Book Review | #whoaretheclan | “This Gulf of Time and Stars” (Book No.1 of the Reunification trilogy) by Julie E. Czerneda #FuellYourSciFi with Jorie!

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Acquired Book By: I was invited to participate in Julie E. Czerneda’s #futurespasttour wherein I am continuing my readings of The Clan Chronicles where I left off last November. I participated in the #timeandstarstour on behalf of the seventh volume of The Clan Chronicles ‘This Gulf of Time and Stars’. I reached out to the author to sort out a way to read her entire series spilt between two trilogies: Stratification (the prequel) and The Trade Pact (inaugural trilogy) which launched the series as a whole. She offered to have DAW Books send me the series in paperback editions which I was blessed to receive and would have finished reading if I had hadn’t taken ill shortly after I read “A Thousand Words for Stranger”. Due to personal reasons between the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, I was not able to continue my readings until now. I have spent a lot of hours contemplating what ‘comes next’.

This year, I reached out to her publicist at DAW (at the author’s suggestion) to receive “The Gate to Futures Past” to conclude the scope of the series ahead of the final novel. I spoke to Ms Czerneda about completing my readings of her beautifully conceived hard sci-fi series by releasing my reviews of the books in graduated succession during the #futurespasttour; she agreed it would be a great way to celebrate. Therefore, ‘Ties of Power’ kicks off my showcases on Monday, 22nd of August, followed by ‘To Trade the Stars’ on Tuesday, 30th August finishing ‘the Trade Pact Universe’ trilogy. I am anchouring the Reunification reviews together on 4th & 5th of September. Right in time for #PubDay!

I received a complimentary ARC copy of ‘This Gulf of Time and Stars’ the first novel the final trilogy of The Clan Chronicles known as Reunification; in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts shared herein.

On where we left off into The Clan Chronicles:

As I disclosed on my review of Reap the Wild Wind this is my first reading of the works by Julie E. Czerneda. This is my continuing journey deep into the heart of The Clan Chronicles whilst conversing on Twitter via the tag #whoaretheclan. Occasionally alternating with #TheClanChronicles and #futurespasttour.

I don’t believe it will come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the stories I love reading and sharing here on my blog Jorie Loves A Story, that when I find a strong relationship embedded inside the central arc of narrative, I am one reader who is inspired by how the relationship can become as addictive to observe growing in strength inasmuch as the rest of the breadth of the story itself! For me, personally, I love finding characters to root for and get behind – even if those characters are not necessarily a favourite at ‘first meeting’ – sometimes you find they warm to you after a further acquaintance is granted to you. You could say, my appreciation and support for Barac was slow to generate but now he’s become one of the secondary lead characters I’ve enjoyed seeing expand in-depth of place and person throughout the Clan Chronicles. Ruti on the other hand was such a sweet surprise addition!

There is a new character (Ruti) of whom I felt had the most interesting sub-focus in the novel, as her story is very Clan-like in it’s telling – cast into a new experience without knowing too much about what to expect ahead of time (even though for most generations ahead of her, they were given a bit more leeway of feeling more secure about this transitional period) whilst being offered a choice of freedom that most were not granted of her kind. She came from a homeworld of the Clan who refused to abide by Clan rules and regulations; in other words, they were more rebelliously rogue than the oft-times reserved Clan who shied from inter-species co-habitation. Ruti did not have an easy path to walk, but what I liked the most about her was her self-determined grit to make the most out of her situations; including warming up to Huido whose a formidable foe to most! She was the kind of character you’d consider the underdog and were especially grateful to have met!

Barac – Sira’s Cousin who up until this point in time seemed to flounder and cast himself adrift to wherever the next transport would take him, finally finds his inner compass of purpose! This was in-part inspired by Sira, then further nudged into action by the Drapsk but it’s finally his own conviction and trust of his Clan’s intuition that saved his soul so to speak in the end! I must say, I never quite felt motivated to seeing what would become of Barac until this time round – as truly, I felt as if I had seen him in such a different light of awareness as to find the benefit of his presence! He’s not the easiest Clansman to understand but at his core, his values and his goals are relatable to everyone whose a singleton. Part of his distemper and personal anguish was brewing below the surface of his blood out of a loneliness that he tried to suppress even from his own conscious thoughts! I felt he was vindicated in some ways and given a chance to mature into his truer calling wherein he found his happiness was not as far off as he once imagined! I love when characters who are succumbing to such dramatic spirals of self-pity are happily surprised by how life can change when they least expect it ever could!

-quoted from my review of To Trade the Stars

I knew by the time I would start to enter into the cycle of the Clan’s evolving history inside Reunification, there would be a pull-back from focusing a bit on the individual story-lines and a re-shift of focus on the Clan as a whole. It is not only necessary but paramount to their survival – as everything we’ve found out about the Clan thus far afield is about to change once more – for how could we know all there is to know about them, when they themselves have been locked inside a sealed vacuum of non-memory!? The Clan felt they should remove their memories and the trace of their past ancestor lives from their minds, but in truth, it’s this stark absence of ‘self’ and ‘society’ histories that has led them into dangerous waters!

Even knowing this, I was still prepared for more forthcoming knowledge of what comes of Ruti & Barac as much as I had the prime joy of finding out what became of Sira and Jason (Morgan)! There are certain characters who you find a lead-way into their lives,… characters of whom give you traction and curiosity, whilst (at times) not the sole focus of a series such as this one. There is such a girth of story bubbling to the surface throughout the Clan Chronicles – so much to enrich your imagination, species to track and boundaries of both time & space to keep aware of whilst you dig further into the tome of where a three trilogy series can span itself into a beloved saga!

My apprehension to begin Reunification was palpable – not only because I knew I was on the very fringe of needing to find a way to say ‘good-bye’ to this world and the characters who felt so very real to me as I read their adventures; but because I also knew, there were far more insidious manoeuvres at play – where everyone was going to be tested for the strength and will to carry-on once the secrets were revealed and the truth let out the conspiratorial subterfuge.

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Book Review | #whoaretheclan | “This Gulf of Time and Stars” (Book No.1 of the Reunification trilogy) by Julie E. Czerneda #FuellYourSciFi with Jorie!This Gulf of Time and Stars
Subtitle: A Novel of The Clan Chronicles : Reunification No.1
by Julie E. Czerneda
Illustrator/Cover Designer: Matt Stawicki
Source: Direct from Publisher

Synopsis on the Back Cover:

To save their world, the most powerful of the Om'ray left their homes, transporting themselves into the void on Passage. They left behind all memory of their past, knowing only that they must make new lives for themselves among Humans.

Calling themselves the Clan, they settled among Humanity, hiding in plain sight, using their ability to slip past normal space to travel where they wished, using their ability to control minds to ensure their place and security.

They are no longer hidden.

For the Clan face a crisis. Their reproduction is tied to individual power, and their latest generation of females, Choosers, are too strong to safely mate. Their attempt to force others to help failed until Sira di Sarc, their leader and the most powerful of their kind ever born, successfully joined with a human, Jason Morgan, a starship captain and telepath. With Morgan, Sira forged the first peace between her kind and the Trade Pact. Together, they now search for an answer.

But it is a peace about to shatter. Those the Clan have controlled all these years will rise against them. Her people dying around her, war about to consume the Trade Pact, Sira will be left with only one choice.

She must find the way back.
And take the Clan home.

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ISBN: 9780756408695

Also by this author: Reap the Wild Wind, Riders of the Storm, Rift in the Sky, A Thousand Words for Stranger, Ties of Power, To Trade the Stars, Julie E. Czerneda Interview (#futurespasttour), The Gate to Futures Past, Guest Post (Web Shifters series) by Julie E. Czerneda, Guest Post: Julie E. Czerneda (Clan Chronicles Finale Tour), To Guard Against the Dark

Also in this series: The Gate to Futures Past, To Guard Against the Dark

Genres: Science Fiction

Published by DAW Books

on 3rd November, 2015

Format: Paperback ARC

Pages: 464

 Published By: DAW Books (@DAWBooks)
an imprint of Penguin Group USA

Cover art by Matt Stawicki | Site | Facebook

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Series Synopsis and Overview:

The Clan Chronicles is set in a far future with interstellar travel where the Trade Pact encourages peaceful commerce among a multitude of alien and Human worlds. The alien Clan, humanoid in appearance, have been living in secrecy and wealth on Human worlds, relying on their innate ability to move through the M’hir and bypass normal space. The Clan bred to increase that power, only to learn its terrible price: females who can’t help but kill prospective mates. Sira di Sarc is the first female of her kind facing that reality. With the help of a Human starship captain, Jason Morgan, Sira must find a morally acceptable solution before it’s too late. But with the Clan exposed, her time is running out. The Stratification trilogy follows Sira’s ancestor, Aryl Sarc, and shows how their power first came to be as well as how the Clan came to live in the Trade Pact. The Trade Pact trilogy is the story of Sira and Morgan, and the trouble facing the Clan.

Reunification will conclude the series and answer, at last, #whoaretheclan.

Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback and Ebook

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About Julie E. Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda Photo Credit: Roger Czerneda Photography

Since 1997, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has shared her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction, writing about shapechanging semi-immortals, terraformed worlds, salmon researchers, and the perils of power. Her fourteenth novel from DAW Books was her debut fantasy, A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel, and now Book One of her Night`s Edge series.

She began her first fantasy series: Night’s Edge with A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel. A Play of Shadow followed, winning the 2015 Aurora. While there’ll be more fantasy, Julie’s back in science fiction to complete her Clan Chronicles series. Reunification #1: This Gulf of Time and Stars, came out in 2015. #2: The Gate to Futures Past released September, 2016. Volume #3: To Guard Against the Dark, follows October 2017.

An award-winning editor as well, Julie’s edited/co-edited sixteen anthologies of SF/F, including the Aurora winning Space Inc. and Under Cover of Darkness. Her most recent anthology is the 2017 Nebula Award Showcase, published May 2017, a singular honour.

Next out will be an anthology of original stories set in her Clan Chronicles series: Tales from Plexis, out in 2018. When not jumping between wonderful blogs, Julie’s at work on something very special: her highly anticipated new Esen novel, Search Image (Fall 2018).

Biography updated November 2017
Photo Credit: Roger Czerneda Photography

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On how the Clan had to find a way to survive:

Throughout my readings of the Clan Chronicles, there has been that line in the sand – where you recognise where the Clan has erred on ethical and moral lines of being in-just and reprehensible in their tactics to live in a system of the universe they barely understood let alone accepted as a place to co-habitat with those who were already established. There were many things they elected to do that in effect were not quite kosher for any of the species they encountered and in some ways, brought with it a deep seeded reproach for their actions to be condemned if not outlawed. This was the difficult path they set down for themselves – how to blend-in but also how to succeed at living in a culture of traders and species who live both on and offworld from each other?

I recognised they were too limited in experience to understand the greater scope of some of their actions, but for the assaults they took against others like their own talent (i.e. the human telepaths) or those with lesser abilities, I knew those actions would foretell their own doomed fate at some point, as you cannot oppress a whole species for generations not to have one of those descendants find fault with the outcomes. Not every Clanwoman and man felt these needs were considered just within the Trade Pact universe but for those that deemed ‘all action being beneficial to the Clan’ it became a legacy that would inflict distance and fear from humans who sought to remove the Clan rather than find a compromise to continue living amongst them.

Your conflicted and torn between both threads of the serial focus for the Clan; as on one hand, you want to see the Clan survive but on the other, you don’t want them to ‘take all against the will of the individual’.

My Review of This Gulf of Time and Stars:

Not one to rest on laurels, Czerneda digs straight into the conspiracy to take down the Clan; a secret meeting and a homage in a way towards their originating site of Stonerim III – these crafty conspirators have vengeance in their hearts and blood on their tongues. They seek bloodshed and war, not forgiveness and acceptance of differences; nor even retribution; for them, there is only one exit for the Clan and it’s beyond what a compassionate society should ever seek to do; destroy an entire race out of spite. They have found ways to use tech to their advantage, leveraging supposition with pieces of truth, churning their vile discontent for the Clan into a pure hatred fuelling their desire to reclaim what they feel is their universal destiny. Each of them has a portion of what is needed to pull off their future acts against the Clan; whilst Czerneda also used this entrance to explain how Marcus Bowman and Enforcer Bowman are generationally connected to the Clan.

It wouldn’t be quite the same if we hadn’t found ourselves back on Plexis arriving at the grand opening of Huido’s restaurant on the very eve of a surprise party for Ruti and Barac! I was so overwhelmed with the joy of this event – as it brought together the different customs of both human and Clan. An event inspired by Jason to show his beloved Sira how humans like to cluster around special events within a family and how being family can be re-defined by those of whom you are most closely bonded rather than direct bloodline. This was a moment of his humanity trying to show the Clan there is more to living than isolation and a breakage of family bonds once a woman becomes a Chooser. I felt it was a tender moment for all of them; seeing how much their affection for each other could be visually seen and celebrated. It was not thwart without a bit of comedy, though! Huido’s nephew has returnt and he nearly steals the scenes for his (unintentional) comedic timing! You just have to smile and let yourself giggle at how Tanyo observes what is in front of him! In so many ways, he’s quite immature but he has this way about him that gives you a warmth of appreciation for his innocence, too.

Ruti’s affectionate surprise and the humbling effect of the love pouring out to her and Barac was catching! Jason out-shined himself for giving his newfound family a reason to believe in celebrations where everyone could participate and share in the joy together! I was so moved and touched by the details of this surprise party – there were subtle gifts exchanged that meant more to the expecting parents than anything of higher value whilst there were touching moments of how each gift given in turn would light up Ruti and Barac’s faces with unknown depths of happiness! Their union and their new journey into parenthood was not the easiest of paths to walk – they never expected such support and outpour of affection from their family and it was so wicked wonderful how Czerneda surprised not only this couple who deserved all that they received but the reader; of whom like me, only wanted to see them happy!

On the outside circle of love encasing the surprised couple, Sira was noting there were things awash in the larger scope of things that she was not yet aware of. Things that could turn the tides on this event to being one of sombering pause, but as she has in the past managed to find compartments for her fears, anxieties and concerns, so too, did she display strength in the face of uncertainty now. I think even Bowman was surprised by the mirth of her will to embrace this moment even if something else should warrant her attention. The whole scene and affair was seriously one of my favourites in the series – it broke down the barriers between human and Clan, whilst hinting at how a future could be carved out of such uncertain odds.

Are we ever quite prepared!? As a sensitive reader, who grows quite attached to characters and the stories they live inside – I find myself full of emotions when harm befalls characters’ of whom whose lives I’ve been so engrossed in reading about; even their innermost circle of family and friends get my full support! I was forewarned – the author clearly receptive I might struggle to face Reunification. Her precognitive and acutely accurate forewarning to brace my heart was aptly stated! It wasn’t until after the attack on Plexis, I fully understood the plans set in motion against the Clan! I think part of me on some level was hoping this couldn’t come to be – there would be something to stop the calamity before it even began; however futile this was to think! The Prelude foretells this installment’s anguished grief and high levels of loss – but even that, is merely the tipping stone of what this is revealling towards the greater truth of where we are now with the Clan!

On the surface, of course, I recognised what might be forthcoming – never a stranger to war dramas as in that vein I have had a bevy of stories alight in my mind’s eye where innocent lives were lost out of hate and intolerance; where souls blackened by the discontempt for others different from their own culture; sparking action or calculated attacks where victims would fall and the cries of the anguished pain nearly crippling the survivors would echo long after everything turnt calm again. Evenso. I was unprepared. Plain and simple truth. The Clan was being hunted – with such a fierce accuracy that they could not retreat – not without further causalities. The loss of their dead uncountable – as although the numbers of those who survived the first round of the attacks were known, the deeper loss was not something you could observe.

The imprinted legacies of who they were by family or partnership (including their special closeness known as heart-kin; not limited to partners or sisters; but the strength of connection) had severed from existence. Their very light of life was being snuffed out like the callused hand wicking out the flame of a candle. No thought to the burn of their fingers only the destruction of the light. Someone was feeding on the darkness, consumed by revenge and unable to stop what had begun; not that he cared, his own clock of life ticking down on its own accord. A man who had nothing left to lose, took down the Clan without remorse.

My eyes felt stung with shock, my heart full of splintered sorrows, as my own anger matched Sira’s as I too, wanted her to find a way to survive this horrid nightmare! The Clan wasn’t without their faults as foresaid, but the actions taken against them were cowardly and absolute. They never stood trial and the guilty amongst them died beside the innocent. No one was meant to be left standing. Your wretched inside and out, knowing their had to be a better way to address the issues. Even if they had to be accountable – surely the method could have been avoided that removed the sanctity of all sentient life?!

Frantic reassurances of heart-kin messages were greeted by the enlarging loss which blanketed through the M’hir as more and more Clan woke up to the horrific reality of what had happened. The chasm of loss was so deep and so invasive, no one was left unaffected. Further gutting was the fact some of the Clan who fled to live for tomorrow were greeted by death only due to trusting their contacts would protect them by aiding their flight. This too, was horribly difficult to read – as your watching beloved characters meet their fates and you’re not in a position to aide them yourself. You simply have to watch. You have to breathe and you have to know there’s a reason for it all. There has to be a light at the end of this brutal tunnel of reverse fortunes and of cataclysmic loss.

Miram (Sira’s mother) and her sympathisers who have abandoned living by Trade Pact rules, have instead gone back to a more practical approach to living. They lived humbly and worked as tradesman, earning honest livings. They were humble in their abodes and manner of interactions within their chosen communities, yet they harboured a secret from those they lived amongst all the same! In this, they were very Clannish! Hidden in plain sight (although creatively withdrawn from your view through everyday camouflage) they started to uncover more of their ancestors artifacts and the secrets carried from within them. All of this was buried in time, far below the city and with the added benefit of a loss of memories to properly understand what they were finding! Despite these obstacles and the inbound threat on their lives, it was their direct intent to communicate with their dead if only to understand their origins (here this refers to their search for Cersi; a place yet named and known to this generation of Clan). They felt convinced this was the right course of action to take and thus, were stubbornly committed to the cause.

A prime example of the past repeating history is the Clan’s method of using vessels to reincarnate their dead – it’s one of the Ancient methods the Clan would use to bring forth new life through the passing of another to once more walk amongst them. It’s not without its dangers and it’s one part of the Clan’s history that was fraught with difficulties if not the uncertainty of how using this method would cross-effect their futures. On paper as they say everything looks smashing but in reality?

Concurrent to all of this being realised to Sira – we find Huido (good ole’ reliable Huido!) is such a crafty bloke to have as a friend; even better as the unexpected hero of your story (if you were Jason Morgan!). Jason learnt how much Huido believed in their friendship and the brotherly bond they had endured through everything that had come to pass between them (and the Clan). What truly held my breath in my chest was how dire the situation turnt to the extreme! Oy, oy! Czerneda knows how to pace the climaxal suspense whilst taking your heart for a ride into the unknown depths of a thriller! There were parts of this story that felt like I was hugged deep inside a nightmaric thriller where nothing felt like it would ever be the same again! Not even a smidgen of normalcy felt possible. The plot churns so thick with nefarious behaviour as an unknown enemy is systematically attempting to erase the Clan!

Stonerim III:

The beginning and the end of the Clan. The indent locate of all the Clan in Trade Pact space would have the most surprise of all for Sira, Jason and their motley crew of survivors, including Barac and Ruti. In many ways, by returning back to center – from whence all began so long ago, they were able to re-walk the path and re-align once again with Cersi. It’s simply natural for them to feel inclined to go here – the strongest imprint they have is how Stonerim III has secrets of its own to share with them. The hardest part was trusting what their instincts told them and if they were personally willing to believe without refuted proof what they would attempt would succeed. Yet. At the same time, they were mindful – time had let out, choices were few and there was that situation brewing in darkened tunnels where death marched to greet them if they chose to remain behind.

Bowman, Terk and Whix:

Marcus would be quite proud of (Enforcer) Bowman, as she honoured his request for all Bowman’s to remain overseers in the Clan’s protective core of responders. For theirs was a duty sparked out of the natural protective instincts of Marcus – someone who never wanted ill to come to the Clan, simply because humans were incapable to accept what they did not (necessarily) understood.

Terk and Whix were Bowman’s most trusted colleagues and whilst Bowman went hunting for those of whom tried to cast the Clan out of the Trade Pact region of space, so to, did these valiant men try to do their bit to protect them, too! It was a race to see who would win-out but at the same time, we had small moments where each of the three in turn would express out loud why they felt protecting the Clan was warranted. You had the pleasure of seeing them in a different vein of light and honestly felt a bit differently about how they approached their jobs as Trade Pact Enforcers.

Most surprising of all, is how clever Bowman was in regards to ‘trapping’ the prey she hunted! Her absence of fear and anxiety was a balm to my own which felt like it was going to jump out of my skin just by turning the pages! I was so curious about what I’d find and yet, parts of me felt so very apprehensive to learn what was happening all at the same time!

The stone on the book cover:

I could not quite place what the stone on the cover was implying nor what it’s truer purpose might be in reflection to priming me to understand the scope of this installment in the series as a whole. Then, almost without foreknowledge, the wheels clicked into place even before it was realised on the pages – I sort of noodled out the memories of Cersi and of the prequel trilogy – because similar to the Clan, when your amongst them long enough, you start to ‘forget’ certain things… things that are especially important to remember but become a bit lost in time.

Further appreciation on the collective work known as #TheClanChronicles:

Ms Czerneda precipitated this edition of the Clan’s history and historic surge for survival by explaining in an author’s note about how the very theory that set the stage for the Clan’s key issues during Power of Choice was inspired by her grad studies advisor! I found it fascinating to unearth another piece of (our) Science being used as a tipping stone towards endeavouring her mind to fuse fact and fiction together in such wondrous harmony as to give us a compelling dramatic story to light our minds afire with the Clan! It’s not just a story of survival but of love, sacrifice and the zest of finding one’s wings in a universe that doesn’t lend itself to easy answers to hard questions!

In her Acknowledgements, she mentioned her love and appreciation for her editor Sheila Gilbert of whom has *won!* a Hugo Award this year! (see this celebratory tweet!) I am indebted to her Editor myself – for if she hadn’t seen the breadth of this series within the opening narrative of A Thousand Words for Stranger – none of us would have been blessed by knowing the Clan! I have become so attached to this series, it is truly hard to put into words properly, except for the ones I left behind on the Author Appreciation Day hosted by Little Red Reviewer! All writers are seeking someone who understands their writerly vision and I am wicked thankful Ms Gilbert understood the Clan ahead of all of us who’ve taken the journey since the initial trilogy was published!

I am hoping the finished copies of This Gulf of Time and Space have the Chapter elements, I’ve come to appreciate finding inside my ARC! I love how there is this subtle fusion of Clan tech greeting you as you journey through this section of the Clan’s story! I also agreed with Ms Czerneda about how the new illustrator Mr Stawicki has captured Sira’s hair with such a curious sensibility towards knowing exactly how her hair behaves and asserts itself.

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Due to thunderstorms & heavy rains, my reviews have been posting later in the day than earlier in the morning. I have especially been fond of the time I could take to have with the clan; savouring the stories and the memories i’ve made now, whilst fully absorbed inside this part of the clan’s history. my heart is overcome by my readings.

In regards to why this review is posting tonight rather than as previously scheduled on *Thursday!* let’s just say, I had a bit of an issue arise from the last lightning storm – it quite literally killed my computer! Oy vie. Despite that epic loss, I was blessed to replace my computer quite quickly (two days after the dear thing passed on!) and began resuming to blog where I had unfortunately left off deep inside where Reunification began! Ergo, I’m off-schedule – yet, I’ve been reading quite a heap!

wicked sweet news: #whoaretheclan Interview: SUNDAY, 4th of September is the day I share my conversation with Ms Czerneda!!

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I am also exploring personally selected topics in Science through non-fiction releases that warm my sci-fi bookish heart as they parlay into topics & subjects explored regularly in Hard Sci-Fi which is where my addiction thrives in science fiction as I love the creativity of where hard SF authors take us visually within their brilliantly crafted worlds! Of this group, Julie E. Czerneda re-set the standard for me!

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Sci-Fi Month 2016 is a month-long event to celebrate science fiction hosted by Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow. You can join the event here, follow the event on Twitter via the official @SciFiMonth Twitter account, or the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth. Participants already signed into the event this year can be found here!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

"I write my heart out and own my writing after it has spilt out of the pen." - self quote (Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story)

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