Books read in June
There is a saying that time and tide wait for no-one. If one adds in internet connection problems then trying to keep a business running that uses the net this is an issue. Add keeping my book list reviews up to date is a real problem. (All I can say is if using BT Broadband then do read their spam emails because if they say they are going to change your settings even if you have not asked them to they will and it is not easy getting them to put things right and as to telling you why they changed things then “that is a mystery – The system seems to have a mind of it's own” as the man from their finance dept said).
So after much thought rather than playing catch up all the time, I will list all the 7 books I have read or listened to in the last few weeks without a review and then hopefully move on from there.
So this brings the total up to book 44 week 32 fiction 41 (audio books 12) non fiction 3
Plague Ship by Andre Norton
This is my review of the book “Plague Ship by Andre Norton” which I listened to a while ago. As mentioned a couple of posts ago I am playing catch up with these reviews. I listened to this story as a librivox recording whilst travelling and then preparing our holiday cottage The Spinney in South West Scotland www.thespinneycottage for guests to stay the week.
It was an enjoyable story to listen to and made the time pass by quickly as I traveled and then cleaned. It is a science fiction story continuing the tale of the ship the Solar Queen, which is a space trader. They land on the planet of Sargol, to trade, but find that their rivals the ruthless Inter Solar company is there already.
The Solar Queen manages to beat their rivals and does the deal with the natives. On leaving the planet they quickly find that they have been stricken down with a plaque, that will threaten to destroy them. Somehow the crew have to remove the plaque, and get the ship cleared so that they can trade again. This involves some pretty major risks, as once named as a plaque ship they are open season to all to try and eradicate the plaque from the skies.
A fun story that made the time pass by quickly as I was doing jobs. This was book 35 week 28 fiction 32 (audio book 9) non fiction 3.
Key Out of Time by Andre Norton
Friends this is my review of the book Key out of Time by Andre Norton, which I have listened to recently whilst decorating.
This is Book 4 in the Time Traders Series, In this book Ross Murdock and Arthur Ashe continue their adventures in Time and Space on the World of Hawaika.
Again there are many parallels with the TV Stargate series, but in this story the Hawaiian and Polynesian settlers help Ross and Ashe discover the way the world has changed from the data tape to present time. The native dolphins and humans can communicate, and Ross learns Gordon is hostage in a castle through a native, Loketh.
Ross and Loketh are captured by seafaring Rovers, then join them. They recover a Rover island captured by the Baldies. Ross convinces a coalition of natives the Baldies are playing them against one another. Ross finds Ashe at last, in a castle the company of the mystic and advanced Foanna, who turn out to be only three, the last of their race.
The Foanna set a trap for the Baldies, using their assets as bait, but they cannot win against the whole force without increasing their numbers. Ross and Ashe agree to a process mentally joining them with the Foanna.
A second encounter with the Baldies, they win. In a final encounter, Ross is teleported to a Baldy ship like the one familiar to him from Galactic Derelict, and sets its course to a random destination. The main Baldy installation is simultaneously attacked and the Baldies driven off the planet.
This was all good fun and made the time pass quickly listening to this when painting the walls and ceilings. This was book 51 week 38 fiction 47 (13 on audio) non fiction 4
The Defiant Agents by Andre Norton
This is my review of the book The Defiant Agents by Andre Norton which I listened to recently as a Librivox recording.
This book continues the story of the Time Traders and is book 3 in the series. The star travelling secrets brought back by time travellers have been unravelled, and both the Americans and the Russians are intent upon colonizing new worlds.
In a desperate move, the U.S. government decides to use a group of Apache volunteers in an experimental attempt to colonize a primitive planet. Travis Fox and a band of fellow Apache American Indians have their racial memories and survival abilities enhanced by the Redax machine and are sent to the planet Topaz, one of the few worlds of the ancient star empire that the US has voyage tapes to.
Sadly the Reds have “snooped” the tapes and get there first, and have a nasty surprise waiting for any ship that does not have the proper identification. This causes their ship to crash. Travis and some of his fellow Apaches survive the ensuing crash landing…but can they defeat the Reds and win Topaz for themselves?
Full of intrigue and adventure, this classic novel is a must, and listening to it meant the long journey went by very quickly. I was so intrigued with the story that I listened to it to the end even though the journey had finished.
A very enjoyable book as book 35 week 28 fiction 32 (9 on audio) non fiction 3
The Time Traders by Andre Norton
Friends this is my review of the book The Time Traders by Andre Norton, which I listened to recently as an audio book. I don't think I have read any of Andre Norton books for many years and it is always nice to rediscover an author.
I listened to this as the Librivox version whilst travelling recently. One of the advantages of listening to a book rather than reading I find is that it is that it allows the imagination to run riot and this is great for a science fiction or an historical novel.
This was written in the late 1950's and it is always amusing to see how the writer has predicted the near future, which is now our past. The cold war is running very wild and America is having trouble in keeping up with “the reds”. Intelligence agents have uncovered something beyond belief, but the evidence is incontrovertible: the USA’s greatest adversary is sending its own agents back through time! And someone (or something) is presenting them with technologies and weapons far beyond our most advanced science. We have only one option: create time-transfer technology ourselves, find the opposition's ancient source...and take it down!
That was why young Ross Murdock, above average in intelligence but a belligerently independent criminal found himself on a “hush-hush” government project at a secret base in the Arctic. He was given the choice of spending a long time in prison or help the scientists. The very qualities that made him a menace in civilized society were valuable traits in a man who must successfully act the part of a merchant trader of the Beaker people during the Bronze Age.
Once they were transferred by time machine to the remote Baltic region where the Russian post was located, Ross and his partner Ashe had to deal with the Russians, the local very superstitious prehistoric people in the area and …Well that would be saying and then spoil the rest of the story.
Though it is interesting to note that this series of books must have been an inspiration to at least a couple of TV series and films I can recall watching. If you read or listen to this I wonder if you agree with me.
This was a very enjoyable listen and made the time sitting in traffic pass by very quickly. This was book 33 week 27 fiction 30 (8 on audio) non fiction 3
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