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

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