What is it about? Claudius wanted to be the first man to reach the stars. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn't... but one thing is certain: It was murder getting there.
The story opens with Claudius drifting alone in space, awaiting rescue and pondering the speck of light he can see in the distance. As events unfold, Claudius continues to drift and get more and more anxious while he thinks back along the paths that led him here, from his possibly-abusive childhood to the mutiny that caused the wreck of his mission.
In alternating chapters, Claudius' chilling story unfolds as the reader delves more deeply into his troubled mind, taking side trips to his high school, and to a mental hospital or institution where Claudius is everyone and everything. In the end, the reader is left to piece together, with Claudius, what world he actually knew.
"Eclipse" is a mind-bending Mobius strip of a science fiction story in the classic Ray Bradbury style, a book that will haunt you after you put it down.
What did I think? Wow, just wow. This short sci-fi/ horror is so different than I have ever read before. You never know what's real or what's not but you just don't care. The writing is terrific and you will think about the story long after you finish. It's one you could read over and over.
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What is it about? "FOR EVERY ACTION There Are Consequences" is not just a murder mystery waiting to be solved, but an emotional journey into the lives of all concerned.
26-year old Pepper Bibeau is an insurance investigator for a company in Wisconsin. She experiences flashbacks after a 12-month deployment in Vietnam with the Army Nurse Corps, and she is beginning to question her decision to have her son raised by relatives in Hawaii.
Pepper is in Chicago investigating an unusual medical claim and running a background check on a life insurance beneficiary who admits to stabbing his wife. These two cases collide when murder, suicide, and a child's drug overdose all aim Pepper in one direction. But the people who should be helping her may be indirectly involved and the more she learns, the more difficult it becomes for her to sort out who's hiding what. After someone slams her head against a brick wall, sending her to the hospital, a homicide detective suggests she drop the insurance investigation and leave town. But her friend is dead and a child remains in a coma. Until Pepper exposes those responsible, she is staying.
What did I think? It's different. I can't say I was entertained throughout but there were so many wonderful things I liked about the story. It takes place in the past and because I never lived in 1968, the descriptions of the past were fascinating. Also, I just loved the description of Chicago and the culture of Hawaii. While parts of the mystery confused me, the action sequences and the deaths were interesting parts in the book.
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