My Review of Duchamp versus Einstein by Etan Ifeld and Christopher Hinz

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Blurb: An alien time-traveler ensnared in Earth’s 20th century plots her escape by changing humanity’s fate, and not for the better. But her strange encounters with Marcel Duchamp and Albert Einstein take an unexpected turn when she realizes she’s pregnant.

My Review:

This is a novella that requires a lot of philosophical thinking once you’ve read the book. It hints at the backdrop of humanity’s insane desire for conflict. This novella is perfect for reading with the Orville’s soundtrack which you can find on youtube.

At some point, I think the novella should have been a hundred and twenty pages longer to give Stella’s POV. I really wanted to know what kind of alien creature Stella was. The authors could have maybe had her as a mythical creature from Greek Mythology that in reality was purely something else. I got this vibe often. The historical elements of the characters weren’t certainly wasted, and they were well defined. I did get an idea that Einstein and Duchamp were often aware of this parallel existance they had with Stella, but I would have wanted to seen more questioning. Where I think they needed to add twenty pages was to discuss the philosophy of warfare and contrast it with Indian Philosophy, expressely the Bhagavad Gita. The quote, I am become death, the destroyer of worlds was a very moving statement that was recorded more than 3000 years ago. I myself cannot hold claim to the knowledge that Duchamp and Einstein possesed. I can certainly understand their motives. That being said, if this was a short story, or a Netflix short movie, it would be a philosophical debate about humanity and it’s desire to ensure conflict.

Overall, my rating is a solid 4/5. It needed more pages, but def do not miss this.

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My Review of Crimson DeathBringer by Sean Robins

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Blurb:

 The Akakies, a peaceful, technologically advanced alien species known as “the galaxy’s pranksters,” are under attack by the Xortaags, a vicious military race bent on conquering the universe. The Xortaags are deadly, but Tarq, the Akakies’ chief strategist and legendary shadow master, has a plan.

     Meanwhile on Earth, Jim, a wise-cracking, movie-quoting, OCD-suffering fighter pilot, is about to propose to his girlfriend Liz when his childhood friend Kurt shows up at his house, injured and covered in blood. Kurt is a freedom fighter/super- assassin hunted by a brutal military dictatorship’s security forces. Soon after, Jim, Liz and Kurt’s lives are set to crash with a galactic war that threatens the very existence of the human race.

     Can our heroes save humanity from the wrath of an overwhelming enemy?

     The Crimson Deathbringer seamlessly blends breathtaking action sequences with mischievous humor. If you are a science fiction/space opera fan, this book, with its memorable characters, formidable antagonist and Game of Thrones style shocking moments, is written especially for you.

My Review:

Crimson Deathbringer….

What do I say about this novel?

Bursting with references to nail biting alines and Star Trek and Winterfell, this novel is a sketch of Monty Python with some serious hamming and is a funny if not definitive novel that could easily be adapted into a TV series. It has the potential of Firefly and Warhammer 40k mixed together. I did feel the Xortagg’s needed a bit more development in the characteristics of their race. Some of the best scenes came from their point of view. General Maada? A unique character that reminds me of the stocism of General Robert E Lee and Marshall Suchett and Marshall Davout, two of Napoleon’s best and under-used Generals. They do not often get enough attention. General Maada on the other hand is blessed with military power, wit, and the potential to become a villian turning into a hero. I sometimes felt he really abhored the killings he did, and was serving his state. For the Prince of the Xortagg, Maada is just another useful idiot. If it is one thing that fools in power did, was finding competent generals and using them to fight for country and state when they didn’t need too. The Japanese Empire in WW2 had plenty of Generals/Soldiers that abhored the violent massacares, and there are many in this book, but we never got to see their viewpoint.

The Akakie, or I shall now name them as the Nail Biting Aliens are some of the most funniest aliens in the universe. They’re pranksters. But they should learn from human children. They’re like…the parody version of the Orville’s Alien species. This is watching A Race to the Galaxy, oh no wait, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This is exactly the correct comparison this should be compared too. It is funny, it is cruel, it will make you tear up, it will make you feel for the characters and make you wish why isn’t this a video-game already? I did not get enough understanding of the Earth’s Governments, but this is a sci-fi novel wrapped in a series of circles going back and forth. It’s crazy! It has all the literal dreams a sci-fi fan could want. Star Trek? Yes indeed. The Orville’s better though, it’s literally Star Trek in a different fan-fiction universe. Jim Harrison – one of the most craziest people on the planet, but I have a grudging respect for this guy.

All I can say the writing is great, the prose is great, although I wish we would travel more in space than earth. Has gore and all that, but it is a like some sorta Netflix series. Something in this novel is…awesome! Can’t wait to read book 2! This book is also on KU and my rating is a solid 5/5

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