Tuesday, February 3, 2015

W. C. Bauers / Unbreakable / Good Military SF

Promise Paen is a warrior
By the end of the story there is no doubt

Raised on a remote rim world
Losing everything and everyone
Promise signs up with the Republic

Low and behold her first deployment
Return to her home world, Montana
Not what she wanted to do

Promise is a good soldier
Promise will do what needs to be done
Out gunned and out manned
Just a problem to be solved

A real page burner
I'm ready for more


Music on the play list

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rod Duncan / The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter / All The Right Ingredients

All The Right Ingredients
A story well told

Young Elizabeth
Surviving alone

Posing as her brother
A necessity to survive

The Victorian like steam culture
Fully realized
You could live there

The characters well developed
Diverse and complex
Good, Grey and Evil

Elizabeth in the guise of her brother
Working as a private detective

On the run from a very bad man
Her father's murderer

Trying to avoid prying eyes
The Patent Office has eyes everywhere

There is a missing device

The story takes a moment to fully develop
Fully fleshed characters and problems take time

An utterly irresistible title
I'll not spoil a story well told

The Bullet Catchers Daughter
Rod Duncan has done this right
The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 1


Music on the play list
Sailing to Philadelphia by Mark Knopfler

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

R. S. Belcher / The Shotgun Arcana / The Story Gets Better / The Weird Gets Weirder

I raved about The Six-Gun Tarot    (post)
R. S. Belcher keeps improving the story
The Shotgun Arcana will hold your attention
Golgotha is one Strange mash-up of a series

Sheriff Highfather and his deputies are hard at work
Keeping things that go bump in the night at bay in Golgotha
The characters are getting more complex
Bad guys are showing some shine
Good guys are showing some tarnish
The truly evil are not so conflicted

A stand must be made
All are in harms way

Embrace the Weird


Music
Dark Eyes by Half Moon Run

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Django Wexler / The Shadow Throne / Book Two Ups The Fun Quotient

Django Wexler has truly upped his game
I enjoyed The Thousand Names  (post)
Book one of The Shadow Campaigns
In book two The Shadow Throne
Django Wexler has opened all the organ stops
The Shadow Throne breathes freely

Young Winter Ihernglass is still hiding
In plain sight as a male soldier
Now being asked to go "undercover"
Posing as a woman, convoluted comes to mind

New to the stage is a young Queen
Vexed with a curse
Unable to die
Driven to do the right thing
No matter the cost

The Shadow Campaigns
Stands with the best Epic Fantasy
High above the formaheap
A hard mix of Political Machinations
Magic and Blood Letting
And yes, a little Romance


New music on my play list
Mando Saenz
Studebaker

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ann Leckie / Ancillary Justice / Multiple Award Winner

Ancillary Justice
Winner of multiple major awards
The Hugo and the Nebula among them
Winning with her debut novel
Whooee! Not an easy thing to do

Ann Leckie is off and running
Two more novels to come in this trilogy
Series title: Imperial Radch

You need to engage your brain here
The time span in enormous
The players have multiples of themselves
Things get dicey, to say the very least

If you engage the story
The story will engage you
The story will reward you
The story won it's many awards on merit


Music on my play list
Studebaker by Mando Saenz