The Teacher & the Astronaut by Bokerah Brumley

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Teacher & the Astronaut: The McNair Short Story Series #2 by Bokerah Brumley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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It’s 2049, and Michael McNair has got his sights set on heading off to Mars next year. Penelope McAuliffe has her sights set on an open teaching position at an elementary school, but she won’t make it to her job interview on the flat tire her car just picked up. A chance meeting on the side of I-45 might do more than change Penelope and Michael’s day in The Teacher & the Astronaut by author Bokerah Brumley.

I read this second of the McNair short stories after reading the sci-fi tale that comes before it. I can’t say there’s anything too sci-fi or futuristic about this second story, apart from mentions of Michael’s upcoming mission to Mars with his mother.

Still, after reading the first story, it was nice to get some more background on Michael and Penelope. It’s a rather simple read that incorporates a little romance, a little family, and themes of faith and having peace in the midst of uncertainty.

And while, for a couple of reasons, I wouldn’t say the silhouettes on the book cover really reflect the characters, I’ve loved the cover’s color scheme ever since I grabbed a copy of this story more than a year ago.

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Here’s my review of the first McNair short story, Circular Horizon.

 

Circular Horizon by Bokerah Brumley

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Circular Horizon: The McNair Short Story Series #1 by Bokerah Brumley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Mae McNair, orbiting Mars in the Solace Station, is on her last mission in space before retirement, joined by her son, Michael. But when a malfunction locks Mae out of Solace, Michael and Mae’s coworker, Abel Onizuka, must work together to save her before her oxygen runs out in Circular Horizon by author Bokerah Brumley.

A few pages into this short story, I realized I’d tried it years before in a ChristFic anthology. I didn’t finish it then, but I did this time.

The first half or so was pretty slow for me, but this is more of a story of human connections and a Gospel message in a futuristic space setting, not an action-packed sci-fi adventure. Once the action/danger does come into play, the “heart and soul” aspects of the plot are what make the danger more consequential.

A little comedy, a thread of romance, a touching familial bond, and a prominent theme of faith tie this sci-fi story together. I plan to go on and read the second McNair short in the near future.

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Here’s my review of the second McNair short story, The Teacher and the Astronaut.