Archive for September, 2014

Two New Book Reviews

Posted September 24, 2014 By Jandy

The Cosmic Computer by H. Beam PiperThe Cosmic Computer by H. Beam Piper

After finishing school on Terra, Conn Maxwell returns to his home planet Poictesme. He returns to the run down planet knowing what the elder expected of him. He is supposed to tell them where MERLIN, the supercomputer from the last war, is located. They see Merlin as their salvation.

While he was on Terra Conn learned that there never was a MERLIN. He knows he can’t tell the men on his planet that truth. He and his father Rodney Maxwell decide to create a story for the men who govern the planet. MERLIN is still out there, but they have to find it. It’s close in one of the neighboring systems. But while they’re looking for MERLIN, they need to prepare their planet for when they have it up and operational.

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Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Packing for Mars by Mary RoachThe Curious Science of Life in the Void

The current space exploration dreams are for a manned trip to Mars. That’s a small group of people in a confined space under abnormal conditions for well over two years. What provisions will be required? What type of equipment will be required? What type of person would be able to complete the trip successfully? What design and materials will be needed for the spaceship itself? How will the pitfalls of zero gravity be addressed? How can a person stay healthy both mentally and physically in those conditions?

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Two Graves by Douglas Preston & Lincoln ChildJust when he found her after twelve years, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast watches as his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious group of men. He is certain they are Nazis who are operating out of Brazil. He chases them, following them from New York to Florida to Mexico. In Mexico he loses his quarry and Helen. He returns to New York City and isolates himself.

Lieutenant Vinnie D’Agosta is given the lead of a task forces to investigate a bizarre murder. A young man murders a woman in her hotel room and leaves a grisly scene behind. He is seen on the hotel cameras in the hallway, attacking the woman and pushing her into her room. seen leaving her room, seen taking the elevator, and standing around the lobby for a while before he casually walks out. The man seems to know he is on camera but doesn’t care. He leaves his fingerprints and DNA behind, along with something extra, making the scene even more gruesome.

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Book Review: The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle

Posted September 11, 2014 By Jandy

The Hot Zone by Jayne CastleAfter escaping from the hands of a mad scientist, Sedona Snow moves to Rainshadow Island. It’s remote and lightly populated – a place where she can recuperate from the experiments run on her. She can be on her own and away from ghost hunters and their Guilds.

But alien caverns have been found under Rainshadow. There are strange monsters appearing in the Preserve that may have come from Underground. A new Guild is founded on Rainshadow. Now the island is brimming with macho ghost hunters. The new Guild Boss is Cyrus Jones – a man of mystery with an unusual psychic talent.

Sedona knows she can’t trust everything a Guild Boss says. She’s had proof. But she believes and trusts what Cyrus tells her. When someone tries to attack her in her own home, Cyrus is the person who rescues her. He quickly becomes her protector. She is able to use her paranormal talent to help him with as well.

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Book Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

Posted September 10, 2014 By Jandy

Lock In by John ScalziDo you like good science fiction? Do you like a good mystery? If either of those questions is yes, don’t miss Lock In.

In the first week on the job, FBI agent Chris Shane gets involved in a case that has everything – money, power, politics, protests, personal control, vendettas, and personal substitutes. Shane is a third stage Haden’s syndrome patient – the body is locked in place in a medical cradle while the conscious inhabits a robot body.

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