The Rings of Haven by Ryk Brown

Book Review

 


The Rings of Haven (The Frontiers Saga #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Audiobook

Book Series: The Frontiers Saga part 1 #2

Released:  2/3/2012 by Ryk Brown

Pages: 241  Price: $2.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon  Ep.2 – “The Rings of Haven” (The Frontiers Saga)

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A ship stranded halfway across the galaxy. A difficult and lengthy journey home. A homeworld in urgent need of their return. And now they are running out of food.

The crew of the Aurora must now trust their new allies in order to survive. But their situation may be far more serious than they imagined. And their actions could have repercussions across the galaxy.

Their journey home may just have gotten slightly more complicated.

My Review:

I was surprised that my library actually purchased the second instalment of this series, there must be someone else that suggested the addition to their online catalog too.  I still don’t have high hopes that I will ever finish the series, as there is something like 19 parts and the only easy way to get a hold of them is an e-book through Amazon limiting their availability.

Took me a moment to piece together what happened in part one but once I remembered I did enjoy the story.  Not quite as much as the first but it is difficult to keep the action going in episodic fiction.  Sometimes you have a slower book than others, wherein a longer piece the slow parts are used to break up the action.  Sometimes when a story is released this way, in parts, you end up with a part that is simply all slow.

The story still feels a lot like an episode of Star Trek where the crew interacts with a potentially hostile new world after being marooned on the other side of the galaxy, Voyager anyone.  Don’t get me wrong I love that aspect of the story.  I would like to know more about what happened to humanity on Earth, we still get teased with the setback to the human race but I don’t feel like we were ever really explained what happened.  A couple more pieces were shared but the events still a great mystery to me.

Bottom line I still like the series.  The author is talented and tells a great science fiction space opera story.  If I get a chance to continue through my library I will but if not then I will probably let this one go.  The price is fair, but for so many parts $3 will add up quickly and prices this story right out of my affordability range.  If you have access to Kindle Unlimited, however, this story is one that you can read for free and would be a great option.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Top Ten Tuesday: Yummy Cover Art

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

October 17: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books 

Here’s the deal.  The books I read don’t have much food mentioned in them.  Vampires tend to be on mainly a liquid diet… For this week I decided to look for ten books on my Goodreads shelves that feature food on the cover.  Even that was a hard find as two of them are drinks and another two are simply a single piece of fruit several others are simply cookbooks. Interesting to see how different genres of books utilize food for the cover art though.

Ten book covers that feature food.

  1. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)  This is an upcoming release that I’m excited to share with you later this month.
  2. Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe This cookbook has some great recipes in it if you like Middle Eastern food.
  3. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding Interesting gothic inspired wedding cake. Not sure my copy looks like this though.
  4. Twilight (Twilight, #1)  Remember when single pieces of fruit or articles of clothing were all the rage for cover art.
  5. The New Indian Slow Cooker: Recipes for Curries, Dals, Chutneys, Masalas, Biryani, and More  Love Indian food, this looks so good!
  6. The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9)  Ms. Jones always has such cool covers.  I’d drink those lattes.
  7. Midnight Brunch (Casa Dracula, #2)  I feel like this one is kind of a stretch, but hey strawberries are still food…
  8. Ball Blue Book of Preserving  Again it’s food…
  9. Just One Sip (Dark Ones, #4.5) If this is a cocktail then it counts.  It is a vampire book so pretty much a toss-up.
  10. Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen Right now I’m kind of on a Thai food kick.  Love me some Green Curry.

Bending the rules this week but there is my contribution to this week top ten list.

Monday Morning Check-In: Return to Normalcy

Sigh.  I’ve survived!  I made it through a busy two weeks and come out of it mentally and emotionally intact.  A little tired but that is to be expected.  Husband and I spent the weekend at our alma mater’s homecoming and had an amazing time.  No reading has been done in October so it might be a pretty light month for reviews.  I need to start thinking of chores to get ready for winter but for this week I’m going to take some me time which will mean getting back into my reading grove as my request books are starting to stack up.  Not the end of the world but I should probably stop putting in new requests….  Going to keep this post short and sweet so I can hopefully get a book finished up this afternoon.

Have a great week everyone!  Happy reading.

Fowl Language: The Struggle is Real by Brian Gordon

Book Review

 


Fowl Language: The Struggle Is RealBook Genre: Humor, Graphic Novel, Comic

Book Series: N/A

Released: 10/10/17 by Andrew McMeel Publishing

Pages:  128 Price: $14.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Are you a mom or dad? How wonderful and annoying for you!
Do you know someone who will soon have a baby? How exciting and terrifying for them!
Are your friends parents, too? Of course they are, those poor sons of bitches . . .

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Fowler Language is for you.
And if you answered no, then congratulations, and feel free to sleep in this weekend!

Thirty percent of the content in Fowler Language is original to the book, and the Fowl Language bonus panels will be included.

My Review:

Let me start with I am not the targeted audience for this book.  I am not a parent and relish my child-free lifestyle.  When I saw this book’s cover and that it was a read now title over at Net Galley I decided to review it because who hasn’t enjoyed these illustrations when they pop up in their newsfeed on Facebook.

I have never laughed so hard while reading a book about the ups and downs of parenthood. I laughed so hard I worried about my blood pressure!  This book was so funny and I even found parts that, as a pet parent, I could relate to.  Other bits I got simply from having once been a child myself.  So no matter who you are, parent, aunt, uncle, child-free I believe you will enjoy this book.  If you know someone who is a new or experienced parent than this would make a great gift!

My Rating:5 Stars

Monday Morning Check-In: To Sell Out Or Not

Good Monday morning everyone!  Not a lot of reading going on in my life lately.  I’ve been working at the library for six days straight as my boss has gone on vacation.  On my days off I am using every spare moment to clean the house in prep for a guest later this week.  Now I know my friend doesn’t give a crap about the state of our house but it is her first visit and she is staying the night so we have initiated a friend-first-visit-overnight-stay level of cleaning.  Basically, we will pick up everything, finish up some projects, vacuum, dust, mow the lawn, sanitize the bathroom and do a ton of laundry.  No cleaning closets or organizing cupboards. If she comes to visit again I will probably leave the house as is.  Hey, it’s a home, not a museum but it is always nice to make good first impression.  The plus side is that I was able to wake up to a beautiful looking home that was free from clutter.

Managed to finish everything up just in time for another disappointing episode of Star Trek: Discovery.  I’m almost to the point of hate.  I am so upset over what they have done to this franchise that I love.  I did sign back up and paid $6 to watch the first part of the season but man, after last night’s show if it doesn’t get significantly better I might not sign back up in January to see how things end.  I don’t think this show will last beyond one season.  It is just awful.

Moving on to the topic of my blog title.  Over the weekend I received an email from WordPress on different ways to monetize my blog.  This is not something I ever considered doing before as this is a hobby but I read the letter and I’m actually considering signing up for an Amazon and Book Depository affiliation links.  I know it wouldn’t bring much money, most people who read these reviews have already read the books or are of different reading taste, very rarely do I hear of followers going out and buying the book I just reviewed.  But it could happen.  Also, let me state that I am not going to read and review something for direct compensation from an author or product.  I’m a mood reader and like the blog title, I tend to just Read What I Like.  If I decided to start posting affiliate links to the books that I review it would just be that a link to where you could buy the book I just reviewed in case you wanted a copy for yourself.  I’m torn.  It would be nice to make a little money, perhaps enough to pay for the domain name each year.  Or perhaps I could use the money to hold more giveaways.  Anyway, don’t be shocked if you start seeing links to Amazon and The Book Depository in my book reviews.  I’m very tempted to try this out, feel free to share your thoughts if you do or have done this or if you have strong feeling against book bloggers that do.

Speaking of giveaways.  Last week I started a giveaway for a $25 Amazon e-gift card.  All you need to do to enter is visit this blog post, 1,000 Followers Giveaway!, and comment on how you follow the blog.  There are not that many entries so the odds are pretty good for those still wanting to enter.  You have until Midnight Central Standard Time on Wednesday, October 11.  On the 12th I will post the lucky winner.

Have a great week everyone!  Happy Reading.

1,000 Followers Giveaway!

 

At the time of my writing this blog post my blog tells me I have 1,010 followers!  Wow!  Thank you so much for being interested in my book reviews.  I appreciate all the comments and shares over the past two years.  It means so much to me.  To show my thanks, I’ve decided to hold a giveaway, details below, for a $25 Amazon e-gift card to one lucky follower!

To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me how you follow the blog and what your username is on that site; WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Email, Tumblr, google+, Instagram (I will check so no cheating).  Since I am giving away a gift card through Amazon this giveaway is open to ALL followers worldwide again the only requirement is that you follow the blog.  The giveaway will be open for one week, October 4, 2017 through October 11, 2017, midnight central standard time.  I will post the winner on Thursday, October 12th.  Since you will need to provide a valid email when commenting/entering the winner will simply be surprised sometime Thursday morning, by 10 am at the latest, that they are the winner!

So did you get that?  I hope it is clear I’m making this up as I go…

To enter: Comment with site’s name where you follow Read What I Like and your username between 10/4/17 & 10/11/17.

On 10/12/17 I will email the winner and post their name on the blog.

The comment must be on THIS blog post, not on another site.

I will use a random generator for selecting the winner.

That’s all.

Good Luck & Happy Reading!

Month in Review: September 2017 (three days late…)

Month in Review

Read this month: 5 Books, 1,950 Pages 

Read this year:  63 Books, 16,120 Pages 

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1)

Looking Back:

First off let me say how sorry I am that this didn’t post on October first.  I was elbow deep in books and dust bunnies cleaning our home library for guests.  Then yesterday I was scraping tar paper off the floor… Today I was able to find a few moments to get this posted and I have not forgotten about the giveaway I promised you all for reaching 1000 followers.  Look for that to go live tomorrow.  Last month wasn’t a great month for reading but it wasn’t awful either.  If most people read five books in a month they would be thrilled but somehow to me, it feels like a failure… Which it totally isn’t.  Two are re-reads, two are audiobooks, and one complete series or at least what is out already.  I really enjoyed the books by Becky Chambers if you were to look into any of the books above those are the top of my recommendation list.

Looking Ahead:

Going to be a hectic first two weeks this October.  Big cleaning project at home and I’m working seven days straight followed by a weekend trip.  So not much reading is likely to be done.  Finishing up three review titles is going to be my only goal.  I already posted about my giveaway which will be super simple most likely just commenting on tomorrow’s blog post.  I hope you all have a great month of reading!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: Busy

Greetings everyone.  Wanted to make sure to get a post up today and let you know that the next two weeks are going to be busy.  We are going to our college’s homecoming in two weeks and the night before a friend from college is going to visit so we can all head down together.  Before we go I have three laundry lists of things that need to be done.  The only problem is that I am working the next seven days as my boss is going on a much-deserved vacation.

So not a lot of reading got done over the weekend because I wanted to get as much cleaning done as I could.  I did manage to get to see the third episode of the new Star Trek: Discovery.  I don’t want to talk about it.  #Disappointed  I canceled my year subscription CBS All Access (which is NOT All Access #NoBigBang).  I looked up how the show will be released and will only be paying for two months subscription during the times that the show airs.  $12 is a far more reasonable price for this Star Trek that is nothing like Star Trek.  After a few more episodes I’ll post an updated review.  So far it isn’t looking good.

Well, I need to go scrape tar paper off my kitchen floor.  Please think about calling your representatives in Congress and the Senate to demand gun reform so perhaps we can prevent more mass shootings.  It is time to demand real reform.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Book Review

 


A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction 

Book Series: Wayfarers #2

Released: 3/14/17 by Harper Voyager

Pages: 364 Price$16.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers)

Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera—the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.
Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.
Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

My Review:

This book was way different from the first in its series.  If you happen to pick this book up not knowing it was second in a series you will be fine reading this as a stand-alone or even out of order.  Not much is going to be spoiled from the first book, only one plot point.  I highly recommend going back and reading the first book as it is also an excellent story.

I almost enjoyed this story as much as the first, just a tad less and am unsure if it is even enough to deduct a star or not.  Maybe I’ll know by the end of the review.  Like I said this story was structured differently from the first.  The story revolves around two points of view instead of multiple and shifted back and forth in time.  We follow Lovey as she adjusts to a life that didn’t go as planned and her struggle to find purpose.  We also learn how Pepper’s back story and some startling revelations as to what has become of humanity among the stars.  Have to say it was a bit disappointing…  Not going to go into more to avoid spoilers.  Pepper struggled with much of the same issues as Lovey only from an organic existence instead of an artificial one.

The book also delves into the question of what makes us human and what defines self-awareness and artificial intelligence which probably isn’t too far off from being an issue in our world.   Soon we will be needing to answer questions as to what rights AI will have and if a machine can be alive and have a sense of self.  Interesting ideas to ponder.

While the first two books in this series had a different feeling to them they both share a lot of heart.  I felt for these characters like I did the first crew.   Both stories tackle interesting issues and gave my brain something to chew over for a while.  I see that there will be a third book in this series and I look forward to reading it as well because this is a talented author that delivers a thought-provoking and entertaining story.

My Rating: 5 Stars