On Basilisk Station
By David Weber
Honor Harrington is the real deal. She is the daughter of two physicians who is advancing her way up through the Royal Manticoran Navy using hard work, integrity, tactical genius and yes…people skills. Her Captaincy on the HMS Fearless starts out rocky but through trials, discovering insurgencies and surgically bolstering her crew the ending is something you will enjoy.
Was that vague enough to keep the spoiler trolls at bay? Maybe. They will really hate this. There is a huge space battle at the end of this between Fearless and a really overcompensating Havenite ship that makes slogging through four hundred and nineteen pages absolutely worth it if large novels repel (scare) you. There, challenge thrown down.
The copy I read was a free promotion paperback that I got at Starfest 2013 but I went on and got the free kindle version to make me legit. The series has quite a lot of books so you will not run out of stories anytime soon. Also the RMN, Royal Manticoran Navy, is a fan group that as far as I know is US spanning and probably has some members in other countries. They attend Cons in costume and have a good time. This book is published by BAEN and it has some editing issues often associated with self or indie. That is the only issue for me to give it a four out of five stars. I enjoyed it.
Red Gone Bad
By Lucy Pireel
This is a fun version of ‘Red Riding Hood’ for the adult crowd. She’s the apple of her father’s overprotective eye and the object of pity to her two best friends who presume she will live out her life as a spinster. Crafty, wily, brimming with secret desires…Red is not what anyone in this story thinks she is except maybe the ‘Wolf’.
I don’t want to spoil this excellently written and professionally edited work of fiction for you. Rest assured I liked it enough to give it four out of five gleaming canines.
By Greg Curtis
Fergis is born for a predestined purpose that only his grandmother can see in her vision of divine affected future…or past. This is a quick read that involves a time traveling expedition back to the big bang. All explorers through out history who try it get a surprise though Fergis seems to be the first and he has his own problems on board. A member of his crew is not right in the head.
I enjoyed the story.
Stormrage (The Storm Chronicles)
By Skye Knizley
Raven Storm, or Ray as her friends get to call her, is a tall red headed woman of mixed heritage. What I mean by mixed is she is part human and part vampire from birth. She can walk and kick ass day or night. As a police detective she is very close to the only partner that has ever survived the shrapnel of her very effective enforcement of justice. His name is Levac and between cheeseburgers or hot dogs he is only just starting to figure out what he has gotten into.
I enjoyed the way the authoress developed her protagonist in this book. Though I know it is the second in the series I was impressed at how it did not stagnate. Another feature of Raven that is commendable is that she does get injured and sometimes she makes mistakes. This is not typical of the current vampire works being turned out and it is refreshing.
So here is my parting thought on this book. Grab your copy, a cool drink and a quiet place to read. That will make the roar of the classic muscle cars, the shots from the Automag or Barrett, and the slicing of flesh come all that more alive in the great screen of your imagination. Four out of five awesomeness points. Well played.
By J. Conrad
Bridget and Celena are best friends in a Missouri High School. They feel like they have known each other before and fall into step with each others likes, dislikes and comfort even though they have only known each other for a few months. One day on a trip to downtown looking for some more of their signature blended Goth jewelry Bridget finds a medallion that triggers things in them both. A painting Celena makes from an image in her head helps them focus their quest for answers on a bucolic portion of Wales.
This is a great young adult novel and there is a sequel out call The Space Between Worlds. There is some violence during paranormal trips and the reader should be prepared to experience some pre-historic brutality. There is some confusion in the history blending of the background between what might have been considered before Christ agrarian society in Wales versus post Roman exodus around the end of the first millennia. If you can avoid being hung up by such things you will enjoy this adventure for the story and high quality of editing.
Four out of five enjoyment units are thus awarded to you J. Conrad. Well played.
By DL Atha
Annalice argues with her mother every time the topic of living in a house so far out in the middle of nothing comes up. Being a self-confident horse woman, single mother and competent doctor seems to have made her feel invincible as she stands her ground every time. This work shows how right mothers can be with out having to know exactly what they are talking about.
Among the vampire books I’ve read set in modern times this one excels. The back story for the vampire is enthralling, the clinical descriptive language pulls you in to see a scientific perspective and the intimate scenes convey the heat. Editing is top notch on this one. Four out of five satisfaction points are awarded to House Atha. Enjoy!
A Room with a View: Hot Down Under
By Kylie Scott
Natalie is a thirty something staying locked in her balcony apartment overlooking the pool. Her days consist of eating her stored foods which are running out and watching zombies shuffle around looking for anything still alive. Occasionally she spots her friend Angus who chucks her up some supplies while dodging or slaying zombies. There comes a day when young Angus cuts a path to her building and climbs up
Luckily he has brought supplies. The heat ramps up from there. I enjoyed it but it was short. The editing is good but the story is too short to get itself into too much trouble. I’m going to give it a three.
The Universal Mirror
By Gwen Perkins
Any one on the island of Cercia with the ability to do magic is forbidden under penalty of death or hands removed not to commit Heresy. Quentin is married to a woman he actually loves but is treated by her as if he is unworthy to wipe her shoes. He has earned this in her eyes by always being gone late and appears to be flitting around with her family money. Little does she know the loving task he has set himself in learning a new way to use his magic. He must keep it secret for he is sure the council would brand it a Heresy.
The story moves along at a fare pace and has a flavor not unlike that of stories by Kevin J. Anderson and Brandon Sanderson. It is fantasy but if I had to come up with one label to describe it I would go with “Pre-Steampunk”. Any way, I enjoyed it and it gets five satisfaction units.