Tales of Adventure, Intrigue, and Resilience: The Rogue Element #scifi #sciencefiction #fantasy #darkfantasy #BookTwitter

 

Rogue versus world. Who will win?

science fiction stories from M. Pax

New planets, hidden lands, and places no one would dare dream of arise from the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Visions of the future where we verge on extinction and only daring can forge hope. Alternative realms on Earth lead to darkness. The Rogue Element is: “Patchworker 2.0”, “Corrosive”, “The Vagaries of Eloise Stanton”, and “The Wallows.”

Patchworker 2.0: Humanity is forced to live in domed cities as foul as the Earth we destroyed. Artificial Intelligence holds the remains of society together, and a special team of patchworkers keep the AI functioning at peak performance. Patchworker Evalyn Shore leads the investigation of a homicidal AI. The AI is taking over minds and leaving patchworkers as sacks of bio matter ready for recycling. Can Evalyn create the patch to repair the AI? Or will it kill her first?

Corrosive: Which seeds will aid Bex in saving her world? On an Earth ruined by long-forgotten ancestors, Bex sets off to establish a new homestead with her ideal man. The fact he’s a robot and has to do everything she says is a dream. For a day. When she arrives at the plot of land, where she and her dreambot will nurture the precious seeds she’s been entrusted with, it’s already occupied. By a man. With radical ideas as corrosive as the air.

The Vagaries of Eloise Stanton: Lucy’s family disappeared when she was a child, lost in a world of mirror. At every turn, she is confronted by images of her family in mirrors and panes of glass. Her experiments to bring them home continue to fail… until tonight. On the verge of at last being reunited, Lucy meets the woman who stands as the barrier between the two realms and the real battle begins.

The Wallows: Ever wish for a new life? Evernee Weems wants to escape in this world in the worst way. Her daughter needs everything, the rent is being raised, Evernee’s job barely pays minimum wage, and she has little hope for better. Inside a puddle is a different reality, and she jumps in, happy to trade her problems for a life in which worries don’t exist. Will it turn out to be better?

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#Fantasy Worth Reading: Assassin’s Apprentice #BookReview #BookLover #Fantasybooks

 

Here’s a great fantasy book worth your time to read!

fantasy worth reading Assassin's Apprentice

Meet Fitz, often called Boy

The story follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer, an illegitimate son of a prince, who is thrust into the cutthroat world of the royal court. Born with the magical ability known as the Skill, Fitz becomes entangled in political machinations and secrets that shape the fate of the Six Duchies. As he navigates the complexities of court life and hones his skills under the guidance of the enigmatic Chade, Fitz transforms from an abandoned child into a trained assassin.

Fantastic World Building

One of the novel’s standout features is Hobb’s ability to create a rich and immersive world. The Six Duchies come alive with vivid descriptions, and the intricate details of court politics and the magic system add depth to the narrative. The author’s prose is elegant and evocative, drawing readers into a world filled with both wonder and danger.

Great Character Development

Fitz’s character development is nothing short of remarkable. As readers follow him from childhood to adolescence, Hobb skillfully explores the complexities of identity, loyalty, and the burdens of power. Fitz is a deeply relatable protagonist, and his struggles resonate with the reader on an emotional level. The supporting cast is equally well-drawn, with each character contributing to the intricate tapestry of the story.

Pacing, Twists and Turns

The pacing of Assassin’s Apprentice is deliberate and builds tension gradually. Hobb weaves a web of suspense, leaving readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate political intrigues and hidden agendas. The plot twists and turns, keeping the narrative unpredictable and engaging until the very end.

Often Kept me up Late

In addition to its compelling characters and plot, Assassin’s Apprentice delves into themes of destiny, sacrifice, and the consequences of power. Hobb seamlessly integrates these themes into the narrative, elevating the story beyond a mere fantasy adventure. This book often kept me up late reading. I wanted just one more chapter… Definitely worth reading.

Here’s the blurb:

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

 

 

A Fun Underwater Adventure with The Meg 2: #MovieReview

If you’re looking for a popcorn movie with giant sea creatures and a good dose of action, this film delivers just that.

If you’ve visited here before, you may know I love my shark movies. The original Meg disappointed me, so I didn’t have high hopes for The Meg2. But you know what? This one was better. Lots better. There was more shark and it did fun stuff.

While it may not have been a cinematic masterpiece, it certainly delivered on the promise of entertainment. The film took me on an underwater adventure filled with a giant shark, dinosaurs, and even the unleashing of a Kraken. The combination of creatures added a thrilling element to the storyline. While some may argue that the science behind the plot was far from accurate (I’m one of those), it’s essential to remember that this film is meant for pure enjoyment rather than scientific accuracy.

Comparing it to its predecessor, I found The Meg 2 to be an improvement. The pacing seemed tighter, and the addition of the dinosaurs added an extra layer of fun. I love dinosaurs in movies as much as sharks. It’s evident that the filmmakers aimed to elevate the stakes and deliver a more exhilarating experience, and in that regard, they succeeded.

The Meg 2 knows its strengths and plays to them. Sometimes, all you need is a bit of escapism, and The Meg 2 provides it in spades. For the addition of dinosaurs, dinosaurs eating people, and a kraken, I give The Meg 2 a one beer rating.

 

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Temerity’s Journey: From Estrangement to Reconciliation #sciencefiction #scifi #spaceopera

from the best-selling space opera series Temerity

At the heart of Temerity’s story is her relationship with her brother, Craze. Despite their father’s harsh decision to exile Craze from their home planet, Temerity’s fond memories of her brother’s kindness—symbolized by the sweet treats he brought her—anchor a deep-seated affection for him. However, the upheaval faced by the Verkinns, their race, casts a shadow over this bond. The tragic loss of their mother and sister ignites a fierce wrath in Temerity, leading her down a path of vengeance. The path Craze vowed against their father.

The Turning Point: War and Reconciliation

The outbreak of war with the Quassers serves as a critical turning point for Temerity, forcing her into a truce with Craze. This uneasy alliance paves the way for her remarkable transformation from a vengeful sister to a key figure in the war’s resolution. Temerity’s journey is not just one of reconciliation with Craze but also of personal growth, as she learns to navigate the complexities of leadership and diplomacy.

Temerity as Planetlord: A Vision for Peace

Craze’s decision to appoint Temerity as planetlord of Jix is a testament to her capabilities and their mended relationship. In this role, Temerity emerges as a formidable leader, working tirelessly to forge peace between the Verkinns and the Jixes, as well as between the Backworld and Foreworld governments. Her efforts to manage the threat of the Trausser Vines further demonstrate her commitment to her people’s safety and prosperity.

Temerity’s story is a vibrant thread in the intricate tapestry of the Backworlds series, inviting readers to explore the depths of character and the possibilities of a universe where hope and determination can overcome darkness and division.

 

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#Fantasy Worth Reading: A Starlet’s Secret to a Senstational Afterlife #BookReview #fantasybooks #Booklover

 

Looking for a fun and fantastic read with a bit of the supernatural and a little romance? A Starlet’s Secret to a Sensational Afterlife by Kendall Kulper is the novel you need.

fantasy worth reading A Starlet's Secret to a Sensational Afterlife

A Starlet’s Secret to a Sensational Afterlife is a mesmerizing tale that effortlessly blends the unglamourous side of Hollywood with a touch of mystery and a sprinkle of romance.

Set during the golden age of Hollywood, the novel introduces us to the charismatic protagonist, Henrietta. She announces to her family over dinner once evening that she’s going to be a star and leaves Chicago. As a newcomer to Hollywood, Henrietta finds it’s not so easy to get into pictures. Then she starts seeing dead starlets. Wha??

This mystery of the many, many dead girls gets entwined with her shot at stardom. What’s a girl to do?

Then she meets Declan, who has his own secrets. He can’t die. At first this serves him well as a stuntman. Then, it becomes a problem when there’s an accident where he should have died and he’s not even injured. He had a hard life and came to Hollywood hoping to find his mother. She had run off to try her hand at stardom when he was a boy.

The pacing is well-balanced, keeping the reader engaged with a combination of suspenseful revelations and heartfelt moments.

I loved the balance of supernatural, mystery, history, and romance. I highly recommend this book.

Here’s the blurb:

A budding starlet and her handsome-but-moody co-star go from bitter enemies to reluctant partners when they get tangled up in the disappearance of a beautiful young actress in 1930s Hollywood.

Eighteen-year-old Henrietta arrives in Los Angeles in 1934 with dreams of trading her boring life for stardom.

She’s determined to make it as an actress, despite her family’s doubts and rumors of would-be starlets gone missing. And by the skin of her teeth, she pulls it off! A serendipitous job offer arrives and Henrietta finds herself on a whirlwind publicity tour for a major film role—with a vexingly unpleasant actor tapped by the studio to be her fake boyfriend.

But fierce Henrietta has more in common with brooding Declan than she realizes. They both have gifts that they are hiding, for fear of being labeled strange: he is immune to injury and she can speak to ghosts. When the co-stars get tangled up in the disappearance of a beautiful young actress, they go from bitter enemies and pretend lovers to reluctant partners—and possibly even friends.

Together, they might be the only people in Hollywood who can do something about these poor missing girls. And in doing so . . . they might just fall in love for real.

This whip smart, seductive caper by the author of Murder for the Modern Girl has the perfect combination of romance, vengeance, and a hint of the supernatural, set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

 

Exploring the Cosmos: Alien Double Feature Takes Readers on an Interstellar Journey #scifi #sciencefiction #bookrecommendation

 

An exhilarating voyage through the cosmos!  Alien Double Feature is a captivating collection eager to explore worlds beyond imagination.

Best-selling science fiction books

Two stories of first contact told from the alien point of view.

Aftermath: A Tale of Sacrifice and Courage

Noret, who is unaccustomed to the horrors of war, grapples with the aftermath of a devastating attack one of her world’s moons. She must navigate the complexities of duty and sacrifice to protect everything she holds dear. The narrative unfolds with gripping intensity, exploring themes of courage, resilience, and the true cost of war.

Wings of the Guiding Suns: A Hero’s Quest

Amidst the solar winds, Sita, a member of the dragonkind, embarks on a mission of unparalleled importance: to save a dying world from certain destructionrace of people from extinction. The narrative unfolds with epic proportions, as Sita confronts impossible odds and races against time to fulfill her destiny. Themes of heroism, sacrifice, and the interconnectedness of all life resonate throughout this enthralling adventure, drawing readers into a world where the fate of an entire civilization hangs in the balance.

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