Triplanetary

by E. E. “Doc” Smith

Every speaker in the space cruiser blared out the warning as he evacuated his lungs entirely empty. “Vee-Two Gas! Get tight!” Writhing and twisting in his fierce struggle to keep his lungs from gulping any noxious atmosphere, and with the unconscious girl draped limply over his left arm, Costigan leaped toward the portal to the nearest lifeboat.

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Triplanetary by E.E. “Doc”Smith, Read in 2016 on 6/1 to page 71, on 6/22 to page 110, on 7/7 to page 211, on 7/16 until complete.

Before I begin rambling, I liked it. I recommend it to classic science fiction space opera fans. Triplanetary is the first of the Lensmen series by E.E. “Doc” Smith. A wonderfully successful series.
Triplanetary Rating Chart 3x5Triplanetary is Earth-centric in this galactic adventure. If memory serves (more on that later) the planets of the Triplanetary service are Earth, Venus, and Mars. It’s a shoot-em up space adventure with rather clear good guys and bad guys. There are a number of threats that are also lingering as foretelling.

The hero-saves-damsel-in-distress-and-falls-in-love is 1930’s contrived as are some Doc Savage-like escapes. You don’t know who Doc Savage is? Shame on you! Continue reading “Triplanetary”

A Criminal Defense

by William L. Myers Jr.

“…Forcing me to look at your lying face, holding down my anger, trying to make sure we all aren’t destroyed by this goddamned disaster.”…The rage I’ve held back for so long finally overtakes me… when I finally stop and gather myself…the wine bottle missing from the coffee table, the TV screen in shards, and the deep red stain dripping down the wall just like the blood…

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Amazon ebook and Whispersync audiobook, read/listened in 2017 on 5/20 to page 238, and on 6/9 to the end. I loved it (4½ of 5) 😁 and recommend it.

In addition to being a standard lawyer suspense novel, the type that first caught my attention when I binged on John Grisham’s 1991 –The Firm, 1992 – The Pelican Brief, 1993 – The Client, it is also a mystery with more twists than a pretzel.
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I’m certain the genre was around before John Grisham but, for me, he turned the genre from Graham Crackers into Hershey’s Chocolate.

In March 2017 William L. Myers Jr.‘s  A Criminal Defense looked more appealing to me than the other Kindle First offerings that month. I’m glad I bumped this one to the top of a very long list of “to read” books.

William L. Myers, Jr Our author, Mr. Myers, gets us into the story quick enough. His protagonist, Mick McFarland is standing outside the home of a convicted murderer’s mother who has begged him to appeal her only son’s hopeless murder case. Mick took the case pro bonoa and has lost two costly appeals already but his Hail Maryb legal maneuver was caught in the end zone, so now Justin Bauer will be getting a new trial. The mother has been so distraught she no longer answers the phone. So Mick is at her door to try to give her the good news. Great that Justin will get a new trial, nightmare that Mick’s firm will be likely go broke from the trial.
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Open Minds

by Susan Kaye Quinn

Then three things happened in rapid succession: I fell forward, I grabbed the edge of a desk to catch myself, and I pivoted down into Simon Zagan’s lap.

Falling and catching myself: fine. Landing on Simon Zagan: a tragic catastrophe.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read and listened to the audio book (whipsersync from Amazon) in 2016 on 9/30 to page 133, on 10/13 to the end. I liked it, 4 of 5 Stars. I recommend it for young adults, science fiction fans, evolutional altered future fans.Open Minds 1

It is a young adult book set in the future where evolution has caused people to change around their time of puberty. Around that time, along with sprouting pubic hair, comes the ability to easily read other people’s minds. You might imagine the multitude of ways an author can go wild with that “what if”. Continue reading “Open Minds”

A Game of Thrones

by George R. R. Martin

As his men died around him, Littlefinger slid Ned’s dagger from its sheath and shoved it up under his chin. His smile was apologetic. “I did warn you not to trust me, you know.”

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Read and or listened to the audiobook in 2017 on 1/25 to page 199, on 2/1 to page 260, on 2/14 to page 387, on 2/28 to page 479, on 3/8 to page 563 on 3/19 to the end. I really liked it but my recommendation is with reservations.

Yes, it is a great series (I’ve read them all previously, this is a second read), and no, I do not recommend the series. Game of Thrones SMI do not believe the series will ever conclude. In fact, the reason I decided to re-read the series is that I think, my memory isn’t my strong suit, that the HBO series has shown the story beyond the end of his last book. I’m uncertain, so I’m reading again.

You may read dozens of reviews of this book and have as many different opinions regarding what this book is about. Robert Baratheon is king (and multiple other titles), and Jon Arryn, is Hand to the King (and multiple other titles). The Hand of the King is the virtual ruler of the seven kingdoms, appointed by the King as head of his small group of councilors. Jon Arryn dies and by many is suspected to have been murdered. Continue reading “A Game of Thrones”

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read in 2017 on 1/1 to page 82, on 1/6 to page 158, on 1/7 to page 442, on 1/10 to page 566, on 1/12 to page 619 on 1/13 to page 666, on 1/15 to page 1026, on 1/22 to the end.  Listened to Recorded Books Audiobook by Davina Porter  simultaneously.

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I loved it and recommend the series to any lover of fiction. I selected this series as I was tired of waiting for several years for George R.R. Martin to write another book in his unfinished Game of Thrones series. Continue reading “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”

A Spy’s Devotion

by Melanie Dickerson

How painful to realize that her aunt did not consider her a member of the family at all, only a tool, a servant who would serve a purpose and then be discarded as unnecessary.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With additional Whispersync Audio that worked a good deal of the time. I read it in 2016 and 2017 on 12/21 to page 34, on 1/2 to page 65, on 1/3 to page 142 and on 1/4 to the end. I really liked it and recommend to Romance fans of that flowery time in England that is, I think, Victorian age… a time when looking at a girl at a dance may be understood to be almost a proposal for marriage.
A Spys Devotion SMI struggled mightily with this book. I believe in the “Acknowledgments Melanie called it “Regency Romance”. I don’t have words for it.

I will not watch Lifetime Movie Channel (for women) as it is more addicting than heroin, and I speak from experience. The withdrawals are slightly easier on the nerves, stomach, and other nasty things but like any addiction you can’t have even one or you’re back on the stuff. I’ve never went for this kind of Romance novel as I feared it would be as addictive as Lifetime Movie Channel. Continue reading “A Spy’s Devotion”

The Fiery Cross

by Diana Galbadon

He explained, “In the Highlands of Scotland, when a chieftain would set himself for war, he would burn the fiery cross, and send it for a sign through the lands of his clan. It was a signal to the men of his name, to gather their weapons and come to the gathering place, prepared for battle.”

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read in 2016 on 12/16 to page 76, on 2/17 to page 84, on 12/18 to page 128, on 12/19 to page 422, on 12/24 to page 507, on 12/25 to page 735, on 12/28 to page 996, on 12/29>1051, on 12/30 to the end.Fiery Cross Rating-

I really liked this book even putting aside other books in favor of finishing this book, but it doesn’t rise to I loved it. I do recommend it to Gabaldon’s Outlander series fans most passionately. Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon SM
How do you summarize a fifth book in a series of at least 8 books without just blasting out spoiler after spoiler? I can’t.

Also this book is over 1200 pages. I did manage to finish it in under a month, but my memory isn’t up to the job of holding this kind of complicated plot, let alone report on this book. Well I’ll give you a tip about the book’s title…. Continue reading “The Fiery Cross”