It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.
What would happen if a rampant virus wiped out 80% of the world? And then magical abilities were thrown into the mix? This is just the beginning.
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Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
I listened to the audiobook version while commuting and I'm sure I got stares from the other drivers as I laughed. LOL! As a Star Trek fan from the beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed this unique tale and getting to know the 'doomed' redshirts. I also enjoyed the three follow-on codas that expanded on more of the back stories of some of the characters - both fictional and "real."
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.
Neil Gaiman retells some classic Viking stories and really brings out their personalities. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I could picture a group of Norse people and their children sitting around a large fire listening to the storyteller and gasping with delight or horror or sympathy as the story unfolded. I won't spoil any for you, but I will say Loki is NOT my favorite god. :-)
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.
I listened to this audio book after the TV series ended and was pleasantly surprised that the story line was NOT the same. The reader really grabs you and brings you into the dome with all the people of Chester's Mill. Highly recommended.
Bad Twin is the highly-anticipated new novel by acclaimed mystery writer Gary Troup. Bad Twin was delivered to the publisher just days before Troup boarded Oceanic Flight 815, which was lost in flight from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles in September 2004. He remains missing and is presumed dead.
When Sawyer (on 'Lost' the TV show) was reading the manuscript of this book on a recent episode (3 May) he said it was a good story. Unfortunately, he never got to finish it - you'll have to watch the season 2 reruns to see why. When I found it was available here I just had to have it...ABCs marketing worked on me!
As a Lostaholic, I was pleasantly surprised and even chuckled a few times at the references. I had not read any of the reviews so I didn't know about the connections to the show. I especially loved the references to Scot----...oops! Sorry, I don't want to give too much away! If you like 'Lost' the TV show, you'll love this book and the fascinating clues in it.
It's a good old fashioned detective story that stands on it's own so even if you don't watch 'Lost' it's still a good listen.
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Corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West collide in le Carré's intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son.
With all the twists and turns, colorful characters, and international locations this would make a wonderful movie. I can easily picture Ewan McGregor in the role of Oliver and Sir Sean Connery in the role of "Tiger."
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In 1918, on the small Scots peninsula of Glenelg, the death of the clan chieftain marks the end of a way of life. With the new chieftain comes the cruelty of the Highland Clearances. The Rose family is transported to Australia where they witness the emergence of a self-governing country from a convict colony. The MacCrimmons are among hopeful immigrants who travel by raft down the Ohio River to settle in far-off lands.
As an American-Scot with some knowledge of the Clearances, I found the story to be amazingly compelling. I was wrapped up in the lives of all three families and frequently found myself laughing, gasping, and sometimes crying out loud. The Clearances were a horrific time but from the surviving descendants was born a fierce pride and determination to survive. America, Canada, and Australia all benefitted from the Scots immigrants who arrived on their shores. It helped make our great nations what they are today.
I recommend this book to all those with Scots heritage. I think it would make a great mini-series (it's too long for one movie!).
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