Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Review: Blink by Sandra Sookoo




Sandra Sookoo
Published by: Eirelander Publishing
Suggested Retail Price: 4.99
The End is not the Final Word Grade – Solid A


We received one give-away copy. Two bought. All finished.


Which man is her destiny? Charlotte Jackson knows everything about her small portion of the galaxy but nothing about the secrets of her heart.

Her life is as unstable as a supernova when her ship—the Copernicus—is visited by a blue-haired alien who calls himself Garreth. He tells her he'd like to build an alliance with Earth to improve the dire problems of both their planets. As if intergalactic space negotiations weren't complicated enough, Charlotte finds herself more than a little attracted to the man who she should be thinking about in only the most professional terms. This does nothing to make her second-in-command—and would-be lover Jax—any more relaxed about the whole cooperation.

When her ship is attacked by the very beings Garreth wants to save them from, Charlotte and Jax will have to put their feelings for the blue-haired alien aside and focus on saving not only themselves but the entire galaxy. What the three find at the end could be the most valuable commodity of all.

Consensus: This is not your Daddy's sci-fi. A real joy to read. This isn't a romance but has enough of the elements of a romance to make the plot really work.
Ender Elle – I loved this story. It's not too short, not too long and has all those great things I've come to expect from this author. Kudos and keep up the good work.
Ender Joan – Missed the humor Ms. Sookoo normally puts into her work, but with characters like these the story just flowed. A real gem. Ms. Sookoo is on my automatic buy list.
Ender Missy – A little problem when I first started it, I expected a hum-drum space opera. What a pleasant surprise. Author hits this one out of the park.

There you go. Three readers. Three takes. A solid A.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Review: American Freak Show by Willie Geist

American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures
Willie Geist
Published by: Hyperion
Suggested Retail Price: 23.99
The End is Not the Final Word Grade: A-

5 Enders bought. 8 Enders Read. None did not finish.

Concensus: TV host on two MSNBC shows plus the blogcast of his own, Willie Geist puts a real spin on some of our favorite celebs, political or otherwise, that we love to love and love to hate. His keen sense of extrapolating what might happen in the future is too funny for words but eerily almost believable. The take on some celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Tiger Woods make you cringe while you chuckle. A few made-up and totally hillarious historical tales will leave you in stitches.

Only problem we found was there were a few points where Mr. Geist went just a tad over the line where humor turns sour. Still, we highly recommend this story for anybody who is a political wonk, history fan or just needs a few chuckles in their life. It's completely fake but oh, so much fun.

Thanks to you Mr. Geist.