Junction -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book Review ***Spoilers***

Junction

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Daniel M. Benson

“When Japanese nature show host Daisuke Matsumori finds himself on an alien world, he hopes to rekindle his passion for his work. Travelling through a newly-discovered wormhole in the Papuan highlands, he joins biologist Anne Houlihan on Junction, a patchwork planet of competing alien ecosystems. When their exploratory party crashes in the alien wilderness, Daisuke and Anne try to lead bickering soldiers and civilians back to civilization alive. As they trek across one unearthly biome after another and members of the party continue to die, however, Daisuke wonders whether human politics might be more deadly than alien biology. One of his companions might be a murderer.”

As much as I love horror, I also love and adore science fiction. One of my first loves was Stargate, right from the film starring James Spader and Kurt Russell, through to the Stargate Universe. The mere mention of Wormholes, this took me back to a good place. I couldn’t wait to get into Junction.

First things first, I would like to thank the author, Daniel M. Benson, and Flame Tree Press for an ARC of Junction to read in exchange for an honest review.

This is fun filled book of weird and bright aliens, on an even weirder and brighter planet. What’s not to love?

The plot itself is rather interesting, a take on world politics, and how we, as a global nation would react to such a magnificent find. A stable wormhole in the middle of Papa New Guinea, that’s one hell of a find. I found the authors handling of the different nations great, as well as the diversity of the ‘away team’. We have some pompous military leaders who of course always know what’s right. Anne Houlihan, a character I loved instantly, the biologist who isn’t shy about telling the world what she thinks. Then we have Daisuke, a reality TV star, the Bear Grylls of Japan, who has also been sent along on this mission– well he isn’t quite sure why.

It’s an engaging story; I found it fun to read. It held my attention, and I became very sympathetic with the characters early on.

The planet is amazing, I loved all the ‘domes’, the different life, the different atmosphere as it were, the transition from dome to dome was great to read. The author has come up with some crazy aliens life forms, while also keeping it quite simple (if that’s the right term). I think that simplicity of it made it all the better, and more engaging to read. I didn’t have to be concerned with remembering too much detail involving really elaborate aliens, which can take away from a story.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read.

5/5

Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)

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Coming in 2019 – 7 books in 7 days

I have set myself a little 2019 New Years challenge – to read 7 books in 7 days. I want to make the most of my week off work (I’m off for the first 2 weeks of Jan), and it’s a great opportunity to catch up on some reading. 

I have chosen 7 books from my reading list (see below), and I have to say, I’m very excited to do this. It will be great to be able to just sit down and read. Normally things such as work get in the way, only having time in the mornings and on lunch breaks, so this will be a welcome change. 

Jan 1st – Savage Species (Jonathan Janz)

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Jan 2nd – Junction (Daniel M. Benson)

Jan 3rd – The Haunting of Henderson Close (Catherine Cavendish)

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Jan 4th – The Frighteners (Peter Laws)

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Jan 5th – Sugar Skulls (M. R. Tapia)

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Jan 6th – I Can Taste the Blood (John F. D. Taff)

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Jan 7th – Kosmos (Adrian Lang)

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