Vargyr and Charles Wilson have a problem. Life plus perception. Crime and Punishment is a short story encompassing how trapped we all are. I’ve tried to give you a taste without spoilers here and I hope I’ve succeeded. A very good short story and I recommend it for an evening’s reading.
The first book of the series by J.K. Accinni is a medium length science fiction work mainly set in the early twentieth century where is also accomplishes the telling of a piece of historical fiction. Nettie is the protagonist mainly and she is wedded, just short of sold, out of poverty at the age of seventeen to a forty plus robber baron lawyer. Abuse and torture seem to be the basis for this marriage that she escapes.
Not wanting to give away spoilers she meets an alien, though she doesn’t make that leap, and her fortunes change for long enough to enjoy some life. This tale is well engineered and lays the ground work for the sequel which according to the synopsis is set in the twenty-first century.
Alien encounter stories in present or past history are difficult to pull off due to the author having to get their research for the scene to a robust level that will have the potentially ‘know more’ audience able to enjoy the story. I’m going to go with J.K. pulled it off. Excellent job, especially with painting the scenes regarding prohibition.
Rex Cresting: Book Two of Elei’s Chronicles
by Chrystalla Thoma
Elei continues the adventure started in the book Rex Rising only now he is starting to piece together parts of a message that he thought were just shards of dreams. The new disease that is gaining ground in his body is giving him superhuman powers. He will need every edge he can get to solve the mystery his mentor left and help the world emerge from the Gultur oppression. In this installment Elei begins to feel for the people around him and a family starts to take shape.
Creepy bit is his hallucinations and the disease controlling animals in order to protect him. I’m cheering this series on.
This is the second of a series that is more than a trilogy in YA to adult science fiction and it is very addicting. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
Rex Rising: Book One of Elei’s Chronicles
by Chrystalla Thoma
Elei is a sixteen to seventeen year old orphan who was discovered in a trash dump as a baby. Saved by a benevolent trash picker who uses one parasite to combat the others that are trying to ravage his body he ends up the chauffeur of another woman who treats him as her son until she is killed. An adventure of harrowing twists begins as Elei tries to fulfill the wishes of his dead benefactor, find the revolutionaries known as the Undercurrent and help bring change to a world of oppression and gendercide.
This is the first of a series that is more than a trilogy in YA to adult science fiction and it is very addicting. I enjoyed it and recommend it.