"Amazonia" Book Review

Science fiction and fantasy are book genres I haven’t delved in. Surprising since I religiously tuned into TV shows revolving around other worldly plot lines. I happened upon a paperback copy of Amazonia in a recycling bin. It appeared in mint condition, almost unread. The cover, green and gold with cutouts showing menacing figures, grabbed my attention.

Amazonia Book Cover
James Rollins’ story lagged initially. I attribute the disconnect in part to trying to reconcile multiple character viewpoints and settings. Generally, I read novels with fewer main characters. Each act began with a page listing scientific aspects of a particular botanical species. This info tied back to themes involving the rainforest’s hidden, healing properties.  

Amazonia held my interest as I read on, particularly when a group of core characters arrived in the Amazon and faced attack upon attack. The rainforest evolved as a setting and a character. It ultimately emerged as a nemesis and hero all in one. If you appreciate unpredictability, you’ll appreciate Amazonia’s smart and suspenseful plot.


Free Summer Jams, Brooklyn

Want to get your groove on without going broke? Brooklyn serves up free, family friendly summertime events:

The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge offers a prime backdrop for art and culture. Thursdays through October, Dumbo's Live at the Archway series hosts DJs and musicians from an array of genres.  Hours vary within the 5 - 9 PM time range. http://bit.ly/1JOeU4o

The Fort Greene Jazz Festival returns Saturday September 12th from 3 - 7 PM. Headlined by founder Eric Frazier, tunes flow each July too. And it raises awareness for the park's conservancy. Guest entertainers include dancers, drummers and solo vocalists.
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. http://www.fortgreenepark.org/events.html 

Fort Greene Jazz Festival

On summer Sundays, the Soul Summit Music Festival hits Fort Greene Park. DJs spinning house tunes, dancers, vendors of food and fashion all make this natural setting come even more alive! Fest lasts from 3 - 8 PM. http://soulsummitmusic.com/the-love-of-music/

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