There are a few series that I have read…. So yes… this is a little off topic for me — I usually only post books and keep the personal to a minimum. I was sincerely hoping that the major ebook retailers would get on the boat and have a sale or two on Star Wars ebooks I could share; but they all missed out on this one.
Their only nod to the day is the Complete Saga for Blu-ray on sale… not even the Trilogy, you have to get the whole darn thing. I was suprised as all get out to discover that fantasy author Joseph Lallo was also publishing science fiction novels. Who would have thought! Lallo did a remarkably good job of pulling it off, I tip my metaphorical hat in his direction. Han Solo might just be one of my favorite sci-fi characters so I would never suggest anyone else could hold a candle to him… That being said, Lex was a fun, multi-layered character and I immensely enjoyed the humorous way he was portrayed.
The story was well written and had only a few minor errors in it that were relatively easy to bypass. I really enjoyed the mix of humor and creativity. At this point I feel I must mention; if you read this book and at some un-named part of it you find yourself cross-eyed, staring at your nose and giggling… please, for all that is good and holy in the world, return to this blog and LET ME KNOW. It would ease my mind a great deal knowing that I am not the only one that was affected in this particular manner.
If you like the thought of a book with humour, mad-scientists, weapons of mass destruction, action a-plenty and the possibility of involuntarily going cross-eyed for a brief moment; definitely go and read Bypass Gemini. I recently came across Powers That Be, and craving a good science fiction I had no choice but to try it out. Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough make a brilliant team if their creation is any indication. As science fiction this story is unique, well thought out, written in the quality you would expect for such well respected writers, as well as utterly captivating.
Find this Ebook on Amazon. And as intriguing as it was, what about his other books? Angels and Demons the prequel to his famous book cum movie is probably the second best known. Regardless of the popularity of these books, I found myself enjoying one of his other books the most.
As well researched as his other books I would definitely recommend it for an afternoon or evening… morning… late night… read. Interview with an Author:. There are a few characters I would love to know more about! Going to be some challenges there, for both of them.
And of course I always have more plot ideas queuing up in my head, clamoring to be written! But having a day job and a long commute cut into my writing time. I was working from similar incidents that were rumored to have happened during the construction of Titanic, since my novel is a loose re-imagining of the famous maritime disaster. I really enjoy a strong hero and heroine in the middle of exciting times who also fall in love.
Disgruntled passengers, people worried about missing their connecting flights in this case, it's worrying about making it on board the Nebula Dream cruise ship that is waiting in space , parents dealing with kids, and flight attendants dolling out the complimentary drinks to try and appease. I appreciated these little familiar bits, even if everything had an alien twist. The delayed take off gives the author a chance to introduce the main character, Nick, and we learn that he is not getting on the Nebula Dream by choice. He is a special forces captain who has been discharged and is being sent home by the quickest route possible, which just happens to be on the maiden voyage of the Nebula Dream, a cruise ship that is planning to break a speed record despite it's less than complete state of construction.
Sound familiar? A common man among rich people and nobility boarding, by chance, a ship trying to go too fast on it's maiden voyage despite being incomplete. Yes, Wreck of the Nebula Dream is a loose retelling of the Titanic story. Luckily, Nick is a much stronger character than DiCaprio's Jack. So, what about Rose? You can't have a Titanic story without a girl, right?
We meet Mara on the same delayed flight, but unlike the socialite Rose who is trying to pander to her parent's wishes while rebelling against them, Mara is a self-supporting business woman with brains to go right along with her beauty. That beauty and her business demeanor stands out to Nick from the beginning, and he admires her from a far and through a couple of brief conversations. There aren't any sparks, possessive callings, tingles or love-at-first-sight tropes you often get with SFR, and I appreciated this.
Their relationship develops naturally, by chance, and as they are thrown together to work through a crisis. So far so good, right? And it is! There were just some bumps, mostly to do with the pacing, flow and dripping detailed world building that had me holding back on five stars. Although there is action during the delayed flight via a crazy pregnant lady wielding a knife, it felt like it took forever for them to actually reach the Dream. Once on board, it seemed like Nick wandered around the ship a bit lost for a while before anything interesting happened.
This did give the reader some set up as to the incomplete state of the ship, but it just felt like it dragged a little in places. I think it might be because some of the descriptions felt heavy to me, but I am admittedly a dialogue and character reader. Some of the world-building was also a little jarring. This is a complex and unique universe, heavy in history, different alien cultures, technology and customs.
There was no hand holding as far as the world building goes. You are dumped into the deep end with a couple pool-noodles as contextual clues, and asked to swim. You experience things as Nick experiences them, with Nick's knowledge of his universe intact. Sometimes this worked really well, but other times I felt myself floundering a little and having to reread sections after figuring out what Nick already knew to be understood.
All in all, this is a very strong science fiction read with a believable romantic element, an interesting plot, well constructed universe and characters you can easily appreciate and relate to. Overall I really enjoyed this ride. I have to preface this with saying that I went into this thinking it was a sci-fi romance. It was recommended to me as such.
The cover kind of also implies ti would be a romance. It doesn't work as a romance though as there is almost no development of a couple and they go from barely having looked at each other to starry eyes and probing tongue.
There is no sex going on, just kissing. Not sure what else to call her, but again, this is not a romance. Its a fast action space adventure with some romantic elements. But barely. So if I don't try to look at it what I thought it was, it was non stop fun and edge of seat for me. It was a fun motley crew that has to fight against odds after odds once the cruise ship space liner goes to the dogs. What I found so great here was the way the author made me feel I was there, the urgency of fighting your way through obstacles and enemies. This read like a fun sci fi adventure movie for me and for that I loved it.
But now I have to go back and again try to find sci fi romance that actually is sci-fi romance. They are so hard to find. I will be reading more of this author, I just won't be going in expecting sci-fi romance anymore. I won a copy of this book months ago from the author, and I finally found a convenient way to read it that didn't involve reading it on my laptop. I'm so glad I did, because it's a very enjoyable read! The book is action packed, and the characters are engaging and likable, with the exception of one social I won a copy of this book months ago from the author, and I finally found a convenient way to read it that didn't involve reading it on my laptop.
The book is action packed, and the characters are engaging and likable, with the exception of one socialite, whom I wanted to smack upside the head a few times.
The beginning drags a bit, perhaps because we have to meet the entire cast of characters before disaster strikes, but once the ship is floundering in space, you won't be able to put the book down. Definitely recommend this one for readers of Sci-Fi romance or just romance in general. This is the second book I've read by Ms. Scott, and I very much look forward to reading more of her work in the future!
Jul 04, namericanwordcat rated it liked it Shelves: crash-car-plane-space , space-opera , space-travel , special-forces , action-adventure-romance , sfr , science-fiction-romance-series. This has a wonderful action adventure as our hero and heroine fight to save this ship and her passengers The world building is great. I could have used more love story but this is a fun read.
Practically non-stop action throughout, except of a couple of small lulls towards the beginning. This was like Die Hard on the dying cruise ship in space. The hero had to fight so many different bad guys, from drunken rapists, opportunistic looters, alien pirates to enemy forces, it makes sense that there were only a couple of short kisses between him and the heroine. The story is told mostly from his POV and to me, the heroine is probably not as fleshed out.
A very exciting read. I'd re 4 stars. I'd recommend anyone who's after an action-packed SF adventure. Feb 21, Tricia Len rated it really liked it Shelves: scifi , m-f. I enjoyed this book Jul 27, SmartBitches rated it liked it Shelves: c-grade , science-fiction. Also space pirates! The characters are pretty stock military guy with trauma, wise older woman, fl Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Wreck of the Nebula Dream is a fun science fiction adventure romance. The characters are pretty stock military guy with trauma, wise older woman, flaky socialite, two plot moppets, love interest, mysterious alien dude.
However the characters are also likable, the plotting is clever, and the adventure is a heck of a lot of fun. Scott's "Wreck of the Nebula Dream" was entertaining from beginning to end. With her great world-building, I could see the scene, but the world building was never taken to the level of tedium.
Her characters were well-developed. I would have hugged a couple of them and slapped one silly. The pacing was steady, the tension built nicely. Not too much romance--the book tipped the scales toward scfi without losing itself in explaining the plausibility of imagined future technologies--which I enjoyed Scott's "Wreck of the Nebula Dream" was entertaining from beginning to end.
Not too much romance--the book tipped the scales toward scfi without losing itself in explaining the plausibility of imagined future technologies--which I enjoyed. The best part for me? Scott's use of the tragic history of the Titanic as inspiration for the Nebula Dream.
Five stars. Apr 29, Coral rated it really liked it. May 10, Lyndi W. This was actually a really fun, action-packed story. Not haha-fun, but exciting-fun. No need for character development here. My only complaint is the romance. Until the very end, the things this couple said to each other were just Pretty much all of their romantic dialogue to and about each other felt weird, like it was taken straight from a bodice-ripper and then somehow made even more melodramatic.
It didn't belong in this setting with these characters. Th This was actually a really fun, action-packed story. The development of the romance was great - wasn't too fast or anything. And they didn't stop in the middle of a crisis and have sex, so that was nice! It's just every time the hero was like "I feel like I've known her forever! I actually sneered a few times thinking "People don't say that to each other past the s! The focus here really isn't on the romance, though the hero does spend a good bit of time ruminating on the heroine - they're too busy trying to survive to do much about it.
And I really enjoyed that. This was a nonstop story after an initial world-building and I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. I don't usually read Sci-Fi, but This book came highly recommended. I'm glad I risked it.
The premise was just complex enough to keep me engaged. The characters are, to me, the most important. Nick is the archetypical Hero. Flawed, but ultimately good. Mara is a almost unbelievable Wonder Woman, but the characters works here. My favorite is Khevvan, who becomes an unassuming hero, sacrificing what was most important to him to save others.
I The story projects all known human foibles a thousand or more I don't usually read Sci-Fi, but This book came highly recommended. I The story projects all known human foibles a thousand or more years into the future, with little improvement. Human nature doesn't evolve.
Apr 05, Kara Prem rated it really liked it. Essentially a Titanic like story set in space. A luxury starliner that can supposedly beat all known time records sets out on a journey. The ship is half finished in places, and is not as luxury as described several items are re-used from other ships. In an effort to maintain the record pace they're hoping to achieve, the captain steers the liner into enemy territory, and eventually abandons the ship after sabotaging it. Jun 29, G. This is a real page-turner!
Just when it seemed things couldn't possibly get any worse. It was fun seeing how Our Hero and his team managed to overcome each escalating predicament. I listened to the audiobook, and the performance was also terrific. Highly recommended. Dec 02, Kim rated it it was amazing. This was one exciting read. I have others in this series in random order lol, so ya they can be stand alone books. Feb 24, BrownSugar rated it liked it.
This was more sci-fi than romance but I found the re-envisioning of the Titanic disaster really interesting. Apr 28, Elena Alvarez Dosil rated it liked it. My original Wreck of the Nebula Dream audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. This spaceship is one of a kind, with luxurious entertainment and full with rich passengers in their way to Sector Hub. Suddenly one night Nick is shaken awake, and after several deceptions from the captain of the ship, things go south and then it is clear that the Nebula Dream does not ha My original Wreck of the Nebula Dream audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
Suddenly one night Nick is shaken awake, and after several deceptions from the captain of the ship, things go south and then it is clear that the Nebula Dream does not have all the safety measures in order.
Editorial Reviews. Review. Dear Author says: "I was 4 chapters into this story when it dawned on me that I was lost in it and totally concentrating on this created . Editorial Reviews. From Kirkus Reviews. "Scott, an experienced romance novelist , . If you are a fan of Scott's WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM, you'll like this one, too. Read more. 3 people found this helpful. Helpful · Comment Report abuse.
And some want to take advantage of this. The first part of the book would be a parallel story to the Titanic's and it is the one I found more entertaining. Despite the feeling that I was listening to a tale about the Titanic, due to the similar descriptions, I think it was an interesting idea. Here we also get the characters' introductions, and we learn that Nick is a Special Forces Captain, always alert and very efficient at his job. This was not done very subtlety though, since it seems Nick is always in the middle of every issue happening on the ship, and he is always the one saving the day.
At the beginning of the book we also meet Mara, a businesswoman with more than one ability, that will be later on beside Nick trying to save what is left from the wreck. The second part of the book is about what happens after the incident, and despite being interesting and being well written too, this is the part I least enjoyed. The characters had zero evolution and the romance seemed somehow forced.
I do not really need a romantic story when I am reading science fiction or any other genre for that matter , but I do not dislike it if it is done in a proper way. I need to see some character depth, some evolution, otherwise I just do not care about the characters and whether they get involved in a romantic relationship or not. There is just some hugging and kissing, no erotic scenes, since they were busy enough fighting for their lives.
But I wonder, how did they have the time for romance under these circumstances? Mara spent too much time trying to show how capable she was, and Nick had an arrogant attitude towards civilians in general and women in particular. This and the shallow romance made me roll my eyes several times, and I was surprised that although this book is written by a female writer, there were too many damsel in distress moments. Mara was very capable but her character was so plain that I did not connect to it.
Michael Riffle's narration was very clear but his reading rhythm was something I had to get used to. He made so many pauses, that there seemed to be more punctuation signs than the ones meant by the author, making the reading a bit artificial and distracting at first. It was correct enough and the voices were distinct, but it seems Riffle's heart was not in it.
The rhythm improved a bit along the way but it still felt unnatural. There were some subtle noises at the beginning of the book, which reminded me of turning pages or fingers rubbing against paper. They disappeared after a while. I was really captivated by the world created by Veronica Scott, but I just missed some character's depth and evolution.
With this it could have been a five start book. May 20, Rabid Readers Reviews rated it it was amazing. Wreck of the Nebula Dream follows Captain Nick Jameson and never shifts point of view from that primary character. Nick is the undisputed leader of the pack of survivors and while he's not perfect, he's the one to which the others defer as someone who can get them out alive though one or two need some convincing.
For the first quarter of the novel, Scott sets up her story and acquaints us with Jameson. Nick has had a troubled past and messed up his last mission. He is extremely lonely and on a Wreck of the Nebula Dream follows Captain Nick Jameson and never shifts point of view from that primary character. He is extremely lonely and on a bit of a downward spiral. Scott cleverly uses the time in which she aquaints us with Nick to set the progression of her story.
He is a military officer and as such has a guided tour of the ship. He's accustomed to traveling in gravity tubes. In his spare time he saves a child and contemplates spending some empty time with woman who works hard to appear vacuous. Scott also uses the time to introduce Nick to the key players that will accompany him later in the story. The key player are all indeed key players.
None of the characters are marginalized or along for the ride. Even the 3 year old acts to further the story-line. There are no shrinking violets and wilting lilies. None of the characters are robbed of their moment to shine just because strong and handsome Nick is running the show. Scott accomplishes quite the feat by introducing a warrior bound by ritual and his service to the Red Lady and yet gives him a trust and bond with Nick that serves to get the survivors where they need to go.
Never for a moment do any of them doubt Nick's experience. The women in Wreck of the Nebula Dream are strong in spirit and character. Mara is a contracts expert who bravely does what she needs to do without regard to her own safety. She refuses to board a life boat insisting that there's plenty of time to leave once she makes sure the children trapped in their room with their mother at that point are safe.
Twilka, the socialite desperately trying to seem vapid, may have her own interests and own priorities but when she's needed, she steps up to action. The character is given realistic moments of panic but she pulls herself together and trusts that if she does what she's asked, she can't help but win. There's no time to duck into a closet and have graphic sex and it does not happen to pander to an audience. What Scott presents us is well thought out and sensibly constructed.
She shows us the world in which she's writing rather than telling us and that world is so complex I have to think that there was a story board involved. Had I not gone into this novel knowing the Titanic parallel, I might not have recognized it. The lack of life boats may have called the tragedy to mind but really whether inspired by the disaster of a century ago or not, Scott presents us with a story that feels independent and new. Jun 06, Jessica Snell rated it liked it Shelves: romance , science-fiction.
Yes, the cover, I know. Never mind that. It's also billed as being a sci-fi romance, and I thought it did a not-as-good job of being that. Let me explain Our story begins with Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson grabbing a ride home on the Nebula Dream, a newly-commissioned luxury liner that's about to go on its maiden voyage and which is aiming to beat the galaxy's cu Yes, the cover, I know. Our story begins with Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson grabbing a ride home on the Nebula Dream, a newly-commissioned luxury liner that's about to go on its maiden voyage and which is aiming to beat the galaxy's current speed record.
Across a crowded shuttle cabin, he catches a glimpse of businesswoman Mara Lyrae, and is smitten. Nothing much comes of it for awhile, though. We follow Nick as he tries to divert himself with the supposedly state-of-the-art appointments of the Nebula Dream and instead finds himself noticing all the places where the corporate builders apparently cut corners. The pace of the story picks up as the Nebula Dream's engines falter, the ship hits a field of asteroids, and disaster encompasses the entire ship.
Nick springs into action, trying to save everyone he can, and from there on out And I liked that! I really did. It really felt like I was reading something like Lethal Weapon crossed with The Fifth Element maybe not quite so well-produced , and I was entertained throughout the rest of the adventure. It didn't feel like much of a romance, though. I mean, there was a romantic subplot, but that subplot felt like a pencil-sketch, whereas the action plot felt like it was painted in competent watercolors.
What I liked and what I didn't I appreciated how our hero, Nick, just couldn't help himself when it came to saving every person possible. I appreciated that even though there was violence, the author didn't seem to revel in it: she portrayed it matter-of-factly, as obstacles our heroes had to overcome, and didn't seem interested as some thriller writers are in making her readers wallow in depravity. And I enjoyed the setting a lot: the space-faring luxury-liner felt real and intriguing.
I wished the romance felt a little more real. I wish I had been pulled in a little sooner the first few chapters felt a bit vague and wander-y. In all: I enjoyed it for what it was. I read most of it down the long, long stretch of the 5 interstate, and it was the perfect diversion for that boring drive.
It, again, really truly reminded me of an action movie. Content warning for some vulgar language, for violence though, as I said, it's not excessive or gratuitous , and for one attempted rape scene again, not gratuitous. Scott for doing it. Mar 24, Beverly Diehl rated it it was amazing Shelves: action-thriller-suspense , short-story-novella , titanic , sci-fi , fantasy. Let me disclose up front, I am a huge Titanic buff. This is a double-edged sword when it comes to a novel or story drawn heavily upon Titanic. I loved it. The first chapter includes a scattering of people in the shuttle to the Nebula Dream who are all called upon later in the story, without being overwhelming.
It also gives our hero, Nick Jameson something heroic to do. Yea 4. Yeah, heroes in action!
The time of cleansing, when the great waters drown the land, draws near. Fisher, Sharon Lynn. I was pretty incoherent on the phone with her — talk about dreams coming true! Confirm Password Show. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory.
The world created here is very strong and well-drawn. There are details that match or run parallel to those of the Titanic. For instance, in both ships, there are no lifeboat drills. In each ship, there is an officer McElroy; in the Nebula Dream, I believe he is the second officer, whereas in the Titanic, he was the Purser. In others, there is a vast divergence. In the Titanic, there were dining salons, and lounges. In the nebula dream, the large gathering place is the casino. On the Nebula Dream, there is an AI, a very young artificial intelligence, who actually cares for the passengers and crew, and is as eager to please as a little puppy.
Obviously a spaceship cannot sink, but it can lose all its oxygen. And it can wander into unfriendly territory.