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

Star Trek: Seeker: Second Nature

Star Trek Seekers

Author: David Mack

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

A new mission: The late twenty-third century—Starfleet’s golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout Sagittarius and the cruiser Endeavour, to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach.

A doomed race: Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of the Sagittarius find the Tomol: a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood.

An old foe: The crew of the Sagittarius wants to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they’ll need to save themselves—from the most nefarious Klingon starship commander in history.

Bluestockings Opinion: There is only one character from this book that readers will be familiar with and that is Captain Clark Terrell who you will remember was the black captain in the Star Trek movie The Wrath of Khan. The crew is back in the Taurus Reach. I don’t think I posted any reviews of the Vanguard series arc (I need to correct that). The new species, the Tomol, have had their genetics tampered with by the Shedai. It seems some more benevolent species, the Preservers, took the remaining Tomol from their original home world after they destroyed it, and placed them on a new world with the command that once the Change started the individuals needed to sacrifice themselves. The Preservers also gave the Tomol a way to control anyone who resisted going to their deaths; the device could turn the person to stone.

Once I understood the Preservers role in this species, I was a little bit confused. Past books, in my opinion, had shown the Preserves to be a lot different than this. I would have thought that the Preservers would have fixed the genetic damage done to the Tomol. But as the doctor makes clear, she can’t fix the genetic problems without killing the Tomol. So I guess the Preservers are simply preserving the Tomol. Perhaps the damage to the Tomol genome exceeds even the Preservers’ ability to repair.

The Change that the Tomol go through gives them almost the same powers as a Q. Unfortunately, this happens when the Tomol turn 18, so they are experiencing a great physical change while going through puberty. (Yeah talk about a recipe for disaster!). Anyway, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I hope that Starfleet can find some way to repair the genetics of the Tomol or if not, they need to find a way to limit them to their own home world.

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Posted in Historical, Loved It, Mystery, Teaser Tuesday

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Teaser:

“Do You Really want to marry Max and live in Germany?”
“Darling, he’s richer than God and the sex is divine.”

Author: Rhys Bowen

Genre: Mystery

Rating: L

Synopsis:

My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.

Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.

Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!

Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…

Bluestocking’s Opinion: Boy was I glad to see this book come out!!! I love this series. I’m really enjoying the fact that Georgie is starting to spend more time with her mother. For one thing, it means that her mother actually buys her some new clothes for once. It irritated me to no end that Georgie has had to live a life of essentially poverty while her mother ran around in designer clothing spending more money than one could imagine.

I didn’t guess who the murderer was. I was completely surprised. I really thought the author was going with the spurned lover storyline.

Anyway, this was a great fun read!!!

Posted in Monday Morning Update, Uncategorized

Monday Morning Update August 18, 2014

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It’s been a long while. I’ve been so busy with various things. One day, I’ll tell you all about it, but not today. I don’t have that kind of time.

Mailbox Monday
I can’t possibly catch you up on all of the books that I’ve purchased since I last posted. So I’ll tell you about my most recent purchase.

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
2. Shadow of NIght by Deborah Harkness
3. Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
4. Silver Shadows (the Bloodline series) by Richelle Mead
5. Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series)
6. Star Trek Seekers: Second Nature by David Mack.

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I’ve read all of those books thus far. I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

So how has life been treating all of you?

Posted in Advanced Review, Chick Lit, Liked It

The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane

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Teaser:

The shrimp salsa in phyllo cups had been an especially big hit. “Oh, my God, this is to die for,” Angelica Winston (from the new reality show Hard Ass had raved.

Author: Sheila Roberts

Genre: Chick Lit

Rating: LI

Source: Advanced Review

Synopsis:

When it comes to men, sisters don’t share!

After a fake food poisoning incident in L.A., Bailey Sterling’s dreams of becoming a caterer to the stars collapse faster than a soufflé. Now Bailey’s face is in all the gossip rags and her business is in ruins. But the Sterling women close ranks and bring her back to Icicle Falls, where she’ll stay with her sister Cecily.

All goes well between the sisters until Bailey comes up with a new business idea—a tea shop on a charming street called Lavender Lane. She’s going into partnership with Todd Black, who—it turns out—is the man Cecily’s started dating. It looks to Cecily as if there’s more than tea brewing in that cute little shop. And she’s not pleased.

Wait! Isn’t Cecily seeing Luke Goodman? He’s a widower with an adorable little girl, and yes, Cecily does care about him. But Todd’s the one who sends her zing-o-meter off the charts. So now what? Should you have to choose between your sister and the man you love (or think you love)?

Bluestocking’s Opinion: So this one was a doozy. It was a light, fun read. The ending was typical of books in this genre. In reality, I don’t think that the sisters would have continued to be friends. I think they would have hated each other for life and only made up once one was on her death bed. LOL. That sounds like the plot of some other book that I read. If you are looking for a nice beach read this is the one for you.

FTC Disclosure

I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author. I, unlike the New York Times Book Review, did not receive money for my review which is why my review is more honest. This is a concept that the FTC fails to grasp. Contrary to popular belief, advanced review copies of books are not work a great deal monetarily speaking. In fact most books are worth less than half its value within a year of purchase. This is another concept the FTC has not grasped. If you purchase a book that I thought highly of and do not like, that is life. Taste in books is subjective. This is a concept that some asinine person in the FTC has not yet grasped. The purpose of the statement is to comply with the FTC regulation while providing a not so subtle hint that they are not the brightest bulbs in the box and that they should sped their time doing more worthwhile things than hounding people who have book blogging hobbies.