Review – If You Can Keep It

If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American LibertyIf You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas
Synopsis from GoodReads:
If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America’s uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America’s greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be.  The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the “noble experiment in ordered liberty” that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It’s time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

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Review – Shards of Honor

Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by Barrayars, mutineers against ship commander Aral Vorkosigan. Aral and Cordelia learn what honor means to the other, admire cultural differences, escape dangers.

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Bout of Books 17 Day 4

Bout of Books

My progress for day 4 of Bout of Books 17:

Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont – 1 ch/42 pgs (on track)
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire – 333 pgs (started and finished)

So that’s two books started and finished (plus one novella) and the book I was in the middle of finished.  One more complete novel plus staying on track with OST and I’ll meet my goals for BoB17!  I hope everyone else is having similar progress.

Review – Redshirts

RedshirtsRedshirts by John Scalzi
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:
(1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces
(2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations
(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

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