The Great Hunt: Book 2 of the Wheel of Time
Written by Robert Jordan.
Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.
As the Gleeman tales unfold the legends of the Horn of Valere, Rand Allthor wants nothing but to hide from the Eye Sidai and the fact that he can channel the one power. Well we can’t always get what we want. Rand and his friends Matt, Perrin and Loyal (a young Ogyre of 90 years) embark on a perilous journey to find the Horn and a cursed dagger that is draining the life out of Matt. Rand’s lady friends from Emittsfield, Ygraine and Nine-Eve, are sent to the White tower to become Eye Sidai. They get pulled into the fight also.
I really enjoyed the crafting of this work and I expect to consume the entire series…in audio. It is a shame that Rand is such a responsibility shirking douche at times but he doesn’t want to be “Gentled” and I can sympathize with that. Five out of five enjoyment units, I recommend the series.
The Naked God
Written by Peter F. Hamilton.
Narrated by John Lee.
The third installment of The Night’s Dawn Trilogy wraps up the series in kind of a ‘Let’s get it over with vibe.’ I loved the story and how Mr. Hamilton interwove the character plots. It just seemed rushed in the end.
So, Louise and Genevieve are in the London archology being used as bait to lure out Quinn Dexter for B7-Charlie to deal with but he’s not really cooperating. They destroy an entire apartment dome scraper using a Strategic Defense (SD) X-ray laser and only manage to take out a look alike.
Meanwhile, Kiera hurts Al Capone real bad by maiming and torturing Jezebella then flees in a HellHawk with Echels in possession to fly to the Orion Nebula. They are trying to stop Joshua “LaGrange” Calvert from making contact with the sleeping god thus flinging them back into the Beyond.
It has lots of action, lots of thought provoking concepts and a real keen knack for sucking me in. Five out of five for addictive qualities, three out of five for kind of rushing the endgame (What happened to Charlie or Jezebella?) and five out of five for narration. This series is well worth the time and effort!
The Reality Dysfunction.
Written by Peter F. Hamilton. Narrated by John Lee.
Absolutely immersing literature never mind that the deadtree version is thick as a Washington DC phone book. The characters are developed and you feel what they feel. The first breaking into the Beyond occurs because an Involuntary Transport (IVET) named Quinn Dexter conducts a Satanic ritual on a stage 1 colony planet called Lalonde. The ritual doesn’t cause it so much as something else, something curious, something alien with enough energy to hold the door open to the insane souls scrambling through to possess living humans.
Read this then listened to it on audible. Out standing. Five by Five for storytelling, and delivery.
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Written by Ian Thomas Healy.
Has been 80s porn star John Irish is on the verge of taking gigs just so he can afford to eat cat food. Taking a job where is is the creepy old dude getting enjoyed by Mindy Copperhead he finds out that that there is a planet of women who need him to provide genetic material. The fact that he got himself snipped as protection in his hay day doesn’t seem to be a factor.
The further he gets away from the one gravity of earth the less ancient he feels and some of his hormones are leading him to make interesting choices. Let’s just say that the planet that “lost” all their men to a conquering enemy…is a little bit shady as the unfolding plot will reveal.
I got this work in paperback form from the Author at Fort Collins Comicon. He saw me and of all his works he picked up this one. Not sure what that says about me. The writing and editing was very well done. The storyline is unique…except in several B soft porn movies. I’m giving this 4 out of 5 enjoyment points.
Bloodshot Reborn Colorado
Published by Valiant.
Created by Lemire, Suayan, Allen and Baron.
Scientists used nanites to make Ray an unstoppable killing machine for the controllers at Project Rising Spirit. The Geomancer helped him to shed the nanites and come back down to mortal. He reached his breaking point and exiled himself to become a handyman at a Colorado flea bag motel.
Now the nanites are on the lose infecting random people who start going on copy cat shooting sprees. Every new one Ray hears about drives him deeper into shame and depression until he finally accepts…he is still Bloodshot and he must clean this up.
Excellent pacing and artwork. I’m always amazed at the quality of Valiant publishing. Four out five for originality, artwork and quality.
Written by Ben L. Hughes
Humans, in our current state are frail, prone to diseases and for the most part free-thinking. Dr. Stone and his ego planned to improve on all that with the blessing of DARPA and the Joint Chiefs. Excellent setup for the down fall.
The story is a tale of survival in an environment where an active biological agent is seeking to enslave the human race. It is well told as characters develop, some get killed off, and the internal workings of clan leadership are explored. Every bit of this story is scientifically feasible.
I’m very happy with the quality of this book. Four out of five enjoyment units are thus awarded.
Landfall and Revolution are books 1 and 2 in the Ships Series by Jerry Aubrin. The two main protagonists, Zax and Kalare, are growing up in an Enders Game type culture where credits and demerits determine their future. They will either climb the ranks of the military crew of the giant asteroidal ship they live on or they will be frozen to be pooped out on a maybe human compatible world as colonists.
No one in this culture wants to be poop. I found the storyline to be very entertaining. This would make for a good tween to teen series as there is some violence and mature decision making. The editing could use another pass. Three out of five stars awarded.