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Reading Gerald M. Weinberg's Aremac Power: Inventions at Risk was like a return to the golden age of science fiction, when we all believed that science and scientists were good and, if we were just smart enough, technology could solve any human problem. Of course Weinberg has updated the themes to fit today's world and its problems.
The book provides a fast-paced follow-up to the previous book in the series, The Aremac Project, but you don't need to have read book one to enjoy this one. Coupling Theoretical Physics, governments' need to control technology to their advantage, the culture of Navaho reservations, and the ever-seething turmoil of West African states, Weinberg takes you on a rip-roaring ride across the world as the band of scientists responsible for the memory-reading Aremac struggle to maintain ethical control of `the monster' technology they've constructed.
A literary feast for the senses, Terry Hayman takes us to Provence, France with renowned American painter, Emery Lake, and his daughter, Violet. Lake has had a crisis of faith in his art and himself after the death of his wife. When he arrives in Provence and goes wandering in the hills, he runs into no less than the famous, long-dead painter Renoir. Crazy? Lake might be. But Hayman skillfully paints us a story that layers the long dead artists of southern France with Lake’s own journey to rekindle his purpose in life. Luscious imagery overlays a suspenseful story as Lake struggles to save both himself and his daughter from the powerful passions that fill all artists. A must read for those who love art or want to know more about it.
Wow! With gritty details, Leslie Clare Walker draws you in and forces you to sit down and keep reading. Wonderful, mysterious world building and a lush and telling eye for details make this novel a gripping read. Walker builds characters you can care about and keeps you on the edge of your seat as you enter a world where towns and cities have been set adrift from the landscape to stagnate in an isolating mist.
Take a little girl who can change the world with her dreams, a screwed up family, a countryside of farmers being overrun by demons and you’ve got Chance Damnation by Deanna Knippling.
Nine year old Jerome knows that his friend, the frail little girl, Celeste Marie, is someone special. He also knows the demons that destroyed the church on Gray Hill are out to get her, so when his older brothers and the rest of the town decide to go after the demons, he knows it’s more important to keep Celeste Marie safe. When things go bad, it takes Jerome to enter the demon caverns and his cranky older brother, Aloysius, left topside, to deal with the demons factions who are taking over the community, and to find Celeste Marie and wake her up. Who knew such powerful dreams could come from such a little kid. Nightmares, I mean. A wickedly weird read.
In Jhyoti, Marcelle Dube uses a science fiction setting for another of her thought-provoking mysteries. Jhyoti is an anomaly: the first of her low caste to be accepted into training that might actually allow her to leave her planet for the stars. While conducting research that should finally confirm that she can go off-world, she discovers a body where it shouldn't be. Worse for Jhyoti, she shouldn't be there, either. The discovery of her presence leads Jhyoti into a murder investigation that pits a low-caste cadet against the highest echalons of her planet's elite. The result is a tense tale in a unique setting, with an interesting protagonist that you can't help but root for. I recommend Jhyoti and look forward to more stories with this protagonist.
Marcelle Dube continues her excellence in suspense and mystery with this tight little novella with an interesting protagonist who everyone -- including herself -- suspects might be losing her mind. My particular favorites in this piece were the wonderful opening images and the evocative description of the Yukon and the fact that Author, Dube, always presents fully developed characters. Just how does one deal with a killer who might be a figment of your imagination? Read Jules and find out.
Marcelle Dube's interesting fantasy story sets Bittan, the daughter of a high priestess of an ancient god in a the modern city of Montreal. The God expects Bittan's obediance and love, and has set a Chimere (gargoyle) to protect her. Unfortunately that protection also keeps Bittan sacrosanct for the God. But a modern woman can't really be expected to cleave only to stone, so a fledgling romance places her lover in danger. The final poignant scenes of this story actually made me a little misty eyed as I made the choice with her. I mean who wants to kill your lover? But who wants to kill a God?
I will come clean. I love Marcelle Dube's writing and each of her stories seems to get better and better and the stories stronger with more emotional depth. This story of a woman in crisis is no exception. What could make a successful lawyer, wife, and mother suddenly walk away from her life? Read this story. If you aren't choked up by the end, then you're a heck of a lot thicker skinned than me.
Rose Nanashima takes readers into the dark, unrelenting underbelly of Japan's Indie-music scene in this novel of old wrong and how they come back to haunt us. Try skimming the surface of this novel and the dark things that live at the bottom rise up to get you.
Shanti is a wandering soul who ha grown up in various countries abroad and has lived in Japan the past sundry years surviving on her wages as an English teacher while 'living' as an indie rock singer. Her world changes dramatically when a man from her childhood shows up and begins to follow her. Worse, he insinutates his way into her group of friends.
From there the situation spirals down. We know that something awful happened years ago between this man, Shanti and Shanti's brother. We also know that something bad is going to happen again -- and it does.
Unfortunately for this reader, this detracted from my sympathy for Shanti, and made me feel like screaming at other characters to run away before things got worse and she dragged them down with her. On the upside, the author did a fantastic job of of evoking the aimless existence of a segment of Japanese culture I wasn't aware of. It gave me a new view of Japanese youth living in the wild, international world of music, but still trapped within the strictures of Japanese society.
Again, Weinberg takes us back to the golden age of science fiction when cooler heads prevailed in finding the solutions to human problems. In this case the cooler heads are those of Daphne, a genius at investments and a reluctant environmental protestor, and an entity named LAFE who just happens to be the gestalt mind of the Kebler Forest of aspens.
When Daphne falls off a cliff when pursued by the men who want to put a pipe line through the forest, LAFE uses his ability to heal himself and his denizens to also heal Daphne – and improve her. With the world thinking Daphne is dead, she embarks on a mission to save Kebler Forest and in the process discovers that her real nemesis is none other than her cousin, Russell.
Using only her business acumen, the help of a computer genius and the huge mental faculties of Buddy and his allies, Daphne must face down a foe with the incredible resources of the corporate world. Can she do it? I won’t spoil the suspense, but Weinberg weaves a tale of the science of investing, the environment and physics to make it all seem plausible. Makes me want to think twice before I cut off a tree branch….
How many of us HAVEN'T felt like running away from all the hubbub and emotional turmoil of Christmas? I'd guess most of us are like Faith the main character, except this woman has the fortitude to actually walk away from friends and family that are coming on too strong with matchmaking. The author, Marcelle Dube, takes us along with Faith as she escapes her northern Canadian home for the big city of Vancouver. But it seems that running away from Christmas isn't as easy as it seems and Dube sucks us back into the spirit of the season as smoothly as homemade eggnog. A charming read that reaffirms the romance of Christmas.