Friday, April 19, 2013

Ghost Spin by Chris Moriarty

Science Fiction

I am on the Round the World Cruise and have limited Internet.   I am using this time to catch up on my TBR pile on my ereaders.  My posts are short with no links or graphics.  Check my travel blog to see where I have been and where I am going.

Ghost Spin is a strange story with a strange story line.  It is Science Fiction.  It is set in the far future when an artificial intelligence named Cohen kills himself.  This is unexpected.  AI's don't kill themselves.  

I kept reading this even though it was confusing at times.  There are parts or Ghosts of Cohen that appear in the story.  There is Cohen's wife Catherine.  In her quest to find out if Cohen really did commit suicide she ends up sending copies of herself across the galaxy.  As a result we have Caitlyn and Catherine, the same character but not the same.

Parts of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland are woven into the story and provide clues to what is happening.  Ghost Spin is a well written and well thought out story filled with interesting characters.   Don't expect it to be a quick read and don't expect all the loose ends to be tied up.  At time it can be confusing as it moves from the present to the past and back.  Don't quit.  Do expect a interesting and challenging read.

Spectra Trade published Ghost Spin by Chris Moriarty in 2013.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Wild One by Danelle Harmon

Historical Fiction

I am near the end of my round the world cruise.  There are just over two weeks to go.  I have fallen down on posting so I will do this post now and the rest when I get home around the first of May.
The Wild One is Book 1 in the The De Montforte Brothers series by Danelle Harmon.  I downloaded it free from Amazon before I left home.  When I checked a few days ago it was still free.  It is set in 1775, around the time of the American Revolution.  If you like Historical Fiction you should pick this on up.  A warning though; there is a real shocker near the end and you will probably want the read the next book just to see what happens.

The De Monforte family consists of four brothers and one sister.  The set up reminded me of one of Mary Balough's series.  The oldest brother is Lucian, the Duke, and he is always trying to control his siblings.  The Wild One is the third son, Gareth.  After the death of his brother Charles he is the Duke's heir.  He has always been told he is useless and he tries hard to live up to his reputation.  The Duke is working had to try to change him.

Juliet is from America and was going to marry Charles.  She had his daughter after he was killed.  He made her promise to go to England and stay with his family if something happened to him.  As she neared the De Monforte home highwaymen stopped her coach.  Gareth is injured while saving everyone.  He is drawn to Juliet and the Duke sees away to use her to control him.

The story moves from there.   There are some unexpected events and the journey to the HEA is very entertaining.  Garth is one of the great bad boys.  He is really a very good person underneath all of his pranks.  Juliet is very serious and focused.  They really compliment each other.  Juliet needs the fun Garth brings and Garth needs someone who brings him down to earth. 

I enjoyed reading Garth and Juliet's story and hope you do to.

The Wild One is an ebook published by Danelle Harmon in 2012.