If You Liked 'The Butterfly Effect,' Read This Book
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If You Liked ‘The Butterfly Effect,’ Read This Book

If you could go back in time, what would you change?

If You Liked 'The Butterfly Effect,' Read This Book

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Today we’re visiting another book by the author I gushed about in this earlier post. And, no, this book is not in the Quantum Cop series. But it still contemplates the nature of our reality. So what is this mystery book?

Temporal Dreams, by Lesley L. Smith is an emotional journey with two main characters. Kairi is an orphan and a college student who discovers a latent ability to travel back in time while she sleeps. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Kyle has been training with his family his whole life to prepare for the Dreaming, or time travel. Time travel can be incredibly dangerous, and there are a lot of rules to follow to avoid breaking reality. Rules that Kairi doesn’t know. Will everyone survive all her changes to the timeline? And is somebody manipulating Kyle and his family into Dream related accidents?

This was a page-turner with a plot twist that I never even suspected. But it also explores the bonds between friends and family. Plus, there’s a neat little spin on déjà vu.

Rating: 5 out of 5


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A Thrilling Sci-Fi Book Written by a Woman Scientist
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A Thrilling Sci-Fi Book Written by a Woman Scientist

This tale’s a thrilling ride through time and space.

A Thrilling Sci-Fi Book Written by a Woman Scientist
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This week’s book is by a woman who is quickly becoming one of my favorite indie authors. Wielding a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, Lesley L. Smith brings a lot to the literary table. The book I’m reviewing today is the second in a series. As I’ve mentioned time and again, I rarely read book series in order and this time is no exception. I jumped into this book with both feet and absolutely no idea what happened in book one. And I was not disappointed.

Quantum Murder is an action-packed adventure with thrilling highs and lows. I gravitate towards books with catchy first lines, and the opening line of this book definitely hits the mark:

“My morning was going great until I got arrested for murder.” ~Quantum Murder by Lesley L. Smith

The protagonist, Madison Martin, is a physicist and professor who discovered a way to manipulate reality (I’m assuming this occurred in book one). She and a select few others are able to create, destroy, and teleport at will. As you can imagine, this kind of power leads to some dire consequences. But the book is deeper than a typical Sci-Fi or Mystery complete-the-quest or solve-the-murder trope. The narrative touches on romance from the woman’s perspective, which is totally empowering and completely different from the majority of traditional male-gaze narratives in Sci-Fi. Seeing the world through the eyes of a brilliant woman scientist is refreshing. And the plotting isn’t too shabby, either.

Rating: 5 out of 5


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My Absolute Favorite Books I Read This Year
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My Absolute Favorite Books I Read This Year

Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite books.

My Absolute Favorite Books I Read This Year

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As we approach the end of the year, I’ve been reflecting on the books I’ve read over the past several months. Most have been good or okay. A few were so horrible they made me want to scream or cry or both. But several of them were outstanding for a variety of reasons. Here is a list of books I would totally, absolutely, 100% recommend. They are listed in no particular order.

1. Fool Moon

I am a huge fan of the Harry Dresden, or Dresden Files, series by Jim Butcher. These books always have great pacing, action, and plenty of humor. For any of you who’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I rarely read a series in order. This is actually my 6th or 7th Dresden book, even though it’s technically the 2nd in the series. Oops? Haha. It’s still great.

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Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves & Shifters, Witches & Wizards, Private Detective

 

2. The Book of Taltos


Yet another book series that I’ve read willy-nilly. The Book of Taltos by Steven Brust is one of the Vlad Taltos series. There’s wry humor, magic, and a shoulder dragon. Need I say more?

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Genres: Fantasy, Epic, Sword & Sorcery

 

3. When the Future Comes Too Soon


And here is another book from the middle of a series. When the Future Comes Too Soon by Selina Siak Chin Yoke is a powerful novel. Definitely not as light-hearted as the previous two books, but it’s packed with insight.

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Genres: Historical Fiction, Asian American, Cultural Heritage, Family Life

 

4. Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age


This book had me literally laughing out loud. It smushes a whole bunch of classic literary and pop culture characters together in weird and wacky ways. If you don’t know the characters, though, it might be considerably less funny.

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Genres: Humorous, Fantasy

 

5. Known Shippable, Will Not Fix


I loved this indie book to bits. You might find some really negative reviews for this book, but most of them are from before it was re-edited. This book is hilarious, zany, and really inventive.

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Genre: Humorous, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Video & Electronic Games

 

6. Kat Cubed


This book combines two things I love to think about: multiverses and quantum mechanics. It also helps that the author has a Ph.D in Particle Physics.

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Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, New Adult Fiction

 

7. Smoke City


This book is entirely different from everything on this list. It has some vaguely Hunter S. Thompson vibes and a unique spin on novel structure.

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Genres: Magical Realism, Ghosts, Paranormal and Urban