"I may not know how to fly but I know how to read and that's almost the same thing."-- Gregory Maguire, Out of Oz

"...while finding true love was one of the most splendid things that could happen to you in life, finding a friend was equally splendid." -- Felix J Palma, The Map of the Sky

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

“Four hundred billion suns spiraling through space together. Our solar system just one grain on that galactic carousel. The carousel itself a speck in the cosmos. And here I am in this small clearing, on the surface of the earth, as transient and unnoticed to the universe as the dry blades of grass that are poking into my shirt.”
 This is the story of Sol. Who lives in a world where modern civilization has been divided into Night-dwellers (Smudges) and Day-dwellers (Rays). When I started this book, I admit I had something like Twilight in mind. I had a stressful week, and I wanted some light hearted, young adult nonsense, that oozed happiness from beginning to end. This did not ooze happiness, it oozed desperation. And I couldn't make myself stop reading it, because I was equally desperate to know what happened next.

 Sol, a Smudge, is about to be left alone in the world. Her brother Ciel was reassigned to Day, she has no parents, and the grandfather who raised her is dying. Her grandfather's dying wish is to hold his great grandaughter before he dies... and Ciel refuses to cooperate. With nothing left to lose, Sol decides to steal the newborn for her grandfather. What's a little kidnapping among family?

Her choices set her on a collision course with a crime spree, a government conspiracy, and the Ray who loves her. D'Arcy, a medical apprentice whose own family has been left equally damaged by the Day-Night divide.

At the end of this book, I have just one question: Where is the rest of it? This book pulls you along, pulls you along, stops short and pushes you off a cliff. I just wanted a damned happy ending this week. And it wasnt sad ending it was just...desperate. I glanced at the reviews that came before  and I see I'm not the only one who thought this book needed a sequel.

But I give this book 4 stars, because it did its job. It took me elsewhere, it kept me captive, and I enjoyed every word of it.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome 2016!

I've been gone but I've not been slacking. Long at last, I finally found a job that was willing to overlook my lack of experience, in favor of training me up. The good news is I thoroughly enjoy the job even if it's possibly the weirdest job I could have found. It allows me to do two things I love: work with my hands and work with my mind. Unfortunately, its been an adjustment; getting up early made me come home an exhausted dragon lady with no time to read (even though the books keep piling up!)

In 2015 I participated in the AZ Challenge. I haven't decided yet if I will repeat the feat this year. I also set out to read 30 books. I read 14 instead. I started Short Story Sunday, which like this blog has remained obviously inactive (but I remain confident in its purpose).

I've finally got a handle on my working hours, which is good because its the First Day of the New Year and I'm excited to be accessing abilities and setting goals for 2016. This year I'm setting a more modest goal of 12 books to read and review, one book a month, although I ambitiously hope I can surpass that number. I've got a tower of books waiting for me! I'm also looking into literary magazines that accept submissions from new authors, so that someone might be able to read and critique my stories someday.

I hope you all are doing well, enjoying your holidays, and I hope you'll join me for some reading this year!