Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks ~ Rebecca Skloot

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

No Place to Hide

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Title:  No Place to Hide (Hidden Identity Novel Book #3)

Author:  Lynette Eason

Website:  http://www.lynetteeason.com/

Pages:  336

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars!

The Hidden Identity series has been a thrill to read starting from book one until book three!  The titles in order are No One to Trust, Nowhere to Turn and No Place to Hide.  Each novel provides a suspense-filled ride from start to finish!  In this final story of the trilogy, readers are transported to an event that has been planned down to the minute and detail all with the lust of revenge.

Every page I turned the main characters, Ian and Jackie, were being pursued both by law enforcement and men seeking their demise.  Collateral damage was being left all over various places from one state to the next.  Jackie and Ian were trying to stay ahead of those who were seeking to kill them and those who were trying to arrest them for supposed terrorist acts.

The hidden part that the author slowly reveals in the main characters is the years that Ian and Jackie had been apart.  What life experiences did Jackie and Ian have that were unknown to the other?  With danger stalking their every step and tension climbing in rapid increments, I simply couldn’t stop reading the book until the very end.

The ending was sweet with a touch of sorrow, but always with eternal hope woven throughout the main characters lives.  Jackie’s relationship with the Lord was strained due to a deep heart-breaking loss.  Ian learned through life that the only One he could count on was the Lord because He never left Ian.   We can either draw near to Lord or not or try to handle life each day without Him.

I hope you take time this summer to read each of this spell-binding tales written by a gifted author; you won’t be disappointed!  Perhaps you can share the books with others who like faith-filled, action-packed thrill-filled stories!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Finished ~ Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

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Every Fifteen Minutes - Lisa Scottoline

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Spice your posts: embed Tweets and Tumblr posts into your BookLikes texts

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Feed - Review

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Feed - Mira Grant

Publication Date: Available Now from Orbit

 

Source: Purchased Copy

 

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.
The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives – the dark conspiracy behind the infected.
The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

 

Well I LOVED this one. In a kind of a love hate fashion. It broke my heart into little pieces at the end there…and somewhere around the midway point as well.

In Feed we are post zombie apocalypse – the dead no longer stay dead due to a virus that arose from curing the common cold. In this world bloggers are the newshounds, traditional news reporting being practically over. Licensed, followed, life for a blogger is all about the market share and the ratings. Enter Georgia and Shaun Mason – invited to follow a presidential campaign. During this they discover a conspiracy that may cost them everything.

 

For a zombie novel this packed a hell of an emotional punch – whilst being written in a very matter of fact almost documentary style for the most part, there is a brilliant emotive edge embedded into every single paragraph. I loved the Masons – their relationship, with each other and the world around them, the ever expanding cast of characters they interact with all being very well drawn and intriguing.

 

One of the huge strengths of this novel for me was the world building – descriptively brilliant, feeling authentic and realistic in its scientific basis but still very much focusing on the human aspect – the two sides to the coin so to speak are interwoven in fine fashion to give a solid backdrop to the drama going on.

 

Character building is just as good – I adored both Georgia and Shaun (And Buffy, Rick, Steve, et al) and became very emotionally involved with them during the reading. The author does a fine job of making you care and gives a great mix of action and thrills to keep you on the edge of your seat a lot of the time.

 

The themes explored are as wide as they are deep – reporting integrity, political agenda’s, rights and responsibilities in a world gone mad – using characters whose job it is to get the news out there as the main protagonists for this story works extraordinarily well and allows many different aspects to be explored. It was fascinating, scary, sad and extremely intriguing from first page to last.

 

All in all then definitely on my favourites list. But oh that ending killed me. I am torn between diving straight into “Deadline”, book two of the series and hiding under my duvet for a couple of weeks until my heart rate slows. We’ll see.

 

Happy Reading Folks!

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Pines by Blake Crouch

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Pines - Blake Crouch

So, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and read this one. For one, everyone was raving about it and secondly, the trailers of the T.V adaption got me pretty interested. Usually if I’m going to watch a TV show or film adaption of a book I won’t read it because basically, I feel like then I’ve kind-of ruined things because any surprises are already known to me, unless of course the adaption isn’t true to the book, which as you know, happens all the bloody time! With this one though I was too damn intrigued and wasn’t prepared to wait.

 

I’m sure at this stage everyone knows the synopsis so you’ll be aware that the protagonist is Ethan Burke who arrives in a town called Wayward Pines on a mission to locate two federal agents who have gone missing. Shorly after he arrives there he’s involved in an accident and ends up in the local hospital with no ID, badge, wallet or phone. Things start unravelling for Ethan pretty quickly when he tries to make sense of this strange town. His desire for answers leads him further and further into its mystery.

 

Written in the third person past, this book was good and did keep me interested. It was a quick and easy read that did what it set out to do, which was keep the reader guessing. The writing was simple and clear-no flourishes here or anything over the top. It was basically a simple read, with a very clear cut and linear structure. I liked it, but I certainly didn’t love it and now that I know what the hell Wayward Pines is all about, I’m not sure I’ll read the others. The mysterys cleared up for me, and that’s all I really wanted.

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10 books about space travel & facts you didn't know about them

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams The Martian - Andy Weir Across the Universe - Beth Revis 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card The Forever War - Joe Haldeman Solaris - Stanisław Lem, Joanna Kilmartin, Steve Cox Titan  - Stephen Baxter The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton

Did you know that on May 15th in 1963 launched the final Mercury mission (Mercury-Atlas 9) with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board who became the first American to spend more than a day in a space. 1d 10h 19m 49s to be exact. 

 

Thanks to books we don't need space ships, impressive rockets, time machines, or passports. Travels are inscribed into the book lover's world changing the simple act of reading into magical hours of traveling.

 

For space travels fans, we've prepared a list of 10 books that you could find helpful, or simply enjoyable, during your space exploration time. 

 

 

Title; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams  Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 Author: Douglas Adams 

 

 Things you didn't know:

 Originally it was a radio program which was then adapted to various  form, including the book adaptations. The radio series was the first  radio program to receive a Hugo Award nomination, however, it lost to  Superman

 

 US and UK spell the title differently: Hitch-Hiker's Guide, Hitch Hiker's  Guide and Hitchhiker's Guide are used. It is said that Hitchhiker's    Guide  is the spelling the author preferred. 

 

 

 

The Martian by Andy Weir  Title: The Martian

 Author: Andy Weir  

 

 Things you didn't know:

 If the author could choose only one book to take with him on Mars, he  would pick Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein. The structure of the  Mars program in the book is very similar to a plan called “Mars Direct”  - a proposal for a manned mission to Mars.

 

 The Martian was at first a self-published paper published on author's website. Once it became an  online phenomenon, the author received many requests from readers to make it available on Kindle. That's how it became available on Amazon and in other bookstores. 

 

 

 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis  Title: Across the Universe

 Author: Beth Revis  

 

 Things you didn't know:

 Across the Universe is author's debut novel. Now the series is  available in more than twenty languages. The first three books in the  series make up the original trilogy, published by Penguin Books. The  fourth book is a standalone novel set in the same universe, and was  self-published by the author. 

 

 Did you know that a spaceship in the book, Godspeed, is the size of a  small country?

 

 

 

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke  Title: 2001: A Space Odyssey

 Author: Arthur C. Clarke 

 

 Things you didn't know:

 There are around 88 dialogue-free minutes in the book based movie by  Stanley Kubrick.

 

 Arthur C. Clarke wrote over 100 books but before becoming a writer he  worked in scientific research and as a radar instructor in World War II.  he was a visionary: he predicted satellite communication, space  shuttles, super-fast computers, lightning quick communications and that man would reach the moon. 

 

 

 

 

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey Author: Leviathan Wakes

 Title: James S.A. Corey   

 

 Things you didn't know:

 James S. A. Corey is a phe pseudonym of Daniel Abraham and Ty    Franck. The title refers to the awakening of the protomolecule and is a  Biblical allusion to the Leviathan, a large sea monster referenced in  the Old Testament.

 

 Leviathan Wakes was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best  Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction  Novel. George R.R. Martin described Leviathan Wakes as a "kickass space opera". 

 

 

 

 

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card  Title: Ender's Game

 Author: Orson Scott Card   

 

 Things you didn't know:

 Ender's Game was first written and published in 1977 as a short story  in 'Analog Science Fiction and Fact'. It was a small brief summary of  Ender's experiences in Battle School and Command School. 

 

 Orson Scott Card is the only author to win both top US prizes of  Science Fiction in consecutive years -- his novels "Ender's Game" and  its sequel "Speaker for the Dead" both won Hugo and Nebula Awards.

 

 

 

 

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman  Title: The Forever War

 Author: Joe Haldeman   

 

 Things you didn't know:

 The novel inspired a comic book and a board game. Many of  Haldeman's works were inspired by his experience serving in the  Vietnam War.

 

 The author is interested in astronomy, when he was a  child he said  he'd become an astronaut when he grow up. He  received B. S. in  astronomy and MFA in creative writing. 

 

Joe Haldeman  won a poker tournament in Nassau in 1989.

 

 

 

Solaris by Stanisław Lem Title: Solaris

 Author: Stanisław Lem

 

 Things you didn't know:

 Lem studied medicine, and later he married a medical doctor and  radiologis Barbara Lesniak. Although, Stanislaw Lem received a  certificate of completion of medical studies, he refused to take the last  exams in order to avoid a career of a  military doctor.

 

 „Solaris” is the most famous of Lem's novels. It is is one of Lem’s  philosophic explorations of man’s anthropomorphic  limitations. Solaris  is the best-known of Lem's English-translated  works.

 

 

 

Titan by Stephen Baxter  Title:  Titan

 Author: Stephen Baxter 

 

 Things you didn't know:

 Stephen Baxter has degrees in mathematics, engineering, and in  business administration. He completed a PhD in aeronautical  engineering but it wasn't for him. He applied to become a cosmonaut in  1991 -  but fell at an early hurdle.

 

 His favorite color is red. 

 

 

 

 

 The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton  Title: The Reality Dysfunction

 Author: Peter F. Hamilton  

 

 Things you didn't know:

 The cover artist, Jim Burns, has been called one of the Grand  Masters  of the science fiction art world. 

 

 The author asked whether he would prefer to live in the Confederation  universe or Commonwealth universe he answers: Confederation. It  seems a bit wilder. 

 

 Hamilton's favorite cheese is smoked Lincolnshire poacher. His favorite type of wine is Sancerre and his favorite beer is Hoegaarden.

 

The author asked about all time best SF books that would appeal to NON SF readers, points to: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry AugustStation eleven, and The Everness series.

    

 

 

 

 

Did your favorite title make to the list? Share your favorite space books in the comments below :)

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Mercury

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bbcradio4/42-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-hitchhikers-g-h3t3

http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

http://www.acrosstheuniversebook.com/

http://inktank.fi/17-little-know-facts-about-2001-a-space-odyssey/

http://www.biography.com/people/arthur-c-clarke-9249620#synopsis

http://www.danielabraham.com/

http://expanse.wikia.com/wiki/Leviathan_Wakes

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/14/enders-game-scott-card-review

http://www.joehaldeman.com/

http://english.lem.pl/

http://www.stephen-baxter.com/

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2nhmye/i_am_peter_f_hamilton_science_fiction_author_ask/

http://www.peterfhamilton.co.uk/

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