Monthly Archives: October 2011

Turning Point

The song goes

Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Well, for most indie authors disparaging words are heard all the time and the skies are always cloudy. Sometimes this is deserved, such as when these indie authors don’t use any kind of spell-check or have their work edited by professional, or even just revise and edit. Then there the others that do their very best and hoped to be rewarded for it.

Melissa Luznicky Garrett is one of the latter group. Turning Point is a tour de force in characterization and from the opening line you feel for the main character, Jenna Lyons. The events in the book cover about four days and they are quite possibly the worst four days a human being can experience. Jenna goes from a high school graduating party that turns decidedly sour to being stranded in a small Missouri town where she is unwittingly pulled into a family situation that boggles the mind.

The short chapters keep the pace fast, and the reader is carried along a roller-coaster of emotion all the way until the very end. I’m an avid reader and have probably read more than a thousand books in my 29 years, but this is one of the very few that will stay with me. I can count on one hand my absolute favorite books, and this is a new one for the list.

I would recommend this book to anyone, teenager or adult, that thinks about how bad their life is. Reading Turning Point makes me realize that no matter how bad my life has seemed at times, it is nowhere near how bad somebody else has it, and that they would probably wish they had my life because it wasn’t theirs.

I give this book a 9.5/10.

Turning Point, by Melissa Luznicky Garrett, is available wherever good books are found.

Disclaimer: I won this book in a competition run by the author, but I would have been more than happy to pay for it. Her other books are on my wishlist.


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I made a half-hearted attempt last year but this year I will try to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Visit my NaNoWriMo page to laugh at me.

Oh, and wish me luck if you’d like to.

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What Judgments Come

What Judgments Come is the penultimate novel in the Vanguard saga and it does its job well, tying up most of the loose ends left by the other books and setting up the finale.

The framing story establishes two people that definitely survived the end of the saga, Tim Pennington and Diego Reyes (but we know of least two more, T’Prynn and Admiral Nogura). Reyes tells Pennington about his time aboard the Orion ship docked at the station and this brings us to the end of the Orion storyline.

One of the best storylines in the book is the set up for the TOS episode, The Tholian Web; the Tholian screw-up on the Klingon colony of Traelus II, leading to Captain Thomas Blair and the Defiant investigating and disappearing, which would be followed up in the episode mentioned above. This also means that the Enterprise is in the area for the final book in the Vanguard saga, Storming Heaven.

The Shedai Wanderer escapes her prison and flees, vowing to return with her people to free the Shedai Progenitor and wreak havoc upon the lesser races of the galaxy. This is what I look forward to in the final book.

I give this book 8/10, it could have been a little better, but not by much.

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The Struggle Within

The Struggle Within is an eBook-only novella in Star Trek’s Typhon Pact miniseries that focuses on the Federation’s attempt to include the Talarians in the expanded Khitomer Accords, and their use of a little covert assistance in overthrowing a corrupt Typhon Pact member government, the Kinshaya. While it tells a good story and there is character development, it is too short.

I would have preferred this to be a full length novel and to have a much deeper look into the Kinshaya and Talarian societies. However, the book did what it set out to do, which was to highlight those two races as they were not focused upon during the main four Typhon Pact books.

I give this a 7/10, though I do wish it was longer.

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October Creative Writing Challenge Game

Well, it’s that time again. My second entry in the Creative Writing Challenge Game (click for details) can be found here.

I will be entering the October Challenge and so you’ll be seeing more of my characters solving crimes next month.

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