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The Bones of Giants by Yoon Ha Lee
Candy and Me by Hilary Liftin
Color is Everything by Dan Bartges
The Dancers' War (in by N. K. Jemisin
Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House #9) by Mary Pope Osborne
Fairy Hunters, Ink. by Sheila A Dane
Falling into the Sun by Charrie Hazard
Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown
The Frequency of Souls by Mary Kay Zuravleff
The Goddamned Tooth Fairy by Tina Kuzminski
Goldilicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Haunted (Mediator #5) by Meg Cabot
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline
Hunchster by Matthew Hughes
I Spy School Days by Jean Marzollo
Icarus Saved from the Sky by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud
I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts by Larry Wilmore
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G. K. Chesterton
A Matter of Feeling by Janine Boissard
The Navajo (True Books) by Alice Osinski
The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
No Elephants Allowed by Deborah Robinson
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
The Others by Lawrence C. Connolly
Painting the Invisible Man by Rita Schiano
Precious Jeopardy: A Christmas Story by Lloyd C. Douglas
Real Sofistikashun by Tony Hoagland
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
The Secret of the Pink Pokémon by Tracey West
The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
The Sky Rained Heroes by Frederick LaCroix
Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening by DCS
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène Du Bois
The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
Winter Walk by Ann Burg

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Comments for Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening

Synarchy (link goes to Amazon)Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening: 10/27/09

I vowed this year to read more science fiction. So when I was asked to review Synarchy: Book 1: The Awakening I said yes. I probably should have said no. It's one of a handful of "did not finish" books that I am reviewing this year.

The book is one of those stories involving two powerful families with a feud going back to the beginning of time and across dimensions. It's a feud that involves the well being of the world and perhaps the universe. Of course everything will come to a head on December 12, 2012. Because no end of days, science fiction disaster story can ignore the Mayan calendar these days.

The Awakening begins with the death bed proclamation of Marcello Terenzio. He is the head of a mafia style family who reigns over a secret and private island compound. This family is so powerful that it has many enemies.

The Anunnaki, though, see his impending death as a chance to make their move. They can possess humans to do their bidding in this dimension. So besides a huge and rather boring mafia family to keep track of, there is an equal number of aliens who are equally indistinguishable to keep track of.

After about eighty pages I skipped ahead to read the last fifty pages. The ending was predictable given the set up and confirmed for me that I didn't need to waste my time reading the pages in between.

I think fans of Robert Jordan who are looking for a science fiction series to read will probably get a lot more out of it than I did.

I received the book from the author for review. I have since released the book through BookCrossing.

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