An alternative history about what would have happened if the Ottoman Empire had not fallen. Cool world building.
The Lady Astronaut series, book 2. Preparations for a trip to Mars. Well written, fascinating alternate history of a group of astronauts and their trip to Mars. Warning, detailed description of being ill in zero gravity. Be prepared. Great series so far. Looking forward to the next one.
#BFCR4 Week 1 check-in! This was an inauspicious start to the challenge, since I was fighting a cold. I had such low energy—I only managed 2 walks & didn‘t make it to the gym. And I counted a lot of herbal tea as water intake! I did complete the tagged book & also realized that it‘s okay to give myself credit for things I‘m already doing (i.e. the herbal tea!) instead of always trying to add on more to do. #runningonreading #bookfitnesschallenge
I started this last night, and two pet peeves from the first book reared their heads rather quickly: a rocket-launch double entendre (my pet peeve) on the third page, and a martini reference (my husband‘s pet peeve) on the fourth page. 😬 I wonder if keeping a running tally of these (or playing a drinking game) might be in order? 😂
This is book 2 in the Under the Northern Skies trilogy. I think I loved this book even more than the first one. This is really an alternate history medieval setting rather than actual fantasy. There's no magic here, just 3 living hominid species on an alternate England fighting for supremacy. Lots of politics, culture, and war strategy.
In book 2 of The Lady Astronaut series Elma York, our MC, finds herself on the inaugural launch team after a last-minute switch in personnel. The book spends about half the time leading up to the launch deciding who goes and who stays, all while dealing with race relations and gender roles applicative to the 1960s. The other half is spent on the actual launch and travel to Mars. Lots of delving into character relationships. Highly recommended!