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Flames to Embers {August 2014}

Flames to Embers

I’m not able to get to all the books I receive for review consideration, so to reduce stress and start with a clean slate each month, I feature the ones that I didn’t get to read in Flames to Embers. All the books I request start out as flames in my heart, but for various reasons, some of them burn down to embers and I lose desire or time to read them. I hope that you find something that draws your interest though and feel free to encourage me to give something another try!

It probably says something that I haven’t had the chance to do this Flames to Embers post until over halfway through September, but it is time to bid farewell to the books from August that I didn’t get to and probably won’t at this point. Let me know which ones I should try to get back to when I’m no longer blogging ;-).

Ark Storm  Ultra Thin Man

Ark Storm by Linda Davies

Ark Storm by Linda Davies

The Ark Storm is coming—a catastrophic weather event that will unleash massive floods and wreak more damage on California than the feared “Big One.” One man wants to profit from it. Another wants to harness it to wage jihad on American soil. One woman stands in their way: Dr. Gwen Boudain, a brave and brilliant meteorologist.

When Boudain notices that her climate readings are off the charts, she turns to Gabriel Messenger for research funding. Messenger’s company is working on a program that ionizes water molecules to bring rain on command. Meanwhile, Wall Street suits notice that someone is placing six-month bets on the prospect of an utter apocalypse and begin to investigate. Standing in the shadows is journalist Dan Jacobsen, a former Navy SEAL. War hardened, cynical, and handsome, Jacobsen is a man with his own hidden agenda.

I was very excited about the idea of a female scientist being the main character of Ark Storm and climate science fiction sounds so so cool. I just haven’t been in the mood for adult sci-fi lately :-/.

 Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb

Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.
But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more…

On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing.

Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger?

Suddenly Fitz’s violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.

I was excited to finally jump into Robin Hobb’s books with the start of this new series, but then saw a number of reviews recommending that newbies not start with this one. So I’m going to wait and start properly at the beginning I guess!

The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson

The Ultra Thin Man

In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’s and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.
The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helk alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?

Again, yey interesting premise so how could I resist pressing download when I was auto-approved?? But then the not great reviews came in and my excitement (which was already hampered by that mood thing) just wasn’t there, especially since my eARC reading is pretty much just at the gym these days ;-).

It is fortunate for me that I had so few August books since I just went off the rails toward the end of the summer when it comes to reading on schedule, ha. September is going to have to be split into two parts I think…. But anyway, these were all eARCs and I’m trying not to stress myself out about them, but I’d love to hear your thoughts if I’ve misjudged any of these :).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. Fool’s Assassin sounds really good, but yeah I heard that you have to start at the beginning. (I’ve been looking for that book forever, maybe I’ll have to break down and order it online.) The Ultra Thin Man looks interesting, I’ll have to look up some reviews. Thanks for sharing these books! :) I so understand stressing about not reading all of the books! I’ve been having bad luck lately with choices.
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    • Maybe I’ll request the first book in the original series from the library and see if I can fit it in >.> But yes, it just comes to a point where I have to admit defeat sometimes D:

  2. Well hey least you are still giving them a shout out – I have way too many books that I just keep letting pile up. If I didn’t have Maggie helping with the stack I have at my house I’d probably have lost my mind by now.
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  3. This is such a great idea for a feature! I am terrible at not getting to all my review books, or starting something and not connecting with it. I’ve read a few negative reviews for The Ultra Thin Man as well, although the premise sounds great. Honestly, three books isn’t bad!
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    • Thanks! This was definitely a relief to me to get books off my TBR list when I just don’t want to read them anymore :-/

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