Starburst by Carol James Marshall 

When I first started to read this book I was a bit out off as it seemed to jump a lot between the characters that were involved in the story.  I pressed on determined to complete this novel and was very glad I did.

This isn’t a hardcore science fiction novel it is more soft in that regard but it delved into the minds of the people with such ease that you couldn’t help but start to like the characters 

Lisa is a lady of the grey who is on her initiation to becoming a full fledged mother of the grey.  The problem is that she is not typical of them.  She has real feelings and isn’t hard as rocks like the mother’s are.

She also shows a side of herself as a rule breaker who will go to many lengths to succeed.

What I likes about Lisa is that she seems to be the best and the worst of her kind.   She shows compassion  but in doing so she has broken the rules of her own people

The book brought out a long awaited sci-fi novel that i could actually get into fully.  There are so few of these that draw me nowadays that this was a nice surprise.  

What was missing was absolutely nothing.  If you are hard core sci-fi lover this may not be for you as it is light on technology and doesn’t have the same feel.

For more information about this book and the next book that is due to be released soon check out the author website at

https://www.caroljamesmarshall.com/

Different genres

As many know science fiction and fantasy have many different sub genres which can be confusing to say the least. 

Not all sci-fi is hard core science based.  Some are linked to what is called space opera which could be star wars or even star trek that has facets of fantasy wrapped up into all the science type stuff. 

Fantasy alone has several genres that people don’t realize.  There is the high fantasy which people are used to which has the classics of fantasy.  Then you have dark fantasy and urban fantasy.  Paranormal Romance and paranormal thrillers have started to get more action lately as well to get the best of both worlds.

With all of the different sub genres you also have the young adult books that also have to be categorized in as well.  No wonder people get confused with fantasy and sci-fi books.

The dark prophecy by Rick Riordan 

The second book in the trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan.  This book was  wry good despite the fact I didn’t enjoy the first book of this series that much.

In this book it really shows that not all books can be judged based on the first book in a series.  

I still can’t stand Apollo as he is too willfully and also very sure of himself.  He annoys me but that is probably because he is a former God.

Meg is a daughter of Demeter and she isna strong character who I like to read about especially since it’s not a common occurrence for a half blood with Demeter as a mother.

Who doesn’t love to see Leo Valdez back in action with his girlfriend Calypso and the dragon Festus. 

I do wish that the next book was already out as I do love the Greek myth stories. 

The Olympian series by Rick riordan

Rick Riordan is an accomplished author with numerous series to his name all dealing with mythology of different cultures.

The olympian series deals with the half blood named Percy Jackson and his life as a young man.  

Percy isn’t perfect in fact he is very annoying at times and seems to be one of those kids who just evokes negativity from others.

When we meet Percy he has no confidence in himself and was constantly being moved from boarding school to boarding school as he was shown as a troubled child.

In the series you see him grow into a confident person who can deal with anything including monsters as well as a war between the gods of mount Olympus and the titans.

The series is one of my favourites and had 5 books as part of the initial series.  Rick Riordan writes very confidently about mythology no matter what myths he is portraying.   It happens his first series is about Greek mythology which I was always very fond of.

Flying in Place by Susan Palwick 

I read this book years ago and found that it was a very emotional read and was classes as a fantasy of the urban variety.

The main character is a young girl of about 12 years old who sees her dead sister flying in place on the ceiling. 

It goes through the whole emotional spectrum as you learn how a sister she never met died and also how she was saved by the dead sister.

Emma and her family seem idyllic at first glance.  Emma is a good child who goes to the school where her mother teaches English and her father is a notable surgeon.   The only spot that seems different is that Emma can see her sister Ginny who does when her .other was pregnant with Emma. 

I fell for this book hook line and sinker because of the topic of child abuse and how Susan Palwick wrote about it showing a struggle about who one can trust. 

Susan Palwick writes with a passion that makes me realise just how good life can be and how bad it can as well.  She makes you feel for her characters.  She tells the story in a way to show just what children of abuse go through.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

This is the first story of Tolkien who wrote the epic fantasy series that has made millions of people into fans of fantasy. 

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit from the shire.   He goes on this mystical adventure with dwarves to get the treasure from the evil dragon Smaug.

The book was good for a younger age group.  Now that I am older I see that it really isn’t as well written  as when I first read the book.  It has a lot of holes in it that doesn’t work as well until you read the next trilogy.

While it does have a place in my heart it isn’t as highly placed as it would have been years ago.

Still a good read and a good story for you to read to your kids.

The Lord of the Rings  by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is a classic of fantasy literature which has brought many people into the newer series of fantasy like Harry Potter.

The series in my teens was great but as I got older and re-read them time and again I found that the books were drawn out too much and that a lot could have been removed.

While I will always love the books for what they meant to me in the past they are no longer my favourite series in fantasy.

The fellowship of the ring which is the first in the trilogy I now always skips the first 50 or so pages as it was just the party scene were Bilbo disappeared from the Shire.

The characters in and of themselves were great and it shows a lot of the races of high fantasy that I loved.  Elves and dwarves are a big part of this story.

I do enjoy these books from time to time but I do think there is a vast room for improvement.

It is nice to see some of the classics are still around with a staying power that isn’t often seen now.

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