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How to Impress a Marquess by Susanna Ives

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How to Impress a Marquess by Susanna Ives
Sourcebooks Casablanca: November 1, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

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How to Impress a Marquess is a humourous, yet not particularly historically accurate historical romance. If you like your historicals with a heavy dose of realism back away now. If you’re like me, and accuracy doesn’t bother you that much, continue reading.

Susanna Ives is an author that first came on my radar with Wicked, My Love, a funny on-the-road-romance between two very different people. I loved Wicked, My Love so I was quite anxious to dive into Ives’ latest historical, which again features two characters who do not like one another due to their preconceived notions of one another. Naturally, these two discover that appearances can be deceiving. (more…)

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“The Martian” Lives up to the Hype

18007564The Martian by Andy Weir
Crown: February 11, 2014 (Science Fiction)

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Finally, a book that has actually lived up to the hype! I’ve been hearing a lot about The Martian. It’s been on many “Best of 2014” book lists, and is the GoodRead’s Choice winner for 2014. Generally, when I see a title gaining a lot of buzz I feel quite skeptical. I am the first to admit that I don’t tend to enjoy the literary titles that tend to be seen on these lists; I enjoy lighter reading, stuff with happy endings. Happily, The Martian is worth the hype that it has received this year. It was sci-fi without being inaccessible to readers less likely to pick up a book with that genre label. And it most certainly was not the depressing, dull, yet, well written, material that I associate with “Best of” lists.

The Martian picks up after astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars, presumed dead. Much to everyone’s surprise, Mark is very much alive and has proved ingenious in extending his life in such a inhospitable habitat. He’s the first potato farmer on Mars, he’s MacGyver in space. This survival is not completely unexpected, after all Watney was “the mission’s fix-it man who played with plants”. What becomes the million dollar question is whether or not Watney can keep up this survivor mentality until he’s rescued, if he’s to be rescued at all.

Once earth learns that Watney is still alive, the big decision has to be made. Do they spend the money to go back and rescue Watney, assuming he can live on Mars for years until this as-yet-to-be-determiend rescue? It’s not exactly a quick fly by to Mars, nor is the rescue going to be cheap. Fortunately for Watney, the answer is yes (the press loves the survival angel). (more…)