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Book Review: Fate of Perfection, by K.F. Breene

I borrowed a copy of K.F. Breene‘s Fate of Perfection through Amazon Prime Reading.

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In a corporate-controlled future where the ruling conglomerates genetically engineer their employees, Millicent Foster is the best of the best.

Physically perfect and exceptionally intelligent, Millicent is granted the uncommon privilege of breeding. But her daughter inherits more than superior genetics…little Marie has a rare ability that the world has never seen, and her conglomerate, Moxidone, will stop at nothing to have sole possession of the child.

Teamed with Ryker, the formidable master of security, Millicent must risk everything in a life-and-death struggle to tear her daughter away from the ruling force who wants to own them all. The odds are stacked against them, but Moxidone will learn that the pursuit of perfection comes at a perilous cost—and that love can’t be bought at any price.

my review

I enjoyed this. It’s pulpy sci-fi romance, so no one would call it great literature. But I still enjoyed it, even as I see flaws in it.

Ryker was an alpha a-hole, which I didn’t appreciate. But he also decided to protect ‘his family’ and went about doing just that, which I did appreciate. I also liked that for a lot of the book he, Millicent, and Marie are a family by virtue of a baby between them. That means they are a family unit because they decided so, not because of any romantic connection or a legally binding marriage, etc (that comes later and is a super weak—though not insignificant—part of the plot-line). Ryker and Millicent are two adults who decide to function as a pair because they have a child to protect. It ticked a lot of emotional boxes for me.

Trent’s sarcasm cracked me up and, though not all of Ryker and Millicent’s banter was a bullseye for me, I generally thought it amusing. The science was super hand-wavey, but the book didn’t really need much more. All in all, a winner. I’ll happily read another.

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Book Review: The Sky People, by S.M. Stirling

Several years ago, I picked a used copy of S.M. Stirling‘s The Sky People. Well, more accurately, I picked up a copy of the sequel, In the Courts of The Crimson Kings without realizing it was a second book and then went back, found, and bought The Sky People. I finally got around to starting the series.

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Marc has been assigned to Jamestown, the US-Commonwealth base on Venus, near the great Venusian city of Kartahown. Set in a countryside swarming with sabertooths and dinosaurs, Jamestown is home to a small band of American and allied scientist-adventurers.

But there are flies in this ointment – and not only the Venusian dragonflies, with their yard-wide wings. The biologists studying Venus’s life are puzzled by the way it not only resembles that on Earth, but is virtually identical to it. The EastBloc has its own base at Cosmograd, in the highlands to the south, and relations are frosty. And attractive young geologist Cynthia Whitlock seems impervious to Marc’s Cajun charm.

Meanwhile, at the western end of the continent, Teesa of the Cloud Mountain People leads her tribe in a conflict with the Neanderthal-like beastmen who have seized her folk’s sacred caves. Then an EastBloc shuttle crashes nearby, and the beastmen acquire new knowledge… and AK47’s.

Jamestown sends its long-range blimp to rescue the downed EastBloc cosmonauts, little suspecting that the answer to the jungle planet’s mysteries may lie there, among tribal conflicts and traces of a power that made Earth’s vaunted science seem as primitive as the tribesfolk’s blowguns. As if that weren’t enough, there’s an enemy agent on board the airship…

my review

I thought this was an interesting science fiction read. Specifically, I thought the small earth-related news clips at the beginning of each chapters interesting, as well as the discussion around what finding other inhabitable planets would do to earth-side politics. I found this almost more engaging than the daily drama of the rest of the book, honestly.

I did like the idea of the dinosaur-age earth-like planet being settled by humanity. I liked the characters (though none of them are particularly deep) and the how-did-this-happen evolutionary mystery. I don’t think anyone will be surprised by much of what they find here though. While the political and social set-up is intriguing, the actual events of the plot I found painfully predictable, especially the rather abrupt ‘and it all worked out’ ending (prior to the epilogue which is a lead-in to book two). I also thought it rambled a little in the middle and there was a whiff of ‘bringing enlightenment to the noble savages’ to it. But it wasn’t overpowering. There is a man and his dog though, and that made up for a whole lot.

As I said, I also have book two (In the Courts of The Crimson Kings) and do plan to read it. But I don’t think I’ll dive right into it at the moment.

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Book Review: Axiom’s End, by Lindsay Ellis

I won a copy of Lindsay EllisAxiom’s End through Goodreads last year. I only just now got around to reading it.
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Truth is a human right.

It’s fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father. Even though Cora hasn’t spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government—and with him in hiding, that attention is on her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax, and wants nothing to do with him—until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up, and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.

Realizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can, and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human—and could unleash a force more sinister than she ever imagined.

 my review

I always find it interesting when I read a book, love it, and then read other reviewers’ critical reviews of the same book. I just read one that discussed the romance of the book. And while I’ll always defend the stance that every reader’s encounter with a book is valid, I didn’t read romance into this story. Mutual affection by the end, sure, even a relationship of a kind, but a platonic one built on circumstances. I wouldn’t call anything in this book romantic, or it a romance in and of itself.

In fact, that’s part of what I most liked about the book. Ellis didn’t take the low-hanging fruit of tossing in some romance. The aliens are ALIEN. The circumstances are bleak. People are shit, sometimes even ‘people’ of multiple species. It made for an interesting mélange.

I appreciated that some questions are left unanswered, leaving the reader to make their own assessment. I also liked Cora quite a bit, though I’ll acknowledge that she tended to just go with the government flow a little more easily than I’d have liked. The book is quite long and a bit slow in the beginning, but the writing is readable and eventually the pages flew by for me. I quite enjoyed this and will be looking for more.

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