Sunshine Blogger Award – Part Shnayim

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Well oy vey, look at me being so linguistically cultured! I was recently tagged by Mrs Mugrage to do a Sunshine Blogger Award because of my sunshiney personality and happy-go-lucky reviews that are filled with nothing but rainbows and unicorns.  I did this Award about 2 years ago, but it was Dark and Twisty and Pointy, so I wanted to re-do this to restore everyone’s faith in positive vibes and power of believing in yourself. In fact, just this week at Weight Watchers I saw a poster on their wall that said I could do anything if I just believed in myself. So I told Mrs B that I could eat TWO pizzas, because I REALLY believed in myself. Amazing.

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What kinds of non-fiction are you most likely to read?

Christian Theology and Philosophy. I’m hoping to add some “General Knowledge” books to the pool sometime next year too.

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General Knowledge is pretty much like General Tso’s Chicken, except not as tasty.

 

What is your culture crush? If you are a book blogger, you must have at least one. But please feel free to list more than one.

I had to go look this up on Urban Dictionary and I believe it means what culture do you love.  Being a world traveler, with such exotic places like Massachusetts and even California under my belt, I can state unequivocally, I LOVE AMERICA! Commie pinkos need not apply.

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Bandit Keith is All American, IN AMERICA!

 

What one currently living writer would you most like to have lunch, a beer, or coffee with?  (Pastors count if they have written a good book or two. Bonus points if it’s a pastor you could have a beer with.)

Being a teetoaler, that cuts out beer.  And considering how I feel about authors in general, that cuts out everything else too! So I guess I’d lock them in a room and not let them out until they’ve written the book. Huh, I bet that would make a great story!

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The Bookstooge Crew:  No You Aren’t.

 

What genre do you think is not your favorite, but find yourself picking up again and again?

Franchise Fiction. From Star Wars to D&D to Forgotten Realms to Warhammer, I just can’t seem to kick the sub-genre as a whole.

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Sex scenes: poetic, explicit, or none at all?

None.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You must not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I tell you that if a man looks at a woman and wants to sin sexually with her, he has already committed that sin with her in his mind.

Matthew 5: 27-28 (Easy to Read Version)

 

Favorite animal protagonist from a book or series?

Grumpy Cat! Now there’s a Cat who knows how to have a good time.

 

Have you ever stopped identifying with the point-of-view character in a novel, and what caused it?

When a character does something incredibly stupid because the author is stupid and uses it as a plot device instead of how the character SHOULD have reacted based on their previous actions.

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Did you then finish the book, or put it down?

I’m trying to think if I ever DNF’d a book JUST because of a stupid character. I don’t think so but that type of thing would definitely be a contributing factor if I did DNF a book.

 

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Dream vehicle from real life or fiction.

In real life, I’d go for some kind of Lamborghini.

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From a fictional universe, nothing but an Executor Class Super Star Destroyer would be grand enough for Lord Bookstooge. Regular Star Destroyers are for losers, like Admiral Piett. He showed he couldn’t even handle a Super Star Destroyer, the plebe!

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If you currently have a Work in Progress (or are pitching a recently finished one out), give us your one-sentence hook for it.

Lord Bookstooge tells ALL!

From my memoirs that I plan on writing (someday).

 

Post a favorite poem or fragment of poetry. If you don’t read poetry, then song lyrics count.

Bookstooge in Nature

He stepped in elephant poop

“Well, crap” he remarked

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I don’t tag people, but feel free to do this if you’d like. Put your personal spin on things of course.

 

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Dark Run (Keiko #1) ★★★☆½

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Title: Dark Run
Series: Keiko #1
Author: Mike Brooks
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 434
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Captain Ichabod Drift is the proud owner of the Keiko and the master of a rather disparate and ragamuffin crew. Before Drift became Drift however, he was someone else, someone who worked for the Federation and committed acts in their name that they disavowed. Having faked his death to escape that life, Drift is dragged back into it by his former boss. All Kelsier wants Drift to do is deliver a package to Amsterdam at a very specific time while avoiding all the tedious stuff like inspections, etc that Earth has setup. Kelsier is also paying quite handsomely.

With no way to say no, Drift agrees and counts on the greed of his crew to overlook any issues. They succeed in getting the package to Earth but don’t quite make it in time to Amsterdam. As they’re preparing to dump the cargo out in the middle of the city, they cut of the locks and discover a nuclear bomb. They immedately head out to sea and dump the bomb, where it explodes and starts a worldwide panic. The crew hide and shake the truth out of Drift. Nobody is happy with him, not at all. They all vow to get revenge on Kelsier.

With some help from their onboard hacker, the crew of the Keiko get GIA (Galaxy Intelligence Agency) credentials and forged letters telling any locals to help them out. They track Kelsier down to a hidden fortress and with the help of the local army, take him out.

The book ends with the crew deciding to stay on board and stay loyal to Drift, as they all have their own little secrets.

 

My Thoughts:

This was a very fun read and I’m thankful to SavageDave for bringing this to my attention.

I am having a hard time finding the words that I want to use for this review. This was a solid book, there was nothing wrong with it, I enjoyed it but at the same time nothing really got me excited about writing about it. I would definitely recommend others read it but I can’t really muster up the “oomph” to write the why’s and wherefore’s. I know, my apostrophes don’t really fit, sue me.

A captain with a past, a misfit crew, a first officer that is super competent yet has secrets all her own, the Laughing Man (the galaxies most efficient killer who has an electronic tattoo of a skull over his face to hide his identity), a nuclear bomb, cage fighting, an extremely diverse ethnic crew (not something I look for in my reading but I know a lot of shallow puss buckets do these days) and some good old fashioned fighting, well, this has it all. I’ve seen comparisons to Firefly and I think they’re pretty apt. I didn’t feel like I was reading a Firefly fanfic though. On the otherhand, I enjoyed Firefly, and Serenity, but it didn’t bother me that the show got cancelled so maybe I’m not a big enough fan to comment on whether this is Firefly fanfic or not.

If it is fanfic, well, I’m just going to kill myself then. Because I hate fanfic, I mean with a loathing and scorn that only an aristo can summon up for pathetic plebes doing really stupid and pointless things. His Grace, Lord Bookstooge, despises Indies and Fanfic. You may now bend the knee.

If you like space opera in any form, you’ll probably enjoy this. I did and I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

★★★☆½

 

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