Review (x2): Cindy Koepp

Hey all!

I’m taking a brief break from NaNoWriMo and all this election madness to tell you about two of my recent reads: Remnant in the Stars and The Loudest Actions by Cindy Koepp.  She’s just kicking off a blog tour, and I’m really thankful to get to be a part of it.

Review of Remnant in the Stars:

As a lifelong Star Trek fan, there is a special place in my heart for stories set in space withremnantinthestars awesome alien species and discoveries of new people and things.  That may seem specific, but nevertheless, Cindy Koepp has officially entered that place.

Reading Remnant in the Stars was such a joy for me from start to finish.  I loved the diverse cast of characters, particularly Abbott and Sora.  The humor was spot-on, as were the emotional development and tense situations.  Even though it was set far in the future, Koepp’s writing made it believable which isn’t easy to doing when writing science fiction.

One of my favorite aspects, though, was how one character’s Christian faith was represented in the story.  This isn’t something that I’ve seen done much in science fiction, and I appreciated Koepp’s balanced hand with it.

Overall, Remnant in the Stars was a fun, well-written read.  Also, it had me weirdly invested over what the heck was wrong with Kirsten Abbott’s prosthetic arm.  I was hypothesizing all over the place.

 

Review of The Loudest Actions:

loudest_actions_coverI was excited to go on another adventure with my favorite characters in this sequel, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Without giving too much away from the first or the second book, The Loudest Actions had many of the same great characters in different situations, developing even further, and being awesome, real, and hilarious while doing it.

We got to dive further into Koepp’s imagination to meet a new alien species, and I absolutely love first contact stories, so that was an added bonus.  The Loudest Actions was truly a great follow-up to Remnant in the Stars.

 

You should obviously start with the first book, but I highly recommend both of these great reads.  They’re accessible, exciting, funny, and well-crafted.

 

Want to know more about Cindy?

Originally from Michigan, Cindy Koepp has a degree in Wildlife Sciences and teachingcindykoepp_authorphoto_650x400 certification in Elementary Education from rival universities. After teaching for fourteen years, she pursued a master’s degree in Adult Learning with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement. Cindy has five published science fiction and fantasy novels, a serial published online, short stories in five anthologies, and a few self-published teacher resource books. When she isn’t reading or writing, Cindy spends time whistling with a crazy African Grey. Cindy is currently working as an optician in Iowa and as an editor with PDMI Publishing and Barking Rain Press.

You can also visit her website or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter (@CCKoepp).

 

Check out the rest of Cindy’s blog tour:

Tour Schedule and Activities

11/7                   Beauty in Ruins                                     Guest Post

11/7                   The Seventh Star                                     Interview

11/8                   MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape                   Interview

11/9                   Jordan Hirsch                                                       Review

11/10                   Magic of Books                                                       Guest Post

11/10                   3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!                   Top Ten’s List

11/11                   Sheila’s Guests and Reviews                   Guest Post

11/11                   Novel-ties                                     Review

11/12                   KylieJude.com                                     Top-Tens List (Blogger Picks Topic)

11/13                   Darkling Delights                                     Guest Post

11/14                   Enchanted Alley                                     Guest Post

11/15                   Bee’s Knees Reviews                                     Review

11/15                   The Sinister Scribblings of Sarah E. Glenn                   Guest Post

11/16                   Jorie Loves a Story                                                      Review

11/16                   The Word Nerds                                                       Guest Post

11/17                   SpecMusicMuse                                                       Review

11/18                   Jorie Loves a Story                                                       Q and A

11/18                   Sapphyria’s Book Reviews                                     Guest Post

11/19                   Deal Sharing Aunt                                                      Interview

11/20                   Jorie Loves a Story                                                       Review

11/20                   D.L. Gardner Blog                                                       Guest Post

11/21                   The Swill Blog                                                                         Review

11/21                   Willow Star Serenity                                                       Review

 

**These ebooks were provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  No compensation was provided.

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Review: Starship Troopers

Hi, all!

I just finished Starship Trooper by Robert Heinlein, and I’m excited to share my thoughts.

At the library a few weeks ago, I picked this book off the shelf for 3 reasons:

  1. Robert Heinlein is a science fiction legend.  I loved The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
  2. It’s a Hugo Award Winning novel, and I gotta be working on that bucket list.
  3. I’ve been making my way through John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series, and that was heavily influenced/inspired by Starship Troopers.

When I saw it on the shelf, I decided to take a break from everything else I’d planned on reading.  Here’s what it was like for me.

Starship Troopers wasn’t out of this world.  It was pretty intense military sci-fi.  It was slow at times.  There weren’t many characters, and since I didn’t really connect with the main character, it was kind of hard to care at times.  It also had what some would argue as racist themes, but I disagree.  (We can talk about why some time if you want; maybe that will be a separate blog post some day.)

All that aside, I still enjoyed reading Starship Troopers – for completely nostalgic reasons.  I originally picked up the book because it had inspired books that I’ve been reading lately.  And you could definitely tell, in all the best ways.  It was fun to read a book where much of the military science fiction that I like was birthed.

While it wasn’t my type of science fiction and I probably won’t read it again, Heinlein paved the way for John Scalzi, Orson Scott Card, and so many others.  And I’m so grateful that he did.