My Favorite . . Sci Fi Novel

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My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I don’t read a lot of sci-fi. According to my shelves on Goodreads, I’ve read 13 books that I’ve classified as sci-fi in 9½ years. Four were last year though, which is interesting. I think my favorite sci-fi book, at least that I’ve read recently, was Arcadia by Iain Pears.

Arcadia is not strictly sci-fi. While it includes time-travel, dystopian and post-apocalyptic societies, it also has spies and cheesy romance. No space ships though. It’s not one I would usually have picked up, but I’ve been a fan of Pears for ages.

I’m not a fan of time travel, but I like the way time worked in this one. The past affected the future, but the future affected the past. You drop the glass so it shatters. The glass shatters, so you had to have dropped it. There were about three time-lines going. The base was 1960s London, but there are two possible futures: Anterworld, which feels like a typical fantasy world, and a dystopian world dominated by science and tech. The characters were well done and fit into their worlds. And the ending was perfect. The plot is complicated, and you would think it would be tough to wrap everything up in a satisfying way, but Pears managed it. It’s almost as if the ending came first and everything else had to happen to get there.

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Readers’ Workouts – 2/21

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I made my step goal for the week. You can definitely see which days I have to walk a bit before bed to get those last few steps in though.

 

This week:

Tuesday – Pilates
Wednesday – Pilates
Thursday – Walk with dog, Elliptical
Saturday – Walk with dog
Sunday – Walk with dog
Monday -Walk with dog, Pilates

Meal plan:

I went off track a couple of times last week, mostly Valentine’s Day and the weekend.

This week:

Breakfasts – eggs with banana, apple breakfast cake

Lunches – sausage, apple, sweet potato hash; taco salad; leftovers

Dinners – chicken fingers and salad, pizza with cauliflower crust, baked pineapple pork chops (because it sounded good on Vicki’s post last week). I’m still trying to decide what I want for supper tonight though. Any ideas?

Year Fitness Goals:

– Lose weight. Goal – Lose 26 lbs. ht)

– Run 2 5ks, 1 10K and 1 half. Complete – None, but I have one planned for March 18

– Hit my weekly step goal (56,000 steps) for 48 weeks. Weeks completed: 6

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog .

A Fistful of Divas by Camille LaGuire

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A Fistful of Divas by Camille LaGuire A Fistful of Divas by Camille LaGuire
Series: Mick and Casey McKee
Published by the author on August 26, 2013
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery, Western, Short Story
Pages: 32
Format: eBook
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Young gunslinger detectives, Mick and Casey McKee, are eager to hear some opera singing. But when somebody takes a shot at some visiting divas, the concert is off. The ladies won't sing until Mick and Casey solve a case of blackmail and murder.

So I love Mick and Casey McKee. I wish there were more stories in the series. They are a gunslingers in the old west, a young married couple. And I do mean young. She’s maybe 17. He’s the talker, she’s the shooter and they make a great pair. This time around, the couple want to see singing at the local opera house. There’s a cute story why, involving Casey’s dad. Anyway, with these two nothing is ever simple. Just as they walk in to see who is warming up, there’s a shot, apparently aimed at one of the women on stage. If the ladies are going to feel safe enough to perform, Mick and Casey need to figure what’s going on and stop it.

The mystery was good, for a short story. The actual shooter’s identity is quickly established, but who hired him and why is the question. There are a couple clues and a nice, small list of suspects.

Like I said, I really enjoy the McKees. You get a good feeling for their relationship here. It’s not quite as good as the only full-length mystery in the series, Have Gun, Will Play, but it’s definitely worth the quick read.

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