Posted in Detective, Historical, Liked It

The Black Country

The Black Country

Teaser:

The blue dot in the center ringed a smaller black spot and reminded her of something, but it was out of context and it took her a long moment to place it.

And then she did, and it was an eye and the eye was looking at her.

Author: Alex Grecian

Genre: Mystery

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

The British Midlands. Inhabitants call it the “Black Country”—and with good reason. Bad things happen there.

When three members of a prominent family disappear from the Midlands—and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird’s nest—Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad is called in. But Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith have stepped into something much more bizarre and complicated than expected.

Superstitions abound in the intertwined histories of the villagers, including a local legend about a monster some claim to have seen. In addition, a mysterious epidemic is killing off the inhabitants, and the village itself is sinking into the coal mines below. Day and Hammersmith soon realize that they, too, are in over their heads. And the more they investigate, the more they fear that they may never be allowed to leave.

Bluestocking’s Opinion: Wow!! There were so many elements to this story. I the local monster and epidemic were completely independent events, but it turns out that there was some overlap between the two. I was really surprised by the reason behind the disappearance of the family. Actually it was more like very disturbed. I couldn’t believe what actually happened to the missing boy. Who would imagine that a child would be capable of so much evil!!! In a way, I’m glad that the child was “taken care of” at the end. I can’t even imagine how policemen, particularly in that time, would have dealt with something like this. There didn’t seem to be as many psychotic people back then. Hopefully my opinion, makes you decide to pick this one up!!

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Posted in Liked It, Sci-Fi Friday, Space travel, Star Trek

Star Trek Voyager: Protectors

Star Trek Voyager: Protectors

Author: Kristen Beyer

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

Following the destruction of four fleet vessels at the hands of the Omega Continuum, the U.S.S. Voyager and U.S.S. Demeter set course for a region of the Delta Quadrant far beyond any­thing previously explored. Captain Chakotay is determined to prove to Starfleet Command that the fleet’s ongoing mission is vital to Federation interests . . . and the key to doing so may lie in a distress call Voyager received nine years earlier but could not investigate.

Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway is recalled to the Alpha Quadrant for an evaluation period to determine her next assignment. Given the trauma she has recently endured, Admiral Akaar, Starfleet’s commander in chief, is questioning Janeway’s fitness to command the fleet. Janeway’s primary concern remains the fleet’s safety— for their mission to continue, she must find a way to secure the resources they require. But the uncertainty of her superior officers has left her powerless to act in their best interests.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I think this book takes place, immediately following the events in the Fall story arc. So Admiral Akaar is still trying to find allies. Between the Dominion and the Borg, the Federation does not seem to be changing for the better. The change in attitudes that some of the high-ups in Starfleet have is very disturbing. This book really concentrated on Janeway’s character, specifically her protectiveness when it came to her former crew. In fact there is some suggestion that one of the reasons that the whole Borg and Omega thing happened stemmed from Janeway’s inability to allow her crew to function on their own and take care of themselves. The future Janeway protected her crew to the point that she decided to alter the timeline.

Janeway is definitely going to have to come to terms with this particularly as at least two of her crew, Tom Paris and Seven, are being put in personal situations that could cost them. In the case of Tom, his mother is trying to get custody of his daughter due to the fact that they staged B’Elanna and Miral’s death to avoid the Warriors of Grethor. Seven is about to become a guinea pig for what appears to be a unexpected disease affecting planets that were transformed by the Caeliar.

Anyway, I’m interested to see what becomes of Janeway’s return. I think she could become a balance to some of the undesirable influences in the upper echelons of Starfleet.

Posted in Detective, Liked It, Mystery

The Heist

The Heist

Author: Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Genre: Detective

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

~ The Caper: a never before published mini adventure featuring Kate O’Hare and Nicolas Fox, the characters from The Heist
~ High Quality Euro Stickers: Every hardcover edition of THE HEIST contains two euro stickers: I “heart” Plum and The Con is On!

From Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: Janet Evanovich knows how to write a thoroughly entertaining book. I’d never heard of Lee Goldberg prior to this series, but that’s ok. The due wrote a fun read. Kate O’Hare is imaginative. Who would of thought of running into a criminal with one’s car as a way to catch him. Nick has definitely met his match in Kate in more ways than one. I smell a romance coming. I just hope this pair doesn’t do the whole Plum-Morelli-Ranger menage-a-trois. There is a second book coming out in the series. I can’t wait to read it. Oh! I got to say, I really like Kate’s dad. Talk about someone who would go to hell and back for his little girl!!!

Posted in cyberpunk, Loved It, Speculative

Cress

Cress

Teaser:

And, Sybil, should you find these perpetrators, I order their immediate deaths. I cannot be bothered with trivial arrests and trials on my wedding day.

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Speculative

Rating: L

Synopsis:

In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I really enjoyed this book. The action is definitely starting to pick up. As you can tell from the cover, Cress represents the cyberpunk version of Rapunzel. Hopefully, she won’t be “frolicking” with her rescuer like the actual Rapunzel did. I really enjoyed the fact that Cinder is starting to embrace her destiny as Luna’s rightful queen. I thought it was very interesting that the disease that was afflicting Earth was really a form of biological warfare on the part of Levena. Even more interesting is that the Lunar aren’t as safe as had been previously assumed. I’m not sure how many books are left in this series, but I’m hoping that Levena ends up being torn apart by her own people. That would be poetic justice.

Posted in Meme, Monday Morning Update, Uncategorized

Monday Morning Update March 3, 2014

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So I would imagine most of you are watching the Oscars or preparing for the snow storm tomorrow. I’m all stocked up!!

Musing Mondays/Mailbox Mondays
Anyway, here are the books I got last week.

1. The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.
2. Star Trek Enterprise: The Romulan War: to Brave the Storm.
3. Frost Bite by Richelle Mead

What Are You Reading on Mondays?

I finished Star Trek: To Brave the Storm, Frost Bite and The Chase.