Thursday, June 5, 2014

Unlocked” A Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome by John Scalzi and Twelfth Night by Deanna Raybourn

Since both are novellas I decided to put them on one post even though one is Science Fiction and one is a Historical Mystery.   

Unlocked – Science Fiction - Novella

From Tor’s Website - A new near-future science fiction novella by John Scalzi, one of the most popular authors in modern SF. “Unlocked” traces the medical history behind a virus that will sweep the globe and affect the majority of the world’s population, setting the stage for Lock In, the next major novel by John Scalzi.
I received Unlocked in an email from Tor.  It does two things.  It is an oral history of Haden’s Syndrome told by various people who were witnesses and builds the world for Scalzi’s upcoming novel, Lock In.  It is free on Tor’s website.  It is very interesting and after reading I am ready to read Lock In.

Twelfth Night – Mystery – Novella

From Goodreads - New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a brand-new novella, starring her beloved heroine, the intrepid Lady Julia Grey

To mark the passing of another decade, the esteemed (and eccentric) March family have assembled at Bellmont Abbey to perform the Twelfth Night Revels for their sleepy English village. But before Lady Julia and her handsome sleuthing husband, Nicolas Brisbane, can take to the stage, a ruckus in the stable yard demands their attention. An abandoned infant is found nestled in the steel helm of St. George. What's more, their only lead is the local legend of a haunted cottage and its ghastly inhabitant—who seems to have returned.

Once again, Lady Julia and Nicholas take up the challenge to investigate, and when the source of the mystery is revealed, they'll be faced with an impossible choice—one that will alter the course of their lives…forever.


I have followed Lady Julia Grey and her husband Nicolas Brisbane from book one.  Twelfth Night is a great little story to add to the collection.  Julia and Nicolas need to find the mother of the abandoned baby.  Along the way we get to know one of Julia’s young nieces and discover what changes are coming for Julia and Nicolas.  A lot is packed into the story as well as a hint about the next case the two take.  I enjoyed Twelfth Night and enjoyed seeing two of my favorite characters and the changes that are happening in their lives.

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