Friday, September 26, 2014

REVIEW: Killgrace Blog Tour

Title: Killgrace
Author: C.Price
Subtitle: And the Singular Situation
Pages: 65
Date Published: 2013
Publisher: Ragged Angel Ltd
Format: epub edition
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Solar winds and steel chains are a difficult way to rescue a creature the size of a planet from the grip of a black hole. When the creatures in difficulty are something neither Susan or Cet have seen before, staying uninvolved is not an option. Gravity and relativity are not the only problems they face: there's also getting the would-be rescuers to work together.

~My Thoughts~
While Killgrace and the Singular Situation was quite the short novella at around 65 pages, it was full of enough life to pique my interest and have me wondering if there's going to be more coming from C. Price in the near future!  If there are any Star Trek fans out there, this book will fit right in with you who like to view the final frontier! 

The dialogue for me, was particularly impressive. I felt like I was watching a tennis match between all the characters, and each statement moved and flowed and revealed more about each individual's motives, thoughts, and personality. It was great! I could have "watched" their chatter and banter for hours! C.Price's writing style is right up my alley and made me feel like I wasn't even reading and that I was watching the story play out in my head. Fun writing style, fun story, and I would be happy to read more from Price at any time! 
~Try an Excerpt!~
"Fine, then back to work," Rex said, as the lift doors slid open almost unnoticed. "If we know how dense it is, and how large it is, can't we work out the strength for towing?"

"No. We don't know how malleable or brittle it is. It would be like towing a planet. The largest chains we've got would break from the inertia long before the creature needed to actively resist."

"But there's no gravity in space," Callaway said, as he walked across with Shearer. The scientists went quiet. Susan stared at the ceiling, the thought on her face quite clear. Dr. Ys, however, said it.

"How did you pass flight school?" Callaway stopped dead, ready to storm out and Susan took a slow breath. Her voice was a strained calm.

"Of course there is. What keeps the earth orbiting the sun?" she said. Dr. Rex was less restrained.

"If there's no gravity in space, what are we trying to rescue the creature from?"

"A nebula!"

"An accretion disc," Susan snapped at Callaway. It was unfair perhaps, since the younger officer had had a very bad morning, but she simply was not in the mood for this.

"But is it a nebula or an accretion disc?" Ys asked curiously, and Susan frowned. "What came first, the nebula or the black hole?"

"It could be simultaneous – a dying star shed its outer layers, the remaining core became the black hole, and it's now pulling in the previously shed matter as an accretion disc."

"Wouldn't that make it a very new black hole?"
~Meet C. Price!~ 
Two scientists unexpectedly stranded in a technological backwater find, to their dismay, that conservation of energy and E=mc2 are in effect. Most of their technology is useless. They have two ways to get home: try and merge the reality they are in with the main causality, or rebuild a navigational database from readings taken across space and take a shortcut. Unfortunately co-operation could be a problem. The world they came from was at war, and they aren't on the same side, or even the same species.

Under a shaky truce, they explore a series of worlds where physics may not work the same way, aliens exist and may never have encountered their various species before, and most dangerous of all, places where life as they know it is not supported. Since most of their technology is unavailable, they only have their knowledge of logic and science to save themselves. Between these infrequent trips, they have to build their operations base without damaging technological progress - starting on 1920s earth, and one of them knows enough history to know that there's another war on the horizon...
The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon Digital Gift to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour!