"This trip was a change of pace I enjoyed"
FARTHEST SPACE: THE WRATH OF JAN by Ellen Fisher
Captain Steven McNeill is captivated by his new Noo'dis't
Communications Officer S'ansi. Having served five years
with Steven, Science Officer Vaish was obsessed with her
Captain; even if he is an ass. When their Alliances
flagship is taken over by terrorists, the pair are dumped
on a lonely planet...or so they thought!
Ellen Fisher has written a fun space age story that really
struck me as a cross between "Star Trek" and "Galaxy
Quest". Steven needed an eye opener and ending up on an
uninhabited planet...populated with enormous saber-tooth
cats. Steven thinks he is the intergalactic gift to women,
so I was surprised after only one day Vaish eased up on
him. However they are faced with a mutual hidden
attraction and the only two people on the planet.
About the title: THE WRATH OF JAN, well Jan is one angry
woman...she tried to take over the universe and was
thwarted by our sexy captain -- as well as dumped on an
uninhabited planet with 100 angry followers. So Jan is out
for a little revenge.
I greatly enjoyed the other novel I'd read by Ellen Fisher
and this was no different. FARTHEST SPACE was a fun, sexy
story that while campy and making many cultural
references, I found very enjoyable.
EARTH GIRLS AREN'T EASY by Jaide Fox
Chyna Lin is a freedom fighter. Or at least she was until
she is captured by the enemy and the planets ruler makes
her an offer: go to prison or have his heir.
Darion wants to create peace between the people, and
taking Chyna as a concubine seems the perfect answer.
However, like all alpha heroes, he doesn't really explain
what he is truly trying to do. The story is appropriately
titled, Chyna is a very determined woman. She falls hard
for her gentle captor who is an exceptional lover but
still feels the need to escape and return to her cause.
This is the first story I've read by Jaide Fox so I have
nothing to compare it with but WOW! With very graphic
language, EARTH GIRLS AREN'T EASY is almost two giant sex
scenes. I was impressed both with the emotions
incorporated between Chyna and Darion and the fact that
even though she is falling hard for him, she still tries
to escape; twice, with very interesting results.
While a little too racy for this reader, I did enjoy the
story between Chyna and Darion and wish it had been a
FULLY FUNCTIONAL by Ashley Ladd
Best friends Scott and Gregg have finally done it. They
have built life- like robots with artificial intelligence
and a "smart house" for them to live. After convincing
Scott's little sister Shannon to test everything out, and
against her better judgment, she moves into Greggs newly
re-modeled house complete with a robotic maid, cook and
sex crazed butler.
This was an entertaining and very enjoyable read. Shannon
and Gregg have mutual crushes on each other. This frazzles
both of them because Rafael the butler is so intent on
seducing a not interested Shannon. While the maid Myrtle
seems to have the biggest issue with Shannon, it's
actually the cooking that had me laughing.
Our two characters already have a friendship as well as
mutual attraction. All Shannon and Gregg needed was a
little jealousy and danger to bring love into their lives.
This is the first story I've read by Ashley Ladd and FULLY
FUNCTIONAL really needs to get edited. Regardless, this is
my favorite of the four stories.
INTERPLANETARY LOVE by Shelley Munro
When Ekims's sister Rala signs him up for a dating
service, he is matched with Carly, from Earth. The only
thing is, how does Ekim tell Carly the whole truth and
nothing but the truth when Rala lied on his application?
I liked INTERPLANETARY LOVE on so many different levels.
We have the mixing of planets as well as cultures. Ekim
lives on Nidni and is an actor as well as the illustrious
title of the planets greatest lover. Carly, who is a cop,
just wants an honest guy and a good lover.
While the language was a little racy for me, the
relationship that develops between Ekim and Carly is very
sensual and well written. Ekim is tired of his life and
while it may mean loosing his title of the planets
greatest lover, he sees what he can have with a
relationship with Carly. I also liked the role reversal of
the man being the "piece of meat" rather than the woman.
I've never read anything by Shelly Munro and I was
disappointed in the editing here also. However the story
itself is very good.
TRIPPING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE was a change of pace for me.
I enjoyed the stories spun by the contributing authors and
would recommend the book.
Posted December 13, 2005
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted January 12, 2007