One Last Stop is a romantic comedy set in the modern world with magic elements and time travel. It centers around August, a cynical college student who moves to NYC and falls in love with a girl on the train, only she ends up finding out that the girl Jane is actually displaced in time from the 1970s. It has well-written LGBTQ+ and BIPOC characters and beautiful friendships and romantic relationships, as well as an extremely interesting plot.
This “pg-13” romance novel was an enjoyable read. Kurland has a talent for medieval romance. Although this wasn’t my favorite of her books, I still enjoyed her idea of time travel revolving around the renovated castle and a costume designer. I also enjoyed Kurlan’s use of already established characters that we’ve fallen in love with in past novels. Easy summer read to take your mind off of the current state of affairs.
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In the future, Earth is owned by corporations and administrates the war against the Martians. Dietz joins one of the corporation’s military in order to become a hero, gain citizenship, and to get revenge on Martians for the destruction they ravaged on São Paulo. As the war progresses, some soldiers come black changed…
The book has an interesting plot and concepts. The main character can be brash and rude, however this makes her more fleshed out and realistic. In the first half of the book Deitz is very confused about what is really going on with the war, mainly by being kept in the dark by the corporation, but suddenly and without explanation she learns and understands what’s going on which was a bit odd as a reader. Overall, this book is recommended for people who are interested in science fiction that has an interesting concept and for those who would like to read more fiction with queer main characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first half was a little slow, but once the characters were transported to Medieval France, the action was nonstop. I’m glad I stuck with the story. Crichton did a fantastic job of making the reader feel the energy and danger of the time. It is a fantastic story and a fast, easy read. I particularly liked the ending but won’t give it away.
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This is How You Lose the Time War is advertised as a sci-fi romance novel. I found it to be heavy on the romance, light on the sci-fi. This book is written in the form of back and forth letters between two souls fighting on opposite ends of a war spanning time and space. This book provides a tour of some of the most prominent moments in history with a new perspective. I enjoyed the world the authors created in this novel, but found myself wanting more of it and less of the love letters. The tone of this book is very flowery and it felt more like reading poetry than a novel. While this isn’t my cup of tea, I can appreciate the care and imagery the authors put into this work.
The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland, is a unique perspective on the Arthurian cycle. The dichotomy of two disparate Arthurs in diverse time periods is a bit off-putting at first, but I was hooked by the concept of King Arthur’s voice transmitting through a ‘seeing stone’ to a younger Arthur from a later age. I would rate this recommended with reservations.
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This book is a must read for anyone who loves a good mystery mixed with time travel and all around awesomeness. I got everything I love about thrillers out of this book. I would definitely read a sequel if he were to ever write one. This is the authors debut novel, and I’ll be looking forward to anything else he may write.
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Low Chicago edited by George R.R. Martin is a collection of short stories tied together in an overall plot – I don’t think they can really be enjoyed individually. This is not the first wild card book In the series, but it is the first that I have read; I’m not sure if someone more familiar with the series would have been less overwhelmed in the beginning. Low Chicago is a type of poker, and the book starts out with a poker game and turns into a time travel adventure (much more interesting than poker).
I did enjoy the book, and I plan to try the first book in the series. I liked “Meathooks on Ice” the best … and I now know how the great Chicago fire started (the cow was innocent). There was a surprising amount of politics in the stories.
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I’ll admit that I have not read the original novel of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler so I cannot say how successful this adaptation is. That said, on its own, I enjoyed this graphic novel. The main concept is that the main character, Dana, is a young black author in 1970s California, who finds herself transporting to the past against her will every time her ancestor in the early 19th century is risking his own life. The twist? Her ancestor is a white landowner in Maryland, and she has to make sure he survives to reproduce with Alice, a free black woman who later becomes his slave.
The pain of Dana is really palpable every time she feels herself about to transport back to the past, especially when her white husband finds out and ends up in the past with her. While the main ethical issue of basically ensuring that you survive later on by letting a man repeatedly rape a woman is not as thoroughly explored by the main character as I would have liked, it is an interesting issue. For a good portion of the black American population, it is an inescapable truth that some of their ancestors were the product of rape during their enslavement. This is interesting given the white time travel narrative, like Back to the Future where the morality of hooking up one’s parents is not as much of an issue since questionable power dynamics are not present. I would like to see if this is explored to a greater extent in the original novel, but at least this adaptation got me thinking about that aspect of ancestry.
Availability: USMAI, COSMOS, SMCM Review Submitted by: Kimberly Boenig Rating: Recommended Challenge: Book with a one world title