To Trade the Stars (Trade Pact #3) ★☆☆☆☆ DNF#1%

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Title: To Trade the Stars
Series: Trade Pact #3
Author: Julie Czerneda
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: DNF @ 1%
Format: Digital Edition



“…leaving me cold along one side until I snuggled under the portion of sheet warmed by his body.”


My Thoughts:

This is not SF. This is now a woman’s romance novel with spaceships. I don’t want to read crap like this, thank you very much.

What a frelling let down, especially considering how much I enjoyed the first book. But this is exactly why I tend to stay away from women writers. They’re always dragging in stuff like that that has zero interest to me. They are more than welcome to write it but don’t fracking expect me to read it or to put up with it when I do make the mistake of stumbling across it.



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20 thoughts on “To Trade the Stars (Trade Pact #3) ★☆☆☆☆ DNF#1%

  1. Hahahaha, ouch 😋 but yeah, I avoid any book which could possibly contain a hint of romance, so goodbye many female authors. Then again, I avoid (pointless) sex even stricter, so goodbye many male authors as well.

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  2. salonimore1702 says:

    Whoa, you DNF’d it at 1%! You know, your review may have just convinced me to DNF a rather dry non-fiction book I’m reading. 🙂

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  3. savageddt says:

    Shortest review ever😂 lol loved it man. And each to their own i say. SF isnt some abreviatoin for space fornication…

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  4. Straight to the point! xD In my point of view, the cover screams “terrible book avoid at all cost or you will be very annoyed while reading it”. I do tend to stay away from SF because I had many experience where female or male author used the fact that two people where into space to make the book into one gigantic boring coitus scene.

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  5. I love that you DNFed this at 1%! At least you have a great idea of what you do and don’t like in a book. The last book I DNFed, I was struggling to decide what to do at just over 30%.

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  6. I remember you liked some other books because they were like Jane Austen in space. I’ve never read Jane Austen (and likely never will), so I’m wondering: what is the difference between Austen (who I thought wrote romance) and other types of romance novels?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      That is a very good question. It is something I’m still pondering actually.
      I guess when I think of “romance” as a genre, it is the more modern, girly-chick-lit stuff, ie, physical descriptions of “hunky” guys AND/OR overly emotional reactions to everything about the main guy character. And sex if it’s paranormal, harlequin’esque. Or the historical romances like “Venetia” by georgette heyer.

      I guess I’d have to read an Austen and figure out exactly what is different. It IS different but I just can’t articulate why.

      Sorry. I guess you’d have to go read “Persuasion” by Austen and then “Venetia” and figure it out for yourself.

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  7. I enjoyed the first book, but your review of book 2 worried me a little, and now I’m afraid that the review for book 3 just killed my will to move forward with this series.
    Still, not all women SFF writers are guilty of the “sin” of masking romance novels as speculative fiction by adding spaceships (or dragons) to what is essentially a romance story. This one, though, seem to be…

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  8. Ugh I hate when books like this are missmarketed. Sorry you’re having such a lousy reading month.

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  9. As much as I want to sympathize, I’m actually giggling at this review. I’m curious at what the sentence contained to get you to DNF at 1% hahahahh Hope you don’t run into another one of these soon…

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