23 May 2017

Eating Robots And Other Stories by Stephen Oram

Step into a high-tech vision of the future with author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence Stephen Oram. Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, tele-empathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.

Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page. 

Eating Robots & Other Stories by Stephen Oram is an amazing collection of sci-fi / dystopian stories.

Each story has been written with care and so much so that it is reflected in the stories themselves. All the stories as a collection is amazing, though when judging individually, I must say that I liked some stories more than the others. Sacred Waters, Logical Love and A Rude Awakening are my favourites. The title story, Eating Robots is a story that I am on the fence about.

The stories feel alive because Stephen Oram has done an amazing job of mixing up sci-fi possibilities from the future to our realities. Each story is designed to make you think that there is a possibility of it coming true someday even when in your heart, you know what you are reading is fiction. And some of the stories are borderline scary.

All in all, this is a book that has all the elements of an entertainer and the author’s language and description style only elevates the level of the book.


04 May 2017

Thicker than Water (Murray of Letho #10) by Lexie Conyngham

About the Book:

When young Walter finds a dead body along with the dead fish in his tutor’s fishpond, he knows he should tell his old master, Charles Murray of Letho. The dead man leaves a pretty wife and child and a broken string quartet, but someone must have profited by his death – could it be the avenger from his past as his widow fears, or is it someone from closer at hand? St. Andrews is once again the setting for a murder mystery, and a puzzle that Murray must solve before the murderer strikes again.

Book Links:
Goodreads I Amazon

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of this book. It has just the right amount of drama and mystery combination to keep me guessing. The book is well written with the right amount of information being provided at the right time.

The characters are well developed and makes me want to pick up the other books in the series.

Language & Narrative:
I Loved the setting of the book... the author made everything come alive through her words. The narrative and the flow of the story is done in a way to suit the background of the story.


About the Author:

Lexie Conyngham is a historian living in the shadow of the Highlands. Her Murray of Letho novels are born of a life amidst Scotland’s old cities, ancient universities and hidden-away aristocratic estates, but she has written since the day she found out that people were allowed to do such a thing. Beyond teaching and research, her days are spent with wool, wild allotments and a wee bit of whisky.