May 29, 2012

Review: Hope's Folly

Hope’s Folly
By Linnea Sinclair
(Dock 5 Universe Book 3)

Steamy Science Fiction
Paperback, 448 pages

Published by Bantam Spectra










My Summary:
With the old government in a state of shambles, the Rebellion, led by Admiral Phillip Guthrie, is trying to get a foot in the door before Tage, the maniacal barrister in charge, can slam it shut again. To do so, they’re putting their hope in a salvaged ship, Guthrie knows all too well. She may be old, she may be testy, but she’s their only hope.

Rya Bennton has been in love with Phillip since she was ten and shooting forkfuls of peas at him when he visited her father. With her father dead, her home in the middle of the rebel allied sector, and nothing to keep her on station, she responds to a call set out to man a new ship. When Phillip walks back into her life, she’s not sure if the lasers going off are coming from her heart, or from the goons trying to take them out.

My review:
This novel’s first chapter makes more sense if you’ve read the first two books in this series, but it is able to be read as a standalone novel.

While the romance side is evident in this novel, I feel that – in comparison to several of her other novels – it takes a back seat to the plot. There’s little enough time for romance, especially one where both parties are truly the only thing getting in their way, but the addition in Folly helps to move the plot along, bring up little foibles that add interesting twists and all the while manages to not feel terribly forced.

The plot overall is not terribly broad, but the ability to keep a reader interested for 448 pages without bouncing all over the place is really impressive.

Overall, this is my second favorite of Ms. Sinclair’s novels.


Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
As with the previous Sinclair novels, if you’re into both SF and Romance, go for it. This is totally a Buy, fun, fast and steamy. If you’re not into the former, but still into the latter, I’d suggest borrowing this one (and if you like it, take a chance on the rest of her books). If you’re a hard core SF buff who doesn’t like cream in your coffee… you might want to Brush Past this one (even in e-book format).

May 25, 2012

Revision Wars: An Update 5/25

So, the title should tell you why I've been lax in posting.

Here's what my Revisions look like right now.
(Yes, I'm tackling 2 at once)
So, there's that. I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial day weekend, I'll be posting on Monday, but it will just be the usual inspiration.

May 24, 2012

When I Haven’t Done My Job

I’m working on the edit notes from the last go over of my SFR. This is Draft #4 and there was a pretty big series of changes that happened in draft #3, so a lot of this round of edits is clean up from that.

The best thing about my main beta/editor is also the most frustrating at times. She doesn’t read SF and so a lot of things I take for granted as common knowledge… she doesn’t get.

Why that’s frustrating: As someone who is rather immersed SF in general… things like “EVA suits” and “force shielding” don’t require further explanation. So I get frustrated when she doesn’t get it. But really, that’s not her fault.

Why it’s awesome: Because I might go about my business writing this stuff and totally alienate a reader who picks up the story and doesn’t know that EVA stands for Extra-Vehicular Activity. It’s my job as the writer to explain these things in a way that won’t make a veteran SF reader roll their eyes, but also makes it clear to the reader what the heck I’m talking about.

So, while my initial reaction to some of the comments in my revision notes is usually frustration, I’m at a point in my writing career where I understand that frustration is completely my own fault.

May 23, 2012

So… I’ve seen a few movies recently


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 Why I saw it: I haven’t been paying much attention, so when Sara Creasy brought it up, I looked into it… and immediately got excited. And frankly, the trailer was entertaining enough to give it a shot (AND IT’S SF, or at least it’s the type of SF I wish more SF movies were. Too many things anymore are muddling the line anymore.
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What I thought: Scientific inaccuracies aside, it was a lot of fun. I love movies that are so much fun, I forget to be bothered by things that might otherwise irk me. ALSO THEY DEAL WITH A HACK JOB HAIR CUT THE RIGHT WAY… YOU GUYS! I’m not sure if it’s sad that I’m as excited about that as I am. 

Someone (I think it was io9, and please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong) said this movie is like Escape from New York – In space! and I’m so happy they were not off the mark in that statement. Seriously, if this is still available, GO SEE IT.



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 Why I saw it: Okay, so, I don’t like Julia Roberts, she bugs me and the second I saw that Nathan Lane was in the cast, I knew what sort of a movie it was going to be… but I still went and saw it because I love Tarsem. I knew my eyes would be in for a visual candy fest.
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What I thought: While it was not the best adaptation of the story I’ve seen, I found it enjoyable enough… and the random bollywood number during the credits is just wacky to bump the movie up a little. There are a few moments of comedic gold, but other than that, I found the story straightforward. I don’t know if it’s this could be considered the worst take on Snow White I’ve seen… and as there are two more coming out shortly (One I’m wary of and one I’m actually kind of excited about) I think I’m going to save my judgment on this front. It followed the base guidelines of the story well enough and while I was not a fan of Army Hammer’s performance, Lilly Collins was decent enough. And I loved the Dwarves… but then, I always love the Dwarves. (I think it’s worth seeing if you like fairy tale adaptations – if you’re looking for something more a mix of this and the next item on the list consider Snow White: A Tale of Terror with Sam Neil and Sigourney Weaver.




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Why I saw it: Honestly, the main reason I saw this one was because the BF loves anything even hinting at the realm of horror. And I was willing to go because I figured Joss Whedon wouldn’t do me wrong.
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What I thought: I was pleasantly not freaked out at any point in the movie… though I’m not sure that’s what they were going for. I’m not the sort who has a super high tolerance for horror. Certain movies (not to be named here) have had me with a vice grip on the BF’s arm that resulted in bruising – he deserved it – I don’t think I flinched once. But to be fair it seemed more like a dissection and homage to horror than anything else. The twist at the end was something that even I (a serial plot ruiner) didn’t see coming.


May 22, 2012

Review: Shades of Dark

Shades of Dark
By Linnea Sinclair
(Dock 5 Universe Book 2)

Steamy Science Fiction
Paperback, 448 pages

Published by Bantam Spectra
Released July 29th, 2007







My Summary:
Chaz and Sully are still on the run from Tage while they seek out his mobile Jukor breeding lab. With news of her brother’s imprisonment and the sudden overthrow of the Admiral’s council, it seems their only hope lies with a mysterious contact named Dell.

When Dell turns out to be far more than they bargained for… will they be able to carry out their mission, and even if they do, will saving the galaxy destroy who they are?


My review:
While it does not live up to the first book in the series… it comes pretty close.

As with all romantic sequels, Sinclair put the main characters into a situation that would test the mettle of their relationship. Personally, I found the method in which she did this something that completely threw me out of the story, not because it was out of character, but because it felt like a mortal sin… and I as the reader couldn’t forgive it.

I appreciate the inclusion of most, if not all of the characters from the first novel, it felt as though the characters were real people with real relationships that couldn’t be forgotten – even if the author had wanted to.

The plot itself feels a bit meandering, but that is due mostly to the number of obstacles that seem to pop up for them.

Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
As with the previous Sinclair novels, if you’re into both SF and Romance, go for it. This is totally a Buy, fun, fast and steamy. If you’re not into the former, but still into the latter, I’d suggest borrowing this one (and if you like it, take a chance on the rest of her books). If you’re a hard core SF buff who doesn’t like cream in your coffee… you might want to Brush Past this one (even in e-book format).

May 21, 2012

MI: Verdant Hue

Game of Thrones Question "Why Do You Detest Ygritte?"

(In case you haven't read the series, you may find some of this a squidge spoiler-y. I don't think it is, but fair warning.)

In the books, I understand Ygritte’s purpose as a means of character development for Jon Snow, however I feel as though her character’s insertion could have been better integrated into the story-line (or at least done differently). She quickly turned into a character that only seemed to exist to get Jon’s rocks off. By the time her part of the books was over I felt as though she hadn’t actually been important to the story line at all – sure she more or less keeps him alive, but I feel like a lot of things surrounding her were fluff. Even to the present point, three books later, it feels like GRRM is trying to force some form of influence from her interactions with Snow.

(To be fair, I feel that after the first book, only the third’s ending has been worth reading. And the only reason I’m still reading the books is because I care about what happens to Tyrion.)

So far, she's not annoying me in the series. But I think that's because we've got so little of her. I'm not looking forward to Season 3's portion in the North.

And I found it extremely irritating that a good 50% of her dialog in the book seemed to be her catch phrase of "You know nothing, Jon Snow."

May 17, 2012

Not Dead...

Or ill or anything else.  Sorry I haven't been blogging recently! My nose is firmly pressed against a stack of red-inked pages as I revise. This is what that looks like...


Up top (3 pages) my revision change notes. Below (4 pages) My outline to make those changes...



Everything in blue needed to be torn out and re-written.

May 8, 2012

This Has To Be A Typo.... Right?

For those of you with bad eyes (like me), here's a close up:


That's right, you can buy this book (which is a mass market paperback and only 2 years old) for $7.99 on amazon, or you can buy it used and pay an extra $492.01.

I love Linnea Sinclair's writing, and while I have yet to read this one... I have to hope this is a typo on the seller's part. If not... that book better come plated in gold.

May 2, 2012

My Office

I've spent a lot of time in here today... figured I should probably give you a look into what it looks like.




May 1, 2012

Review: The Down Home Zombie Blues

The Down Home Zombie Blues
By Linnea Sinclair

Steamy Science Fiction
Paperback, 516 pages

Published by Bantam Spectra







My Summary:
Jorie has been fighting Zombies for a long time. Why they’d choose a backward ball of dirt called Earth to infest, she can’t begin to fathom. When getting her tech back from the Bahia Vista, Florida Police department means a run in with Theo Petrakos. Letting the Zombie turn him into a mummified corpse would be the easiest way to deal with the situation, but something keeps her from idly standing by. Unfortunately, saving his life also makes it forfeit.  

Theo watched a lot of star trek, but he never expected to be transported to a real space ship orbiting Earth. He also never expected them to tell him he’d never get to go back. But when Jorie’s only option is to let him help her, he finds his way back to the planet and an intergalactic situation he never thought possible.

My review:
First, let me state, there are no “real” zombies in this novel. In this case, Zombie is an alien term for a creature created to protect their jump gates.

Overall, the alien characters are portrayed in a manner that makes it clear they are not of this earth, and at the same time don’t come over all too cheesy. Fast paced, as with her other novels, this moves along at a steady clip. It’s an odd situation, that somehow is portrayed in a manner that feels rather normal.

Stressful at times, the plot is an interesting take on human/alien interaction, and the romance, while strange is believable enough and not as rushed as some feel.

Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
As with the previous Sinclair novels, if you’re into both SF and Romance, go for it. This is totally a Buy, fun, fast and steamy. If you’re not into the former, but still into the latter, I’d suggest borrowing this one (and if you like it, take a chance on the rest of her books). If you’re a hard core SF buff who doesn’t like cream in your coffee… you might want to Brush Past this one (even in e-book format).