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.

Triplanetary (The Lensman Series Book 1)My rating: 3 of 5 starsnodapprove-3
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 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”