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3.03.2013

Review: A Galactic Holiday (anthology)

A Galactic Holiday (anthology)
Scifi Romance, Holidays
Ebook $7.99 (247 pages, CARINA PRESS)
Do androids dream of electric sugar plums?
A detective who refuses to modify her body teams up with her cyborg rival to track down a burglar who is putting toys into homes. A solitary ice miner finds love and friendship while stranded on the surface of Galileo. And two hardheaded negotiators put their differences aside to evade an assassin and save their planets. Enjoy these visions of Christmases yet to come with three science-fiction novellas from Carina Press.
Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:
How the Glitch Saved Christmas, by Stacy Gail
Galileo's Holiday, by Sasha Summers
Winter Fusion, by Anna Hackett
Stories also available for purchase separately.

Author Site: website

Joy to the Worlds! (5 stars)

I love the scifi genre in general, but if there isn't at the very least a romantic element it often doesn't hold my interest. That's where Carina Press continues to deliver. They find great stories that blend aliens and space-travel and new worlds that center on a the romance between two characters within these realms. This was my third year reading and loving a holiday anthology they've put out and I would highly recommend it to my fellow scifi romance lovers.

I wasn't sure whether they could pull off the holiday feel considering last year's steampunk holiday anthology fell short in that department but Gail, Summers and Hackett all made it work beautifully. In fact, I think they proved that the spirit and idealogy of the Christmas season is a pretty universal sentiment.

HOW THE GLITCH SAVED CHRISTMAS was an unexpected story that blended the romance with futuristic elements and a somewhat procedural feel. Two Chicago detectives trying to solve a really strange burglary and a subtle message of holiday spirit. Not my favorite of the anthology but very fresh and clever. I'd give it 4 stars individually.

GALILEO'S HOLIDAY kind of reminded me of something you'd see on television. I just adore scifi stories where there's an adaptation of a holiday that suits that world building and how time changes certain things about traditions. I loved the hero and heroine, and this was such a heart warming one. Themes of loneliness and being different fit with real life issues some folks face at the holidays making it a great one, I'd give a 5 star rating to.

WINTER FUSION was my favorite of the anthology. The hero and heroine were butting heads from the start. That always makes for some fun tension. It wasn't quite as Christmasy as the others but as a story, I loved it. I would love to read more in this world and will definitely be on the lookout for future reads from the author. Another 5 star winner.

Overall, a great read for the scifi fan at the holidays. I would highly recommend it to fans of Zoe Archer or Katee Robert.



Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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