Piercing the Fold by Venessa Kimball (reviewed by Karmin)

Piercing the Fold

Book 1 of Piercing the Fold series *

Venessa Kimball

Reviewed by Karmin

Book description (amazon.com):

“I’m Jesca. I have intense nightmares nightly and hallucinations of dark auras closing in on me daily. Strangers’ faces distort before my eyes and I hear voices in my head. All symptoms of insanity, ‘illusions in reality’, right? Wrong. This is my reality and it has been set askew.”

Jesca Gershon Sera discovers that she is part of a legacy and a fellowship of guardians destined to protect the human race from a galactic event that will invade and evolve our world.

*The Piercing the Fold series is intended for Mature Young Adult and Adult readers due to the the paranormal and unorthodox scientific concepts addressed throughout. This series contains a rich mixture of the paranormal, science fiction, romance, adventure, and suspense. *

Review:

I had trouble with this book. I wanted to love it, but I couldn’t. I’m not a huge fan of in-the-moment- first-person, so that is entirely personal opinion, but Kimball did switch between that and in-the-moment-third-person from time to time and it threw me off a bit. Another thing that messed with me are the physics principles she put into this book. Kimball obviously did her research, but some of the things just resonated as “wrong” (for lack of a better term) with my brain (this is not because I didn’t know what she was talking about, but rather because I DID know what she was trying to say), but I do think that had she been a bit more vague on the scientific detail, it would have worked better.

As for the story itself, it’s a cool one. You have your kickass powers, psychic-style dreaming, good vs evil, and inter-world travels. Toss in some love the characters refuse to acknowledge and possible alien invasion and it makes it fun. In all honesty, it’s NOT a TERRIBLE book whatsoever, just the few things that I personally didn’t like about it made it difficult for me to enjoy. If I were rating this book, I would give it a 4/10.

 

**Edited to add links

Before reading this book, here are a few theories to read up on (even if they are on Wiki) to help understand what the author is trying to put across (These are an afterthought of the review, and may help get a better grasp on the theories she puts forth).

Alcubierre drive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcubierre_drive

Einstein-Rosen Bridge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wormhole#Schwarzschild_wormholes

Negative mass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_mass

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Phoenix: Rising by Martin Allen(Review by Scott)

Book: Phoenix: Rising, Author: Martin Allen, Review By: Scott Freisthler

 

Plot Synopsis by Amazon: An Imperial Investigator is sent to Investigate, and possibly assassinate a mysterious preacher in the wastes. In doing so he stumbles upon an even more shadowy presence that could jeopardise the entire Empire he is sworn to protect. Can the preacher assist him in overcoming the shortcomings resultant from his training and the betrayal of his family, or is the seemingly innocuous Movement following the “Phoenix” doomed to be slaughtered as a way of destabilising the Theocratic Empire?

 

Review: I cannot tell you how much I loved this book.  It is a science fiction book, but it doesn’t feel like one.  Usually, in my experience, when it comes to a science fiction story, you are following a space crew as they explore the deep reaches of the unknown but this novel took the original approach on focusing on religion.  If there were not any references to colony planets or plasma weapons, I wouldn’t have guessed this fact at all but I think that is something that really works for this story.

 

The plot of this story is heavily influenced by the New Testament.  You can probably guess what story specifically by the plot synopsis. If not, then you will recognize the story the second you read the first reference. Despite all that, the ending is not as predictable as you think it would be.  It felt like the first time I have ever heard the story, which is great.

 

Also, should make a comment on something.  This book is not very dialogue heavy, but you get a big picture on what goes on in the protagonist’s head.  That, to me, is a more important aspect in books because this is the only form of media where you can get to know your main character inside and out completely.

 

I highly recommend this book to all those who want a different approach to the science fiction genre, those who are interested in learning a bit more about religion without digging into the bible, or those who want a refreshing take on an old story.

 

I only hope there is a sequel on its way or more of this universe I can read about. Amazon Links: – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DQXOARMhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DQXOARM

 

Rendezvous with RAMA by Arthur C Clarke (A review by Scott)

Synopsis:
In the year 2077, a major meteorite struck Eastern Italy killing thousands of people and creating a great catastrophe for all mankind.  Since humanity didn’t want a repeat of this incident, the Space Guard system was set up. This system kept watch over our solar system serving as an early warning device, making sure that we knew what was headed our way at all times.
As the years moved on, the solar system became more colonized by humanity.  No major sightings occurred until 2130, where a humongous terrestrial body was spotted. After more observations, this objected turned out to be a 50km cylindrical prism in space that rotates on its own axis to produce its own gravity.  Humanities first contact with a machine built by somebody else.  A crew of well trained people was quickly gathered to explore the object as it entered human space.
Join Commander Norton and the crew of the Endeavour as they explore this huge object in space, called Rama by humans. Is there any living creatures still left in this giant space craft?  What secrets does it hold from humanity?  Only one way to find out.
Review:
I was suggested to read this story after talking about another series I love,called Ring World, to a few friends and I have to say that I love it.  To me, who is still young and hasn’t experience as much as a lot of other people, it’s like time travel.  This book was written during a time where optimism was the main focus for our media; times where politics was not a main focus of a series.  While it does have a dash of politics here and there,they are nothing compared to today’s works like Game of Thrones, the Battlestar Galactica remake , and a few other works famous in today’s media, not that I am knocking them because I love them too death. I love reading something like this, because this is what I think most science fiction should be about. Exploring the unknown, finding out what is out there, providing ideas for the future, and influencing the growth of technological ideas for the future.  I highly recommended this to Star Trek fans who want something with a little harder level of science fiction reality, those who just want an epic adventure story, fans of science fiction in general, and anybody who wants to read something different from their usual style as a gate way book.  While there are no knights fighting dragons, no wizards, or fairy tale creatures of any sort, I believe anybody can enjoy this book.