Lyon's Legacy

Lyon's Legacy

by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

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ISBN-13: 9780983890362
Publisher: Solar Unicorn Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2011
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)

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Lyon's Legacy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bookblogger More than 1 year ago
Lyon's Legacy by Sandar Ulbrich Almazan follow the life of Joanna Lyon. As the great granddaughter of the most influential musician ever her life has been strongly directed towards music. Unfortunately she is not interested in pursuing that life and at time almost hates her ancestor for forcing her info a life of semi-celebrity just because of who her family is. Joanna just wants to be a scientist and work peacefully in a lab. Her uncle has other plans for her however, as well as controlling the majority of the family money that she should be entitled to. He makes a deal that is she travels through a wormhole to get DNA from her great grandfather he will give her the money she needs to go to school and remove himself from her life forever. Things never really seem to go as planned... While being a relatively short read Lyon's Legacy was extremely entertaining. Sandra is a big fan of science herself and it shows through in her writing. The society that Joanna lives in confused me a bit as music seemed to play an immense role, but that could have just been the way it affected her due to her family. Well written characters drive the story and Joanna's turmoil over her choices is palpable. I'm not sure I have read anything quite like this, but I am eager to see more from the author. A very well done novella debut from Sandra Ulbrich Almazan brings another indie author to keep an eye on into the picture. Review copy provided by the author.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that “Lyon’s Legacy” by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Richard_Bunning More than 1 year ago
This short book of 36,000 words is a trifle too short to fully expand and explore all the elements of the plot in the detail I would have liked. Almazan's writing is certainly entertaining and has a lively spark of originality about it. This book will suit those who wish to read stories about strong female fantasy/SF characters that maintain their individuality and femininity. Joanna Lyon is a research scientist. How refreshingly normal that is. She is a truly normal female with all that that entails, rather than some sort of super-heroic titan that wields a sword better than mere men; so often the fare of modern SF and fantasy. The action is set on an Earth and a parallel Earth that is possibly identical. This second place is on a timeline that is running slow by a century or so. This parallel existence is an interesting concept as it allows Joanna to go backwards in time to before her own birth, without actually using a time machine. The possibility that the "wormhole" took her back to earlier in her reality, which is certainly a common enough SF scenario isn't contemplated. Almazan's plot-line is far more mathematically plausible. To paraphrase, "time may change thee, but thy can't change time". Well, at least not in one's own past. I actually felt that neither Earth was quite the one I am in, as music had a stronger role in social development in Joanna's than I have observed. Bear to mind, though, that I sit in an atmosphere of words rather than music. I am a fan of speculative fiction. This story very much fills that bill. Almazan also uses this work as an opportunity to explore scientific issues that are starting to emerge as concerns for all our futures. This book, good read though it is could have been so much more. So many issues of both social and scientific natures are only so lightly brushed. I know this author has a great deal more to say. I hope she does. Perhaps she had been put off by the modern fashion for minimalist and short content; a trend which seems to suggest that humans have suddenly evolved backwards in their attempts to sustain thought. The short sound bite has its place, but that can be achieved sufficiently by the use of short climatic chapters, rather than by producing books that try to get by using far too few words. Yes, of course a strength of this book is the lack of waffle. You must realise I like waffles, and just wanted a bigger one with even more Almazan chocolate.
Michael_Offutt More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Sandra's book. I'm a fan of hard science fiction, and this is the genre in which this tale belongs. The author is clearly versed in many aspects of science, including quantum mechanics and genetics, and spun an interesting almost "Back to the Future"-ish kind of story. Instead of time travel, the main character goes to an alternate universe on board a ship called "The Sagan" (I really liked this name). In the alternate universe in the time when "The Four Seasons" were climbing up the charts, we meet Sean Lyon. Sean is an extremely talented musician,a young man, and someone whom his great granddaughter has been sequestered to obtain DNA from so that they can clone him. Even though she's committed his whole life to memory, there's no replacing the human connection she garners from just a few days spent in his company. And upon returning to the Sagan and her own dimension, she decides to be the mother of the cloned baby. This had me shaking my head wondering how awkward that is. If you enjoy hard science fiction, I encourage you to buy this book. It's a great quick read with solid emotional content and an incredibly intelligent and independent female voice.