The Vril Codex
By Ben Manning
This work takes place in modern day Berlin with flashbacks to 1930s nationalism. The religion of the Thule Society led by Helena Hister sets the backdrop for the paranormal interaction of Ghosts, Demons, and revitalized old maniacs. I don’t want to give any more spoilers but rest assured, Nazis enamored of the cult of Thule are responsible for pretty much all of the worlds ills.
I enjoyed the construction of the story though at times the pace felt almost pushed. Editing really does need another pass for misused and missing words if nothing else. There are moments when Helena is monologuing that could be built out to bring the reader a larger understanding of how Vril empowers her goals. This is not my normal genre but I will give it three units of satisfaction.
Hit a dry spell on reading as the two works I finished were not mention worthy. I am starting on a new read tonight after just having finished the month and a half ordeal of making Next You Interstellar LLC into a serialized audio book. Intros, Outros, scene changes, background noises to bring the scenes to life…So much better than just some 49ish dude reading it to you. Any way it was a lot of work and I hope you all enjoy, share and get interested in the books.
I’ll be back soon with another review, not to worry.
The Marann (Tales of Tolari Space)
by Christie Meierz
I was so taken by this author’s Novella Into Tolari Space that I upended my list to read the first book which after reading it I feel it should probably be read after Into Tolari Space. Despite Amazon’s best attempt to screw with the order of things I enjoyed this book very much.
A ‘civilized’ school teacher from a outwardly technologically advanced world, Earth, travels to Tolar to be a tutor in Earth languages to the Suralian heir-to-be. She is to be isolated from her species, home world and familiar things. Observing new customs, finding ways to interact with a people who look human and coming to terms with her own buried terrors of intimacy. Even Earth technology is offensive to these sensitive and turbulent people.
Does this sound like “The King and I”? Maybe if Tolar were Siam(aka Thailand) but it is not and the layers of lore in this book are fantastically crafted. Though no real techno-babble is flagrantly tossed around regarding how Earth has made interstellar travel feasible, the biological and mental topics explored make this a science fiction jewel.
Well crafted story, great characters, science in the science fiction and excellent editing make this well worth the reading time. Five out of five semi-gratuitous units of pleasure are henceforth awarded.
Into Tolari Space (Tales of Tolari Space)
by Christie Meierz
Earth origin humans are exploring the neighboring systems and starting to stretch their interstellar legs. Meeting new beings peacefully should be the highest outcome of this endeavor to merge with a Trade Alliance. Tolar is a world easily reachable in stellar terms and is populated by humanoid beings who visibly resemble pre-industrial humans.
Appearances are deceiving. An excellent novella constructed in the form of two versions of the first contact story told from two points of view. The editing of this work is top notch. Five out of five stars.
by Elaine Raco Chase
Casey is a very capable reporter. She has climbed her way to the peak of her career before the age of thirty through hard work, excellent writing and taking on the challenging stories that move people to action. Though she has attained the highest award available in that line of work she is burned out and unhappy. All that success as a career woman and her insecurities about her looks, her height and the mirror-reinforced fact that she will never be Twiggy have teamed up to make her very depressed and lonely.
Deciding to chuck it all she tells her boss she is quitting and takes his offer to use his Mexican hide-away to write her novel. The novel is not the only thing she discovers there.
I truly enjoyed this story. The author takes us inside the mind of a woman who should be on top of the world and treats us to the disassembly of rational thought at least three times which gives the main character depth. The sub-plot to turn loose what you love and see if it comes back occurs more than once in this work with the same result which really stacks up the evidence that somebody is…insane.
The was a fun book to read and an excellent vacation for the mind. Some editing flubs could be fixed but they did not interfere with enjoying the story. Four out of five orgasmic units joy are hereby awarded.
The Dragon Dimension: Caught in the Dragon Cove
by Ressa Empbra
Iax is very entertaining as a protagonist who is for all intents and purposes out of her element. If it were not for her guide-conscience-companion Gemma she would have been many times over. Then the hormones kicked in and what remains of sanity grabbed it’s hat off the rack before pushing the emergency exit door.
A fun work to read it has a bit of a ‘Hell-Boy’ feel to it as you discover Iax is not from Earth to begin with, at least not the one in this dimension. Though she is competent to the point of over confidence in most things she does both on Earth and in other dimensions she still has a magnet inside tilting her decision-making toward poor choices.
Editing was good but I found the slang the main character used kind of over done. Three out of five units of satisfaction.
A daughter of a friend of mine attends a college for the deaf and I’m re-posting this Public Service Announcement she made. Warning: There is mild cursing compared to some things flying around these days but it is well written and thought out. Enjoy!
I need to talk….
(note: this doesn’t necessarily apply to you if you’re deaf…..)
Many Deaf people really do not understand personal boundaries. This is something I only learned while being a student here at NTID. Stop asking me why I am dating someone not in the deaf bubble. I don’t appreciate the constant prying and asking why I’m not with someone fluent in ASL…
I thought that by choosing NTID over Gallaudet, I’d be done of with this issue.
Simply because deaf culture exists, doesn’t mean we Deaf people are a monolithic entity. This goes for both hearies and deafies. But I am addressing my fellow Deafies right now. If someone can speak clearly and with a hearing aid or cochlear implant, that gives you no right to look down at them for the personal choices they made for themselves. Key word: Personal fucking choices. Same with the near-mute Deafies who choose to only rely on ASL and a little oral speaking (like me). Don’t judge those people either, or any one person in the middle of the spectrum or anywhere in it.
Deaf culture needs to work on encouraging empathy, discouraging point blank judgements of others and gossip, and learn to work as a team despite each one of us being different.