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Reading Theme ~ May 2017.

April showers give way to clear skies.
Long days with not as hot temps means spending evenings outside, stargazing.

Stargazing leads to wondering. (at least for the story writer in me.)

Then the ponderance of those age-old questions:

What’s out there in our universe? What’s out there beyond?

Do aliens exist?

If they do, would they be friendly?

Or are they out to off us for whatever agenda they have?

What would it be like to travel from planet to planet throughout the universes?

For someone who swears she doesn’t read sci-fi (Exceptions: Illuminae & Gemina), I have seemed to amass quite the collection of sci-fi books. Star Wars, alien abductions, UFO sightings, and a princess to name just a few. So I am going to try to take down my TBR list by tackling the most popular theme I have to be read.

Of course. Star-Lord and Han are essential to sci-fi goodness.

I’m thinking of starting with the X-Files books. After all, the show I loved in the early 90s started off with Fox Mulder searching for his missing sister after her abduction by aliens. And since I plan to read the believer, I also have to add in the skeptic, aka Scully’s book.

The X-Files ~ Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

The X-Files ~ Devil’s Advocate by Jonathon Mayberry

And you can’t do aliens without a little weird to go into it, so:

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

And no space theme is complete without a STAR WARS book or two:

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
(forever my Princess/General)

And then, a few series starters that I hope are great enough to want to read on:

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Extracted by RR Haywood

And just because both the cover and the title fit, I’m going to try to squeeze in:

From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

Quite a full list for someone who claims not to read sci-fi…

May’s Theme:

The Stars in the Sky

(which also happens to be the title of the book I’m writing and not talking too much about yet.)

Any books I should look into or a great one I’ve missed?

And though I’ve read and reviewed them, I still highly recommend:

Illuminae/Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

DJ, signing off. Hoping to catch you from another system.


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Review: Gemina

Gemina by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gemina was as good as The Illuminae Files (book 1) for me. Everything I loved about the first book was here. The odd pages where the words not just figuratively form an image, but literally as well. The short dialogues, the transcripts, the story!

In Illuminae, the story centered on space and a zombie like virus. This time it was like a YA version of Aliens…Even better!!! (Kady from the first book does make an appearance in this book.)

It starts with Hanna, the spoiled rich girl, daughter of the ship’s captain. She’s talking with her boyfriend, Jackson, and her friends about a party. She arranges to bring a little “pick-me-up” with her contact, Nik.

Nik, is her polar opposite. Where she’s had privilege and Daddy’s training, Nik had mafia like gangs and pretty much had to take care of himself. He dealt with what was handed to him in the grand scheme of a sh*tty life.

But then BeiTech enters. In the first book, they were responsible for destroying a planet and ships and people…all for monetary gain. Here it’s no different, except they’re desperate not to get caught.

Meanwhile, drug producing alien creatures are hatching without supervision and proper harvesting. Meaning they get lose on this space station like ship in deep space.

Add in worm holes, parallel universes and a sweet love story…I couldn’t put it down!!! I didn’t want to stop reading. And I HATE that there is only ONE BOOK LEFT. This story was pure genius!

Being book two, I’d recommend the first (which is a winner, too), but this could stand alone if need be. I don’t think there’d be a giant question mark because you didn’t get a reference to a past event or an obscure reference.



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