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Red Planet Blues
Red Planet Blues
by Robert J Sawyer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.81
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploits of a detective in a Mars colony - Great Read - A fun romp, Sept. 2 2013
This review is from: Red Planet Blues (Hardcover)
Robert J Sawyer always has his characters have a little flair and that is certainly evident in this story with the main character Alexander Lomax who is a private eye in a settlement under a dome on Mars.

Double X as he is called by his friends is hired by a lovely lady, Lomax is a sucker for a beautiful dame, to find her missing husband. Which is an interesting request as they all live in a dome and if you're in the dome you're alive and if you're outside you are dead. Plus there is no record of him leaving the protective dome. Like I said he's a sucker for the ladies and he accepts the case.

Soon he runs into a cast of characters both real and so called transfers. Transfers are like clones except you get your brain transferred into a clone like body and it can look like anyone and you can buy options like extra strength, enhanced vision etc. Oh and as a bonus you don't need to breath or eat so you can leave the dome just in your regular cloths if you want to.

What seems like a simple case soon has twist and turns that drive Lomax crazy.
Lomax takes on other cases that involve events that occurred 30 mears ago (mears are Mars years which are slightly longer than Earth years) and the hunt for a fabled archaeological site on Mars.

The author handles all these machinations with good humour and twists galore.

A great detective novel situated in a limited environment just adds to the appeal of the book.

Recommended book and author.

Be sure to check out his Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy (Hominids, Humans, Hybrids) for more great reading

Stark's Crusade
Stark's Crusade
by John G. Hemry
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars Military Sci-Fi - Final effort by USA forces to retake the Moon base from Stark, Aug. 28 2013
Jack Campbell (or John G Hemry which is his actual name) spins another space opera, this time on the moon, in this the third book in the Starks War trilogy (the others being Stark's War and Stark's Command).

Stark is the commander on the moon although he still reports to the senior civilian position. The USA on Earth appears adamant that they retake the Moon base and keep sending more sophisticated deployments to do that. The latest being autonomous "robot" like creations.

Can Stark defeat someone without a soul ?

Can the Moon base be successfully defended if the USA on Earth sends all their resources ?

What about the unrest on Earth with what is happening there ?

Campbell wraps up this trilogy in eminent fashion.

Well developed characters. Nicely evolving story line. Well worth the time to read.

RECOMMENDED series and author.

The Executioner's Heart
The Executioner's Heart
by George Mann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.05
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Thriller - Newbury & Hobbes investigation - Very Well Presented, Aug. 25 2013
Newbury & Hobbes are into another mystery in this popular Steampunk series from George Mann. This is the fourth book in the "A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation" series with the other three books being "The Affinity Bridge" , "The Osiris Ritual", and "The Immorality Engine" ALL ARE RECOMMENDED

In this book we run into Newbury & Hobbes's being asked to investigate the murder of three apparently unrelated individuals. What is perplexing the police is that the murderer is opening up their victims chest cavity and removing their heart.

We are soon on the case and adding a little royalty into the mix and a definite danger to both Newbury and Hobbes. There is much focus on developing the plot and an introduction of the expected villain.

There are attempts by the palace and the police to link the murders to the Kaiser. The thinking being that it is meant to disrupt the Queen and during that disruption start a war. Newbury follows this line of reasoning for a bit.

Another rousing adventure and an enjoyable read from a master story teller. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Inferno: A Novel
Inferno: A Novel
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.81
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller in Florence Italy. Langdon has amnesia. What is really going on ? New plaque needed ?, Aug. 14 2013
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I just couldn't put this down until I finished it.

Dan Brown supplies us with three different stories within his books and that's what makes them so compelling to read.

The main story line is of course about Robert Langdon but in this adventure, or quest, he is at a huge disadvantage having just woken up in the hospital with a head injury and no memory of the previous two days. Plus someone is definitely out to kill him, for reasons at that time are unknown to him.

The second story rolls out as Langdon tries to deal with the killers while giving us a detailed travel guide on Florence Italy both from a geographical and historical perspective.

And the third story evolves around Dante and his Divine Comedy and particularly the Inferno section.
Brown weaves these three story lines together to entertain as Langdon fights to regain his memory of the last two days, and more importantly stay alive long enough to figure out what is going on.

The main theme of the action has to do with the population explosion and what the negative impact of unchecked population growth will do to the resources our planet has to support that increased demand.

The Black Plague is looked at as a previous event that dealt with the issue. Do we need a new plague to deal with our current and future overpopulation problems ?

A great combination of sleuthing and moral "churn" that delivers a book that's an absolute delight to read.

Highly recommended along with Dan Browns other books including Demons and Angels, Deception Point, Digital Firtress and of course The Da Vinci Code that first introduced us to Robert Langdon

The Human Abstract
The Human Abstract
by George Mann
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.91
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great space opera novella with compelling characters and twist in the story, Aug. 13 2013
This review is from: The Human Abstract (Paperback)
What do you do when the niece of one of the first families on your planet comes in and asks you to sell her deceased uncles rare book collection? If you are Rehan Mihajlovic, a book lover extrordinaire, you jump at the chance.

But the great opportunity soon turns into a life and death struggle as everyone associated with the books starts getting killed.

But Rehan is not going to let this opportunity bypass him.

A rousing adventure with a twist at the end. A great novella from the beginnings of the career of a great author.

Be sure to check out the books in his Newbury & Hobbes Investigation series which is a Steampunk detective series. Highly recommended.

New Earth
New Earth
by Ben Bova
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.17
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise but predictable story rollout - disappointing, Aug. 11 2013
This review is from: New Earth (Hardcover)
Right off the bat I have to admit to being a huge Ben Bova fan and have been for many many years.

Secondly, I have to admit there is only a hint of Ben Bova's brilliance as a story teller in this book; he doesn't seem to have had his heart in its production.

The character development is light which means we have a hard time relating to the characters, which is always a bad sign in any book. Standard stereotypes are introduced in the storyline implying that mankind will not evolve beyond those.

While the premise is interesting I had already figured out what was going to happen many pages before it happened. I'm no Sherlock Holmes, but I do believe most readers of sci fi will also figure out where the story line is going.

This is a tale of environmental disaster on Earth that sees mankind trying to escape it, in space, only to learn of an even worse pending disaster.

If you can buy this book at a discount, or just want a light read this is your book.

If you want fully developed characters and complex, thus interesting plot lines, go elsewhere. Jack Campbell and Ian Douglas immediately come to mind.

Although not recommended I am still a fan of Ben Bova as I know he can do better than this.

Great North Road
Great North Road
by Peter F. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.05
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5.0 out of 5 stars Universe spanning murder mystery. Hard core space opera at its best, Aug. 6 2013
This review is from: Great North Road (Hardcover)
Peter F Hamilton's books have a tendency to be long but that's because he paints a broad but detailed picture of his characters and the surroundings they find themselves in. The pictures are sharp and the characters compelling and relatable which makes all his books a pleasure to read and enjoy.

In his latest offering we find the North family which through cloning themselves have managed to put themselves in a position of immense wealth and subsequently power. The only drawback to the cloning is that each time you clone a clone from a clone it creates flaws in the transfer. This is commonly referred to as inbreeding in humans and in clones it has a tendency to crank up the crazy each time you do it.

Building interstellar gates they have occupied St Libra and made it into a lucrative source of energy for Earth.

When a dead North is discovered in the river, having been disposed of there, with all attributes that could definitely identify them removed the hunt is on for which North it is, and more importantly who killed them.

Unfortunately for Detective Sidney Hurst, who has been assigned the case, a check of the extensive North family reveals they are all accounted for. Who is the mystery North that has been killed ? On top of that, the murder has been done in a manner similar to a murder twenty years ago and the suspect of that murder has been in jail for the past 20 years.

Money and power are soon added to the investigation, but progress is slow. They are obviously dealing with a professional group well connected and funded.

Meanwhile on the planet St Libra a group of scientific and military personnel are also trying to find the potential murderer. When another murder on Earth and one on St Libra occur close together it appears there may be two murderers.

Hamilton continues to taunt the reader with clues and ends the book with a great ending.

HIGHLY recommended book and author

The Nemesis List
The Nemesis List
by R Frith
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.54
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2.0 out of 5 stars Looses steam half way through and becomes cryptic. Look elsewhere, Aug. 5 2013
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The premise of this book sounded interesting and we initially start down that road in the front half of the book. We then make a dramatic left turn and we are off in a less interested, and more confusing, story arc.

I actually went back 50 pages to see if the book didn't contain two short stories with the same characters but nope it's all one story. Or at least it is suppose to be.

I liked the front half and where we are going then the second half just clouded the issue.
There are cryptic hints at the lead character having some sorts of abilities, but that is never clarified. There is a hint as to his ultimate mission (as eluded to in the description of the book) but this is never visited after being announced.

The book ends in anticipation of the next book.

Confusing - not recommended

Zoe's Tale
Zoe's Tale
by John Scalzi
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing detailed look from the perspective of a participant in a Space Opera, Aug. 5 2013
This review is from: Zoe's Tale (Mass Market Paperback)
Sagan's adopted daughter Zoe. Zoe's father had attempted to destroy all of humanity but was defeated by the Colonial Defense Force.

Zoe's story plays out as we get to see from her perspective what she was seeing, and doing, that was only hinted at in the applicable Old Man's War series.

Who else has two alien body guards and a step Dad and Mom who have to run a new colony on a hidden planet. While Zoe is adopted, she shows that she can be just as devious, and funnt, as her adopted parents.

This is a great read. I recommend reading the three books in the Old Man's War series (The Old man's War - The Ghost Brigade - The Last Colony) before this one; but the story will stand on it's own.

Highly recommended BOOK - SERIES - AUTHOR

Home Vegetable Gardening: 60 Tips & Tricks To Flourish Your Garden
Home Vegetable Gardening: 60 Tips & Tricks To Flourish Your Garden

2.0 out of 5 stars Amateur attempt at a gardening book - look elsewhere, July 2 2013
Oh boy does this need some serious work. Just to start, the english needs to be corrected and punctuation is non existent.

Then if you can get past this, the tips are mostly common sense, after you get past the mangled english, about your lawn. Gardening is just lightly touched on.

This book needed to be proof read by someone who would honestly point out the problems to the author.

NOT recommended. Look elsewhere

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