September 22nd, 2019

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Book 15 - 2017

Book 15: The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance edited by Trisha Telep – 481 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Love will find a way - 19 fantastic future-set romances.
The good news is, in the future there will be no shortage of romance. On space ships, on newly-colonized planets or on a barely recognizable Earth, life forms, whether human, alien or something in between, will find their way to love.
As giant corporations grasp new opportunities for profit and future armies clash, both in deep space and 'dirtside', former romantic partners try to put the past behind them and time-travelling rebels set out to romance the past.
These science fiction stories of future love and lust - by Marcella Burnard, Bianca d'Arc, Jess Granger, Linnea Sinclair, C. L. Wilson and many more - are brimming with passion and humour. So, even though in space no one can hear you scream, they might just be able to hear you laugh.

Thoughts:
I bought this book, and another anthology of Science Fiction wars, on sale at the University book shop (don’t ask me why they had such volumes in their library!). Given I don’t get to read much at night when on holidays, I took it on an overseas trip to America, reading one or two stories a night. Overall, I enjoyed this volume. Science fiction/romance is probably my favourite genre so that helped, but most of the stories are, if not groundbreaking pieces of literature, at least entertaining stories. I can’t remember all the stories, and the only one that I can remember specifics of the plot is ‘Fade Away and Radiate’ which was totally corny, but which I enjoyed nonetheless. Basically, I read it like a Mills and Boons in space.


15 / 50 books. 30% done!


6990 / 15000 pages. 47% done!

Currently reading:
- To The Nines
by Janet Evanovich – 372 pages
- The Husband’s Secret
by Liane Moriarty – 402 pages
- Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women who helped win the Space Race
by Margot Lee Shetterly – 328 pages

And coming up:
- The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder
by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
- The Odyssey
by Homer – 324 pages
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance – 434 pages
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Book 16 - 2017

Book 16: To The Nines by Janet Evanovich – 372 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Stephanie Plum's got rent to pay, people shooting at her, and psychos wanting her dead every day of the week (much to the dismay of her mother, her family, the men in her life, the guy who slices meat at the deli . . . oh, the list goes on). An ordinary person would cave under the pressure. But hey, she's from Jersey. Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way . . . and she always gets her man. In To the Nines, her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an illegal immigrant. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. But what she uncovers is far more sinister than anyone imagines and leads to a group of killers who give new meaning to the word hunter. In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas Strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life. The unforgettable characters, nonstop action, high-stakes suspense, and sheer entertainment of To the Nines define Janet Evanovich as unique among today's writers.

Thoughts:
Another Stephanie Plum novel. Same standard mystery with Stephanie caught in the lurch in the end. Improved by Valerie having her baby and Lula’s meat diet. Same standard Morelli/Ranger fare. These books are very formulaic, and as fun and comfortable as that can be to read, they’d be significantly improved by something resembling character development. Pick a man, ditch Lula (I know a lot of people find her funny - I find her annoying, she undoubtedly always gets Stephanie into trouble), kill off Grandma, I don’t know. Just do something!


16 / 50 books. 32% done!


7362 / 15000 pages. 49% done!

Currently reading:
- The Husband’s Secret
by Liane Moriarty – 402 pages
- Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women who helped win the Space Race
by Margot Lee Shetterly – 328 pages
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance – 434 pages

And coming up:
- The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder
by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
- The Odyssey
by Homer – 324 pages
- Without Remorse
by Tom Clancy – 750 pages