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Out we go into Space!

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Feisty Princess #1
Erica Conroy
scifi,
Plutoid Press
(12 Nov. 2013)

Feisty princess

These are the voyages of the spaceship Feisty Princess.

Archaeologist Vikki Jacobs finds herself battered, bruised and in unfortunate need of help. She's been double-crossed and left for dead on a spaceship set to self-destruct. Even with odds stacked against her, she's determined to kick the ass of the man responsible and retrieve what he stole.

Enter the polar opposite half-Duarr twins, Will and Xan. Childhood friends who offer their support—and Xan's spaceship the Feisty Princess—to help her achieve her goal. But they're no longer the boys she used to boss around when they were kids. They've grown up and bring baggage and hormones into the fray...

Join the reunited friends as they hunt down the bastard who double-crossed Vikki and kick his ass!

I used to love Science Fiction – in fact I still do, but so much I read is derivative of the Masters.  Where is the next Frank Herbert and Dune? Where is Arthur C Clarke?

This author is not there yet. Good try but not quite good enough for me to read book 2.

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Paris again but more

Weeia on my Mind Book Cover Weeia on my Mind
Weeia Marshals #2
Elle Boca
fantasy, science fiction, paranormal,
Poyeen Publishing
31 July 2016

Paris marshal Danni Metreaux has her hands full with criminals preying on a local Weeia merchant, a fresh trainee and the happy distraction of a new love interest. Her instincts tell her that a powerful Weeia has been forcing humans to commit a series of crimes, and wiping their victim’s memories, leaving them to human justice. Will Danni be able to discover who is behind the crimes and stop them without losing her own mind?

Danni is still in Paris and has a new trainee to help her but she suspects that a certain Weeia has been working with criminals and using mind power to influence humans.

She is helping a shopkeeper with his small issue about blackmail – protection money as the book starts but this proves to be just a very small problem in her life in Paris. It was a small world for the Weeia even if they lived in a large city. All knew, or knew of each other.  And thus they all knew who to call on when they had problems. And that was Danni.

As the originality of the story had been explored in book one, this book relies more on the situation and its characters and this falls a little flat as it becomes just another detective novel. Still quite well written but…

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Interesting what comes by post these days

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Greenville Mail Order Brides #1 (Intergalactic Dating Agency Book 6)
V. Vaughn
paranormal romance, contemporary, new adult, humour
Sugarloaf Press
(5 Oct. 2016)
k

Mandy Thorne thinks she’s testing the new Intergalactic Dating Agency’s site when she pushes the initiate match button. The moment she does though, she discovers she’s requested a super-hot alien be delivered to her doorstep the very next day. While Mandy’s excited about the sexy man she’s about to get, the strings attached are a different story.
Caiden TS-461 lands on Earth before he’s been properly trained for the culture, but as soon as he meets his human mate he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win her heart. When he breaks a rule to make Mandy happy, the pair end up back on planet Eroscia to face punishment for their crime, and the sentence could make Mandy resent him forever.

So an Intergalatic Dating Agency – oh well, I’m sure we might have one in the future some time and it’s worth a quick speculate now as to who might arrive.

So here we have a rather silly short story with a sexy alien coming from a dying planet which has arrived in our solar system – yes please keep your dismay in place as to what this would do to our planetary orbits.

For some reason their females have died out and our males were hit by a gender specific plague. So a match made in planetary orbits!

The Govts decide to try and match up the genders for marriage and children and initiate an online dating system, and the beta system is accidentally used and so Caiden arrives.

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Paris seduces but still you have to work

Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia Book Cover Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia
Weeia Marshals #1
Elle Boca
fantasy, science fiction, paranormal,
Poyeen Publishing
(20 Jan. 2016)

Sworn to protect the secrets of their race, marshals are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans. After completing her advanced marshal training, Danni is blown away by her new plum assignment to Paris. But, all is not well in the City of Lights; the offices are a shambles, her boss is apathetic, and her predecessors died under mysterious circumstances; it's almost like somebody doesn't want the law there. Despite that she risks her life in the seedy underworld of gypsies and tramps to search for a missing Weeia man.

Weeia are not human – they have ‘abilities’ and in order to protect their secrets there are Marshals looking after them.

Danni is sent to Paris to help police the situation there but finds that all is not well in her office and with her boss. And that when she does find her boss he is very laid back about the work and is far from happy with her choice of clothing. In Paris one should be fashionable after all.

But following fashion dictats is constricting and this is why London fashion is more fun because there is no rule about what one should wear, when or how. It is true French women have a certain ‘look’ about them, but it is the same look isn’t it? So says the woman who follows the poem – ‘When I am old I shall wear Purple’

[When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals,
and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
Or only bread and pickle for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised,
When suddenly I am old
and start to wear purple! ]

Jenny Joseph]

But Danni is seduced by the boots that are made to measure with steel toe tips. But still refused to wear dresses.

In order to solve her various mysteries Danni has to visit with Gypsies and discuss the Irish problem – and terrorists and robbery. And finds it more complex than she originally thought. Nicely written and being set in Paris makes a change as the author clearly knows something about the city

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Where you can be Hung

The Hanging Tree
Rivers of London #7
Ben Aaronovitch
fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, myths
Gollancz
January 31, 2017
320

This is the 7th book in the series and Ben is back on form in London. For me he writes more confidently about the London he knows so well. A complex and twisty story with lots of interesting components which I have highlighted below.

In this story his girlfriend has a vast garden of some 50m (that’s over 150 feet to those not in metric)  which leads to her brook – the Beverley Brook. See the route in the map below. We hear about what happens to this brook if she feels a little upset, and it has been know to flood the low lying areas quite dramatically in real life not just in a story..

By Adam37 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22843211

We learn something more in this book about Peter in that his mother comes from Sierra Leone where there are many tribes or clans, Temne  are 35% of the population and the  largest clan who speak their own language), and they all seem to be related in some way to his mother! Now relations amongst these clans must be very close indeed for this to happen  and this  is a result of the original mix of ethnicities and origins due to slavery and immigration etc in the past.  Fula is the main common language spoken but the Susu language is also spoken by most inhabitants.  The ability of his mother to call on her many relatives and speak a common language proves important in their lives.

Now Beverly, Peter’s girlfriend of course, is related to all the rivers in London, one of the most powerful of which is the Tyburn, which is a brook that is a tributary of the river Westbourne.  A village of this name was close to what is now Marble Arch and south  Edgware Road.

In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the famous Triple Gallows was set up in Tyburn village. Tyburn Gallows has had many names during its history: The Elms, the Elms near Tyburne, Tyburn Tree, the Deadly Never Green Tyburn Tree, the Triple Tree.   http://www.tyburnconvent.org.uk/tyburn-tree

Tyburn’s first recorded execution took place in 1196, when William FitzOsbert, or William with the Beard, was hanged for sedition. Some say that over fifty thousand persons met their death at Tyburn during the six centuries it was a place of execution. This gallows proves important toteh story.

Another important component is Babbage and his ‘Mary’ Engine’. You can see the various Babbage engines constructed in the Science Museum and they are fascinating, and of course are the fore-runners of modern computers. And don’t forget that the ability to program them was the work of Lady Ada Lovelace. 

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