Category: Sciencefiction

Sci-fi Book Review: “From the Earth to the Moon” by Jules Verne

Sci-fi Book Review: “From the Earth to the Moon” by Jules Verne

I doubt if there is anything I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said, except that I loved this story much more than I thought I would. I’m never very confident going into science fiction because I tend to either love it or hate it more than any other genre. Jules Verne, of course, is classic science fiction and I found it thoroughly intriguing. The level of creativity and imagination displayed in this book astonishes me given the time period in which it was written. Perhaps that’s why I tend to enjoy the older science fiction more than the new stuff, because I can see how much of it has come to pass and realize the genius of the author who wrote it. This one has a pretty dramatic cliffhanger to boot, which is going to force me to adjust my reading schedule to fit in the sequel. I can hardly wait! In summary, this story deserves its place on the list of classic science fiction and I am sad only because it took me so long to get around to reading it.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Sci-Fi Book Review: “Paralysis Paradox” by Stewart Sanders

Sci-Fi Book Review: “Paralysis Paradox” by Stewart Sanders

This book has a very interesting plotline. Some form of intelligence is living 4 different lives, at 4 different periods in history, all at the same time. Every time he falls asleep, he wakes up in a different lifeline. The story is told from the perspective of the person the intelligence is occupying in each timeline. This book is first in a series and will leave you with some unanswered questions. I haven’t yet read the subsequent book but I assume there will be answers coming.

My favorite character in the story is the young teenage girl Vicky. I found her to be the easiest to relate too, in part I’m sure because her timeline is the most like the 21st century. I think the author did a really good job of developing all of the characters. At a certain point in the story, the four lives start to bleed into one another which added another layer of depth to the overall plot line. Overall, I found the story to be an enjoyable read and great beginning to what I hope will be an intriguing series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “A Question of Will” by Alex Albrinck

Book Review: “A Question of Will” by Alex Albrinck

I found this book fascinating not only because of the complex storyline but also because of the glimpse at the possible future of technology that it provides. The characters, who play their parts excellently, are the frosting on the cake. They are intriguing and believable, especially the good guys, and well developed throughout the story.

Will Stark is the richest man in the world, a brilliant entrepreneur and developer, who lives with his wife, Hope and his young son, Josh, in a secure community with guards patrolling 24 hours a day. As the story opens the community is being attacked by the Hunters of the Aliomenti and their target is the Stark family. Their house is burnt to the ground in a huge explosion and all three are presumed dead in the fire. But Will is not dead. He has been rescued by the Alliance, the enemies of the Aliomenti. What follows is Will’s journey as he discovers who he really is. But what has happened to Hope and Josh? Pick up a copy and find out. This book is the first in the Aliomenti Saga series. Bonus: the Kindle version of the book is free – click here to download.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP! This is science fiction and will appeal to lovers of the genre.

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Book Review: “Dangerous Brains” by Erik Hamre

Book Review: “Dangerous Brains” by Erik Hamre

An incredibly gripping thriller! I read this book in record time because I just had to know how it was going to end.

Someone has created an artificial intelligence which is breaking through the firewalls of every electronic device on the planet. The U.S. government has in place a directive which says that if an intelligence breaks through the nuclear warhead control systems than a series of nuclear bombs attached to GPS satellites will be detonated in the atmosphere, creating an EMP wave which will knock out all electronics and send society backwards 200 years.

Kraut has assembled a team of experts to try and stop this new intelligence. As the clock ticks down to detonation of the bombs, will the team be able to find a way to destroy it? This story is full of twists and turns as the investigators undercover clues, hit dead ends, and continue to persist till the bitter end. One of the things that made the story so compelling is that it is set in 2015 and the technology portrayed is very realistic. The reader can easily imagine these events taking place in the not too distant future. This story is fun to read but also a wake-up call for Americans that technology may also have a very scary, dark side if not managed properly.

If you’re looking for a mystery, you will enjoy this book. If you’re a sci-fi fan, you will enjoy this book. I have previously read “Tuna Life” by the same author and I think this one surpasses it in its creativity. This is definitely a 5 star book.

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Book Review: “Beacon” by Jonathan C. Gillespie

Book Review: “Beacon” by Jonathan C. Gillespie

The universe has been reduced to a grouping of spaceships gathered around a star they call Beacon. The remnants of the races live here but reproduction has ceased among all of them. It’s been 20 years since a child was born. Then twenty-year old Tersias and nineteen-year old Mally find out that Mally is pregnant. Within hours all the remnants of civilization have their eyes on this pregnancy. A grand celebration is planned, but will all go as intended?

This short story is the first in a series. I really enjoyed this one and hope to read part 2 soon. I particularly liked the characters of Tersias and Mally. Even though the short story format doesn’t allow for a huge amount of character development, I found these two totally likable. They were totally overwhelmed by all the attention but handled it with grace and calm. The occurrence at the end makes me especially curious to see where the author intends to go with the world he has created. I recommend “Beacon” for lovers or dabblers of sci-fi.

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“Exodus” by Andreas Christensen

“Exodus” by Andreas Christensen

A brilliant piece of sci-fi fiction! I found this book to be a well thought out and expertly plotted story.

The story explores the what-if scenario of a meteor crashing into, and potentially destroying, planet Earth. When scientists become aware of the impending doom they begin planning a way to remove a selected portion of the human race to another planet to start over. They estimate they have about 12 years until impact and the American space program has been all but abandoned after a disastrous attempt to land on Mars.

The story is told as a series of vignettes each focusing on a different character. As the plot thickens, we get a view into the arduous process of selecting those who will be on the spaceship, we listen in on the political machinations going on behind the scenes, and we follow the Exodus as she travels through space bound for an unknown planet called Aurora.

This book is the first in a trilogy and definitely leaves you wanting to read the next one. This book is everything a good sci-fi book should be.

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“The Traveler” by Fredric Shernoff

“The Traveler” by Fredric Shernoff

A brilliant twist on the time travel theme! “The Traveler” had me fully engaged from the very start. Fredric Shernoff has created a fascinating time travel story. Daniel Wells is your average, everyday guy. He’s married, somewhat unhappily, lives in a nice house, and drives a nice car. Then one day he discovers that he can travel in time. After a few tries he gains some control over the process and travels back in time 20 years to when he was a middle-schooler. His intention is just to observe and revisit his childhood, but something goes terribly wrong. Now he has created a major disturbance in time and in his efforts to correct his mistakes verges on disrupting the whole universe. There is adventure, romance, and even murder in this story. I would highly recommend “The Traveler” to readers of sci-fi or fantasy. There is also a theme of coming to terms with who you are and Daniel revisits his past. You should definitely give this one a try.

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