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The Perfect Family by Luca Rossi

perfect familyReview: If you’ve ever read “The Silver Metal Lover” by Tanith Lee, the story’s premise could be compared with Rossi’s The Perfect Family, as a relationship between a human/humanoid and an android or artificial being is explored. The basic question seems to be: what is perfection? The difficulties arise when what we once felt to be perfection changes, but only because of humanity’s changeable nature. And daily observation of perfection can make one more critical to oneself, or conversely, oblivious to the fact you are being influenced.

The author is a native Italian speaker from Turin, and it wasn’t clear if this work was written in English or translated from Italian to English after being completed. There are some wording and grammatical issues, for either of those reasons. I liked the premise and how the story was presented, yet since it is a short story from a larger work supposedly a collection, it does seem to end abruptly and without any kind of resolution or satisfaction. For whatever reason, I liked it, and it might spur a reader to consider other works by the author, but it just  might have the opposite effect for some.

Description: “Aurelia’s relationships have always ended badly, so far. When a friend of hers gives her an unusual advice, she decides to follow it and finds the man of her dreams: a perfect husband and a wonderful father. But perfection does not belong to human males….”

  • Published: Feb. 06, 2013
  • Genre & Length: Sci-fi short story
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781301549627
  • Source: Free on Smashwords

Author Profile:

Research, science, sci-fi and high technology are the world Luca Rossi lives in and the subject of his literary work. He believes in the Web as a way to approach the individuals and make the world a more rightful, open and democratic

In 2013 he publishes Energies of the galaxy, a collection of short stories set in a universe that for him is moved not only by the physic’s laws, but also by the equally true ones of Eros, passion, desire and spirit.

He was born in Turin the 15th of April, 1977. He likes to go biking, to go strolling in the nature and to spend the most of his free time with his family.
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An Atmosphere of Angels by H.C. Turk

Review: Human and alien interaction in sci-fi is one of my favorite themes when it’s done in an intelligent manner, such as in C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner Universe and many others by her, or with humor, such as in the League of Peoples series by James Alan Gardner’s, which began with Expendable.

“An Atmosphere of Angels” had a solid framework of science fiction know-how, and is eloquent and lyrical at times, but the sexual references, innuendo and preoccupation seemed overdone at the beginning. The supposed professionals behaved far less than professional on an important interspecies research mission reminding me of irritating adolescents but I found the premise of the story itself to be interesting and intriguing, and I enjoyed how it developed otherwise.

There were some idiosyncrasies I felt might have been left out, yet to be honest, this was one of the few books where I was at work or in transit and realized I was eager to get home and read more simply because it was different.

H.C. Turk has a distinct way of writing that, if you read their Q&A below, you can definitely sense their personality in the characters and situations within their work. Enjoyment of that propensity and difference in sense of humor can be subjective, and might not suit some readers’ taste, but the Atmosphere of Angels is a story you won’t soon forget.

Description: “As part of a treaty with a primitive race, Terran space explorers agree to dispose of an abandoned stellar craft. Trapped inside the ship, the Terrans (Parno and Kathlynn) find numerous alien corpses, and one ghost.

In order to escape, the Terrans must learn the workings of the ship. The ghost tries to kill them via spontaneous combustion, offworld narcotics, drowning in alien viscera, high-tech disintegration, and common beatings. Though severely injured, Parno and Kathlynn are healed by the ship.

When the entire ship begins disintegrating, Parno and Kathlynn are forced to face the ghost. If they succeed, the ether ore is theirs. If they fail, they and the ghost will achieve unending peace.”

  • Published: September 30, 2011
  • By H.C. Turk
  • ISBN: 9781465787
  • Available at Smashwords, Amazon and other online locations
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About this author:

Q&A Written by the author:
A: This is hard.
Q: Why is making a bio so hard for you?
A: Because it’s like talking. I don’t like to talk; I like to write.
Q: But people want to know about authors. Reading a book requires a lot of effort.
A: Writing one ain’t exactly playtime.
Q: That’s better. Go ahead, tell us more. Did you have a pleasant childhood?
A: Ask my dog; he was there.
Q: Your dog is stuffed. He’s not a real dog.
A: He’s more real than you are. You can’t even ask a good question.
Q: Here’s one: Why should people read your books?
A: Because my puppy will be sad if they don’t.
Q: We need to get serious here. How many novels have you written?
A: 33.
Q: I’ll bet your dog can’t count that high. How long have you been writing?
A: I’ll answer if you promise not to kick my dog again (metaphorically).
Q: He wouldn’t feel it—he’s stuffed.
A: If someone kicked the stuffing out of you, I bet you wouldn’t enjoy it.
Q: Would I enjoy it more than reading one of your books? Or would it be equally painful?
A: You’re cruel to dogs AND to authors.
Q: If you answer my last question, I promise to be nice. How many years have you been writing?
A: [mumbles]
Q: That’s pathetic.
A: Why don’t you ask me about my stories?
Q: Stories are for campfires.
A: The basis of history’s greatest novels is the story: the story of nations, cultures, families, individuals. The greatest idea that can be expressed in fiction is story.
Q: Great, so tell me about your characters.
A: Dull and Dumb are not two of my characters, or characteristics.
Q: Do you ever write about animals, stuffed or not?
A: Rescued greyhounds in Heaven Again, tiny ponies in Only The Impassioned, mudfish in Resurrection Flowers, ghosts in An Atmosphere Of Angels.
Q: Ghosts aren’t animals, they’re unsettled spirits. If ghosts continue to read, what will they find in your novels?
A: They will find passion, idea, and spirited characters whose lives are a story. And puppies.

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Glowgems For Profit by Bruce C. Davis

Review: Book One of “The Profit Logbook” is a type of science fiction novel for lovers of hard or classic space sci-fi in the sense that it has a “hero” or central character, who is presented with difficulties he needs to overcome with plenty of complications in the process and a hint of romance all set against the background of space. Danger, double-crossing, shoot-outs, lots of action, tech, and in this case, tech of the kind that’s not overly complicated with extensive descriptions.

I had the strong feeling this was an author who absolutely loved the genre themself. They were not just writing for an audience. They were writing a story they had completely imagined then wished to share with others. It was curious, but I felt respect from the author for me as a reader, that I would know some things about space flight and space without him having to explain it to the most minute detail. That kept the story flowing, and the pace enjoyable.

Personally, Zack Mbele wouldn’t be listed as a favorite character type of mine, in his position I just felt he would have been somewhat tougher at times, but it’s the first in the series so there’s certainly room for character development and expansion so a reader like myself could more readily empathize.  Reading “Glowgems For Profit” was like watching a really good sci-fi movie that half way through, you already know you want to see it again. An excellent choice for lovers of the genre.

Description: “The first in the new science fiction series, The Profit Logbook, by award winning author, Bruce Davis.

Zack Mbele, captain of the independent freighter Profit, needs cash fast. There’s a loan payment due on the ship, not to mention a bogus Customs duty imposed by a crooked official. They’ll seize his ship if he doesn’t pay up and he has few prospects. So, when an old friend calls with a lead on a job, Zack isn’t too picky about obeying the letter of the law. All he has to do is smuggle someone out of Highpoint, a huge space station orbiting between the Earth and the Moon.

But it’s not all that easy, as a beautiful assassin and the Red Dragons gang complicate things. Suddenly Zack is involved in a maze of double-cross and murder as he races the Dragons and a shadowy paramilitary army for the greatest prize of all.”

  • Published: October 5, 2011
  • Publisher: AKW Books
  • Available at the AKW website and Amazon.
  • Source: Publisher

Author Bio:

Award-winning author, Bruce C. Davis, is a general and trauma surgeon in the Phoenix area. After fourteen years in the Navy, including duty on Guam and with the Marines, he settled in Mesa, Arizona. Writing has been a passion that he has pursued for many years. He has had short stories appear in several electronic and small press magazines.

That Which is Human is his first novel which won an award as the best new eBook of 2009. When not working or writing, he has been known to try his hand at woodworking, sailing, and computer gaming (World of Warcraft was once a serious addiction).

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My review of  That Which Is Human.

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Vallar by Cindy Borgne

Review: Sentence structure and grammar could have been clearer, as some descriptions were difficult to determine and seemed rather odd to me, along with areas of the dialogue. Possibly this is also a first person POV issue, which is increasingly become a mode I’m exasperated by, as too often when not used as expansively as possible, it lends a one-dimensional quality to the work. Repetitive phrasing of the main character’s thoughts also exacerbated this feeling.

Since the main character is a sixteen year old, perhaps that’s whyI found the details to be limited in depth or of a kind I found difficult to visualize. Characterization tended towards “types.” For example, you have Ian, young, misused, sensitive and longing after girl he saw in a vision, in contrast to Beacon, the evil abuser and callous leader of Marscorp. The secondary character Nate was more believeable and likeable when compared to Ian.

I wanted to believe, I wanted to be excited, I wanted to like Ian and empathize with him, but the delivery just didn’t provide it for me. I felt there were a lot of good ideas in Vallar, and the planetscape of Mars is definitely a exotic territory I enjoy being explored in science fiction, but I felt editing and characterization issues held this book back from what it could have been.

Description: Ian Connors struggles to save the girl of his dreams and escape the corruption surrounding him – otherwise there is no future for either of them. He must take charge of his life or he will remain a pawn and forever separated from those he loves.

The story takes place in the future about a hundred years after the people of Earth decided to abandon the colonies of Mars. This happened due to Earth’s population problems and a dwindling of their own resources. Over time, the scientific colonies evolved into military factions. The leaders of Marscorp believe that by conquering smaller organizations they will be able to gain enough power to force their way back to Earth. They seek to use Ian for his psychic ability in order to complete their mission.
Published: April 14, 2011

Vallar is available at Amazon in Kindle format and paperback.
It’s also at Smashwords in several e-formats.

An extended free preview is available at the author’s website: http://www.cindyborgne.com/(less)

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Author Bio:


Cindy Borgne lives in Michigan with her two kids and one stubborn, yet somehow lovable basset hound. She has written mostly science fiction, but is considering branching out into fantasy and historical. Cindy likes to read a wide variety of books. Her favorites include Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, Connie Willis, Julia Cameron and Wilbur Smith.

Her stories are character driven and somewhat fast paced. Readers may notice that her characters evolve throughout her stories. Prior to Vallar being published, Cindy has participated extensively for years in many critique groups. She also has a novelette out called “TransShifter” published by Melange books. In 2006, she won an honorable mention for short fiction from Writer’s Digest. Her short story “ThunderSnow” was chosen as an editor’s pick at Eloquent Stories. Cindy also participates in a book review site called “Good Book Alert”.

Currently, she is working on the sequel to “Vallar”


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