3 Quotes – Norman Spinrad

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Norman Spinrad, American science fiction author
(born:  Norman Richard Spinrad)

born:
September 15, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA

known for (among others):
A World Between, Child of Fortune, The Druid King

 

 

You can really do more than you think you can do.
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The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel.
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I’ve always been interested in the relationship between total external surround, culture, the political matrix, technology, etc., and the internal human consciousness.

 

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Off-Worlders by S. S. Delauney

Off-Worlders

The author provided me with a copy of the special edition (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

From the lone rebellion of a WorldCoding Cyrbiid, to a besieged, remote Federation Outpost, to the dark magics of the Elite Echelon Military, and to Earth, where more and more awaken; Off-Worlders is an absorbing collection of sci-fi stories.

Fans of Rise Siren Five will love this; as they journey deeper into the characters, worlds and concepts of the first novel of the Disclosure Series. But these stories stand on their own, as a treasure trove of sci-fi gems; sometimes dark, sometimes sensual, sometimes humorous, S.S. Delaunay takes the reader on sudden twists and unexpected turns.

A companion collection to the edgy Sci-Fi Action Thriller, Rise Siren Five.

“Even if you’ve never read the series before, these are short sci-fi stories. That’s always a nice time-spender. The stories alternative from funny to suspenseful to dramatic to meaningful. You’re getting a full meal out of this thing.”

“This writer delivers her tales of adventure with a unique, cryptic writing style that readers will either love or hate. Myself, I find it addictive, and plan to read the next full length novel.”

“The “special edition” includes an origin story for the series, and it points to a wide-open world that I can’t wait to read more about.”

Genre(s): Science Fiction, short story collection
Series: n.a.
Length: 146 pages
Release date: 2016-01-23

 

Teaser


Dr. Ilz, their creator, had wanted more for his creations than the usual human soul snippets used in CyTech.

Suffice to say, he got more than he bargained for. Now embodied with the essence of these ancient beings, their size, strength and intelligence was on a par with, and possibly even greater than, the Giant Ancient Astronauts.


My Opinion

The book is a collection of short stories, presenting the characters of Rise Siren Five in more depth.

With Off-Worlders, S. S. Delauney has created an interesting collection of her Rise Siren Five characters. Off-Worlders is a quite entertaining, sometimes strange read. I loved some of the stories, liked some, did not like one of them at all; my rating for the collection is a solid 4-star-rating. The relevant characters are quite complex, the situations they find themselves in are spread throughout the universe. The reader experiences all kine of emotions; there is fun and magic, tragedy and hope, normal beings and higher instances.

Off-Worlders is a good read for fans of Rise Siren Five, for readers who like the science fiction genre per se and a broad variety of incredible beings in highly unusual surroundings.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark
Pace Steady, slow
POV alternating
Language 😳 – 😡
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳 – 😡

 

About the author

S.S. Delaunay is the author of Rise Siren Five, Off-Worlders, The Disclosure Series of SciFi books and more. S.S. writes edgy, prophetic, Sci-Fi Action Thrillers. An Arts Graduate and English Literature major who was blessed to study Anthropology at a time when her University had one of the best departments in the world; she still feels the excitement of those breath taking and world changing teachings. From off-beat warrior training camps in the California desert, to mixed martial arts, to varied learnings from esoteric teachers everywhere, she has never stopped exploring different takes on things – physical, mental and other. Her blog and mailing list – SciFi Safari – are a virtual pop culture safari covering SciFi, Fantasy, Myth, Anthropology, Creation & The Art of Story. She is a firm believer that there are only three essential earth food groups and they all start with C – Coffee, Chilli and Chocolate. If she had to choose, it would of course be the coffee. Edgy Dazzling SciFi. SSDelaunay.com

 

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Off-Worlders?  Or – if you did not yet read Off-Worlders – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton #newcover

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Science Fiction
Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 284 pages
Release date: 2015-11-08

 

Teaser


“Okay. See you tomorrow.” Faith took a step up the road.

“Wait. I want to tell you something. I’ve got another best friend. That’s how I got so smart. He teaches me stuff.”


My Opinion

The book introduces you to Lacy Dawn, a girl in her pre-teens and her parents – poor and with mental issues.

With Rarity from the Hollow, Robert Eggleton has created a bizarre and often hilarious story about a young girl, her parents, Brownie the dog, and her friend DotCom. Rarity from the Hollow is a quite entertaining, strange, and also astonishing read. It took me a few chapters to comprehend Lacy Dawn’s way of thinking and talking; unsure at first if DotCom is an imaginary or real friend. The relevant characters are quite complex, they do not change their crude language, develop nicely in other aspects, though. The more I read, the more I liked Lacy Dawn; she is weird and – pretty smart. The book is mainly written in third person, past tense; the characters’ thoughts are shown in first person, present tense – I got used to it.

I really like the new cover! (I rated the previous one 3 stars)

The Rarity from the Hollow is a good read for fans of bizarre stories – e.g. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, for readers who like surprises and do not mind crude language.

 

In brief:

Cover  > NEW <
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Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady, slow
POV 3rd person – past tense;
thoughts: 1st person (alternating) – present tense
Language 😳 – 😡
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next — never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency.

Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his début novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.

 

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Rarity from the Hollow?  Or – if you did not yet read Rarity from the Hollow – are you now interested in reading it yourself? What is your take on the new cover?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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Bob by Tegon Maus, #RBRT

Bob

 

The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson’s career is slipping away, at least it was, until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime. Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes upon a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement. After helping her to escape, she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from. His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers. The only thing he knows for certain . . . the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide . . . “IS BELT.”

 

Genre(s):  Science fiction, Fantasy, Action

Series:  n.a.

Length:  168 pages

Release Date:  2014-09-03

 

Teaser


“Is seat belt,” he said flatly.

“What?”

“Seat belt. Bob’s friend must have on seat belt,” he scolded.

“You gotta be kidding me,” I griped, but dutifully snapped the belt.


 

My Opinion

This book introduces you to newspaper guy Peter Anderson whose career is going downhill. A promising story requires him to get a ride to the interview; his driver is – Bob.

With Bob, Tegon Maus has created a clever combination of science fiction and mystery with a humorous streak. The story comprises some interesting characters with sufficient depth; Peter “Andy” and Dimitri “Bob” have some weird encounters, facing more than one tricky situation. I had a great time reading Bob – it is a very fast-paced read. I was drawn into the story right away, understanding Peter’s desire to help Emma and his frustration as well as enjoying Bob’s take on things.

This is for you if you like shorter, fast-paced reads, urban (Arizona!) science fiction, funny moments, interesting characters and mysteries.

Recommended.

Is there a “Bob” fan club?  😉

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful, light-hearted
Pace Fast
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content (hints)
POV First person

 

About the author

I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after following a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.

It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an out right lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not. If I can make people think “it could happen,” even for a moment, then I have them and nothing makes me happier. When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

 

Connect with the Author:

 

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Bob? Or – if you did not yet read Bob – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Bob was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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Falaha’s Journey by Jeno Marz

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The author sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

 

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The complete serial novel in a single volume (Books 1-3).

Danna are a species of humanoid aliens who share the Milky Way with humanity. Unlike humans, they have been around for at least three billion years and are the oldest species in the Galaxy. Born with an alien artifact in their blood, they possess abilities surpassing anything any living creature can dream of. However, both their superb space technology and their unusual blood legacy have attracted danger no one expected. Abandoning their home Galaxy, the remaining population sets out in secrecy to their last resort, Kan Diona, the place to witness their victory or to become their grave.

When a seemingly simple rescue mission turns into a nightmare, Falaha, an ambitious Danna Commander Trainee with a power she can’t use properly yet, has her skills put to the ultimate test as her world begins to collapse, throwing her to the center of the conflict that might wipe out her entire race.

Family secrets slowly surface, hidden feelings are revealed, and new ones emerge. Ambitions and desires are fueled with every passing day, which could be her last. Answers bring more questions, solutions more problems, and life goes on, even if time is not her ally.

Will the enemy kill Falaha and her crew before they can find a way to save their people?

FALAHA’S JOURNEY is a vivid tale of alien species, races, and cultures, a family saga spanning multiple generations and extending across the Universe, a tale of identity, exploration, and self-discovery amidst a devastating struggle for survival, and a love story that touches the stars.

 

Genre(s):  Hard Science Fiction, Space Opera, Adult

Series:  Falaha’s Journey, Volume 1, #1-#3

Length:  686 pages (print version)

Release date:  2014-07-01

 

Teaser


The Emergency Codex states that all distress calls must be ignored on the way to Kan Diona; stealth mode is mandatory. The day I discovered this fact was the day we received a distress signal.


 

My Opinion

Falaha’s Journey introduces you to Falaha and her spouse to be, Eyuran. They are of the Danna race, a kind of humanoid aliens.

With Falaha’s Journey, Jeno Marz has created an epic science fiction story, combining the first three instalments of the series. Falaha’s Journey is the story of a rescue mission gone wrong, a female with ambitions, growing up and detecting her emotions. Most of the time, the books have a steady flow; some passages being on the slower side. The latter are also needed – to comprehend some complex situations. I was drawn into the story, trying to hide in safe places. Falaha’s Journey is a good read for hardcore science fiction fans, who like complex stories and characters and appreciate a good fight.

This is a huge and vastly exciting read.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady, slow
Characters Complex, developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person

 

About the author

I’m a writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. All my fiction is aimed at an adult audience. English is my third language.

If you decide to pick my books for a read, you should start with Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements (Books 1-3, also known as Falaha’s Journey Trilogy).

Falaha’s Jorney Into Pleasure (Falaha’s Journey Book 3.5) is an expansion set for that story, not a stand-alone serial novel. Set years after the main story and while still true to exploring science fiction aspects of the world (OS Universe) introduced in the Trilogy, its focus is adult relationships and character study. So before you pick up 3.5, be sure you are comfortable with graphic sex scenes and strong language.

Currently I’m working on another novel in the OS Universe setting.

 

Connect with the Author:

Amazon (US):  buy link

 

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Falaha’s Journey? Or – if you did not yet read Falaha’s Journey – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Falaha’s Journey was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂