The Galaxy, and the Ground Within – Book Review

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

Synopsis:
With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.

At the Five-Hop One-Stop, long-haul spacers can stretch their legs (if they have legs, that is), and get fuel, transit permits, and assorted supplies. The Five-Hop is run by an enterprising alien and her sometimes helpful child, who work hard to provide a little piece of home to everyone passing through.

When a freak technological failure halts all traffic to and from Gora, three strangers—all different species with different aims—are thrown together at the Five-Hop. Grounded, with nothing to do but wait, the trio—an exiled artist with an appointment to keep, a cargo runner at a personal crossroads, and a mysterious individual doing her best to help those on the fringes—are compelled to confront where they’ve been, where they might go, and what they are, or could be, to each other.

Review:
While The Galaxy, and the Ground Within is a part of a series, I have only read one other and had no problem jumping in. It’s a wholly standalone story, just a part of a larger, established universe.

The characters are wonderfully vibrant and diverse. There are 4 separate races represented, all very different from each other and humans. Each has a different background, motivation, and destination. Yet we get a deep dive into each character and how they work together as they’re stuck on a remote planet “truck stop.” It’s not action-packed nor any nefarious mystery, but it’s a completely absorbing story that made it hard to put down. I fell in love with each of these characters and how this one adventure affected each of them. It’s powerful and captivating.

Received in April

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Ariane Books:
The Mystic Quest: The Magical Journey Begins by Nancy Harvey

Dark Horse Comics:
Earth Boy by Paul Tobin

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Book II: Greater Good by Timothy Zahn
Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne

Disney Hyperion:
The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
Willa of Dark Hollow by Robert Beatty
Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Insight Comics:
Marvel Comics: The Variant Covers by John Rhett Thomas

Random House:
Scorpion by Christian Cantrell

Random House Children’s / Delacorte Press:
Finn and the Time-Traveling Pajamas by Michael Buckley

Simon & Schuster Children’s / Aladdin:
The Revenge of Magic: The Chosen One by James Riley
Girls with Rebel Souls by Suzanne Young

Subterranean Press:
The Best of David Brin by David Brin
Everything in All the Wrong Order by Chaz Brenchley
City of Songs by Anthony Ryan

Tor:
Immunity Index by Sue Burke

Girls With Rebel Souls – Book Review

Girls with Rebel Souls by Suzanne Young

Synopsis:
The girls of Innovations Academy escaped the confines of their unethical school, fought against the system protecting predators who targeted girls for harassment, and they’re not done yet. They’re still not free.

Reeling from one revelation after the next, Mena and her friends begin to unwind the truth of their existence and, as a result, their destiny. The men from Innovations Corporation still hunt them, the woman who created them still wants control over them, and worst of all, Mena realizes that through all her pain, all her tears, the world of men has not changed. There is no more time to hope for the best. The girls know they are in a battle for their lives, a war for their very existence.

The girls of Innovations Academy have sharpened their sticks to fight back, they have fought for justice with blood from their razor hearts. And now, the girls will choose their true nature…and how they define their rebel souls.

Review:
Girls with Rebel Souls is the final book in an intensely thrilling YA trilogy. Mena and her friends are in hiding, with a mission to save the rest of their friends and take down the corporation that created them. But someone else is getting to the investors before they can. It seems impossible to know who they can trust. The characters in this series are fantastic – complex with an edge. It’s a wonderful and inspired take on the Stepford Wives that takes the idea to a whole new level. With men who want to dominate and women who want revenge, Mena tries to find her own way – yet keeping their rebellious, feminist hearts. With chilling suspense and danger around every corner, this final installment is one I won’t soon forget.

Marvel Comics: The Variant Covers – Book Spotlight

Marvel Comics: The Variant Covers by Insight Comics

Marvel started experimenting with “enhanced” comic covers, which soon became “Variant” covers and grew in popularity since the ’90s. This fantastic collection is an oversized book full of hundreds of artwork from a variety of titles and artists across 216 full-color pages.

This book spans the past several decades from Marvels’ vast spread of characters. I don’t collect variant covers. But this book is a lot of fun and contains a lot of amazing artwork. It will take me quite a while to go through all of it in depth. There are sections on themes, monsters, characters, and artists. And the centerfold by Daniel Acuna, spreads out across 4 pages. This would be a great gift for Marvel fans. It’s definitely a collector’s item. It’s an impressive collection of stunning artwork with something for everyone.

Unknown 9: Revelation – Book Review

Unknown 9: Revelation: Book Two of the Genesis Trilogy by Layton Green

Synopsis:
After escaping from a watery dungeon in Venice, astrophysics PhD candidate Andromeda ”Andie” Robertson and investigative reporter Cal Miller are whisked to Bologna by a member of the mysterious Leap Year Society. A deadly confrontation with the Society’s bitter rivals, the Ascendants, sends Andie and Cal on the run once again, desperate to solve the Star Phone puzzle so they can reclaim their lives and rescue their loved ones.

Brilliantly juxtaposing a modern-day thriller with a historical search for a missing physicist, REVELATION probes ever deeper into the mounting mysteries surrounding Andie and her past.

What is the source of her strange hallucinations?

What are the true origins of the Leap Year Society and the Ascendants?

How are her mother and her mentor, Dr. James Corwin, involved?

From Italy to India and New York to Buenos Aires, Andie and Cal risk their lives to probe a secret world hidden in plain sight, drawing closer to answers that will determine not only their own fates, but who controls a new frontier of knowledge.

Review:
This is the 2nd installment in a planned trilogy involving 2 affiliated secret organizations. Although, one seems to stop at nothing to get want they want. Andie and Cal are now on the run and trying to hunt down clues before their followers can. With intermittent chapters following Dr. Corwin’s journey in the 70s-80s on his original hunt for an elusive device.

Fast-paced and heart-pounding suspense paired with clever clues and fringe science made this another fantastic read. Fans of Dan Brown thrillers should check this series out. The overall mystery is evolving slowly, with several surprises along the way. Exciting suspense is paired with drama and a bit of romance as well. A lot is packed into this sequel. And another cliffhanger ending left me impatient for the final novel in this captivating trilogy.

Stargate SG-1: Female of the Species – Book Review

STARGATE SG-1: Female of the Species by Geonn Cannon

Synopsis:
Vala Mal Doran, SG-1’s newest recruit, simply can’t ignore the plea for help she receives from her old friend, Tanis Reynard. And with vital intel up for grabs, Vala ensures SG-1 can’t ignore it either.

However, as the mission quickly unravels, Colonel Carter and Vala find themselves bound for the ‘inescapable’ prison world Viaxeiro Caldera, leaving Colonel Mitchell, Teal’c, and Dr Daniel Jackson to mount a rescue. Meanwhile, Sam and Vala uncover a sinister secret on Viaxeiro which means they will have to overcome their personal rivalries and learn to work together to bring down the insidious faction which controls the prison world – preferably before their true identities are discovered.

By the time Mitchell and the rest of SG-1 reach Viaxeiro, it’s anyone’s guess who’s rescuing whom in this rip-roaring Stargate adventure.

Review:
When I recently rewatched the entire series of SG-1 on Netflix, I loved Vala’s character a lot more this time around. So, I was eager to read another story with Vala and Carter as the central characters. While they are sent to an “inescapable” prison, these resourceful women don’t sit around and wait to be rescued. They learn as much as they can, and uncover a dark secret on the planet, and begin to form a plan. Meanwhile, the rest of the team use all of their resources just to find the prison planet.

I loved every bit of this well-paced novel, full of intrigue, humor, drama, and a seemingly impossible situation to escape. It’s just like an exciting episode from the series. The characters are spot on. The plot is fun and engaging. And the thrilling, climactic finale doesn’t disappoint. Fans of the show shouldn’t miss this adventure.

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