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Author Interview: Brenda Cooper

Today I am interviewing Brenda Cooper, author of the new sci-fi collection, Stories of Fremont’s Children, which is currently being funded on Kickstarter to co-incide with the 10th Anniversary Release of her award-winning novel, The Silver Ship and the Sea.

All of the stories are set in the same world as The Silver-Ship and the Sea.

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DJ: Hey Brenda! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For this interview, on the first part I’d like to focus on the novels, then for the second, I’d like to talk about the Kickstarter in particular.

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Brenda Cooper:  I’m fascinated with technology and how it works, a rabid environmentalist, lately a bit of an activist, and I love reading and writing.  I live in Washington State on an acre and a half of beautiful land. We have two grown-up children and four dogs, three of which are smarter than we are (they’re border collies).

DJ: What is The Silver Ship and the Sea about?

Brenda:  The story is about six genetically enhanced children who are abandoned on a planet that hates genetic engineering.  So in that way, it’s a story of the other.  The series also explores what it is to be human, various definitions of family, and the cost of war. There are three books, with a fourth to come.  The first is out, and hopefully the other three will release in 2018.

DJ: What were some of the inspirations for The Silver Ship and the Sea?

Brenda: It was written during the run-up to the Iraq war, and so it became a bit of an anti-war novel.  Unlike some of books which address war directly (and in fact this series does do so in the last book), The Silver Ship and the Sea illustrates the cost of conflict.  It’s also a chance to explore the costs of choosing to embrace or reject technology. Lastly, I really just wanted to create an interesting world.  Fremont has fabulous creatures, wandering scientists, dangerous volcanoes, and more. Continue reading

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Top Reads of 2016! 4 Star Books

Throughout the months of February and March, I will posting various “best of” lists, ranging from  my top 5, 4.5 and 4 star reads of 2016, to the best quotes, and my favorite foodie quotes!

Today, I am happy to announce my…

Top Reads of 2016! 4 Star Books


 4. Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C. Ward

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About the Book:

Hundreds of years ago a nanotech virus nearly wiped out humanity. The kernel of that technology has been locked in a buried military and guarded from warlords and tyrants by a class of sentries. Divemaster Rushing Stenson and his wife Star thought their journey underground would lead to the discovery of the ancient city of Danvar. Instead, they resurrected a power perfect for the tyrant that put them there. He plans to use this self replicating technology to rebuild America and give life eternal to those loyal to his empire.

In Scavenger: A.I., Rush, Star and their crew of survivors see an opportunity to use this power to defend their new territory and rewrite the course of their lives and country in a way that would make their children proud. However, as they discover the oddities of this power, it may be too late to reverse the evolution they’ve seen within. And some aren’t interested even if they could. Even if what they’re becoming is too much like the tyrants they’re fighting.

As the nanotech and infusion of the power source they’ve uncovered changes Rush and Star, they are tempted with the chance of bringing their deceased newborn back to life. Will this child be the one they knew, and if not, how far into dangerous territory will they go to force what shouldn’t be?

Inspired by the world of Sand by Hugh Howey and written with his permission. This stand alone series takes the action of Mad Max: Fury Road and injects it into a hostile environment catered to fans of Alien.

My Rating: 4/5

Why You Should Read It: Timothy C. Ward has talent for writing sympathetic characters and creating imaginative sci-fi technology.

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Author Interview: Brenda Cooper

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Today I am interviewing Brenda Cooper, award-winning author of the new dystopian, science-fiction novel, POST. Brenda is a technology professional, a futurist, and a writer.

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DJ: Hey Brenda! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Brenda Cooper: I’m a westerner – I grew up in California and then migrated north to Washington State, where trees and water and wild things surround me. I’m near Seattle, which is one of the best cities in the nation. I have over ten novels out, and well over 50 stories, and a fistful of poems. I love writing, dogs, and wrestling with the future in my work.

DJ: What is POST about?

Brenda: POST is about a journey and an incredible and unexpected friendship.

DJ: What were some of your influences for POST?

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Brenda: For one, it’s a conversation with Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I hated The Road. Oh, it’s brilliantly written and touching, but it’s also unrelentingly dark. So I set out to write a travel story that’s lighter and brighter, in spite of the fact that there are dark people and dark events in POST. At heart, I’m an optimist, and I wanted to create an optimistic take on a future that we may very well face.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?

Brenda: The two main characters are Sage and Monday. Fun fact: The working title for the book was “Sage Monday.”

Sage grew up in a completely insular community where she was hidden from the world and taken care of. She knows a lot about plants, and notices things about the natural world. She is also quite curious and stupidly naïve. Her curiosity drives her to leave her safe place and follow an airplane to find out about the world. Monday, on the other hand, grew up in tough towns and knows far more about threats and how to deal with them. Monday starts out trying to ditch Sage, but then Monday herself gets into trouble…. Continue reading

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Book Review & Giveaway: Spear of Light (The Glittering Edge #2) by Brenda Cooper

Spear of Light (Glittering Edge #2) by Brenda Cooper

Publisher: Pyr

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Edition: Paperback, 320 pages

Genre: Science-Fiction

Rating: 4/5


The Glittering Edge duology is a must read sci-fi series. 
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Top 9 Published Books in 2015!

Throughout the month of January (more like February now, I guess), I will posting various “best of” lists, ranging from the best books I read that were published in 2015, to my top 5 and 4 stars reads of 2015, to the best short fiction of 2015, and to my favorite foodie quotes!

Today, I am happy to announce my…

Top 9 Published Books in 2015!


9. Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan

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About the Book:

Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Why You Should Read It: If you’re looking for a series with a strong female protagonist – look no further! This series is for you! Plus, DRAGONS.

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Book Review: Edge of Dark (The Glittering Edge #1) by Brenda Cooper

Edge of Dark (The Glittering Edge #1) by Brenda Cooper

Publisher: Pyr

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Edition: Paperback, 399 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: 4.5/5


One of my top books of the year!
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Book Collecting: Update #8

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This month my books came from a few different sources. I won a couple giveaways, actually went out and bought a new release, and of course, hit up my local book outlet sore.
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