Triton-Bound On A Year Long Voyage. @barbtaub from #RBRT Reviews #Scifi Inside Out by @ThorneMoore #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review comes from Barb. She blogs here

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Barb has been reading Inside Out by Thorne Moore

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I can make this a very short review by saying you really should just go buy Inside Out. You’ll thank me.

Still reading? Okay, here goes.

What do a zombie apocalypse, a western, a dystopian epic, and a spaceship have in common? I think it’s that they’re usually stories of the triumph of regular people. The people who go from delivering pizzas, staffing civil service jobs, driving buses—any of the not-famous, not-rich, not successful people who blend into the background. Then something happens: a virus wipes out the wealthy/beautiful/powerful, leaving the normal ones to band together for survival. Or zombies get really into eating brains until the bus driver and pizza guy pick up an axe and a torch. Or the bad guys are rustling their cattle and disrespecting their daughters, so the farmers pick up their rifles and defend their town from people with bad haircuts and excess facial hair.

Or even better: they hop on a spaceship and head for the final frontier where the Future is as full of boundless possibilities as space itself (unless it’s one of those stories where aliens come ripping out of their chests, which I’m happy to report this isn’t).  Inside Out tells the story of the spaceship Heloise and of seven ordinary passengers on a year long voyage. At first it’s a glittery space cruise with a suave and genial captain. As passengers gamble, drink, and generally manage to ignore the fact that they’re sailing through space, the seven grudgingly share the only thing they have in common: their contracted agreement to spend the next seven years on Triton doing whatever they’re told to do. If all goes as planned, they’ll come home with wealth and security. If they make it that far.

Midway through the cruise, everything changes. The tourists depart at the edge of ‘civilized’ space, the glittery trappings are discarded, and the Heloise is refitted to face the realities of the frontier. Shocked, the seven try various ways to change their agreed fate and avoid their delivery to Triton as cargo. It is, of course, far too late for that.

Captain and crew shed their smart uniforms to reveal blade-sharp warriors with their own agenda. And the seven change too, or more accurately—discover or reveal their true selves. They have half a year of travel, and only that much time to make themselves indispensable to the brutal reality of life on Triton.

There are wonderful subplots and rifs on old memes (including the captain who has just explained the cold hard facts of space life to his hapless cargo but ends by telling them to “live long and prosper”). There are many and obvious references to medieval lovers Abelard and Héloïse, two of the most brilliant 12th-century scholars of their day whose romance suffered a setback when her family had him castrated. (No, this isn’t a spoiler for a literal plot point, so you can all just uncross those legs.)

But what I loved most about this book has almost nothing to do with its genre or tropes. You could close your eyes and the story would work well in anything from the Old West to Interbellum. Because what’s really going on is the subtle realization that the Triton-bound passengers are on a journey to become exactly who they’re meant to be—with the help of the Heloise’s Pygmalion-like captain, of course. And all the while, we see tiny reveals, get hints, and finally realize what his goals are as well. Or as Smith suggests, “Ask him what happened to Heloise.”

I can’t end without an awestruck bow to the world-building AFTERWARD, which shows up…well, afterward. And yes, I know I said this plot could be set almost any place and time. But that’s not good enough for author Thorne Moore, who has a fantastically elaborate world spelling out the stakes, the players, and the epic scale of the stage. Hopefully, it’s a sign of more to come in the wonderful character-driven world she’s created.

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Triton station, Outer Circles headquarters of Ragnox Inc, on the moon of Neptune, is as far as the intrepid can go. It’s a place to make money, lots of money, and for seven lucky travellers, bound for Triton on the ISF Heloise, that’s exactly what they intend to do.
Maggy Jole wants to belong. Peter Selden wants to escape. Abigail Dieterman wants to be free. Merrit Burnand wants to start again. Christie Steen wants to forget. No one knows what David Rabiotti wants. And Smith, well, Smith wants everything.
Does it really matter what they want? The journey to Triton will take them eleven months – eleven months to contemplate the future, come to terms with the small print of their contracts, and wish they’d never signed. But changing their minds is not an option.
Sometimes it really is better to travel… than arrive.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT OCTOBER RAIN by @dylanjmorgan #SundayBlogShare #SciFi

Today’s team review is from Steve,

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Steve has been reading October Rain by Dylan J Morgan


October Rain is a short, dystopian, science fiction story, set against the backdrop of a less than perfect Mars colony.

The prologue sets the scene for the theme of the book, briefly describing the utter despair of the narrator. Instantly your curiosity is triggered – how can the rain burn? Why is this person’s heart so broken? And what do they not want to remember?

From Chapter One, the narrative jumps the reader into a life on Mars, told through the eyes of our narrator. With little excess description and a confident pace, we are drawn into this life as the job, family and circumstances lead to an unwanted, if not unexpected conclusion.

I enjoyed meeting the ‘hero’ of October Rain, the author has provided sufficient details for me to empathise with the pressures piled upon this weary individual who struggles to cope. His cynicism and attitude are in keeping with overall theme and add to the overwhelming helplessness experienced by the end.

As with all such dystopian science fiction this book both makes the reader despair for our possible future and rejoice that just maybe our humanity will survive when we eventually leave our planet.

I reviewed this book as part of Rosie Amber’s book review team.

5 out of 5 stars

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HOSTILE GROUND APOCALYPSE 1 Stargate SG-1 by @Sally_Malcolm #SciFi #Stargate @StargateNovels

Stargate Week

This week I’m bringing you reviews of 7 books linked with the Stargate TV series.

I fell in love with the series back in 1994 when hubby and I were in New York. We decided to go to the movies one afternoon, not having heard of any of the films on offer, we randomly chose the fist original Stargate Movie, when the series eventually aired in the UK we couldn’t wait to watch and I went on to get all the season box-sets and films so that I could watch them over and over.

With companion books to the series now available, I can now indulge in more from my favourite TV characters. I originally bought my first companion books for my hubby, but couldn’t resist reading them myself, even if it did take a year to get through my TBR pile before I could reach them, perhaps the wait was meant to be.

I recently reviewed Sunrise, posting my review and even making a YouTube video about the book which I had enjoyed so much, that when Stargate Novels contacted me about reviewing some more of their books, I jumped at the chance, this week will be a mix of books jumping all around the Stargate Seasons, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did reading them.

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Hostile GroundHostile Ground by Sally Malcolm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hostile Ground Apocalypse 1 is a companion book to the Stargate SG-1 TV series and is set after the TV episode called Stargate SG-1: One Hundred Days, for fans who like to ground themselves in the story timelines.

SG-1 are on a mission, they are under heavy attack, Daniel has been seriously wounded and they are under heavy fire as they throw themselves through the gate radioing for immediate medical assistance. However when the gate shuts, they are not at the SGC they are on a cold lifeless planet with a war-torn gate, no DHD and a landscape which looks like an apocalypse struck.

They urgently need to get home for two reasons, Daniel’s severe wound and the secret secondary mission that Jack O’Neill is running. There is a rogue mole in the SGC one tipping the balance of peace for Earth with her current allies the Tollan and the Asgard and Jack is the only one the aliens trust to find the truth.

As time runs out the team try to find signs of civilisation and help. They run into a primitive people with advanced weapons who speak of flesh eating snatchers, and rumours of a resistance. SG-1 head off in search of a dangerous enemy but one who might hold the key to opening the stargate.

An aerial dogfight reveals to SG-1 that the Goa’uld are fighting the snatchers, but SG-1’s choice to help one of these creatures lands them in real hot water. They witness the eating habits of their new captors whilst held in their ship, only just managing to escape.

Their only hope now lies with the illusive Dix, rumoured to be first prime of Hecate, a minor system Lord. Should they trust the enemy?

Back at the SGC, with SG-1 missing, the alien alliances break down, the Asgard withdraw their protection and the mighty Goa’uld plan to over-run planet Earth.

Wow! So much going on and all very believable, love the appearance of Maybourne, he can always be relied upon to stir things up. I could just imagine the on-screen characters acting and talking in exactly the way they are portrayed in this book. Fans of the series will soon recognise the flesh eating zombies, I for one was ready to shout at them from the side-lines about who they were. This book ends on a cliff-hanger just like some of the TV series, but luckily I have the next book lined up so I don’t have to wait a week for the story to be continued…..(continue the story yourself in “Exile”)

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One of the reasons I love Stargate is the great dialogue, here are two short lines. The First from Emancipation.

Teal’c: “What is an Oprah?”

The second from Prisoners.

Jack O’Neill: Teal’c? Look scary and take point.

I’m ending today with a discussion….If you could spend the day with Jack O’Neill what would you like to do or ask?

I think I’d like a few lessons in self defence and stealth approach to a dangerous situation and then I’d enjoy chatting to him over a long lunch and listening to his many tales, or we could just hang out fishing in Minnesota.

How would you spend a day with Jack?

Rosie’s Avid Readers INTO THE BLACK ODYSSEY ONE by Evan C Currie #SCiFI #Bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

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Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”


Avid Reader’s Thoughts

Into the Black [Remastered Edition] (Odyssey One Book 1)

Evan Currie

Kindle edition

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I had not read an Evan Currie book before this one, with my tastes being usually more to the Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton and Neal Asher series. The blurb had all the right words – space opera, military science fiction and described the book as epic. I also felt a resonance with Star Trek – something confirmed by the off-the-cuff mention of the USS Enterprise towards the end of the book.

With a similar mission to explore, the start was as to be expected: new ship, new technologies and new frontiers. The back story of central character Captain Eric Weston leads nicely into the fighter pilot theme which runs strongly throughout much of the book. The contrast between the camaraderie of Archangels and the stiff formality of the Captain’s superiors helps to build many of the characters.

I also liked the submarine-like space battle which is described as having huge periods of waiting and then a few seconds of action. The strategy and tactics of the battle bring real tension to the storyline and echo well with the struggles of the ground forces.

I can see how the story can be continued but I am not sure this book can be described as epic. I enjoyed meeting the characters and I would be interested in learning more about Eric Weston’s universe but in this book I did not get the feel for the vastness of space which I imagine must face any galactic explorer.

Book Description

This edition of Odyssey One has been completely edited and remastered to correct the typos and content issues that reviewers commented on in the original edition.

Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraft Odyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality.

The Odyssey’s maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history. Captain Eric Weston and his crew, pushing past the boundaries of security, encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people, all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero.

A first-rate military science fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE BETRAYAL OF KA by Shea Oliver @ColoradoShea #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review is from Teri, she blogs at

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Teri has been reading and reviewing The Betrayal of Ka by Shea Oliver


As the spaceship secretly lands on Earth, Ka’s mission is clear: find and kill Transprophetics. His shipmates think of him as a killer. On his home planet of Koranth, he is considered a murderer. Haunted in his dreams by the boy whose life he stole, Ka struggles to define who he really is.

A girl in a temple in Thailand. A boy kidnapped in Mexico. Both can do the impossible. Both can move objects with their minds. These two Transprophetics pose grave risks to the Donovackia Corporation as it plans its invasion of Earth.

With a blade in his hand, Ka’s decision to kill, or not, will reverberate across the galaxy. –

The Betrayal of Ka falls into the sci-fi genre and although Ka’s age isn’t specifically mentioned, he’s still in school at the beginning of the story, so I wondered if this was a YA sci-fi.  As the story progresses, because of some characters’ actions and subjects mentioned, I’m not comfortable labeling this YA, so I’m considering it adult sci-fi.

Ka is immediately likable, brash and mischievous one minute, then adorably insecure the next when talking to a girl he likes.  Unfortunately, Ka doesn’t make the smartest choices, landing him in the worst of circumstances and causing a lifetime of regret.  Through a generous benefactor made aware of his situation, he’s offered a chance at redemption and and must decide what kind of person he has become.

I would have liked to see this story focus more on Ka, but a substantial amount of time was spent on the backstories of minor characters that weren’t critical to the overall plot.  A few different storylines occur, seeming like entirely different books at times, and although a twist reveals a connection late in the novel, they never seemed to be one cohesive story.

This book contains some exciting ideas and concepts and hints at an interesting sequel, but would benefit from editing to correct word repetition, tense changes, and unnecessary content to become a more evenly paced, stronger novel.

I received a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review through Rosie’s Book Review Team.

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This fun feature is a mini workshop. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.

From the book cover we will browse the book description, price and some of the reviews BUT we only have 5 MINUTES.


Join in and see where it leads.

Grab a coffee and spend 5 Minutes on this exercise.

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1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

(then write a little analysis about your decision)

Share your post, use #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 and I’ll help share all relevant posts.

This week my search term was “Android” I went out of my comfort zone to Sci-Fi. or

Book Description

World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn’t ‘retiring’ them with his laser weapon,
he dreamed of owning a live animal – the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life.

Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard’s world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit – and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted …

A Review

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a book that most people think they remember, and almost always get more or less wrong. Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner took a lot from it, and threw a lot away; wonderful in itself, it is a flash thriller where Dick’s novel is a sober meditation. As we all know, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is stalking a group of androids returned from space with short life spans and murder on their minds–where Scott’s Deckard was Harrison Ford, Dick’s is a financially over-stretched municipal employee with bills to pay and a depressed wife. In a world where most animals have died, and pet-keeping is a social duty, he can only afford a robot imitation, unless he gets a big financial break. The genetically warped “chickenhead” John Isidore has visions of a tomb-world where entropy has finally won. And everyone plugs in to the spiritual agony of Mercer, whose sufferings for the sins of humanity are broadcast several times a day. Prefiguring the religious obsessions of Dick’s last novels, this asks dark questions about identity and altruism. After all, is it right to kill the killers just because Mercer says so? —Roz Kaveney

Number of Reviews; 261 Amazon UK or 925 on Amazon US

Price; Kindle £5.99, paperback £6.29. Or $8.82 kindle or the lower $8.35 paperback

Would I BUY or PASS?……PASS today due to the price.


I need to move out of my comfort zone and I’ve been talking about Sci-Fi to a friend. This book caught my eye amongst all the computer based books under the search term. The book appealed, I watched Blade Runner years ago (I think!) The book cover is good, bright colours and a Sci-Fi feel to it. The book description have me wavering away, I preferred the reader review I included above. The price is a little high for a kindle where I am gambling with a newish genre for me, so a PASS today, but I might get to it in the future.

What do you think? Has anyone read this book?

Other bloggers taking part in the challenge today.

Shelley used the search term Radio and found Fat Chance by Nick Spalding

Cathy’s hoping to see some snow soon, so she went with Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber

Liz has found a fun ChickLit Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman, with a much better US cover than UK one, what do you think?

Friday Five Challenge – Purple by Gary Hodgkinson

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

So here goes…

This week I chose Sci-fi

I went to Amazon Sci-fi books in kindle, it’s not a genre I regularly read so I wanted to see what appealed on a quick glance. or

This book cover caught my eye, I like purple, it had a computer which suggested Sci-fi to fit my remit.

The price od £2.04 appealed to me

Book Description:

Balancing on the cutting edge two scientists work to create the last word in artificial intelligence, but a new sentience is waking deep within its core, growing at an uncontrollable rate, and nobody was prepared for the consequences.

Really? I seriously hope the story reads better than that terrible clichéd blurb I just wrote.

Um – Did the author really write this for a bio?

Number of pages; 38

Reviews: Zero

Would I BUY or PASS?………….PASS


I loved the book cover it got me hooked, the price was ok, the number of pages had me thinking uh-oh short story, I’m feeling cooler about it now and looking back at the price for only 38 pages. The book bio killed it off completely, this was the author’s one chance to impress me enough to buy his book, he blew it.

Where do you think he went wrong?

I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.

Imminent Danger: And How To Fly Straight Into It by Michelle Proulx

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imminent Danger: And How To Fly Straight Into It is a YA sci-fi tale. I enjoy watching several Sci-fi series on TV where its very visual, portraying this same image to a reader using the written word is a great skill. I’ll be honest I had forgotten the reason I downloaded this book and I opened to the first page with no idea of the storyline. From the title I assumed a mystery or a thriller, so was shocked when seventeen year old Eris was quickly abducted by blue aliens.

At first I did that eye roll of disbelief, but then I thought hang on it’s ok. Get past the awkward introduction and language barriers and now we have a feisty heroine a cute small furry creature called a Claktill and the start of a well written storyline.

Eris finds she’s been abducted by Captain Hroshk of the Ssrisk nation who intends to sell her for a large reward. She’s given an advanced communication translator called a Lamri so she can understand their language. However the ship is very soon attacked and Eris and Miguri the Claktill are rescued by Varrin a Rakorsian mercenary. Rakorsians are an advanced humanoid race but Varrin’s only in it for the money too and he sells Eris and Maguri to the Chakra Corporation for experimental purposes.

This is a fun fast paced adventure with plenty more mishaps, near escapes and double-crossings across the galaxy with the promise of a sequel later this year for fans like me who have become quite fond of Eris, Varrin and Miguri.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Cathy reviews The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

Today’s book review is from team member Cathy, she blogs at


Cathy chose to read and review The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan


The story begins on the planet Hemera, in the capital city of Magna, where the president, his family and key members of his staff are being cryogenically frozen before Hemera is completely destroyed by a nuclear war. A century later, on Erebus, a distress signal is received from Hemera. A small group of operatives are chosen to travel to Hemera to investigate, find the President and help to restore the planet. Intelligence reports state the planet is uninhabited and barren, without the existence of any life forms, so they should encounter no difficulties.

Lane, a disgraced former soldier, believes he is being given a final chance, albeit by the corrupt Colonel Paden, to clear his name while escaping the death penalty for a trumped-up charge of murder used to coerce him into joining the mission. The team destined for Hemera have no reason to doubt Paden’s assurance the assignment will be straightforward and without complications. Nevertheless, it becomes apparent immediately on entry into Hemera’s atmosphere, all is not destined to go as smoothly as the team hoped.

The once beautiful and thriving Hemera is a desolate wasteland peopled by gangs of marauders and mutants brought vividly to life by the clear and descriptive writing. Dylan Morgan makes it so easy to visualise the group travelling through the rubble, debris and ruined buildings, fighting the bandits to reach their destination. Their fear and revulsion for what awaits them in Magna. And their ultimate fight for survival against all odds and the most horrific of antagonists.

This is a very well crafted story with perfect pacing, the drama unfolds with consistency to keep the narrative flowing effortlessly. The characters are well-developed and real, Lane especially, but all the personalities are drawn brilliantly, whether you love or loathe them. I think this story covers every eventuality with action, of which there is plenty, greed, deception, horror and sadness. Balancing out the negatives are loyalty, a touch of romance and truthfulness. And the promise of satisfactory karma for the villain of the piece.

It’s graphic, gruesome, gritty….and great!

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Terry reviews The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

Today’s review is from Terry, she blogs at


Terry chose to read and review The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan


Right. I don’t like Sci-Fi. I have zero interest in spaceships and mutant beings. I do, however, love the whole post-apocalyptic thing, which is what made me want to read this book, as well as its excellent title. I am so glad I made that choice!

Basic plot: a motley crew of soldiers are sent from one planet to save the president of a second planet. President has lain in cryogenic suspension since an end-of-world nuclear war a hundred years before.

Dylan Morgan is one hell of a writer. Each character comes alive immediately; we are given no description, physical or otherwise, but I could tell EXACTLY what each person was like almost as soon as they were introduced – a rare talent indeed. The Deadlands is told mostly from the point of view of Lane, a former soldier and current bounty hunter, but also with guest appearances from other members of the team and connected characters, including one chapter from the point of view of one of the mutants. Very, very clever indeed, and actually put a different slant on the whole thing.

Morgan’s writing is clear, concise, never rambling. He understands dramatic impact, suspense, pathos, emotion, though I suspect all this is executed automatically, as it is with those who can write this well. If you like this sort of book you will LOVE this, and I think you will even if, like me, you suspect it might not be your sort of thing. Why? Because Morgan realises something important. A truly great novel is all about the CHARACTERS, not about the plot. The plot is terrific, too, but this story is about human nature: love, loss, greed, betrayal, despair, optimism, friendship, family and strength.

Highly, HIGHLY recommended. I suspect I might be raving about this book for quite a while! An easy 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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