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I’m starting a new job in April. I’m very excited about it. It should give me more writing time, plus I get one day off a weekend so may resume volunteering at Pine Mountain Observatory this summer. Yay!
The solar filters for my telescope arrived and eclipse glasses. I’m getting ready for the solar eclipse this August 17th.
I’m still working on two shorter pieces and plan to get them done soon so that I may start on the next novel in the Rifters series and Backworlds 8 (still untitled).
Adventures in reading:
The Sparrow in Hiding, J. Kathleen Cheney / Speculative Fiction
Irina’s family has come to the countryside to escape the summer heat of St. Petersburg, but she discovers a new worker has been hired to maintain her family’s aviary, a one-armed man who poses an intriguing mystery.
This book was so intriguing. It was part fairy tale, part historical fiction, part romance, part fantasy. I really enjoyed not knowing the ride this book would take me on while I was reading. The characters were great and the slow entry into a realm that was more fantastic than real was splendid.
Dark Dawning, Christine Rains / Paranormal Romance
Shifters across Alaska are going missing. When up and coming interior designer Ametta Dorn rescues the gorgeous Kodiak shifter Lucky Osberg, she comes into the crosshairs of two relentless hunters. While Lucky sets his sights on wooing her, the killers seek to not only capture her in her powerful polar bear form but to also take her skin.
This story had tons of action and suspense. I really liked how I was kept guessing as to what was going on… the mystery remained a mystery. Well done, Christine Rains. Great characters, great story, great setting. Her world of shifters became so real to me, and I want to know what happens from here.
The Red Garden, Alice Hoffman / Magical Realism, Literary, Speculative Fiction
The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives. From the town’s founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid.
I really liked this book. There were hints of mystical entwined with the reality of human lives. I’ve always liked Hoffman’s books and wasn’t disappointed by this one. They were beautiful stories linked by a garden and a place. I couldn’t stop reading and am sorry I finished.
Currently Reading – Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden, D. W. Vogel, Space Opera
Two hundred years ago, the great Ark Horizon Alpha escaped a doomed Earth and went searching for a new home. The passengers landed on Teu Ceti e expecting paradise, but instead they discovered a planet stuck in its own version of the cretaceous period. The humans’ one defense against the dinosaurs ravaging the planet is an electric fence, built from the remains of the shuttles that brought them there. But Eden base has only days of power left.
So far, so good. I couldn’t resist it. It has a dinosaur on the cover. :)
Adventures in Viewing:
Season 2 of this gritty space opera returns to Syfy. Can watch TV or stream it from Syfy directly. Mmm. More please!
A cross between Buffy and Supernatural, this is the wonderful start to a series. It was funny, fun, mysterious, and surprising. Love it! On Netflix.
Loved this new chapter in Ghostbusters. There were lots of laughs and quite a few homages to the original. And you don’t need any alcohol to have a good time watching it.
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What adventures are you up to?