Lenni Reviews: “Sea of Rust” by C. Robert Cargill

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Humanity is gone. Robots are also going extinct. Two remaining AIs are readying to go to war to claim the remaining freebots to add to their collective consciousness. While out scavaging for parts, former caregiver bot, Brittle, gets swept up in an insane gamble to save the last freebots on Earth.

If you like movies like 9, this is the book for you. The plots are similar in that the machines win a war against humans and the world is in ruins; minus any definitive heroes. Every character is flawed and out for myself, making this book ooze the very essence of a bleak, dystopian world. And I loved the adventure.

One nitpick I would have is the robots are almost too human but reading about a bunch of bland, personality drained dolls bashing up against one another would be boring. So, I’m all for it. 4.9 out of 5.

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Maker Faire!

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Last Saturday I went with my friend MisfitLibrarian to Maker Faire; a tech nerd’s paradise! 😀 It was really cool but alas, it would have been cooler if I could have brought the kiddo. There were so many stations where things could be assembled:

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That’s me making a button. ^_^ One of the few stations not PACKED with people. @_@

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I haven’t ridden in a school bus in… At least 15 years. 0.0 These were the “shuttles” going from the faire to the parking lot. It made me feel old… ;_;

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But it was worth it because there was a man in a metro card suit with a robot metro card dog… A robot dog. Very awesome. 😀

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The theme of the place was so techie, I was very disappointed to find this beer garden was not in fact some kind of garden powered by beer. That would have been too cool for words. Alas, they only sold beer.

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This is why it would have been so awesome to get the kiddo here. These were butterfly bikes you could ride in!

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And a giant felted t-rex… Because life needs more of those. 🙂

All in all, it’s a really cool place and I wouldn’t mind going back next year. Unfortunately? There is jack my library can do with any of the tech I saw. Sure, if we were a huge library with money to burn and unused space I could see having a maker center with kits and 3D printers and such. But us? We’re lucky we’re here after Sandy. I’m lucky to have a job!

Besides, if the library has any extra money, they need to buy that giant dinosaur.

Free Kindle? Damn right.

You may have noticed in my Twitter feed popping up with notices of me winning a certain amount of swagbucks via searching. Most probably dismissed it as spam or some sort of phishing scam due to someone hacking my Twitter account. But this is not the case.

Check it:

Yes, that my friends is a Kindle paid for via an Amazon gift card I earned with Swagbucks. That means free. For 6 months, I painstakingly earned and saved swagbucks all on my own because every single person I tried to refer didn’t believe I would actually get anything. But I was patient, took surveys, watched the videos and after all this time I have a free Kindle. Why go through all that trouble? I have major beef with the fact you can’t read other formats on a Kindle AND that they would DARE place ads on a device you’re shelling out 100 bucks for. Unfortunately, there are authors I want to read in e-book format and they are Kindle exclusive. Otherwise, I would have just bought them for my Nook.

Want in on this? Here is my referral link. Don’t wanna be referred by me? Here’s the direct link to the site. Even as I speak, I’m earning my way to another gift card for more free swag. Because there is nothing better than coming home to a pile of books that are not only free but you get to keep them. 🙂

H+ Trailer Review

Sean over at Otakus and Geeks keeps me clued in to the latest news involving impending geekdom I may enjoy. Recently, he’s told me about the impending series H+. Here’s the sneak peak:

I have to say, as someone who’s attached to her smartphone enough that people tease me about having something implanted in my brain so I could be connected all the time, I am intrigued! 😀 I can’t wait for this series to start (should be in August). Like I need another thing to distract me from writing but the episodes are only 5-12 minutes long (I hear) so I think I can spare that. 😉

The idea of technology gone wrong is hardly new but I like the track H+ is taking with it. It seems to be filmed in the same style of 24 or Lost where you are taken through the story in small chunks at a time and not necessarily in order. I enjoy that format because I can go back when the story is complete and discover new things. I live for those “Ah HA!!!” moments in my entertainment. 😉 I feel almost rewarded by sticking to the narrative.

I have high hopes for this series and I’ll keep you all posted on my thoughts as it goes on. 🙂