Book spotlight: Jabin and the Space Pirates

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Jabin and the Space PiratesJabin and the Space Pirates

Author: Beverly Allen

Publisher: Taylor Street Books

Genre: YA Science Fiction


In the space colony of New Wales, the pirate attacks are both relentless and merciless.

Having lost both his parents, Jabin has been adopted by his austere and spiteful uncle and aunt who live in the space colony of New Wales which is riven with religious and political rivalry, and prey to the vicious maraudings of pirates whose cruelty and greed are beyond all imagination.

When Jabin volunteers to surrender himself to a pirate raiding party to save a friend, he does so believing that nothing can be worse than his current suffering. 

However, he is soon to discover that things can always get worse when the stakes are high, the rewards are vast and slave labour is there for the taking.

When the King of New Wales is assassinated, the colony threatens to collapse into total anarchy, leaving the pirates free reign to mutilate, kill and profit as they will, but the forces of law and order sent out from Earth are getting ready to fight back, and Jabin could have a vital part to play in the ensuing war if he can only stay alive.

Jabin and the Space Pirates is now available from Amazon.



Looper: Time travel gives me a headache

Last weekend, Hubby and I watched Looper with my parents. (Not in theatres, obviously; we rented it from Redbox, because YAY REDBOX IS IN CANADA!!!!!) Ahem.

Anyway. I’ve wanted to see this movie for some time, because 1) Bruce Willis movie = explosions, 2) yay science fiction movie!, and 3) Joseph Gordon-Levitt (what? I used to watch him in 3rd Rock from the Sun).

After watching the movie, I learned five things:

  1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt still looks yummy (ahem)
  2. Bruce Willis is still full of kick-ass action hero…stuff (whatever it is they make action heroes drink for breakfast)
  3. At some point in the next thirty years Joseph Gordon-Levitt will turn into Bruce Willis
  4. Telekinesis!
  5. Time travel gives  me a headache

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Book review: Blackcollar by Timothy Zahn

blackcollar coverBlackcollar
Timothy Zahn

Genre: Science fiction

Publisher: Open Road Media


The blackcollars—an elite, genetically enhanced fighting force—may be humanity’s only hope
Decades after a successful invasion of Earth and the Terran Democratic Empire by the Ryqril—hostile, leathery-skinned aliens—resistance fighter Allen Caine is training for an undercover mission. He will assume the identity of an aide to the senate—part of the government that colludes with the invaders. But when the mission begins earlier than planned, Caine finds himself stuck on the off-planet outpost of Plinry with no idea of what awaits. He’s responsible for the most important mission undertaken by the resistance in twenty years, and when the operation goes awry, Caine’s only hope is to locate Plinry’s so-called blackcollars—the elusive, martial arts–trained guerilla force whose wartime resistance efforts are legendary. With his life and the freedom of everyone in the TDE on the line, Caine’s success will depend on whether or not he can find them. . . .

My thoughts:

I quite enjoyed this book. I’m a fan of military sci-fi, and this one didn’t disappoint. The action did move a tad bit slower in the first chapter or so (slower than the rest of the book, anyway), but then it picked up speed and didn’t slow down until the last page.

Which was, of course, awesome. (The more action, the better! Hehe.)

This book had great characters. For a book with a large cast, none of the characters — except for maybe Argent’s Prefect Apostoleris — were stock characters. They all had some sort of depth and dimension, which made the book that much more interesting to read. I actually wanted to know what the characters were going to do next. I wanted to know how they were going to face the next obstacle/bad guy/traitor. Simply put, I cared about these people.

Comsquare Lathe was one heck of an enigma. Even though the story jumps POV from Allen Caine to other members of the blackcollar squad, we never really learn that much about Lathe. He’s not an ogre, but like Shrek, this guy’s like an onion with layers.

Okay, so none of them were particularly easy to figure out. But that was part of the reason why they were so interesting to read about. After all, nobody wants stock characters.

I thought this book was just as much about the characters — the blackcollars, the Argentian rebels, Caine himself — as it was about the action that surrounded the characters. I truly enjoyed this book, and this reminded me what good military sci-fi should be like.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Look, a giveaway!

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I thought why not run one now?

This giveaway is for a print book (I know, right?) called We’re All Going To Die Tomorrow: A Guidebook for the End of the World & A Compendium of the Many Ways in which we are totally Doomed. Which is the best title ever.



A (mostly) satirical book on the current End Times craze. We examine everything from the 2012 Mayan Calendar end-date to the Rapture with snarky and occasionally inspirational commentary. Makes the perfect gift for paranoid End Times fanatics.

**Note: Some potty-language, not for kids.**

This book actually was pretty funny. If this is something that interests you, enter the giveaway!

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Want a pet alien baby? There’s an app for that

Remember Tamagotchi? That handheld, egg-shaped digital thing that acted like a pet? (Only one you couldn’t cuddle with and had no fur.) Well. Last week, I was browsing the Google Play store for reasons I can no longer remember (I think I might’ve been looking for Nemo’s Reef, actually), and I came across the Pou app. It’s a pet alien baby that you raise to adulthood.

So really, it pretty much works the same way as a Tamagotchi, only it’s on your phone. And unlike a Tamagotchi, it allows you to say the hilariously inappropriate phrase, “Hang on, I’m playing with my poo Pou.”

It’s worth downloading for that reason alone. Seriously.

Anyway. I downloaded it, told Hubby I was playing with Pou, and then introduced the kids to it. Who then walked around telling people that they wanted to play with poo Pou. Which, as you can imagine, led to some serious hilarity. (I mean, they’re three and four and a half years old. So when they tell people they play with Pou, people tend to think they’re playing with, well, poo. You know.)

Anyway, I put Pou on the tablet and let them raise their own pet alien baby. (And then they introduced their friends to the Pou app. Which led to even more hilarity. But that’s a story for a later time.)

We all like this game because we don’t need to spend our own money on it (a rare thing these days). The app includes mini-games, where you earn coins, which then allow you to do things like change Pou’s body color, change the wallpaper in the “rooms,” buy him food, buy him balls for the game room, buy him clothes, etc. etc.

And yeah, I changed Pou’s body color. Because seriously, when the game starts, he’s brown…and looks like a pile of poo with eyes. Not even kidding.

So anyway. I know you’re dying to see what this thing looks like (well, maybe not dying, but you know what I mean). So, here you go! Some screen caps for you:

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