Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - a WINNER!

OMG, If this comes out as a movie I am watching it so hard!!!  Read Andy Weir's newest novel (out in May) Project Hail Mary.  I loved The Martian, but think this one is my favorite. Very scientific but the humanity is spot on.  I am loving it! So much snark. It's ranking in Humorous, Hard Science and Adventure in Science Fiction right now and I agree on all the sub-genres.  I absolutely rushed the ending as I just HAD to know what happened.  The next day, in a calmer manner, I went back and re-read the last 2 chapters, to absorb it fully.

It's very Hard Science in a lot of areas, pages of learning that could possibly allow you to build a space vessel if you were interested, But at the same time the characters, and I mean ALL the characters are filled with humanity and emotion.....and snark.  Love the snark.

There's a lot of mystery that slowly reveals answers as the story goes back and forth between current time in space and the years before when Earth was in danger of dying as the Sun died.  

I highly recommend this book to all Sci-Fi readers.

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 Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

 

  • Publisher : Ballantine Books (May 4, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 496 pages

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Upcoming Reviews/Spotlights #Neverretire!

Not sure how this keeps happening to me. In 2020 I retired my book review blog. I was feeling that blogs were dead. I also retired my Facebook page because if I didn't pay for anything it was also just dead in the water. Additionally, with covid-19 all of the book reviews I would receive were electronic and that tends to overwhelm me at times. Yet as much as I pull myself away from reviewing books, great books keep finding their way to me. Obviously I just can't quit them. I now have this beautiful little electronic stack of books to review. 

 Look for spotlights/reviews on Instagram, Facebook and Netgalley.


 #marykayandrews #sarahjmaas #kristanhiggins #andyweir #patiencegriffin #bridgetmorrissey #booklove ❤️📚❤️📚❤️

Friday, January 29, 2021

 “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
—Louisa May Alcott

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Let's Have a Retirement Party!

After 15 great years of reviewing fabulous stories (okay, some not so fabulous...) and hanging out with all the cool kids (aka authors and book sellers), the Dew is tired.  It's been a great run, but it's time to move on.   Please feel free to stroll through the pages and find some gems in the midst that might not be brand new, but still worthy of a good read. 

Thank you for your support for all these years!

Idgie

Friday, December 13, 2019

Last Couple Standing - Review

Idgie Says:
This is a book where you decide by the end of Chapter 2 that the main characters are making a very bad decision.  But their decision making process amuses the hell out of you. You know it'll be a train wreck, but you can't wait to stay on for the ride and see how it all plays out. 

Their interactions with their friends are amusing.  Their secret meetings in the kitchen over Golden Oreos are amusing. It all amuses, until they step out of their (and quite possibly your) comfort zone.

When you take a relationship that has no rough spots, and decide to fix what's not broken so it won't ever be broken,  things can sometimes go sideways.  The question is - if it does - can you get it back on track?

I tore through this book and loved all the snark and humor, but there were times it also made me uncomfortable.  

With so many feels going on, I definitely need to give it a strong recommendation.  I will say though, if you have extremely firm beliefs about how a marriage needs to be, the subject matter might overrun the humor for you.

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A couple determined not to end up like their divorced friends try a radical experiment—and get in way over their heads—in this hilarious, heartfelt novel from the author of We’re All Damaged.

The Core Four have been friends since college: four men, four women, four couples. They got married around the same time, had kids around the same time, and now, fifteen years later, they’ve started getting divorced around the same time, too. With three of the Core Four unions crumbling to dust around them, Jessica and Mitch Butler take a long, hard look at their own marriage. Can it be saved? Or is divorce, like some fortysomething zombie virus, simply inescapable?

To maximize their chance at immunity, Jessica and Mitch try something radical. Their friends’ divorces mostly had to do with sex—having it, not having it, wanting to have it with other people—so they decide to relax a few things. Terms are discussed, conditions are made, and together the Butlers embark on the great experiment of taking their otherwise happy, functional marriage and breaking some very serious rules.

Jessica and Mitch are convinced they’ve hit upon the next evolution of marriage. But as lines are crossed and hot bartenders pursued, they each start to wonder if they’ve made a huge mistake. What follows is sexy, fun, painful, messy, and completely surprising to them both. Because sometimes doing something bad is the only way to get to the heart of what’s really good.

Ballantine
March 20, 2020
Genre: Literary Satire