Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Debtor's planet

Author:  W.R Thompson
My recommended age: 11+ (or any true trekkie)
Their recommended age: NA
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster
Number of pages: 274

Publisher’s description:
When a Vulcan space probe reports that the Ferengi are advancing the people of the planet Megara from a primitive agricultural state to a sophisticated technological society, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Starship Enterprise? are ordered to transport an unlikely passenger to the system, a ruthless twentieth-century businessman who is now a Federation ambassador.
The Ferengi have been changing Megaran culture, turning a hard working and honorable people into vicious xenophobic killers. But the Ferengi are only hired hands. They have hidden masters, with plans to use the Magaran people as a powerful weapon against the Federation.
Now Picard must find a way to use the talents of this new ambassador to free the Megarans. But the ambassador is hiding a deadly secret of his own -- a secret that could unleash an unstoppable destructive force on the Federation.
My thoughts:
·         Characters:  LOVE them.  I simply fell for Offenhouse.  Wesley was great, as normal.  Picard was true-to-movie.  Pretty much all the characters were superb.  The only problem I had was with Riker.  He kinda seemed, different then the shows, a bit more Klingon loving then he should be.  I think Thompson took more poetic license then was needed, but I'm not angry.  It was ok.
·         Plot:  Great!!  It had you thinking you'd gotten it all figured out, then, changed who was REALLY at the roots.  Plus, it kept with the normal Gene Roddenberry style.  Which is a 5 thumbs up for me!
·         Writing: Like I said in plot, it kept with Gene Roddenberry's movie style, and was quick flowing.  You just didn't want to put it down! Which meant, for me, staying up till almost 2 on a school night.
·         Cover:  I really liked it.  Picard looks real, Worf looks real, Offenhouse is, well, dramatized.  He looks a lot younger then he should, but thats ok, for me.
·         Ending:  ♥♥♥  If I try to tell, I'll give it ALL away.
·         World building  Perfectly perfect.  Sci-fi can be hard to bulid worlds on, but Thompson does it wonderfully.

Uh, there is some drinking.  Mostly the harmless synthinol.  Thats it. 
All of it is one big 'pro'.
None, oh, wait, Work curses in Klingon, but you can't understand whatever he is saying, cuz it is in Klingon.
Romance and sexual content:
There is a Ferangi that is said to have raped (no details, just small talk)
There is a battle.
multiple phaser scenes.
There is an Alien named SHiv that attacks Holograms on the holodeck with a knife.  It is part of her culture.

Drugs and drink:
Synthinol is used a lot.  But, (for non Trekkies) it is completely harmless.  Much like drinking alcohol flavored water.

Ambassador Offenhouse accidentally gets  Diana drunk.  All on accident, mind you.  He had no idea what a bit of Vodka would do to her. 

So, you all want to know what my rating is, right?  At least, I hope you do...

5 shining stars!!  I loved this book 101%.  I think EVERY trekkie should gobble it down as I did.  Or, if you're not a trekkie yet, maybe you should give it a try!  I did, and look at me now!  Can't tell where the trekkie stars, and the star wars fan ends!

What are you?  Trekkie or Star warsi?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunrise on the Battery

Author:  Beth Webb Hart
My recommended age: 12+
Their recommended age: NA
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Number of pages: 320

Publisher’s description:

Now that she’s arrived at the ultimate address, can Mary Lynn’s view of the harbor – and success – satisfy the deeper longings of her heart?
After decades of carefully working their way up the social ladder, Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville are living their dream: a life of luxury and ease in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. Jackson made a small fortune selling low country real estate, so now the couple is determined to provide for their three daughters the life they both longed for as kids.
But lately the long-forgotten God of Mary Lynn’s childhood has been trying to get her attention in ways so unusual that she can no longer deny His presence. When she prays for Jackson to open his heart to God, something radical happens. Jackson has a dramatic conversion that leads to street witnessing, giving away money, and inviting less-than-reputable people into their home.
Starring out into the harbor, Mary Lynn ponders whether or not she is willing to give up her life of luxury to join Jackson in his new-found faith. What would it look like to go “all out” for God…to allow Him to lead their family regardless of the cost? Just when Mary Lynn felt she had all the desires of her heart – she finds herself being called into a much bigger story of true faith and love.

My thoughts:
·         Characters:  Excelling!  The only problem is, I felt Jackson's change was a bit, unreal.  NO one, except Pual, had such a conversion, and I think Paul had some baggage from being who he was before.  It seems slightly unreal for a person to have such a conversion, and NO baggage or past temptations from the way they were before.
·         Plot:  It was good, but kinda meh.
·         Writing:  Beth Webb Hart's writing style is really good, she pulled you into the character's life's, and really makes you think, "What would it be like, if we completely tuned into God, and forsook the world's idea of us?"
·         Cover:  Cute.  I liked it a lot.
·         Ending:  It was a happy ending, but I rather wanted a slightly different ending.  But, that was an unrealistic one I wished for.  The one that took place, was more to real life, than fancy wishing.
·         World building Charleston is a real place, and Ms. Hart's descriptions made it even more real.  It was like I was THERE, in Charleston society, not just a random viewer.

 The plot is rather expected.  It carried almost no surprises.
It made you think about your Christian life.
The Characters were mostly ok.
Ms. Hart's ability to pull you in was wonderful.
Romance and sexual content:
 Drugs and drink:
Mary Lynn and Jackson's oldest daughter gets into taking medicines as drugs.  After making her self sick and probably coming close to killing herself, she flushes the habit, and pills, down the toilet.
Wine is drank often.  And one of their neighbor's sons drinks Vodka against his parents wishes.
It was a good read, I really liked it, even though the plot was pretty normal.  The plot isn't what mattered. The book made you think about your own Christian walk.  Are you a Mary Lynn?  Or a Jackson?  Or, are you a Bev?  What are we, and how to do show the world we are who we say we are?  Do we carry God in our pocket, or on our head like a crown?

I give this book a:
  Yeah, ok, the plot was so-so.  The depth made up for it, though.

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