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Ammonite Planets (Omnibus): Ammonite Galaxy #1-3 [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Andrews

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This omnibus edition exclusive to the Kindle bookstore brings you the first three books of the award-winning Ammonite Galaxy series - a thousand pages in one volume!

"Awesome book! I'd give this 6 stars for writing if I could. I stayed up till 5 am last night because I was that enthralled." Rose - Podiobooks reviewer (about Valhai)

Meet Six and Diva for the first time in this special omnibus edition of the first three books in this series, starting with Valhai, which is a Readers Favorite award-winning book and a Parsec Awards finalist.

"It continues to astound me that this author has come up with something so completely original and interesting." Cynikat, Podiobooks reviewer.

EXTRACT:

The two occupants were staring at each other in disbelief.
“You’re a no-name!” said Diva, and took a step back.
“And?” said Six, and took a step forward.
“Don’t come near me!”
“I was only going to offer you my hand!” Six said, plaintively.
“I wouldn’t touch your grubby hand if I were drowning in a sea of Xianthan crocodiles!” snapped Diva.
“Oh, So sorry, your mulchiness. If I could I would instantly remove my presence, but you may have noticed this cabin is for two, and we happen to be locked in.”
“There must be some mistake. Kindly stay on your own side of the cabin!”


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  • Language: English
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Ms Andrews was born and raised in England, and then made the leap across to Spain, where she now lives. She has a Masters degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and is passionate about quantum theory and cosmology. This shines through in her writing, and her books feature crackling dialogue that will have you chuckling wryly to yourself at one moment, then feeling for the characters, and finally just longing for the next in the series.

"At a certain stage in my life I decided that I absolutely had to write this series. All my life I've had questions I couldn't answer, but my scientific background is not strong enough to make a difference through research - like Howard Wolowitz I only have a Masters degree! In any case I doubt we will have the right answers for many, many centuries.

"So I wanted to express the feelings I have about alien life, the conclusions I've come to, the speculations I've made, in a different way. I wanted it to be light and funny, and gripping and a terrific reading experience. I hope it succeeds in being that. I had to write this series for my own peace of mind, so yes: it is hugely important to me.

"The fourth book in the series* is dedicated to all those who, like me, are still on a quest. I think that says it all."


*The Ammonite Galaxy series so far:

Book One: Valhai (published Oct 2010)
Book Two: Kwaide (published Oct 2011)
Book Three: Xiantha ( published Sep 2012)
Book Four: Pictoria ( published Dec 2012)
Book Five: The Ammonite Galaxy (to be published Aug/Sept 2013)

Awards: Valhai was chosen as one of five 2011 finalists in the very prestigious Parsec Awards for Best Speculative Fiction (long form), together with Owner's Share (Nathan Lowell), Prince of Hazel and Oak (John Lenahan), Ancestor (Scott Sigler) and Secret World Chronicle (Veronica Giguere)
Valhai was also a 2011 Readers Favorite Award winner.

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About Valhai:

"When I first started this book I had no idea that it would turn into a series, or that it would take over so many years of my own life. I just wanted to write something I would be proud of in the future, something I could come back to, and still like. Six had been inside my head for a few years, but Diva was more tenuous at the beginning. Then they saw each other - across the space station cell above Coriolis, and she crystallized instantly into the difficult, jerky but rather admirable person that she is. She took one look at Six, and the banter leapt into place, and stayed.

"I love the repartee between Six and Diva, and I love the slate-grey colour of Valhai itself, together with the abundance of stars and its shimmering particulate sand, shining because the edge of Almagest is just visible along its tidally locked rim. I can see the planet when I close my eyes, and I can see Grace traipsing along the thick sand, on her way to find the orthogel lake, before she meets Arcan, and before her future started to grow into what it finally became. I can see the skyrises that the Sellites built, and the small glimmer of Sacras in the distance.


"I hope that when readers put this book down they will have that it makes them feel good, that they smile to themselves, that they will feel at the same time happy and sorry to have finished, and that I have done my job well enough for them to want to read the next one in the series. That moment when you find a new series that you like is such a delight - I hope that somewhere that happens for some of my readers. I don't think there is a better compliment for a writer than an immediate longing to read the next book in the series. I can remember being heartbroken to realize that the end of a particularly well-loved series from one of my favourite authors had arrived, and there would be no more books set in that particular world to look forward to. If I can make even one or two readers feel like that, then I think I would be content."

About The Ammonite Galaxy series:

"I was about half-way through the book when I realized that it wasn't going to be a one-off novel. To write more seemed a huge undertaking at first, and I struggled a bit when I realized that it would probably have to be a four-book series. Even then I underestimated. Since Valhai the whole Ammonite Galaxy series has expanded, and I am now working on the fifth book. I am still amazed when I look back on the last four years. The series is currently planned to finish after six books, but since every new book seems to want to introduce further elements, nothing is written in stone. I will let you know!"

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ammonite Planets Come Together Like A Literary Garden Into A Wonderful Creation 15 Aug 2014
By Marc Stern - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It isn't often when you get the chance to access, own and read the first three books of a major popular science fiction series for one low price, so when you do, you take advantage of it. For example, I just finished reading (actually early this morning) Gillian Anderws' "Ammonite Planets (Omnibus): Ammonite Galaxy" books 1 to 3, and I wanted to begin rereading it almost immediately.

Why would we have wanted to reread it quickly? Was there something that didn't make sense in the text? Was there something that you figured you could clarify on a quick reread? In the "Ammonite Planets," neither of these questions apply because they are written so well and so richly by the author that on every page you find things that you just have to read again, either because there are comments help flesh out the stories or because you have found something that you just can't wait to read again.

It's much like the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. When we first read it, we were in our teens and there were some passages that were just beautifully written. They were so rich and full of style and beauty that you couldn't leave them alone. On the second reading, you also found things you had missed on the first reading that made the books even better.

That's also the case on the "Ammonite Planets." For example, when we meet the character Six, in the very first volume, Valhai, a Readers Favorite award winner, we see Andrews ability shining through right away. Not only was he a skinny young man -- who had sworn to protect his sisters -- he was just called Six, nothing else, but why? Look at the answer: "All his life Six had been referred to by pointing, or by the number 31245.56, which had been the number he was known by at the birth shelter. There, it [the number] had normally been shortened to .56 (Point 56), which was the first word he had spoken -- obliged to do so by the matron at age three. Until that moment his younger self had carefuly kept a reserved and prudent silence." Here you can see the power and capability of the author it simply spells out the basis of how he received his name. There are no extra words and no catastrophes or anecdotes to get in the way of his naming. This is a good bit of writing.

The result of the silence was that he was named Six, even as he was being kidnapped and sent into apprenticeship by the Elders. The Elder who had filled out the paperwork had used the only name he knew for the lad, Six. So, his name was Six.

Next, we meet his foil in the trio of Ammonite books, Diva, short for the Lady Davinia. She was a handful, so it was off to apprenticeship for her, too. She met Six on the flight to Kwaide, the second Ammonite Planet and the second volume in the three volume "box" set, if you will, that you get in the "Ammonite Planets." Xiantha is the third planet.

In the Ammonite Planets, you read an author who is a pleasure to read because she knows how to write. She knows how to build a plotline that is almost organic in nature. Her plotlines are all organic and work together to create the garden that is the Ammonite Galaxy. It isn't your usual garden or peas and tomatoes. Instead it is a literary garden whose 1,000 pages come together to present a beautiful creation. Apparently, award juries think so, too, because Valhai was a finalist for the Parsec Award.

Now, we think we'll start with book one, again. It just seems so right!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quest 9 Aug 2014
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
British Author Gillian Andrews has followed a dream - to write a successful series of books based on her passion for cosmology and astrophysics. She now lives n Spain and that is the birthing place for this enormously popular series of novels collectively titled The AMMMONITE GALAXY SERIES. This new volume introduces the young adult Sci-Fi fans to books 1 - 3: Valhai is the first, Kwaide the second book, and Xiantha the third. As the author has stated, `All my life I've had questions I couldn't answer - I wanted to express the feelings I have about alien life, the conclusions I've come to, the speculations I've made, in a different way. I wanted it to be light and funny, and gripping and a terrific reading experience. The series is full of adventure, but has quite a dash of humour, and is meant for young and old adults.' If the reader wishes to investigate the title of the series, `Ammonites are an extinct group of marine invertebrate animals in the subclass Ammonoidea of the class Cephalopoda. These molluscs are more closely related to living coleoids than they are to shelled nautiloids such as the living Nautilus species.' Once reading the series the name is less important than the content. Because this volume contains three books, for the reader's information the synopses of each are distilled here:

VALHAI - Six has survived ten of his fourteen years as an outcast in subzero temperatures - being drugged and shipped off to another planet as an unwilling apprentice is not going to make him a victim. Neither is his travelling companion, who makes it clear she isn't keen on sharing space with a no-name like him. No wonder she's on the apprentice program - Six is amazed her aristocratic family managed to put up with her for so long. Their destination is Valhai - a planet in orbit around a red dwarf star - where they are to spend so much time in a strange solitary confinement that even the sight of each other might be welcome. Nobody on Valhai seems to know or care what happens to the apprentices - until one hesitant girl with an uncertain future of her own stumbles across the real nature of the donor program -- and the biggest surprise on Valhai, which has been lying dormant for thousands of years, wakes up ...
KWAIDE - The characters from Valhai are back in trouble again - bright, funny, one the watch for backswampers - and always unforgettable! Six and Diva fence with each other - and seriously irritate the Elders on Kwaide ... Grace finds out who is on her side - and who isn't ... And even Arcan's megabrain can't predict how far the Sellites will go ...
XIANTHA - Grace is blaming herself for the death of two good men on Kwaide - even Six's teasing can't raise a smile at first. A strange first contact on a distant planet might provide a vital clue to Arcan's past, but it can't quite cure Grace of her feelings of guilt. When they arrive on Xiantha, they find a stunning planet; hot, sunny and full of colour. For the first time they can start to relax and enjoy a holiday - at least, until the independent Diva is forced to swallow her pride and beg Six to help her out on a very personal matter. His decision will change her future. Meanwhile, back on Valhai, Atheron is grimly determined that nothing is going to stop him this time. He has been laying his plans for revenge carefully, and they include using Grace to bait a trap which will cause the total destruction of the orthogel entity ...Not all of them can come out of this unscathed ... and what happens on Xiantha will impact their lives forever

So that is the summary information the author provides to entice readers into this experience. But the pleasure of reading Gillian Andrews is the tenor of the tone with which she writes. This isn't `far out' writing - it is the human element that makes it work so well. For example, in the first pages of the first book she writes in the voice of character Six: "You're all just a lot of old dodderers, close to collapse into dust," he said. "There is nothing you can do to me that would make me go to Valhai in company of a Sellite. Nothing."
He thought of the countless freezing nights their three huddling figures had shared, and cursed Kwaide, his home planet. And all Kwaidians. He swore, at that moment, that one day he would get even with them, would find his sisters again and make these teetering toothless puppets rue the day they had sent him away.' And that is the flavor that lights on every page. Welcome to the Ammonite Galaxy! Grady Harp, August 14
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sci-Fi Adventure 11 Aug 2014
By Veronica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I truly have never read anything like this before. I try to read a book from every genre a week, and when I discovered Ammonite Planets, I knew that this would have to be my book of the week. I'm not huge into astrophysics and cosmology, so I was worried I would struggle through this one a bit, but I didn't. In face, it was so intriguing, I didn't want to put it down.

This particular volume introduces readers to books 1-3 in the series. If you are new to the series, this is a good way to start the readers off on an exciting/interesting sci-fi journey. You could tell that Gillian Andrews has a true passion for Sci-fi, which is why these series are so well written.

It took me a few days to finish this, but it was a great read overall. An interesting concept, one that I never thought I'd be interested in. My Fiance is a huge sci-fi junkie so I made him read this, and he was extremely impressed. The novels are clear and easy to understand, and not difficult to get through at all.

I do plan on purchasing the next set in the series, and I'm sure they will be just as good as books 1-3. Highly recommend!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Immense and Developed Science Fiction Series 12 Aug 2014
By Karsun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I do enjoy science fiction if it's done well and Ammonite Planets certainly achieved that. This book starts out with Valhai, which is a planet for apprentices. We meet two unwilling companions who learn about the mystery behind this area.

The next section is dedicated to Kwaide, where we get to know more of the characters and their complex backgrounds – some amusing, some clever, but always interesting.

In the last section, Xiantha is the distant planet we are taken to and of course, with the characters we have grown to love. This one is quite different; a planet that is beautiful and full of color but not everything is as sunny and bright.

This is an immense book but it pulls you in, which makes it so worth the time spent reading. In my opinion, if a book grabs my attention then the longer, the better. If you love science fiction then this is the starting point for a series you'll devour.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ammonite Galaxy Series Is Fantastic 13 Aug 2014
By im1rarebird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While this series of books has been set in a fantasy futuristic setting it is the humanity of the characters that really make it work. This purchase gave me 3 books in one, and that made it all the more exciting. Once you get immersed in that world and fall in love with the characters, if you are like me, you want to know more and for the adventure not to end. And that is exactly what you will feel when you read Giallan Andrew's book. From Valhai to Kwadie to Xiantha you will immersed in Gillians worlds. Get your copy to day and I guarantee that you will want the other volumes long before you get to the end.
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