The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!
This is a busy weekend so short and sweet. My mother is moving back across the country and there is work to be done. As far as blog goals.. I might be succeeding at 2. I think I am on the right track to actually posting Pairing Teas & Reads bi-monthly and including short story reviews each Sunday. I am already throwing in the towel on my previous list. I am not a planner. It is that simple. I am too flighty. So expect the pairings and short stories. As far as real life and responsibilities.. well we did discover a fabulous new cafe thanks to some dear friends 😉
By Hugh Howey
Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Story
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else?
“—where servants are assembled for the wealthy, healthcare bots for the infirmed, and mail-order sex bots that go mostly to Russia. A lust for violence, in some roundabout way, funds other lusts.”
This is a very fast read, clocking in at 15 pages. We are presented with a group of programmers who have suddenly discovered that their prize robot Max who has been designed to fight no longer wishes to cooperate. Designed to learn as he fights, the one thing Max should not be capable of is defiance. Suddenly Sam, Peter, and Greenie are faced with a difficult decision that may change everything.
Glitch is delivered through the eyes of Sam and manages to provide an impressive amount of character depth in a very small amount of time. It piques the mind and takes a strong look at the possibilities of a future world with AI. Well worth the 10 minutes of invested time for anyone who has ever thought, what if..
The Fourth Paladin
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Alice in the Country of Hearts
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The Roanoke Girls
By Amy Engel
Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.
After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.
As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.
Game of Shadows
by Erika Lewis
Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.
Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he’s ever seen. He’s assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.
Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.
Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.
I hope to take a moment to hop around and say hello and maybe squeeze in some reading at some point. Today will be a rest day before the work week after all of the moving. I will attempt to finish The Roanoke Girls and maybe flip through a few new graphic novels. What are your current reads? Discovering any new favorites?
I intend to rest and enjoy Sunday !!!!!
“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.”