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

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Philip Reeve / Mortal Engines / Steamy Dystopia / Brilliant World Build

The blurb on the back of the book
It mentioned Philip Pullman fans
How could I resist

Philip Reeve had me in his grip immediately
The world build, our future
Nothing less than amazing

Mortal Engines is tough to categorize
Steam/Dystopia is the best I can do
But, But, But, it is so much more

I'm late to the game with this one
First published in America in 2001
So happy it found me

Civilized life is On The Move
Monstrous cities on treads
Constantly battling one another

Only the strong survive
All others are incorporated
Captured citizens become slaves

The class structure is an outrage
Three distinct protagonists
Each doing their bit to make a good story

A bright daydreaming boy
An intelligent daughter of privilege
And Hester, with her disfigured face
  and enough moxy to carry the story alone

YA readers get on board
Series Title: The Hungry City Chronicles

My personal listening of late
Not lost in the past, the music stands
Bob Dylan's second and sixth LP/CD
The freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Scalzi / Old Man's War / Terrific Idea, Terrific Book

John Scalzi's Old Man's War
Just kept showing up
John Scalzi is all over the web
Just couldn't ignore it any more

Cracked the book and disappeared
The premise was intriguing
Life trundles along on Earth
In the far reaches of space, War!
War that has gone on for generations

Unique is who fights the war
Only the very old can enlist
If you are old and looking death in the face
Enlistment entices with the hint of rejuvenation
Prolonged life and health
Who wouldn't sign up?

The trick is in how they prolong your life
I'm not telling
Discovery is too rich

The attrition rate in the army is atrocious
Most recruits do not make it to discharge

Who do we fight?
Aliens, Lots of Aliens
Lots of different Alien Cultures

A must read for Sci-Fi and Space Opera readers
Looking forward to the next book
The Ghost Brigades
Series title: Old Man's War
5 books and counting

Music revisited and worth it!
Blue Nightfall
Jimmy LaFave

Thursday, August 14, 2014

David Gordon / The Serialist / Nothing Like It / Outstanding First Novel!

David Gordon stopped me in my tracks
I sat down and read The Serialist
Nothing else mattered

I constantly wanted to stop and highlight
Library book, No Highlighting!
I constantly wanted to stop and tweet a quote
No time for foolishness, I'm reading

Harry Block is a writer
Not literature, pulp
Harry's life is a trash heap

Harry gets an invite to visit prison
A serial killer wants to talk
The killer wants to tell his story
He wants Harry to write a book

Calamity becomes Chaos
The body count begins to rise

It's up to Harry

I have my own copy now
A rare event
Highlights and quotes to ensue

I'm taking this one home
Putting the player on repeat
And Cranking It Up!!
Guitar Town
Steve Earle