Thursday, November 5, 2015

Adam Mansbach / The Dead Run / Page Burning Thriller

Adam Mansbach can make you turn pages
The Dead Run defies genera placement
The pages turn none the less
The Jess Galvan Series will hook you

In The Dead Run 
Jess is just trying to do the right thing
Save his daughter, from the cult mom joined
Save a Mexican hooker from some very bad people
Save the World from an Aztec God
Pretty much average day after average day

The plotting makes complete sense
Convoluted it may be
It makes perfect sense to the reader

Fans of Richard Kadrey's Sand Man Slim series
This may be a good choice for you, it was for me

Music revisited
Not for the faint
Trout Mask Replica
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Alex Marshall / A Crown For Cold Silver / A Delightful Abundance Of Diversity

A Crown for Cold Silver
A terrific debut by Alex Marshall

My kind of characters
Flawed, Broken, Irreverent
Indomitable at their core

My kind of Epic Fantasy
Sprawling, Conniving, Bloody
Interesting magic, not over used

I'm a big fan of first novels
This on stands tall
I want more

Ryan Bingham
Junky Star  ocn644730229
Not on the CDs in the library
My Very Favorite Song
Until I'm One With You (listen up on YouTube)
(Theme song to The Bridge TV series)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

James S. A. Corey / Nemesis Games / Brilliant, Engrossing, Captivating Back Stories / Best Of The Best / Space Opera

I hope you are already reading the Expanse series
This is The Space Opera of this moment in time
The SyFy Channel will be airing the new series soon
They say December

The first book owned me from the opening
The next four did not skip a beat

The character development is complete
Or so I thought
Book five, Nemesis Games, woke me up

The Rocinante goes in for repairs, lots of repairs
The four main characters scatter
All have their secrets
Secrets we did not know

Jim, Oh Captain my Captain
You didn't notice this stuff?
Okay, Okay, neither did I
We're a little dense
A little stubborn
Okay, a lot stubborn, very dense

What Were You Thinking?
How Could You?
Oh, How do you live with that?
What in Hell are you going to do?
What will they do?
Messy, Messy Messy
I'm with you, I understand, Keep Walking

Alex and Amos
My kind of "A" Team
And I thought I knew you

How could I love these characters any more?
Book 5, Nemesis Games, that's how
Back stories on the crew

James S. A. Corey, a pseudonym
Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck

Lindi Ortega
Faded Gloryville
Alt-Country, Americana, Canadiana

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Paolo Bacigalupi / The Water Knife / Riveting Near Future Thriller

Paolo Bacigalupi owns our near future
It started with The Windup Girl
Along came his YA hit Ship Breaker
He has my undivided attention
Again in YA I devoured The Drowned Cities
Now another Adult SF The Water Knife, WoW

Bacigalupi is really hitting his stride
As the title suggests
It's all about the water
Who has the rights
What people are willing to do

The landscape and lives being lived
Lush or Bleak
There is no middle ground to speak of

With the current drought in South West
He placed the action right where it is
Action there is, lots of it
The pages fly

The characters
People to invest in
People to cheer for
Don't miss the new one
Don't miss any of the above

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kathleen Baldwin / A School For Unusual Girls / YA Historical Fiction Romance

Thank goodness for simple stories
Told blisteringly fast
No heavy thinking required
Just Escape
Just what I needed

New to the YA collection
A School For Unusual Girls
The first Stranje House Novel
By Kathleen Baldwin

Young ladies don't do science
Young ladies don't burn barns down experimenting
Young ladies must not be "unusual"

Georgiana Fitzwilliam does science
Georgiana Fitzwilliam is "unusual"
Georgiana Fitzwilliam burned the barn down

Georgiana is taken to Miss Stranje's school
A school where "unusual" girls
Are tortured and beaten into submission
So they say

The girls Georgie meets at school
They all have their proclivities
They are all "unusual"

The Napoleonic Europe is at war with itself
Countries are teetering on the brink of destruction
The abundance of spies and counter spies, staggering

The Empire will do anything to avert invasion
Even putting young women in harms way

The Decemberists
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World