NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission will launch in summer 2018 to travel closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions. And you can send your name along for the ride.
Short but most definitely not sweet. She Hunts in the Woods is a creepy and disgustingly descriptive little tale from the awesome Rich Hawkins. No matter the length, his works are always a highly recommended read.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Alas, the Mercury Rapids trilogy has come to an end but what an exciting, action packed ending it was. I’ve said it before but it’s worth saying again, Steven Johnson is brilliant in the art of storytelling. He has a flair for characterisation and dialogue and a knack for keeping the reader engaged. This series has been an absolute joy to read and I certainly hope this is not the last we hear from such a talented author.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Thoth Imperative, the second book in the Mercury Rapids trilogy, is an excellent follow-up. It’s an action packed, exciting ride full of double-dealing aliens, conniving characters, twists and turns, and the humour I’ve come to love from the protagonist, Bill Lewis. A great read that I highly recommend.
There are a few typos here and there, but this doesn’t detract from the story at all. I’ve come across this with e-books before and with the quality of Steven Johnson’s writing, it’s something I’m happy to overlook.
Mercury Rapids takes me back to the old days when sci-fi was my preferred genre. I would devour book after book from masters such as Wells, Bradbury, Asimov and E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith. I just couldn’t get enough!
And now, for me, Steven Johnson is up there with the best of them. I don’t know how I’ve missed such an incredible talent. He is brilliant in the art of storytelling.
Mercury Rapids is a compelling, humorous and well written book with a perfect balance of science fiction and science fact. It has an interesting, thought-provoking plot that will undoubtedly keep you entertained until the end. The characters are extremely likeable. I particularly favoured the protagonist, Bill Lewis. He’s witty, intelligent, at times fickle, but lovable all the same.
It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a science fiction tale as much as this one. It’s a fun, lighthearted read that I can’t recommend enough.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal
Jazz Bashara is a pain in the butt.
And Artemis is 305 pages of disappointment. I was close to giving up several times but I hate to leave a book unfinished. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad, just mostly. The plot had such potential but the pace was far too slow. To be honest, I think I was about a third of the way through before I even started to pay attention. The most annoying aspect for me though was having a female protagonist behave like an adolescent boy. Weir could have done so much more with such an obviously intelligent character. It’s a shame really as I had such high hopes for this novel. Oh well.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Many thanks to Richard for providing me with a free PDF copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.
Deadly Partnership is not a book I would ordinarily buy as I’m a sceptic where spiritualism is concerned. Having said that, it is only a minor part of this book and fits in well with the storyline.
Scepticism aside, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The first chapter had me hooked and I found myself unable to put it down. The story flows well and is a very easy read that took me roughly eight hours to finish.
The characters were likeable. I found myself particularly endeared to Paul despite the revelations throughout the book. Gary, Paul’s son, didn’t sit too well with me though, given his easy acceptance and complicity in the unfolding events. Then again considering his father’s propensities I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Overall it has an interesting plot with enough twists to keep the reader engaged right through to the end. It’s not often that a book will grip me enough that I will read it in one sitting, but this one certainly did. If you enjoy a good thriller this one is most definitely for you. I can’t recommend it enough.
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Former NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II, mission specialist on the STS-41B and STS-31 missions, passed away on Dec. 21, 2017.