Written by Pierce Brown.
Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
Darrow is a hell-diver of a clan that doesn’t get any laurels for accomplishing feats of daring, progress or achievement. He braves pit vipers( something different yet the same on Mars), a 90′ drill and heat that can burn the “Fry suit” off of you body.
Dissidence is punishable by flogging and in some cases by hanging where you better hope someone likes you enough to pull on your legs and quicken it.
Darrow is a Red. Humans are in caste now by their colors and Red is the lowest yet most populous caste. After Darrow’s wife, Eo, gets hung it is on bitches.
Darrow becomes a Gold through the help of Dancer and a cutter. He enters the institute and survives to win using tactics the institute has not witness before. Enjoy his road to victory and discovery!
Five out of five entertainment units of your choice!
The Rolling Stones
Written by Robert A. Heinlein.
Narrated by Tom Weiner.
This is a relatively delightful piece from the author of Stranger in a Strange Land, Girl Friday and Starship Troopers. The Rolling Stones, sans Mick and Keith, is a story about the family Stone living in the Lunar Colony. Sporting a family of six plus Grandma they purchase a small cargo cruiser to tour the solar system and have adventures while discovering things.
Comes across like Father Knows Best meets Lost in Space with real science fiction-fact. The rockets are all NERVAs using Hydrogen as the propellant of choice. They use Hohmann Transfer Orbits to maximize fuel efficiency and experience real zero gravity issues.
A fun work and though dated still reads true. Three out of five entertainment units.
The Cycle of Arawn: The Complete Trilogy
Written by Edward W. Robertson.
Narrated by Tim Gerald Reynolds.
Dante Galand is for all intents and purposes an orphan from a small village where a priest had taken him in and introduced him to a quest for knowledge. By sixteen he had launched himself out of the village and fully into a quest to learn about Arawn. This quickly led him into mugging drunks nightly to stave off starvation, killing a guard hanging around an old temple so he could get a precious copy of a book, hiring his own private thug (Blase Buckler) and eventually being mentored by Callimandicus, a centenarian Nethermancer who wants his head council position back. That is a large bit of the beginning but storyline is only part of the experience.
There are a wealth of species in this tale also. Some kind of lizard folk play a small role as disposable assassins, seven foot tall nomadic clannish hominids called Norren and some really fantastical predator called a Capper that has huge horns, scales and is resistant to most any weapon.
I really enjoy how Dante and Blase play off of each other and others with their constant dry humor. The Antagonists are good too, Cassinder the monologuing bastard trying to enslave everyone, King Morddegan who wants…everything, Samarand who wants to every city in revolt and The Minister who wants to destroy the rest of the world in revenge.
I consumed this work in audible form during my never ending work commute and I enjoyed it immensely. The storyline and narration really never sagged though in the later chapters there four or more places where there were repeats in the narration missed in editing. No problem though, it didn’t detract much.
Good job! Giving this work four out of five entertainment units.
The Ferrokin Origin: Part One
Writing and Artwork by Jennifer Swartwood.
The Kaid clinic does advanced research on serums designed to rescue a victim who has suffered metal poisoning. Family of Dominic Kaid have been dying off in accidents, one suicide in unfortunate rapidity leaving him to be the last. As most special powered heroes receive their powers so does he in an extraordinary explosion of various molten metals and timely injections of their experimental vaccines.
An additional mystery pops up in the disappearance of Seul Island from the bay. The island has been gone for a couple of years but fresh bodies keep washing up from it. Dominic emerges from his coma and goes hero like. Enough with the spoilers, this is very good original work.
The story blends researched science with science fiction to give birth to a lore. Artwork is superb and doesn’t leave the reader scratching their head going ‘what is that?’. This is five out of five material folks and that’s what I’m giving it. Five by Five. Enjoy!
By the way, I got my copy signed by the creator at 2015 Denver ComicCon.
Rose of Crimson
Written by Zrinka Jelic
Three centuries ago places the inner tale of this story at just the beginning of the seventeen hundreds. Feuds between noble houses, flint locks, casting one’s self into the sea…ah, that’s the life. Most vampire books go with the tried and worn out method of ‘Bite, suck, change and watch out for that UV’. Not this one.
Miles has literally ghosted into the life of a Croatian woman named Kate in Twenty first Century Toronto. She has exams to study for, a burden of student loans and thinks she might be going mad under her Great-great-…-great Gandma’s curse. Miles reveals himself and makes a bargain with her to get his story written down, then he will leave her alone. She realizes that he is the one she saw as a little girl visiting a Castle on the Adriatic.
Okay, not going to give you the cliff notes version just going to say it is a very well crafted story. It has what I’m coming to realize are common editing issues but they do not detract from the story. I liked it and I can tell you since Twilight I really stay away from vampire stories these days. I’m giving this a four out of five entertainment points. Well done.
Popcorn asteroids and easy glide tampon applicators ! Special ….effects!
I think Richard Kiel as the Solan Knight was really interesting. 1961 and still Black and White?
Extra thrust baby!
Harbinger Volume Three: Harbinger Wars
Written by Joshua Dysart. Artwork by Trevor Hairsine and Khari Evans.
Toyo Harada, a psiot activated by the bombing of Hiroshima and mentored by the Bleeding monk has been in a decades long race against Rising Spirit Securities to produce psiots. Psiots are the next evolution of the human race or perhaps a split of the race into psiots and transhumans. They have traditionally been activated by trauma, torture or some of the more humane ways that Toyo has discovered. Now is the time for generation zero, kids who’ve been activated and escaped from RSS to take over the Bellagio and be kids for a brief time.
This volume centers on the Bellagio. The RSS escapees including Cronus are waiting on others of their family who were rescued by the Cyborg Bloodshot to arrive. They are also joined by the Renegades, a group of kids who escaped from Harbinger Foundation (Harada). The convergence occurs at the Bellagio with a massive psiot and military battle. Somebody at Valiant hates that hotel-casino.
The storyline is well done with back story fed to the reader occasionally of how the RSS vs. Harbinger thing began in the 1960s. The artwork is really excellent and surpasses most anything I’ve seen put out by Marvel or DC. These are quality. I’m giving this one 5 out of 5 for sheer audacity. Enjoy!