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Book Review: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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Author:  Robert A. Heinlein

Genre: Science Fiction

Summary: It is the year 2076, and the Moon is a penal colony for the rebellious and the unwanted of Earth. The exiles have created a libertarian society in order to survive in their harsh and unforgiving environment, their motto being TANSTAAFL: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”. Looming over them is the Luna Authority, the heavy-handed Earth administration, who trades life necessities to the “Loonies” in exchange for grain shipments to the starving populations of Earth.

As the situation steadily deteriorates the inhabitants of Luna come to realize that they have little choice but to revolt against Luna Authority in order to save themselves from resource exhaustion and a subsequent environmental apocalypse.

A small band of dissidents emerges to lead the revolution. This consists of a one-armed computer jock, a radical young woman, a past-his-prime academic, and a nearly omnipotent computer named Mike. These people ignite the fires of revolution, despite the near certainty of failure.

Review:  This is only my second “true” science fiction novels. That being said, it was amazing!

Not only does Heinlein have a great grasp on plot, but he also has a way of teaching the reader something without actually teaching. This book is heavy on tech speak, political speak, and extremely heavy on revolution theory. But it is presented in a way that is interesting and that drives the story forward.

The characters are very well developed, as is the technology. What you need to remember is that he wrote this book in 1966. BEFORE WE WERE ON THE MOON. Once you begin to read this book, you’ll understand just how genius this man was!

The setting was unique, as was the situation, the technology, and the plot. I must say, this was a fascinating read with some stong craft work!

Recommendation: Wonderful! Must read!

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Book Review: The Ultimate Rush

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Author: Joe Quirk

Genre: Fiction

Summary: Chet Griffin, convicted computer hacker and San Francisco’s fastest rollerblading messenger, was given a simple assignment. But that delivery turned real deadly, real fast. Seems the package he was carrying contained a single computer disk — worth a cool billion.And everyone, from the Chinese mob to the SFPD, wants to get their hands on it. Now Chet’s fighting for his life, trying to clear his name, and wondering what price he’ll pay for..

Review: This novel is a thriller. It is action packed from the first page. It’s not my usual read, but a friend gave it to me and I’m glad they did. I love stepping out of my “comfort-read zone” and finding a new gem. (Though this book is like a decade or so old).

I realized that the subject matter used all of my knowledge from the past year. The streets of SF (I could visualize every block he talked about), insider trading (I have a finance degree), and tattoos (love love love dem). 

As for the writing, it’s well done. He uses a lot of description but does it well, using the narrator’s voice, which is packed full of street lingo! It was a fun ride with Chet! Quirk is also a magician with dialogue. Though it may seem annoying at first, what with all the lingo and puns packed into a ten word sentence, the actual dialogue moves the story forward.

Recommendation: GO. READ. NOW

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Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: YA

Summary: Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. 

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. 

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Review: I love love love this book. Maggie is a genius writer. She crafts every paragraph and every sentence with a science. (Really, she does. She even talks about it on her blog).

This is a great second book of a series. Sometimes books can lag in the middle, but this one did not. Readers got to see more into Ronan’s life than in the first book. Maggie also kicks up the tension of the love story (near the end, thank goodness). 

This book is all action and suspense. And creepy magic things. 

Recommendation: GO. READ. NOW

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