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2017-03-27
Sacrifice
247 pages
Pon, CindyCindy Pon

Skybright, her childhood friend Zhen Ni and the almost-monk Kai Sen cross from youth to adulthood after they close the breach to the underworld. Skybright comes to grips with her demonic, serpentine half while travelling with Stone, the immortal intermediary between humans and the gods.
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2017-03-02
Serpentine
202 pages
Pon, CindyCindy Pon

Skybright is the handmaid and friend of Zhen Ni. Living in Xian is dangerous because there are demons abroad in the land. Apprentice monk Kai Sen encounters Skybright when she slips out of the family compound to visit her beloved forest. She was found there as a baby and taken in by the Yuan family, raised to be Zhen Ni's handmaid, but was more like a sister.

Skybright inevitably learns that she's not just an orphan rescued from the forest, but is actually half demon herself.
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2017-03-15
Hidden Figures
349 pages
Shetterley, Margot LeeMargot Lee Shetterley

"Computers" are people, mostly women, many black, who do calculations with the aid of mechanical calculators. They work for engineers whose job is to make flying safer, faster and more efficient. They work tirelessly to win World War II. Then their mission changes when the Russians launch Sputnik. NASA is born and the push is on. This is the story of the struggle to be the best one can be in spite of the Jim Crow laws of the state of Virginia. It is the story of the inexorable advance of aeronautic and space science and of those who do the math to get astronauts into orbit and safely home. It is also the story of the inexorable advance from obscurity that the black, female computers made to become recognized for their math skills, engineering prowess and indomitable human spirit.
Highest Recommendation

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2017-02-01
Children of Time
471 pages
Tchaikovsky, AdrianAdrian Tchaikovsky

An arc ship from a poisoned Earth approaches a terraformed world hoping to colonize. An Old Empire sentinel satellite is circling the planet and is warning them off.

This excellent story weaves biology, social interaction and "first contact" science fiction themes with excellent effect.
Highest Recommendation

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2017-01-14
Remnants of Trust
528 pages
Bonesteel, ElizabethElizabeth Bonesteel

Carrying a convicted ship's captain, a Central Corps starship is attacked with a high loss of life. The Galileo, her captain Greg Foster and chief of engineering Elena Shaw go after the Syndicate raiders who masterminded the attack. Elena and Greg struggle with their relationship. This series seems to be a mix of romance genre and space opera.
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2017-01-05
The Cold Between
416 pages
Bonesteel, ElizabethElizabeth Bonesteel

This book is a first novel, and it also a crisply written space opera. Very well developed characters and a driving story. I am looking forward to more.
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