The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.
This book takes a new approach to sci-fi adventures. It's the story of an average joe with an unusually large obsession for hamburgers who ends up in adventure after adventure that leads him to command a captured starship with the help of a very humorous A.I. he met along the way. Sometimes it is amazingly funny! Occasionally it crawls along. Still, it's a good book and frequently it's a page turner.
The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.
Skip this book. This story had a good premise but I think the author just ran out of steam. In this book they come up with another gimmick to give the story a little breath. It's really not enough. Not enough happens. It was good while it lasted, but after all, it's the fourth book in the series and was bound to peter out sooner or later. The signs were there and it was good while it lasted. I'm not trying to be mean when I say that there is nothing else to be squeezed out of this series.
From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.
This was one of Bryce Courtenay's later books. The power of one was his first. There are so many similarities between these two books that I can only conclude that this book is how he would have written t.p.o.o. If he had been more experienced at the time. One book does not exclude the other however, both books are truly amazing! This book like all his books, especially when nara Ted by Humphrey Bower is impossible to put down!
An epic story about war, peace, and the price of freedom, Forever Free reintroduces listeners to William Mandella - who has been living peacefully on the planet called Middle Finger, a refuge for humans who refuse to become part of the group mind known as Man. But after decades of this peace, Mandella and others are tired of living like zoo animals. So they steal a starship - and embark upon a voyage that will forever change their understanding of the universe, and themselves.
Pass this one. It's in the same universe. That's it. It's a depressing story that really leads nowhere.
Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!
This is the first LitRPG that was written to be purposefully silly. They did a good job, I was tired of the "same old"..
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Riley's real-life took a nosedive after her confrontation with Alex. The girls at school torment her and she feels powerless to do anything about it. At the same time, Jason has mysteriously disappeared, sending only a terse cryptic message to Riley and Frank. With some time on her hands and with her frustration with her real-life reaching a breaking point, Riley decides to strike off on her own in-game. Her goal is to investigate the quest related to the strange bow she discovered in the dungeon north of Peccavi.
Reading this actually made me really angry remembering my high school days. There are so many bad people put there. This story was a great chance to let Riley stand on her own a bit. Shows she can hold her own.
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Don Harvey is a citizen of the Interplanetary Federation - yet no single planet can claim him as its own. His mother was born on Venus and his father on Earth, and Don himself was born on a spaceship in trajectory between planets. When his parents abruptly summon him away from school on Earth to join them on Mars, he has no idea he's about to be plunged into deadly interplanetary intrigue. But the ship Don is traveling on is unexpectedly diverted to Venus, where the colony has launched a revolution against Earth's control.
Classic Heinlein book. Well worth the read. I missed the usual readers, but this reader did a good job too.
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Brandon Strayne. Brilliant computer programmer, businessman, and world leader. Where did this mysterious man come from? This volume details Brandon's history and rise to power. Before there was the Game, there was a boy. This takes the story of the Game even further by viewing how it all started!
Excellent tie in with the original story! This is the story behind everything. A marvelously, and sadly told story too!
Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her - feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.
Where's the darn story? It's all about a chick who likes bread and decides to bake it. Nothing important happens, except for an apparent downward spiral in the professional sphere because she prioritizes baking over her real job. Honestly, I want to save you the trouble here. Don't keep reading just because you want to find out what happens because NOTHING happens!
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The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.
This series is amazing, it really never gets old, you just get to know the characters more and how they deal with the truly amazing situations they manage to get into! It's seriously one of those "one in a blue moon" kind of book. It's awesome!
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