Astronomicon: The Beginning by Paul Vincent
“3 Space craft, 240 colonists, 25 trillion miles and an unexpected discovery that changes everything. Astronomicon: The Beginning follows the human race's intrepid first steps into interstellar space, a colonisation mission to Proxima Centauri. The colossal distance and harsh environment are not all that stand between them and survival.” PV
Science Fiction is my favorite genre for personal consumption. This book has not let me down. There are a lot of twists in the plot and people are dying left and right! Paul Vincent aka @astronomiconSF has created a very believable look into the future of humanity. That future is full of people just like on earth now, radical terrorists and all. The cast of characters are very believable, they have issues and struggles that draw the reader right into the heart of the story. Paul also has the transport ships and terrain well mapped out, everything fits together quite nicely.
Paul has a multi-volume set and I am glad for it. The first book, which is free, was hard to put down at times.
The book is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and other places according to his website: http://astronomicon.co.uk/
I have to mention there were a few spelling errors; that is my job as Chief Word Refiner. The errors were mostly misplaced words or missing words, the kind that spellcheckers commonly miss. The good news is there were very few of them, so the distraction they cause is minor or nil for most people, who are not hyper-spellers.
I give this story 4/5 stars! A pleasure to read! Well worth having in your library!
The Branches of Time by Luca Rossi @authorlrossi available on Amazon and Goodreads
“A shower of splinters exterminates the people of the island of Turios. Only Bashinoir, badly wounded, his wife Lil and the Priestess Miril survive. They would like to give a worthy burial to their loved ones, but the corpses have disappeared. Their only hope of salvation lies in the magical protection of the Temple. But they must cope with dark threats. “
The description starts with the view from one side of a magical shield of protection that is maintained from the temple.
There is another view from the other side of the shield. Those people feel trapped on their island, they want to explore the world and trade with their neighbors; but any who contact the shield are destroyed.
A string of wizards have tried to break the shield and one may succeed by going into the past.
This is a good story; I enjoyed it a great deal. It was a little too sexy for my taste, but that is just me. I have no doubt that many who read it will be thoroughly entertained!
Actually, I think the author has created a great framework for an epic saga. I had a little bit of trouble keeping the timelines distinct because of jumping around in time and space. I think that a nice two or three volume set could be made from this book. The first volume being, the story of the ancestors and the tribulation that drove them apart. The second volume, a millennia away, could detail the failed struggles of the separate peoples to conquer the problems besetting them. The third volume could be the culmination of efforts that result in reuniting the two peoples or one conquering the other.
Mr. Rossi has constructed a fascinating tale full of fantasy, magic and wizards. He has magnificently mixed in time travel and a cameo of people from a distant future. (I would like to see a lot more of that in the story).
He has done some nice character development and placed them in difficult situations. The descriptions of the temple and castles are pretty well formed in my mind.
I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.
“The Moss Garden Journal of Chan Wing Tsit” by Richard Bell
“1750. A young Buddhist priest traveling to Korea is caught in storms, driven across the Pacific and shipwrecked. Lacking survival skills, he is taken in by the local people who are far from the barbarians he expected; they are complex, political, sophisticated, urbane and multilingual; a community of traders and priests with deep cultural and spiritual ways and little need for his Buddhist dharma.” As described by the author.
This is my favorite book of the decade, big words since the decade is only half over; but I have not read anything that comes very close in many years. If you have any interest in history or fiction or historical fiction then this book is for you. Have you ever wondered what daily life was like for Native Americans before the Europeans moved into the neighborhood? This book is for you. Do you like a good love story about how opposites attract? This book is for you. Do you like an action story with intrigue, plots, spies, and fighting a war? This book is for you.
Do not let the variety scare you away; this tapestry is woven so well together it seems to be of one cloth.
This book is available free at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308135
Disclosure: Richard Bell is a client of Word Refiner, we are working on his second book.
"No Dogs In Philly" By Andy Futuro
Smashwords – No Dogs in Philly – a book by Andy FuturoNo Dogs in Philly By Andy Futuro "The fate of the world hangs in the balance as detective Saru Solan fights to save an alien host from the dimension-devouring Uausua..."
This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in sometime. It is in the running for one of the top 5 books for 2015. I know the year is not even half over, but the book is that good.
Andy Futuro has spun a marvelous fabric of a highly drugged and rather dystopian society. There is so little hope for the average person Saru runs into and leaves them with scars on their body. She has been given a task, a seemingly impossible task the deeper she gets in. First save a blue eyed girl, then later it seems the fate of the world, if not the universe is in the balance.
The author has created a very believable world, the gadgets, the implants, the constant net feeds directly to your brain offer scary portents of the future. Saru has so many interesting weapons, Betty is really cool. I love the shiv implanted in her thigh, just under her skin; and everything else. The ear lob cams seem quite practical.
Andy does a wonderful job of delineating the stratification of society, a lot like a caste system; where you were born is where you would die. Did I mention there was little to no hope?
Google, take note: Saru's self-driving Cadillac can drive itself all day and find it's way home, i bet it can even defend itself.
Some of the scenes are nearly palpable, the lighting is good, the mood ranges from grim twilight to morbid and deathly dark. A lot of fun!
The Elzi's seem to have relinquished their humanity, the Hips are in touch with their humanity. There is a dog that might be a god, or maybe it is a god that might be a dog.
This book will appeal to a lot of different readers. It is sexy in places, and not so much in others, with action oriented parts elsewhere.
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