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City of Pearl | Vegans on the War Path

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I discovered Karen Traviss’ City of Pearl primarily by browsing user reviews in Amazon. This remains a great way of finding suitable reading material. Traviss is better known for her Star Wars books but her first venture into a realm of her own making had me hooked from the word go. City of Pearl is the first book in a 6 part series of epic scale and if you like first contact stories, you may want to take a look at this one.

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Vintage David Brin – All new to me

It has been too long since I’ve been able to update! Contract work has a way of taking over one’s life, however I am back with something a little unusual. I have always considered myself a David Brin fan, but discovered last week that there are quite a few of his books that haven’t crossed my path. I downloaded “The Practice Effect” thinking it was a new book only to realise that this little gem must have been one of his first books. The copyright states 1984, the same time the Uplift Saga appeared. (perhaps to ride on the coat tails of that famous series?)

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Happy Snak | Aliens need snack food too

Happy Snak by Nicole Kimberling is one of those serendipitous finds that crosses one’s path all too seldom.  I came across it in one of the newsletters that I subscribe to and the synopsis intrigued me immediately. The book was even better than the synopsis.

The story revolves around Gaia Jones, an entrepreneur who’s only desire is to make a name for her snack bar on A-Ki station. Unfortunately fate interferes when she rushes to the aid of a dying alien. And not just any alien, but Kenjan, the lover of the alien leader, Oziru. Events take an even stranger turn when Oziru asks Gaia to be the guardian of Kenjan’s ghost. Trapped between the human government and alien authorities on A-Ki station, Gaia can’t refuse their generous offer of a new shop in return for her services as guardian. After all, how much trouble can one alien ghost be?

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Hearts and Minds

In my quest to find interesting new reading matter I came across the Impulse Power Stories. So far there are 3 novellas set in the Impulse Power universe (available separately as ebooks) . What a wonderful find.

I started with Hearts and Minds by J.C. Hay and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the story drew me in. It is a quick read and I finished it in an evening. However, I want more!  This little taste of Impulse Power has definitely not been enough.

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Weekly free eBook!

John Scalzi - Agent to the StarsAs an avid reader without access to a good library, I’m constantly looking for ways to feed my habit without breaking the piggy bank. This has become much easier now that books are available in electronic format. There are actually quite a few sites that host only FREE ebooks. No strings attached. How awesome is that?

Often a lot of the work is in the public domain because it’s just so old, but if you’re a fan of the classics, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Fortunately there are a few sites, like ManyBooks,  that also have some very interesting contemporary offerings. One of these (and the review for today) is John Scalzi’s Agent to the Stars.

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