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book review |Renegades by Craig Alanson | Expeditionary Force 7

renegades expeditionary force cover craig alanson sci-fiAuthor: Craig Alanson
Title: Renegades
Series: Expeditionary Force 7
Genre: Sci-fi, Military Fiction
Pages: 518
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Man, Craig Alanson is some kind of a banter genius. Seven books into Expeditionary Force, and Renegades is just as good, if not better.

About: Even though the Merry Band of Pirates have saved the Earth yet again, Leaders on Earth are bickering, and met them with suspicion, disdain, mistrust, and determination. Determination to get Joe Bishop off the team, pull together their own teams, and go figure out the current threat. As if they possibly could. Or, as if they could ever possibly get Skippy to cooperate without Joe aboard. But since the threat of enemy coming to finish destructive work on Earth is oh so real indeed, and Joe is not someone who can just sit and wiggle his thumbs… A plan is set in motion. Grand Theft Spaceship, if you please.

Mine: This book is gloriously written. Jokes will get you, banter is amazing, thriller and action will push you off the chair. This time the story-telling was more place-consistent, which I very much prefer. There was no jumping from Merry Band of Pirates to some planet, like Paradise. There were also a few chapters with inanimate objects having a moment, and those killed me. Really, I’d not recommend a cup of tea with this book.

We finally get to see what Elders looked like, and Skippy gets more of his memories from behind the programmed-in wall. Neither of these news are good, for the dread of Rogue AI’s rises yet again. And there’s just too many questions to yet be answered for Skippy the Magnificent.

If you just want to chill a bit with a good, humor and action fueled militaristic fiction type of sci-fi, this is a book for you. No, the whole series is for you. I loved it, 5 out of 5, and now, a long wait for another one. For there really seems to be room for another one.

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book review | Cress by Marissa Meyer | The Lunar Chronicles 3

Cress Lunar Chronicles Marissa Meyer Cover Menulio Kronikos Trecia DalisAuthor: Marissa Meyer
Title: Cress
Series: The Lunar Chronicles 3
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Pages: 552
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Well, it doesn’t seem like we’ll get a translation to Marissa Meyer‘s The Lunar Chronicles series in Lithuania. They stopped after Scarlet, and Cress doesn’t seem to be happening. I’ll just finish them in English. Really, Marissa Meyer is becoming one of my top favorite authors. I’ve read her Heartless before, it was unbelievable. And so are these. Guess I’ll just have to rampage through the bibliography.

About: On a satelite in orbit lives a young woman, a girl, named Cress. She’s a lunar, a shell, sentenced to die for the crime of being born powerless. But most of those children don’t end up dead. They end up slaves to Queen Levana and her ambitions to rule the whole galaxy. Cress, for instance, is an amazing hacker. Her guardian visits her ever so often to take more blood samples and inquire on any new data about the lost princess Selene. Neither she nor Queen Levana know, that Cress is long as not on their side. With access to Earthen information feed, she learned to love those people, who didn’t just give up their kids because they were born wrong. She loves their romances and drama shows. Especially the ones where a damsel in distress is saved by a charming, morally flexible rogue. Like Captain Thorne, who is now doing his best to save princess Selene… What a hero, right?

Mine: So as you might have already guessed, this is a retelling of Rapunzel. Cress’s hair is long and prone to tangles. Her “stepmother” or guardian, rarely brings her new articles of clothes, so there she is, shoeless, in a child’s dress, hair down to her knees, erasing every trace of princess Selene’s ship from the net, covering their tracks, hoping beyond hope. I can’t put to words of how very impressed I am by the writing, how perfectly fantasy and sci-fi fit here, together, creating something so powerfully unique out of an old tale. I can’t wait to read the final book of Snow White, whom we meet near the end of this book. It’s amazing, truly.

Loved it, so, of course, the book gets 5 out of 5, and I must start remembering to put Marissa Meyer into my top tier favorite authors from now on.

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book reviewn | The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson | Mistborn 2

the well of ascension brandon sanderson book cover mistborn 2Author: Brandon Sanderson
Title: The Well of Ascension
Series: Mistborn 2
Genre: Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 590
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’m always a little worried I won’t be able to recall people, their names, after I abandon series for too long. But so far that has never happened. If slow, you recall everyone eventually. And the second book of Misborn by Brandon Sanderson, the Well of Ascension, was so well written, that you’re practically reminded of everything. It’s a very well woven story.

About: Their God is dead. Killed by Vin who became part of Kelser’s, the Survivor’s religion. She became his heir, the one he trained and led against the Lord Ruler. Yet ash still falls from the sky, and the Mist once again became dangerous, killing, unlike the teachings Survivor preached. And if that wasn’t enough, a good, kindhearted and honest man now sits on the throne, Elend Venture. He tries his best to make everyone equal. But a honest man can’t be a good ruler, it seems, for very soon the Final Empire finds itself surrounded by armies. One of them – not even human. The only hope Vin now has is finding the legendary Well of Ascension that has supposedly given Lord Ruler his power. She could take it, she could set it free, she could fix this broken world…

Mine: This was… This was huge beyond any words. It was beyond any epics or myths I’ve ever read, no matter how layered and interwoven they were. What you were told at the start of the book might change from truth to lie by the end of it. Progress happens before our very eyes, characters grow, evolve, develop, and so do their stories. Truths get unearthed, lies get found, new foundations are built, all in the face of utter horror, destruction. Some were proud as gods, believing themselves too much. Others believed so little, and yet came this far. And then some preached lies, believing them truth. It was amazing.

The best thing I can compare this book too, for there’s nothing similar I have ever read, and I have read a lot by now, is Frank Herbert’s “Dune” but without the dragging flaws. It was very well paced, full of action, puzzles, mysteries, secrets to solve, and the reader is fully allowed to make their own assumptions, deductions, we’re allowed to solve it on our own. I happily give this book a 5 out of 5. It is hard for me to explain a book as huge as this one is, and for that I apologize. It was amazing, that’s all I can say. Definitely among my very top favorites now.

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book review | “Packing for Mars” by Mary Roach

Mary Roach Packing for Mars cover bookAuthor: Mary Roach
Title: Packing for Mars
Series: –
Genre: Science Literature, Space
Pages: 334
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Mary Roach is something of a delight for me. Way back in the day I’ve read her book “Stiff“, about corpses, their treatment, use, etc. It was very interesting, informative, and yet hilarious. I couldn’t wrap my head around it of how can a book about dead people be this amusing, and perfectly respectful. So when I came across my favorite topic – Mars, by one of my favorite authors of Science Literature – Mary Roach… Well, here we are.

About: We’ve all seen the glory of being an astronaut. You’re a living star, a pioneer of space, almost as famous as Loki or Thor. We even waved the Moon off in want to explore a real planet: Mars.

So, how is your day? What do you eat? Do you exercise? Do you bathe daily, wash your hair? How often does the Nature Call you to the bathroom? Do you have enough clothes to last you a week without washing them, or do you do your laundry more often? And how are all these things done in zero G, in a cramped little space with little to no privacy?

If all these questions can be solved and optimized then, according to this book, a two year voyage to Mars could begin for a human being too. But it really does mean two years of calories that are varied enough to not drive the crew insane for having to eat the same mush day in and day out in a cramped space with no real privacy, not to mention the question of intimacy. All and more will be answered or at least discussed in this book.

Mine: At times I laughed. Other times I hysterically howled. Mary Roach has finessed the art of tackling the less glorious sides of the topics we all love. No one will really tell you how the first astronauts used the bathroom. Mary Roach requested to use one of those herself, since… Well, it takes very specific adjustments. You’ll likely not hear about the ickier experiments either, like how often must you bathe, how much oils does your body produce, when does it stop producing excess of it. From potential rat birth in space, to, ah, different kind of floaters. Truly, if you ever wanted to be an astronaut, or are curious of this topic, give Mary Roach a chance. The book is amazingly written, you’ll never be left to your own devices. She’ll explain everything, joke with you, lead you through it, give you more details, and you’ll have a hell of a time.

This was a fun read. It added to my previous read, Apollo 8 too, since it touched upon those missions, and that smuggled contraband in form of a beef sandwich. Mary Roach remains among my favorites, so this book gets a 5 out of 5 for sure.

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book review | “On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas

on the come up angie thomas cover the hate u giveAuthor: Angie Thomas
Title: On The Come Up
Series: –
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 464
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I loved “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, so there was no doubt I’ll pick up “On The Come Up” too, as soon as I could get my hands on it. Which isn’t very soon, but hey, not too late yet. The book was absolutely brilliant too.

About: Bri’s life was never easy. A black girl in a pretend-progressive school she witnessed her share of racial profiling, singling out and punishing the kids of color on daily basis, while white kids got away with a lot without even a comment. At home there’s other kinds of problems. Like, her shoes falling apart, gas getting turned off, late rent, constant shortage of everything. Her father was shot, her brother, with all of his education, moved back with his mother and works as a pizza maker to help them meet the ends, and their mother has barely gotten out of a drug slum which she fell into grieving. All Bri wants is to make it, become as great a rap star as her father was, greater even, so she can help everyone out, stop the struggles, get her loved ones off streets, hell, get new shoes… But we all know that path to success is rarely paved with roses. And so, one day she’s singled out, she’s the black girl who didn’t cooperate. She’s on the ground, cuffed. And every phone is pointed at her.

Mine: If you compare American white authors written YA parents, and those of an author of color… I think most of us in Europe will see our parents in the latter ones. There’s this strong love and caring, without the cliche nonsense where a parent is either too understanding, too dumbly kind, or too great of an opposition against their child. Bri’s mother did all she could, sacrificed all she had, and gave her children everything. She lived and survived for them through the worst of it. But it didn’t mean she can now read their thoughts or understand everything, and approve of everything. They spoke, like adults, like child and mother, and they figured things out. You know, the way real world works or tries to work. On top of that, the plot is so amazingly well written, with every side-story so well woven into it, that for once I was just happy to read natural, organic conversations and events. Everyone was their own person, with none of those lines where you read it, you read a response to it, and you just know author wrote all of that just so this character could say this thing. And, I know I’ve spoken in length about it now, but seriously, this is such a good book about real struggles, real poverty, real stressful guilt that you honestly need something when you’ve got nothing… I loved it.

This is a quality read. Especially if you like rap rhymes, oh boy these are nice! Just like The Hate U Give, this one too gets 5 out of 5, and I am sure going to read whatever’s next for Angie Thomas.

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book review | “The Masked Empire” by Patrick Weekes | Dragon Age 4

the masked empire by weekes book coverAuthor: Patrick Weekes
Title: The Masked Empire
Series: Dragon Age 4
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy
Pages: 381
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Finally, made my way to this book. Although I read Asunder not that long ago, have I? Anyway, since they’re making Dragon Age 4, I am having extreme craving for anything Dragon Age, and since my PC can no longer handle the awesome, I can only read. And since I can only read, I do read.

About: Winds of revolution blow into the Masked Empire of Orlais, putting Empress Celine in a very dire situation. As mages and templars fight an open war, elves are following lead and, not without cause, are rising up against humans too. On one hand Empress Celine has her Orlesian Nobles, whose floors are being mopped by the elves, considered no more than exotic pets, animals. On the other hand… Her lover, her most trusted spy, her friend Briala is also an elf. It seems they both will have to choose between their hearts, and their people.

Mine: Wow, this was one damn well written book, with character dynamics and development that I’ve not yet seen. The story pacing was perfect, the intrigues were tightly knitted, but allowed the reader to figure things out on their own too, if they paid attention. On top of that, I believe the Dread Wolf, Solas, himself made a very prominent appearance. All you have to do is watch for the details, the acts, the views, and you’ll spot him easy enough. I loved the dimensions of people too: the bad evil men with sense of honor as solid as steel; the good and gracious heroes full of delusions and selfishness; the nobles with deep dark secrets; and the nobodies with power enough to break empires. But it was Duke Gaspard’s story that made me want to re-play Dragon Age: Inquisition the most, and attend that Orlaisian ball again. Just so I could see and speak to the people present here.

So, yes, I have enjoyed this book very, very much. It’s definitely one of the best in the series so far. I can give it a solid 5 out of 5. You don’t need to play the games to enjoy these books, but you do need to read them in order. And now, wish me luck, for I truly do need a new pc. Or, better yet, buy me a coffee?

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dracula | “Straight to Hell” by John G. Hartness | Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter 2

1Author: John G. Hartness
Title: Straight to Hell
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 99
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Oh how I waited to read the next book in these series! The first one made me laugh to tears, and was heavily packed with action. Thus, left a good impression on me.

About: You’d think that opening the gates to hell isn’t all that easy. Well, it turns out, as long as you got someone with the right bloodline… A young guy gets kidnapped to be used in rituals that’ll summon the Four Apocalypse Horsemen. And Harker is just not having any of this!

Mine: I was about to say that this book was way too short. But then I thought a little, and decided it was perfect. It fully followed one story, with very good and mild tracks into side stories that got fully processed here too. No unnecessary scenes, details, descriptions. It’s really well written too. It feels like reading one of those old classic superhero comic books. Your views on Harker will range from “this dude’s more deranged than Deadpool” to you laughing hysterically at what the hell just happened.

For the next month I’m preparing to read a Dacre Stoker book on Dracula, and I can tell you, I am not looking forwards to that. For it means I’ll abandon these series for almost two months. But for the time being, this one gets 5 out of 5 from me.

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science | “All That Remains” by Sue Black

1Author: Sue Black
Title: All That Remains
Series: –
Genre: Science, Memoir
Pages: 368
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’m surprised and a little bit ashamed that I’ve not heard of this author before, or at least I don’t recall. This was a very curious read of a very intelligent person, an amazing woman, and her job.

About: The book presents a handful of various cases with information on them available in public domains. Sue Black chose these as the most memorable to her, and proceeds telling us about it, of what happened, why it happened if it’s know, what exactly was done, how it was solved, and so on. There’s always this personal touch to every story, vividly painted surroundings, respectful jokes, and tales of adventures. And the cases themselves range from kidnappings, dismembering, mass murder, war, or mass death due to natural disasters.

Mine: The information provided will never be dry or left unexplained. You don’t have to have any knowledge prior to read this, for I certainly don’t. Author is very meticulous, but very human too, so it’s always very interesting to read what she has to say, her insight, and details of cases too. I was glad to read of her views, the science behind it, and I’m just in general glad I got to reading this.

If I get my hands on any more works by Sue Black, I am absolutely reading it. This one gets 5 out of 5 and I very much so recommend to those who aren’t made uncomfortable by death. It’s okay if you are, though. We’ve all the right to our feelings.

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nonfiction | “Apollo 8” by Jeffrey Kluger

2Author: Jeffrey Kluger
Title: Apollo 8
Series: –
Genre: History, Nonfiction
Pages: 320
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I absolutely had no clue how does one become one, and the fact I’m from Eastern Europe likely didn’t help either. But hey, I’ve read all about space and universe that I could lay my hands upon. This, I guess, is a tribute to that kid that still kinda wants to be an astronaut.

About: Before Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the surface of the Moon, there was Apollo 1, Virgil Grissom, a blood curdling fire, and many, many more mistakes to come, with too many good men dead. But neither United States, nor the rest of the humanity were willing to give up just yet. So there was Apollo 2, and then Apollo 3… Up until Apollo 8, the first one to reach the Moon’s orbit. Approximately one third of the Earth’s population that had electricity and television available have been up and watching whatever footage there was. And this is the tale of those people they watched, their families, people on Earth who regulated the flight, and so on.

Mine: I love how this book is written. It’s always from third person, but very personal anyway. There you get to read a view from beside a wife of an astronaut, practically hear the child roll their eyes, because their dad is just an astronaut, no big deal, Billy’s dad is a fireman, now that’s a something! Merely because they grew up in this environment, with their old dad being an astronaut, with his old friends being astronauts. And over there you read from beside an engineer who is sweating bullets in dread, demanding tests ran on every single thing, every detail, in dread, in memory of that Apollo 1. And the moment it starts feeling too much like a fictional novel, a movie, author gives you all of the facts, all of the sources for the facts, and even audio recordings of the most important stuff.

The book is very well written. If you’ve any interest in how humanity finally stepped on the Moon, take this one. 5 out of 5 from me.

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fantasy | “Legendary” by Stephanie Garber | Caraval 2

1Author: Stephanie Garber
Title: Legendary
Series: Caraval 2
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 451
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I didn’t like the first book all that much. But I loved the author interview at the end of it, where she admitted this would’ve been her last book if she hadn’t made it. I then thought how great it is, that Caraval blew up like that, and she got her true chance. I rated that book higher than I honestly wanted. But I don’t regret it. For author took her chance and didn’t let go. With Legendary I am a fan.

About: Never had two Caraval games been held so close to one another. Never before the games felt so real. But then, never before have stars aligned in such a fashion, an opportunity like that arising, spells melting, threatening the world with long lost terrors, terrors, nightmares it forgot. The victor will have a chance to seal it all back up or break the gate for all the horrors to come out. The players will feed the power with their emotions and wants, wishes and dreams. Each one will pay the price, and the world will never be the same, no matter which path will be taken.

Mine: I definitely love Donatella over her sister. She’s strong willed, clever, and has logic to her. She navigated real well written traps and puzzles, not letting herself get tricked, accepting new facts, reconsidering her steps, and all the while remaining a cold-headed adult of a young woman, a girl, who is absolutely not an adult. Beautiful writing, magical damn story telling.

I loved it. 5 out of 5, firm. And if the third book is as good as this one, they’ll enter my favorites. Well done!

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