Just when you think a pandemic is in the rearview mirror, another one pops up. Except that it’s not a virus, this time, but an amoeba with a deadly agenda. Ops.
#Book Review – Beyond the Empyrean; M.S. Phillips
It’s been a while since I read hard sci-fi, and with Beyond the Empyrean I found out it’s like riding a bicycle: you never forget how it feels.
#Book Review – Meet Me on Platform 3; Z. Stoneley
Another book from Zara Stoneley—I read and appreciated Hot Desk when it first came out—another romantic comedy 😀
#Book Review – Jam Run; R. Brooks
I always try to leave expectations at the door whenever I start a new book. It’s because a) I don’t want to be disappointed if it turns out to be below my standards, and b) I don’t want the hype to lead me astray and make it better than it actually is. Neutrality is what I strive for. With Jam Run, I found it quite hard to stick to my self-imposed rule while reading, because damn, it’s good.
#Book Review – The Last House on the Cliff; A.W. Clark
The Last House on the Cliff is the second Clark’s book I’ve read. The previous one, Whisper Cottage, took me on a wild ride, so I was eager to see if her last novel would live up to the same standard.
#Book Review – Bayou Cresting: The Wanting Women of Huet Pointe; J.C. Smith
The MC is not a character, per se, but a town. Huet Pointe is the fulcrum of the novel, where the lives of many women cross and clash. The peculiar structure of Bayou Cresting works—and works well—just because of that reason.
#Book Review – The Lives of Diamond Bessie; J. Hadlock
The Lives of Diamond Bessie starts with a bang. Annie gets kicked out of her house when she gets pregnant, and she ends up working in a boardinghouse to support herself. So far, so good; the historical elements sound realistic and I’m looking forward to seeing how Annie—now known as Bessie—will overcome her struggles.
#Book Review – Chernobyl; M. Kerrigan
I remember the Chernobyl accident quite well
#Book Review – Nanny Needed; G. Cross
Interesting premise. If you’re strapped for cash and get the chance to land a well-paid job, wouldn’t you snatch it up right away? Even if some aspects might sound a little, ah, shady? Sarah Larsen does just that: she signs up a contract with the Bird and agrees to be a nanny. Given the salary, I wouldn’t have any second thoughts either.
#Book Review – Jena 1800 by P. Neumann
Jena 1800 is a good(ish) book. It starts with a bang—the French soldiers are on the prowl and the Prussian outposts are as good as gone—which sets the mood right away. War! Political instability! Uncertainty! The setting couldn’t be more promising. Being dropped into the thick of it right from the start is something I appreciate.