December 22, 2012

A Galactic Holiday - Review

Book Blurb
Do androids dream of electric sugar plums?

A detective who refuses to modify her body teams up with her cyborg rival to track down a burglar who is putting toys into homes. A solitary ice miner finds love and friendship while stranded on the surface of Galileo. And two hardheaded negotiators put their differences aside to evade an assassin and save their planets. Enjoy these visions of Christmases yet to come with three science-fiction novellas from Carina Press.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

How the Glitch Saved Christmas, by Stacy Gail
Galileo’s Holiday, by Sasha Summers
Winter Fusion, by Anna Hackett

Stories also available for purchase separately.
My Review
I received this from NetGalley for an honest review. This is a collection of three short stories about the future and some off planet Christmas stories. Each one is charming in it's own way and i enjoyed all three of them.

How the Glitch Saved Christmas by Stacy Gail 
Reina Vedette is the only person left in her police department with no modifications. She doesn't want them and they can't make her get them. They can move her down the ranks and that is what they do. When a strange break in case happens she gets paired with Edison Wicke. He has had the improvements making him stronger and in a way part computer. He is everything she is against but she has always been attractive to him. They must work together to solve the mystery of a Santa Claus in a time when there is no Santa anymore. Working together just may bring them close together maybe closer than Reina wants to be.

This is a great story. I love the concept of it and the two main characters are fantastic together. Each in their own way fighting for what they believe is right. The story is wonderful and fast paced. The ending at first I thought was going to make me sad but the author did a great job finishing the story.

Galileo’s Holiday by Sasha Summers 
Riley is an ice miner and seems to be stuck on an ice planet after raiders destroy her ship. She gets saved by Leo. He takes her back to the community that lives on the planet and she finds herself surrounded by some very nice people who have a strange custom for the holidays she doesn't know much about. As things heat up between Riley and Leo they find themselves in danger as raiders are headed towards the community. They must work together to save the people Riley has come to like and who Leo loves. It may just cost them more than they think to save the community maybe even there lives.

I liked this story but it wasn't my favorite. I think I wanted more and even being a short story it felt lacking in something. It was still good just not great. I liked the tradition the community had and I liked Leo and Riley together.

Winter Fusion by Anna Hackett
Brinn Fjord is in negotiations with the man she has known to hate for years. He set her planet back years ago and she knows he can do it again. Savan Bardan knows he has his hands full trying to work out an agreement with Brinn. He in a way cost her father his life. He does want the crystals her planet has to offer and wants to work out some ind of deal with her. The two must try and get along and work out a deal but someone doesn't want them to and tries to kill them. Trying to save themselves they find they are attracted to each other even knowing they shouldn't be together. It is an impossible attraction but they do have to find a way to safety before they worry about any future they may have.

This was a good story. I did get drawn into this world and really liked the characters. The action was always going and I liked the chemistry between the two main characters. Very nice quick read.

If you are looking for a different holiday read you may try this one. You can enjoy it even if it isn't the holiday time. I did like Winter Fusion and How the Glitch Saved Christmas more than Galileo’s Holiday but they are all still good quick reads. You get to see different worlds and some fantastic characters. Be sure to give this a try.
4 out of 5 Bats ~Pam

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