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Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile review

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The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year’s resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve. The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling underground cult classic, Day by Day Armageddon begins where the first novel left off.

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Author: J.L. Bourne

Book 2 in the enjoyable Day by Day zombie survival series, and it picks up as if it’s part of the first story, which I’m pleased with, no time jumps to some future period where it’s been safe and secure for months on end.  Nope, one book ends with him walking down a road, the next book picks right up with him walking down that same road just a few minutes later.  In this installment, we find that our hero is no good behind the stick of a helicopter, zombies are everywhere and there’s a possibility that the military still has big wig idiots in charge of some sizable weapons.  Lots of on the nose bits here, but just as soon as I start to get bored with the mundane, we’re whisked away to a different setting that holds my attention completely.  There’s a bit with a tank and a bridge…whew.

Day by Day Armageddon review

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Sporadic news reports indicate chaos and violence spreading through U.S. cities. An unknown evil is sweeping the planet. The dead are rising to claim the Earth as the new dominant species in the food chain.This is the handwritten journal depicting one man’s struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter if you will into his world. The world of the undead.

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Author: J.L. Bourne

A decent start to a zombie survival series, it’s presented as a journal though, so there’s a fair bit of jumping between points of view that can be jarring at times. That being said, it was a fun read and I was happy to learn there’s another couple books in the series. What sets this one apart from the other zombie books? Not a whole lot, the protagonist is a pilot in the military who abandons his post to hole up in his home when the end of the world start happening and somehow stumbles his way into some situations that seem somewhat unlikely, but who am I to judge what might happen after the dead rise up against us. . .

Who Censored Roger Rabbit? review

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Eddie Valiant is the toughest private eye in Los Angeles, and he’ll handle anything – if you’re human. If you’re a Toon, that’s another story. Eddie doesn’t like Toons – those cartoon characters who live side-by-side with humans. Not the way they look, and especially not the way they talk: word-filled balloons come out of their mouths and then disintegrate, leaving dust all over his rug. Eddie will work for a Toon if his cash supply is low enough. So he reluctantly agrees when Roger Rabbit, a Toon who plays straight man (or should that be straight rabbit) in the Baby Herman cartoon series, asks him to find out who’s been trying – unsuccessfully – to buy his contract from the DeGreasy Brothers syndicate. Then Rocco DeGreasy is murdered – and Roger is the prime suspect!

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If you’ve seen the movie, I suggest you read this, but strongly suggest you do not read anything about it other than what I’ve cleverly edited above, as pretty much every review or synopsis seems to give away one of the best twists in a murder mystery that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  This was a good book, not because of the mystery, but because of the vivid world that the author has created.  By the by, the author’s name is Gary Wolf, a toon name if I’ve ever heard one!

When We Wake review

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Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

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Less of a ‘post-apocalyptic’ story and more of a ‘near future, one step closer to the apocalypse’ story. Pretty well done, I think the target writing level is for young adults though, so the plot and vocabulary were noticeably lower than what I was hoping for. That’s just a minor quibble though, as this was a good story.

On to the sequel!

Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change review

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The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable. What follows is the most terrible global catastrophe in the history of the human race-and a Dark Age more universal and complete than could possibly be imagined.

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I love post apocalyptic novels.  I eat them up as fast as I can find them, and was happy to see that there was a series of them that were highly regarded and was still ongoing.  How disappointed I was in the series though, it’s difficult to bring to words.  The topic of what exactly happened during “The Change” is only barely touched in the first half of the book, with the focus more on random groups of random people doing random things that have no impact or continuation from chapter to chapter, frequently jumping vast locations and apparent time frames, with giant leaps of story telling that the author was assuming everyone just knew.  Why would they know about these things?  Because they’ll tell you about it eventually and then it’ll all be clear.  This is the type of book that would give Pulp Fiction a run for it’s money in non-chronological story telling, and that’s not a positive aspect.  In movies you get visual queues and some things are pretty damn obvious without having to hold the audience’s hand (hey look, he’s not wearing his suit anymore, he’s wearing that unicorn shirt from the first scene, they must be connected!).

Bleh.  I try to never put a book down, but this one was too focused on groups that I just couldnt’ bring myself to care about, so I only made it about half way through before I threw in the towel.  I get the impression they’re never going to fill my need for figuring out “The Change” or explain why the laws of physics were suddenly changed world wide.  Even if they do get around to telling that part of the story, I’m sure I wouldn’t be happy with it.

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Constitution: Book 1 of the Legacy Fleet Trilogy review

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The year is 2650 75 years ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth. Without warning. Without mercy. We were not prepared. Hundreds of millions perished. Dozens of cities burned. We nearly lost everything. Then, the aliens abruptly left. We rebuilt. We armed ourselves. We swore: never again. But the aliens never came back. Until now. With overwhelming force the aliens have returned, striking deep into our territory, sending Earth into a panic. Our new technology is useless. Our new ships burn like straw. All our careful preparations are wasted. Now, only one man, one crew, and the oldest starship in the fleet stand between the Earth and certain destruction: ISS CONSTITUTION

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Stop me if you’d this one before: Humanity has survived an attack from robots aliens, we haven’t heard from them in a while, but then they return and only a rag tag group on a broken down soon to retire ship can save the species!

I do poke fun, but this is like the 5th book that I’ve read in a while that has this set up, I imagine it’s one that’s been around far longer than BSG, but not all of the implementations of the trope are as well done as Constitution.  There’s a couple obvious bread crumbs left for the next two books, but I’m satisfied with this one as a stand alone book.  There’s action, there’s adventure, there’s over the top political overtones that slap you in the face to be very very obvious!

The Alliance Fleet under Black Jack Geary – Bombarding the Syndic planet of Sutrah

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I read this book series back when I was spending a lot of time in the hospital, it was good and moved quickly, but dear god it was a long series…like 9 or 10 books?  Happy to see some art from it though!

The cure for Aids

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Faking It

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Baby Treats

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The Ember War review

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A dire warning. An impending alien invasion. Only one chance for survival.

In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission—determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada.

The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor, who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth’s population. Humanity’s only chance lies with Ibarra’s ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

Earth will need a fleet. One with a hidden purpose. One strong enough to fight a battle against annihilation.

The Ember War is the first installment in an epic military sci-fi series. If you like A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo and The Last Starship by Vaughn Heppner, then you’ll love this explosive adventure with constant thrills and high stakes from cover to cover.

I’ve had a run of “first installments in epic series” lately, I need to stop doing this, because they’re all starting to run together, I had completely forgotten what The Ember War was about just a day after I finished it.  Had to go back and read some of it again to refresh myself, then promptly follow the author on Amazon, cause this was a damn good ‘first installment’.  Fast paced with a touch of familiarity from various other science fiction tropes and now I’m a big fan.  It’s like he mixed Contact, Mass Effect, Halo, and threw in a dash of The Lost Fleet for good measure.  The only thing that I’m disappointed in is that this book came out less than a month ago, so it’s going to be a while before we see another entry in the series.

The Martian review

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

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With the recent trailer for the movie adaptation of The Martian there was relatively universal acclaim for the book, so it skipped a whole bunch of others on my to-read list and I’m pretty damn happy I took that route, this was a damn good book and now I’m looking for more from Andy Weir, but apparently this was his freshman effort.   This was one of those stories that I bet I’ll be happy that I’ve read the book before seeing the movie.

Which door would you open?

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Inhuman Book 5 review

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: Inhuman is Book 5 in the best-selling, smash hit phenomenon, Post-Human series. In this 400-plus pages, 109k word epic story (twice as long as any other individual book in the series for the same low $2.99 price-point) readers will get to rejoin all of the characters they fell in love with along the way in the previous 4 books. Inhuman not only ties the first four books together, it also introduces a new villain, one that has been lurking in the background throughout, and that will trump any villain in the history of literature, film, or comics. V-SINN is its name, and, this time, it may just be too much for the post-humans to handle. Inhuman is to the Post-Human series as The Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars–the middle act when revelations emerge, old sins come back to haunt, and the journey of the heroes that readers have fallen in love with deepens, darkens, and entertains to a whole new level. Post-Human fans will be not be disappointed with this epic middle act! Enjoy!

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Ah, well.  Here again.

Books 1-4 wrapped up the story pretty well, then I guess they got some traction, so here we are at book 5, which is a pretty good entry in the Post Human series, but not a conclusive story line at all.  As the synopsis above says, this is just a middle act book, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a few more dozen of these.

Don’t take that as a complaint though, I think I’ll end up reading every single one of them as they come out, lol.  The books are good and have a nice flair to them that’s missing in other post-singularity stories with some flourishes that take their logical course with interesting limits on the most power beings in the universe.

Skybrary by Reading Rainbow Trailer: an Interactive Children’s Library of Books & Videos

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Halo: New Blood review

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While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier?not even the legendary Master Chief?wins a war on their own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving the Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War?acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command.

Now, after many Spartans have been killed in battle and the Master Chief is listed as MIA, the UNSC decides to create a new generation of Spartans to defend humanity from threats both outside?and within. When they come to Buck with an extraordinary proposition, he is forced to make a life-altering decision. With the Covenant War finally over, is it time for him to finally retire to the sidelines for a life he could only dream about…or is he prepared to step up and become part of the military’s new blood?

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Not sure how this one snuck past me, though now that I’ve read it I can see why there wasn’t a whole bunch of hoopla made about it, it’s primarily just a filler book from HALO: ODST to HALO 5: GUARDIANS, the upcoming halo game that has a pretty big job of fixing the mistakes of the last halo game.  If you’ve been following along, you know that they made some pretty (stupidly) drastic changes to the SPARTAN program that opened the floodgates to letting pretty much anyone become  SPARTAN.  As a function of that fundamental change, the surviving ODST team from HALO: ODST have been upgraded from normal high level hell jumpers to SPARTAN IVs.  There’s some pretty major changes in the ODST team though, some of which seemed to be there only for the sake of having something major happen, and I really think that this should have been two or three times longer to give the characters the story they deserved.  That being said, I enjoyed pretty much every page of it’s 188 page length and I’m hoping to see more from Matt Forbeck, he treated the HALO cannon pretty well.

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Post-Human Series Books 1-4 review

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Humanity has made a leap into the future, but are they ready for what they’ll become?

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This is the second novel that I’ve read through Amazon’s (new?) “Kindle Unlimited” program, the first of which was Angles of Attack, which was a great novel in of itself.  The Post-Human Series popped up as a suggested read after I was done with Angles of Attack, and since I’m always in the search for great Singularity fiction I figured I’d give it a try, and I’m really happy I did.  The series is always on the cusp of being too cheesy or pulling back, but unlike some other Singularity stories, the Post-Human series takes the obvious choices and follows the story where it should logically go.  There’s a couple twists half way through that I haven’t seen in this genre before, which is surprising as I’ve read every Singularity book I could get my grubby fingers on.

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