Metal Chest is a fun, short novel about the friendship that develops between a household robot and a rogue in a post apocalyptic world where neither fit in. Deacon is a Han Solo type, joking and conning his way through life. Silas, is his perfect straight man, making for a friendship that is unique and fun to watch develop. Their natural comic interplay brings a natural and very human feel to the hardship of their post apocalyptic world. The end may have come, but life goes on. The biggest weakness was simply how short the novel was. It was more of a novella, but enjoyable nonetheless.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Metal Chest from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
CAN A ROBOT SURVIVE A POST-APOCALYPTIC WASTELAND?
A devastating war between man and machine has left the world in ruins. Silas, a timid household robot, is left to roa...
by Amanda Bridgeman
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 06 Nov 2018
Normally I enjoy science fiction/noir blends, but I didn’t enjoy The Subjugate as much as I expected.
Amanda Bridgeman does a good job juxtaposing the technology free world of the Children of Christ and the rich in technology world of Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville. The detectives are fish out of water investigating the murder of a young woman of the Children of Christ. Suspicion falls on the Subjugates of the Solme Complex. ( Subjugates are violent criminals or sexual predators conditioned and neurally edited to find violence and sexuality anathema. Those who successfully complete the experimental program become Serenes. Serenes and certain Subjugates are allowed into the town of the Children of Christ to work. )
I quickly became frustrated with the detectives, particularly Mitch, as they stubbornly pursue pet theories and ignore evidence. Boredom followed frustration. Much...
The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 27 Nov 2018
It isn’t a question of what will kill you on Razor, but what won’t. The Razor is the perfect prison - deadly, impossible to escape, and profitable for the corporation that runs it. Razor is a death sentence, it’s just a matter of how and when - the harsh environment, the brutal guards, Xytrilium exposure, or gang violence. J Barton Mitchell’s world is desolate and harsh, all jagged edges giving a clear feeling of man versus the elements. To survive requires more than will. It requires ingenuity. From the start it is made clear that to survive requires value, leverage. A deal can keep you alive. Flynn, Key, Maddox and Raelynn have all made deals, but whether they will survive is in doubt. At a signal, the mining platforms are scuttled and the prisoners are left to fend for themselves. Flynn and Key have a chance - retrieve some data and they will be rescued. But what th...
Dozens of clever doodling exercises & ideas for dog people
by Gemma Correll
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster
Walter Foster Publishing
Arts & Photography , Crafts & Hobbies
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018
One thing I love about dogs is their variety of appearances and personalities. Gemma Correll does a great job capturing the variety of dog types and expressions, and teaching people how to recreate their pets. It’s fun to doodle ordinary and extraordinary dogs, dogs with costumes, dogs with hats. The prompts and the techniques allow just about anyone to create adorable doodles of dogs. Doodled Dogs makes a perfect gift for dog lovers of all ages. It’s a fun book plain and simple.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Doodled Dogs from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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Nobody's Sweetheart Now The First Lady Adelaide Mystery
by Maggie Robinson
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 13 Nov 2018
What is more embarrassing than a cheating husband who dies while speeding along with his mistress? - one who comes back as a ghost, showing up at inopportune times providing irritating commentary and making you look quite mad. Not only does Lady Adelaide Compton have to deal with a corpse that inconveniently appears in her barn during a weekend dinner party, she also has to cope with the appearance of her charming ne’er do well husband’s ghost. Who amongst her guests (all with links to the victim) committed the crime? Scotland Yard sends Inspector Dev Hunter to investigate. Half Indian, all English and entirely handsome, Dev knows he has challenges ahead, including keeping his mind off the beautiful, if slightly peculiar Lady Adelaide.
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The Poisoned Chalice Murder A 1920s English mystery
by Diane Janes
Pub Date 01 Nov 2018
Diane James’s second 1920s mystery, The Poisoned Chalice Murder, is even more enjoyable than her debut - a stunning accomplishment. Frances Black and Tom Dod are a charming pair of amateur detectives, working well together despite a frisson of attraction they dare not act upon. Frances is the more perceptive of the duo, and the novel focuses on her perspective. Diane James skillfully portrays the social dilemmas Frances is faced with. Being separated from her husband is scandalous, despite the fact that he ran off with another woman. Accepting a divorce, even more so. As a woman on her own, being respectable is of central importance. Tom is also constrained, as he married his dead brother’s fiancée so their children would be legitimate.
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