Book Review: Barbary Station

Originally posted on Geek Girl Authority

Barbary Station
By R.E. Stearns

My Edition:
Hardcover, 435 pages
2017, Saga Press
ISBN: 9781481476867

Iridian and Adda have a plan – they’ll hijack an interstellar space station en route to Io and deliver it to a band of pirates living in luxury on the fabled Barbary Station, then get paid enough to live their own luxurious lives and pay off Adda’s student loans. Hijacking the ship goes smoothly enough, but when the women arrive at Barbary, rather than find themselves lauded and initiated into a pirate crew, they’re met with suspicion and immediately tasked to rescue the crew (and now themselves) from the insane AI holding the station hostage. 

Lesbian space pirates versus a murderous AI? Sign me the hell up! The result left me feeling conflicted, however. Buckle up!

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Book Review: Children of the Comet

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Children of the Comet
By Donald Moffitt

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 332 pages (paperback)
2015, Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
ISBN: 9781497682948 (paperback)

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

Torris is part of a small community that lives at the base of a huge tree on a comet floating through space. He must journey up the tree on a quest to receive a vision and become a man, and it’s there he meets a female, Ning, from a neighboring tree. She is hunting for food to save her family and Torris is shocked by the differences in their two cultures. After a scandal involving Ning, Torris ends up on a spaceship that has suddenly come into their orbit and must adapt to his rapidly changing future.

This book was just alright for me. I was pretty interested in Torris and his clan of comet-dwelling tree people and it reminded me a bit of Dark Eden (which I loved). They had an interesting culture and I also liked hearing about the wildlife that lived on the tree and in nearby space. I mean, there are creepy space-bat type things…which is pretty cool.

But then, there was a second plot involving people on a spaceship, trying to colonize, or rather, recolonize, our old solar system, and I couldn’t have been more bored. I didn’t really connect with the characters or their mission and there was so much science and space jargon that I couldn’t even follow most of what they’re discussing. I’ll believe whatever you want me to believe about space life and space travel – as a reader, I don’t need pages upon pages of facts (or what sounds like facts) and the science behind how this is done. It’s just not what I’m looking for. At one point they were holding a seminar and it was just all info-dumping regarding how life evolved in space, and probably a lot of other stuff that I didn’t pick up because I didn’t really read that section.

The two story lines do eventually converge, but by that point, I was too bored to really care. The story strayed so much from what I was really interested in, which was the people of the comet and how they lead their lives, that I wasn’t invested anymore. I didn’t look into whether this is part of a series, but it doesn’t matter because even if it was, I wouldn’t continue.

Mostly it just made me want to read Dark Eden all over again. If you’re into hard sci-fi that’s heavy with science and slow on plot, you might enjoy this book, but it wasn’t for me.

Book Review: Footsteps in the Sky

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Footsteps in the Sky
By Greg Keyes

My Edition:
ARC E-book. 240 pages
2015, Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781497699915 (paperback)

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

In a nutshell, the Hopi people have been terraforming a planet for generations, with the understanding that their future generations will inhabit the planet when it’s ready. In reality their sponsors, known as the Reed, plan to take control of the planet for the people of Earth to resettle. Unbeknownst to both groups, there are aliens in the sky – the original beings who first made the planet eligible for terraforming – who may decide to wipe the planet clean unless they can be persuaded the humans deserve to keep it. 

This book sounded interesting to me, and it was something that NetGalley auto approved me for, so I gave it a shot. Sadly, it wasn’t my cup of tea. The writing and the plot weren’t bad, I just wasn’t interested – nothing about the story or the characters really gripped me; it felt uninspired. I did think the Native American spin on what could be considered a standard sci-fi plot was interesting, but I didn’t ever feel immersed. I ended up just plodding through this book because I did want to find out what happened, but mostly I was bored.  Sadly, I don’t have much else to say about the book. There were no glaring clichés or annoying characters that made me want to rant, but neither can I think of anything really praiseworthy. I personally wouldn’t recommend it, but if you’re interested in hard sci-fi with a Native American twist, this might be your cup of tea.