a mission, one particular security droid has become self-aware and has hacked it's own governor module.  Referring to itself as "Murderbot" all this unit wants to do is be left alone to watch the soap opera; Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon.

I really loved the Murderbot.  While there was no specific gender to the Murderbot, I definitely thought of it as female when I was reading the story.  Full of cynicism and quick wit, Murderbot was a story that I was sad to see end so quickly.  All the Murderbot wanted to do was to be left alone, not interacting with humans and watch soaps.  I think everyone can relate to Murderbot and just sometimes wanting to be left alone, and not worry about working.

Honestly my only real complaint about All Systems Red is that the story was written as a novella.  Usually not my favourite things because I find that the story ends so quickly, or just as you are getting into the characters and situations the story is over.  Well's did a fantastic job writing All Systems Red though.  It is a complete story, and I wasn't left feeling that I was missing something.  I just wanted to read more about Murderbot and it's story.  Thankfully there is a sequel (Artificial Condition) coming out May 2018, which you can pre-order on Amazon.

Review ~ Axis (Spin Saga #2)


Axis (Spin Saga #2)
Author ~ Robert Charles Wilson

STOP!!!  SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN'T READ SPIN (SPIN SAGA #1) YET.  Do yourself a favour, read Spin first then come back to this review.

Axis is the mostly direct sequel to Spin.  Thirty years after the events in Spin, Axis finds us on another world, Equartoria.  Linked to Earth by a massive arch in the middle of the Indian Ocean, placed there by The Hypotheticals, humans have started to pilfer this new world of it's natural resources, sending them back to Earth. 

Lise Adams is in Equartoria, investigating the disappearance of her father fifteen years prior when she stumbles across the photograph and an old woman who has loose connections to her former lover, Turk Findley.  Turk agrees to help Lise connect with the woman in the photograph when suddenly ash is falling from the sky.  The ash turns out to be old pieces of the Hypotheticals.  Are they seeding this planet with parts of themselves for some nefarious means or has some massive accident happened in space and the Hypotheticals are dying?

I called Axis a mostly direct sequel because this story does not revolve around the main protagonists from Spin (Tyler Dupree and Jason & Diane Lawton) but rather introduces us to two new protagonists, Lise Adams and Turk Findley.  As I started out reading Axis, I have to admit that I was disappointed that the sequel wasn't going to feature the Tyler, Jason & Diane, I really wanted to find out what happened when they crossed the Arch.  It didn't take me that long to get over the disappointment though as Axis picks up almost right away with the mystery of the falling ash.  While Axis doesn't have the same scope as Spin did, taking place over a few days versus (technically) millions of years, it's still an interesting story.    I haven't read the third book in the series yet (Vortex) but at this point Axis almost seems like it was written to be a bridge between two bigger novels...I hope that does turns out to be the case.  

The thing I liked the most about Axis was that we started to gain a little bit of an understanding about who/what the Hypotheticals are.  The part I didn't like about Axis, we only gained a little understanding about who/what the Hypotheticals are.  While I can't say that I enjoyed Axis quite as much as Spin, it was still an entertaining read.

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Ack! Apologies are in order

Hello everyone!  I wanted to send out a quick apology that my next book review is taking so long.  I'm actually almost finished writing it and I'll have it posted shortly.  

The reason for the delay is that I found myself getting a little overwhelmed trying to write a long and detailed review of the books I've been reading.  It it started feeling like is was a chore instead of something fun to do and as I read more and more books, the thought of writing long reviews of them became something I was dreading.  I didn't want to give up doing the book reviews, but I also needed to figure out a way to continue to enjoy reading and not dread writing the review.  

It took me some time to finally decided what I wanted to do with the book review section of my website.  In the end, I came up with the idea to write the reviews in a different manner than I had started out with, the biggest change is that I'm not going to worry about how long they are.  Some books I just really don't have anything to say and others I have a tone of stuff to say and those books that I didn't really have anything to say about them were incredibly stressful to write "enough" words about them.  So from this point forward some of my reviews might be short and to the point while others will be more detailed.  I'm going to let the writing just come and not pressure myself to reach a specific word count.  I feel that this will be a good compromise between continuing with the reviews and not overwhelming myself with trying to become a wordsmith.

You may be wondering what I have read in the meantime since my last review. Well I've read twelve and a half books between May and June.  Eleven of those books you'll find  have a short review in the post, with a fuller review of the book Pandemic (The Extinction Files #1) by A.G. Riddle as my next "full length" review.  I hope you enjoy reading the mini-reviews.

Mini Book Reviews

#1) The Seventh Plague by James Rollins
A pandemic style story with ancient Egyptian origins.  The member of Sigma Force have to discover who is trying to unleash a plague straight out of the bible.  This isn't one of my favourite of the Sigma Force stories.  I've been finding that each story seems to be getting a little bit more and more ridiculous as  this series has been going on.  I also found that The Seventh Plague seemed to be action scene followed by action scene without a ton of character development.  This being the twelve book in the series (with a bunch of novellas too) I wonder if James Rollins is getting tired of Sigma Force.  I hope the next book is better.

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#2) Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez (translated from French into English by Mark Polizzotti)
The North American debut of Frank Thilliez will provide you with one of the best murder mysteries I've read.  The story starts off with an old-film connoisseur who ends up blind after viewing his most recent acquisition, an odd film from the 50's.  While his ex-girlfriend investigates his blindness, she discovers that the film is connected with 5 bodies that were recently discovered in the woods.  This murder-thriller is filled with shocking plot twist that will have you travelling from France to Canada, Egypt and Rwanda and keep you guessing right until the very last sentence and beyond.

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#3) Bred to Kill By Franck Thilliez (translated from French into English by Mark Polizzotti)
The sequel to Syndrome E.  While investigating the brutal animal attack of a graduate student, it is discovered that she was actually murdered.  The investigation leads us into the Alps only to discover that a thirty-thousand-year-old virus has been discovered and their are plans to unleash it on the world.    

Bred to Kill picks up about a year after the events in Syndrome E.  While the murder mystery of Bred to Kill isn't quite as gripping as Syndrome E, the personal development of the police detectives more than makes up for it.  I wish that I could either read French or that more of Franck Thilliez's novels were translated into English.

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#4) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The main idea behind American Gods are that gods exist because people believe in them.  American Gods centres around Shadow and his work as an errand boy for Mr. Wednesday.  

A cross between fantasy, fiction and ancient mythology American Gods is Neil Gaiman at his best.  It's a real shame that I just don't really like Neil Gaiman.  I read the book because the show was coming out and I wanted to see what it was all about.  For 3/4 of the book, I found it just barely interesting enough to keep reading and it wasn't until the last quarter of the book that I was final hooked.  This book took be 12 days to read, which may not seem like a lot to some, but when I finish a book on average every 2-3 days, this was an extremely long time for me.

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#5) Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
This short novella is a science fiction detective mystery.   At some undetermined point in the future we gain the ability to produce a "snapshot" of the day.  An exact recreation of any given date.  Detectives use the snapshot to help solves murders.  

I really enjoyed this novella.  The idea of a snapshot was quite creative.  I'm not a huge fan of short stories or novellas because just as I'm really getting into them, the story is over.  I felt that Brandon Sanderson did an excellent job of balancing the shortness of Snapshot while still providing the details needed for me to enjoy.

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#6) The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Some point in the future, after a great tribulation, earths humanity only has a dim relocation of humanity before, a small village roots out "deviations" and destroys them as abominations.  The Cyrysalids focuses on one boy, who hides that he his a deviation.  

I enjoyed reading The Chrysalids.  This is one of the books that tends to be on the high-school syllabus, but I always had the English teacher that taught the "other" books on the syllabus, so I never read this in school.  I was entertained throughout, my only complaint being that the ending of the book seemed a little rushed and I would like to have know what happens afterwards.

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#7) Thrawn by Timothy Zhan
Grand Admiral Thrawn was first introduced in Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire Series.  Now considered to be Legends and no longer cannon in the Star Wars world, many believe that it was this series and it's captivating antagonist that brought Star Wars back into mainstream and paved the way for the re-releases and prequels, and now an entire world of movies.  Disney was very smart to bring Grand Admiral Thrawn into Cannon and they were even smarter to have Timothy Zhan write Thrawn's history.  I grew up reading the now legends Star Wars novels, and while a lot of them were and are quite terrible stories, there were also a ton of them that were quite amazing, including the Heir to the Empire Series.  Thrawn is the first book in the new canon that I have really enjoyed.  It reintroduces us to the blue skinned, red eyed Chiss commander and documents his rise through the Galactic Empire to become a Grand Admiral.  If you've only ever seen the movies, you can easily read Thrawn and be captivated by this master of military strategy.  

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#8) Calamity (Reckoners #3) by Brandon Sanderson
The third and final book in the Reckoners Series by Brandon Sanderson, and my favourite of the three.  The professor has gone rogue and it's up to David and the rest of the Reckoners to save him from himself.  These stories are about the corruption that the people who've gained special powers have to face.  

I found the first two books in this series filled with a lot of teen angst, and if put me off reading the final book for a long time.  The teen angst is gone from this book which I was very relieved.  Overall, it's a good wrap-up for the series, although the ending and final climatic event felt a little rushed.

3.5 Penguins

#9) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
During the late 1800's while the gold-rush towns are popping up everywhere, two rival palaeontologists, Marsh and Cope, are on the hunt for dinosaur fossils.  William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than common-sense makes a bet with one of his school-mates and finds himself in the West assisting on a dig.  When he is abandoned by the paranoid Marsh he joins forces with Cope and discovers a grave of huge historical significance.   With this find comes grave danger and his life is on the line.  

This is Michael Crichton at best, blending history, science and fiction flawlessly.  The palaeontologists, Marsh and Cope, are based of real people and the history of finding dinosaur fossils in the West are loosely true.  William Johnson is the fictional made up character that allows Crichton to blend history and fiction together in a cohesive story.  

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#10) Spin (Spin Saga #1) by Robert Charles Wilson
When the stars disappear, replaced by a black membrane, three friends will be forever changed once it's discovered that the black membrane has placed the Earth in a temporal stasis.  

With a cast of well developed characters, I was drawn into the story right from the get-go.  The narration takes place in both the past and present.  The present day narration takes some time before you understand what's going on and only until the past narration catches up do you fully get the scope of the story.  I very much enjoyed this science fiction story and at the time of writing this review I'm currently reading the second one in the series, Aixs.

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#11) Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Human Martian, Polly Newton, is sent to her with her brother Charles to the pretentious Galileo Academy on Earth.  While there Polly and Charles struggle to fit in with the privilege Earth teenagers as strange accidents start to happen.  

I really wanted to enjoy this story as it seemed very intriguing, a fish out of water type story, but I didn't.  I hated the main character, Polly.  I found her to be a whiny person filled with teen angst and never learned from her mistakes.  The story itself was well written though, which is why I was able to finish it and not give up half way through.

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Review ~ Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond


Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond
Author: Jayne Barnard

Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond, is a steampunk fantasy that I can’t help but think was just a cute book. With some hidden Easter egg character names, that I’m embarrassed took me so long to catch, to the Clue-esque style murder mystery, there was a lot to keep my imagination whirring as I read this novel penned by Jayne Barnard.

Intrepid journalist, Maddie Hatter, is determined that she will break free from the fashionista column’s she writes for the Kettle Conglomerate newspapers.  As the runaway daughter of a powerful Steamlord, Maddie has been able to eke out a meagre living writing her columns, which is good because she wants to avoid spending the allowance provided to her by her father, that comes with a long list a rules.  While spending time in Egypt where she reports on the fashion of the English well-to-do wintering in the desert climate, Maddie has the chance to to break into a real investigation.  While hunting for the fabled Eye of Africa diamond, Baron Bodmin, renowned explorer and adventurer, vanishes and soon turns up murdered.  Risking her career and her father's wrath, Maddie delves deep into the investigation for the byline of a lifetime.

While the idea behind steampunk is fascinating to me, I haven’t read any steampunk novels yet that I’ve been enthralled with. Although I haven’t hated any of them, I also haven’t had the drive to read the story.  You know the drive I'm talking about, the one where nothing else matters until you finish the story.  So far I haven’t experienced that with steampunk.  I’m not sure why that is, likely I just haven't stumbled upon the right story yet. Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond is probably the closest I’ve come to actually enjoying a steampunk novel instead of just saying, well that was ok.  I liked the Maddie character, she seemed like someone who you could be friends with, down to earth, despite her affluent upbringing.  I found that she was an enjoyable character to follow along with as she solves Baron Bodmin’s murder.  

Don’t read this novel as an e-book, get the paperback version.  The formatting of the e-book was terrible. With double spacing, and overly large margins, it was very awkward to read and the flow that you would normally have while reading a book just wasn’t there.  I have seen the paperback version, and the formatting in that looks to be normal though and I suspect a lot easier to read.  What I did really enjoy while reading this novel were the few illustrations in the book of some of the steampunk contraptions.  The Brass Monkey, which is a gadget designed as a way to read the news, being my favourite.  

If you like steampunk murder mysteries, where the lead-character is a plunky go-getter who is determined to make a success of her life and not depend on her daddy’s money, read this book, just read it on paper.

3.5 Penguins

Review ~ The Frozen Sky

The Frozen Sky (Frozen Sky #1)
Author: Jeff Carlson

A far off place, two hundred years in the future, humans will venture out into space and harvest ice from the Jupiter's sixth moon, Europa.  From the Author that brought you Plague Year, Jeff Carlson’s First Contact space adventure thriller, The Frozen Sky,  will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions.  From the opening chase scene where your heart is beating to the political structure of Earth and the moral questions regarding first contact, The Frozen Sky will keep you guessing what’s going to happen, throughout the entire book.  

Robotic probes have discovered ancient carvings in a deep cave system on Europa.  Investigating first hand, Alexis Vonderach, aka Von, and her teammates have discovered an ancient buried civilization on Europa. After an accident causes a cave-in, which kills Von’s teammates, Von ends up on the front door-steps of the native population.  As First Contact with the "sunfish" goes horribly wrong, Von is chased through the caverns of Europa by the sunfish as she tries to survive.

I wanted to like this book more than I did.  The story itself is actually very intriguing and it made me think about how awful humans can be.  What rights do we humans have to the resources on another planet?  Profit is what drives Earth politics in this story (and in real life), it may be profitable to destroy another sentient life forms home, but is it moral?  

There were a lot of really interesting concepts in this novel, how space travel will work, futuristic medicine with cloned materials, communicating with an alien species, artificial intelligence.  You can tell that Carlson must have put in a ton of hours researching these concepts.  Overall the story was well done, but it took me quite some time to get into it.  I read on a Kindle, so I can’t tell you the page number, but the first 20% of the book was the initial chase scene with Von and the sunfish.  I struggled to read this part of the book, it was just too long and I was bored.  The beginning was great, you were wondering what was going on, was Von going to survive this chase, who were these creatures chasing her on this desolate and supposedly uninhabited moon? Then the chase scene kept going on and on and on, like the energizer bunny.  Eventually the story progresses from a one woman survival situation to include more characters.  Once there was interaction between other characters I was a lot more entertained and found the book easier to read.

At this time I have no plans on reading the rest of this trilogy.  

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