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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown by John Jackson Miller

Hey everyone and thanks for coming to BookMattic. This week's Thrilling Thursday Book Review is yet another Star Trek book that I hope all you Trekkies out there will enjoy. Get ready for 'Takedown'!

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown by John Jackson Miller

BookMattic's Rating: 3/5
Goodreads' Rating: 3.88/5

"Wars begin when you will, but theydo not end when you please."-Niccolo Machiavelli
Reviewer's Log
Stardate: 70363

When I first picked this book up at the bookstore, I was wondering if it would be any good. Doing a little research about the author after I picked it up, I found out that John Jackson Miller is primarily a Star Wars author. Knowing that I felt skeptical whether this was going to be any good being that I'm a Trekkie. Well, I was wrong about my skepticism.
Reviewer's Log
Stardate: 70491.6

Takedown starts out with a medium pace but picks up from there with Admiral Riker on the Titan heading toward the meeting of the Peace Summit of E…
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Worthy Wednesday Wishlist - The Lunar Chronicles: 4 Loved Fairy Tales Turned Into 6 Sci-Fi Books

I never would have thought that a YA novel could be this engaging. I'm currently reading Cinder and I'm loving it. But this post is not about reviewing Cinder. I will do that possibly in the next Super Saturday Book Review. This post is about my anticipation to read all the other books in the Lunar Chronicles. First of all take a look at this beautiful box art of Queen Levana's palace on the moon. It's absolutely beautiful, isn't it?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer consists of four of the best yet classic fairy tales Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White seamlessly blending the classic stories into her own world. The stories are all also connected following the same problem and building upon the existing characters while adding the new ones. It's as if you're reading a whole new story with familiar aspects. You'll just have to read the books to find out what I'm referring to.

Also I just want to mention that I will definite…

Monday Madness Quotes - The Top 3 Quotes From Business Books On My Bookshelf

I thought it would be nice this post around to dig back on my bookshelf for three business or self-help books and find three quotes for you to hopefully inspire you to read these three great books that have really changed my perspective on money, wealth, dreams, connection with other people and most of all happiness.

Take the time to read these quotes, think about them for a little while then read what my take is on them. I really do think that these three books can change your life. Trust me, there is much more useful knowledge in these books that all of you can benefit from.


1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Has anyone here ever accomplished their dream? What did you do after you fulfilled your dream? Celebrated? Kicked back and relaxed? You didn't just stop there did you? 

The way I interpret this quote is that even after accomplishing one dream you shouldn't just stop there. Not that you shouldn't enjoy what you have gone through to get to where you wanted to be, but …

Turn Clicks Into Customers by Duane Forrester

Super Saturday Book Review

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Goodreads' Rating:What a perfect picture for this book. The book sitting on top of my laptop and a fresh brew of coffee on top of my desk. I did learn a few things from this book about SEO and blogging, so it wasn't a total waste of time, but overall the book was just an overview of online marketing and turning the people who visit your page into paying customers.
Turn Clicks Into Customers didn't go very far into the nitty gritty of online marketing. So it lacks in the details we could easily find elsewhere for free on the internet itself. It is also a bit outdated in some areas like when talking about Google (not that I'm an expert at this type of stuff). 
Since the book was published in 2010, many new products, social media and apps have been created but are not mentioned here because it didn't exist at the time. Several of the websites the author chose to include in this book are obsolete or starting to become le…

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Super Saturday Book Review - The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Before going into the review I want to tell you how I came across this book. Well, as some of you know I live in Surabaya, Indonesia and you would think that you wouldn't be able to get a hold of many books in English, but that isn't true. Surprisingly, Indonesians love reading books in English. 

So I spotted this book about a year ago in the book store and just loved the cover at first sight, picked it up and found out that it takes place in about 6th century Britain sometime after King Arthur's death. I absolutely love this time period. So I eventually picked it up after passing by it too many times in the bookstore buying other books on my wishlist. 

I may have read and reviewed this much later than most people but I have to say it was definitely worth the time put into this book. With no further wait, here's BookMattic's review of The Buried Giant.

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Set in…

Worthy Wednesday Wishlist - The World Without Us

I came across this very interesting book while browsing through my recommendations on Goodreads. It's not a fictional book in the sense that the author,  Alan Weisman, had done research while writing this book. He asks, what would the world be like without humans inhabiting it? As in humans have completely been wiped off the Earth and the only thing that remains are animals, nature and all the human creations and wastes we left behind.

How would animals and nature recover from human distruction and how long would it take? What would happen to all the buildings? Which animals would dominate?

All of these questions might seem simple but I believe that the author goes into depth about answering these questions.

It's not that I want this to happen to humans but I think the purpose of this book is to make us think about what we are doing to our lovely planet. It makes us think about what we can do differently in order to prevent the extiction of other species and nature on Earth. …

Monday Madness Book Discussion

Hey book lovers, I hope you're all doing well and you have an awesome week coming up with plenty of time to read. 

I would like to open up this blog a little bit more with some action from you ALL out there since of course this IS for you and not just for me to write to the vastness of the WEB. 

So I have a question for you that I would like you answer in the comment section below and I WILL REPLY with my opinion of your choice.

Tell me what the next book is on your your list to read and why you want to read it.

I hope you all have a great Monday and I'll be looking forward to your comments.

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Hey all you book fans out there! It's good to see you again. As most you know I recently had my baby Hailey, but before I even had my baby I read this wonderful book that helped my wife and I through our first pregnancy.
Thrilling Thursday Book Review
What to Expect When You're Expectingby Heidi Murkoff
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What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff has perfect explanations for practically anything that comes to mind about pregnancy. It's very easy to follow and definitely one of those books you don't need to read all the way through. It's like an encyclopedia for pregnancy but actually more entertaining and humorous of course.

Some of the concerns I've seen posted about this book such as 'Oh, this book mentions too many bad things that could happen to their fetus that might worry new mothers (or fathers) too much.' however it clearly mentions in the book that the statistics about the 'certain'…

Worthy Wednesday Wishlist - The Trilogy I've Been Waiting For!

My fellow book lovers, I hope you're all doing well on this lovely day and that you're all having fun reading some books out there wherever you may be. It's time for:

Worthy Wednesday WishlistNaamah's Trilogy

It's been a while since I've read the Kushiel's Legacy and Imriel Trilogy books but for sure those are books that will always stay in my memory. A few years after those series were finished we had thought that the story was done, that Jacqueline Carey was moving on, but then she decided to write these three books.
The world that Carey has created is full of opportunities to write great stories. It's one of the reasons why these books which focus on the same world as the others but has completely different characters will probably work. The world has such a vast and intriguing history you would definitely have to read the previous books before you dive into these.
I hope that eventually I can get my hands on a copy of these books. What do all of you thi…

Monday Madness Quote - Elon Musk

In light of reading (part way) through the 2016 Elon Musk (biography) I thought it would be nice to have a quote from him for the Monday Madness Quote. 

Since Elon Musk decided that he wanted to send people to Mars, I've been following a little of his work and find him to be a visionary with some of the most world changing ideas of our time. He may not be the most handsome or friendly of people but he really has created something no one else has created before.

This quote really works for him seeing that in the 1980's he wanted the world to solely use solar power as fuel and currently is working as a chairman of SolarCity. He may or may not be successful with that, but we still have yet to find out and with Musk's Tesla company running on all electric cars it looks like that's a step in the right direction. 

Majorly on top of that Mars is a big odd against Musk. Though some of Musk's actions are a bit out there, still we all can be inspired even if we think his ideas …

Worthy Wednesday Wishlist - 5 Star Trek Books I Wish I Had

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, here is the Worthy Wednesday Wishlist for you, and I apologize right now that this will be the only post for this week but I promise that next week I will have a review for you.

5 Star Trek Books I Wish I Had

As you notice in the picture above there are six books and in the title I said five Star Trek books, well actually I have read the first book a while back 'Wagon Train to the Stars' and just never got around to getting a hold of the rest.
'Wagon Train to the Stars' just starting briefly about this book since I don't want to make it into a book review. It's been probably about 9 years since I read it, but from what I remember it was one of the best Star Trek books out there. Just the title itself brings back some of the very first few episodes of TOS and that is to explore.
Basically the premises behind the first book of Star Trek New Earth and I'm assuming the rest of the books is about the Enterprise setting out on a …

Iroshi by Cary Osborne

It's Thrilling Thursday Book Review again and I'm very pleased to have you back at BookMattic. 

It's been a busy week with my newborn baby so I haven't had much time to read but I'm hoping that soon things will calm down and I'll be able to read and review much more for you all.
For this week's review I'm yet again looking at a little bit of an older book from the 90's. Actually 'Iroshi' has three books in the series and I have no idea where I can find the other two copies except for on Kindle.

With no further ado here is Iroshi.

By Cary Osborne

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Iroshi by Cary Osborne reads quickly and sets us out on a samurai adventure in space far in the future which is kind of a cool concept. Earth is still the central planet where the government is settled. Iroshi is a young adult who has been trained in the arts of 'samurai' or something similar to it. 

Iroshi decides that she needs to get away from …