Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato

The Clockwork Crown (Clockwork Dagger, #2)The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And, WOW again! Very enjoyable sequel to the Clockwork Dagger.

Cato does a great job through books creating a tapestry of a fantasy/steampunk adventure. The action continues and, as in the first book, the twists and turns are both surprising and satisfying. As noted, I hope she returns to this world again - it's a remarkable creation. The blend of SF and fantasy themes is really nicely crafted and enjoyable.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

The Clockwork Dagger (Clockwork Dagger, #1)The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Quite a mix! I read this for a bit of steampunk, and found much more. Cato crafts a whole world, something like our Victorian era, with airships and more. It's a bit of an Anastasia story - with a lost princess and a kingdom wracked with war from rebels. And then there is the fantasy - the protagonist is a "medician" - something like a doctor, but drawing on a mystical power. A veteran of the war, she is seeking peace... but instead contends with assassins, hidden princess, and more cloak and dagger.

A fascinating world - I'd love to see more of it (well, I have the sequel - but I hope she'll do more!)

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells

Fluency (Confluence, #1)Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting - my xenolinguistic sort of thing.

Ishould have finished this far sooner, but ... you know, when you have a Kindle your queue of "books being read" seems (at least mine) to grow without bound.

An interesting story of a NASA expedition to an abandoned alien ship. The linguist is critical to learning how the ship works and what can (and should) be done with it. A cliff hanger of course....

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