Ruinland Chronicles Vol. 1
By C.J. Anderson
This is really a short story. In being a short story it relied on a large amount of data dump in the start to set the scene. Then it became a story not unlike Harlon Ellison’s I have no mouth and I must scream. The story is well crafted but may have been better suited to a full length novel and that is the main reason I am giving a three out of five satisfaction units. Yes the author can certainly come back and say you should get the sequels. I would return and say I do not turn to reading as my major form of entertainment to sift through a bunch of serialized short stories. If your story is worthy of novel length then make it a novel.
By Shane Stadler
Will Thompson has been convicted of a crime with circumstantially evidence and some potentially bought testimony. His conviction and sentencing makes him a prime candidate to be recruited for…experimentation. All the things that people suspect might happen to a prisoner who becomes a non-entity come to life in this work about a man who endures torture one day at a time because he volunteered.
Very intricate conspiracy is woven into this book and it is well crafted. I especially liked how the author built and portrayed the characters responsible for experimenting on Dr. Thompson Their predilections surface when ever any possible control casts a blind eye. Five different points of view are masterfully employed in the telling of this story.
I’m giving this one the rare five out of five stars, thumbs-up, cupcakes…whatever. I enjoyed and recommend this book with a warning that it is not for children.
Warriors of the Atlantean Empire
By C.L. Pardington
Crehon is the ruler of Atlantis and he has received an ultimatum from another island nation. Surrender or be conquered. That’s quite a choice. Atargatis, ruler of the Mer people of Oceania is a friend to Atlantis and chooses to side with them in the coming fight. They both have beautiful mates that they love more than life itself. Both kingdoms will risk all to remain free from the approaching conquest.
Descriptions of the under sea realm are well done, bringing sea dragons to life in the imagination.
This is a story with love, battle, betrayal and some tragedy. It is also excellently written and edited. This gets a four out of four satisfaction units from me. Well done.
The Space Between Worlds
By J. Conrad
This sequel to the book Lake Caerwych is a continuation of the adventures of Bridget and Celena. The curator from the Welsh museum lets Bridget know that the chests they turned in had many valuable things but there was one box that held nothing besides a piece of common shale. It’s the simple things that are deceiving.
As the two protagonists discover more of their inherited power and past life history a vengeful being from the past keeps them on their toes. All the stress leads to a journey even further back than that of book one.
The story is fast paced and fun even when for several chapters they live another life. So far both books I have read in this series have entertained and been high quality products. The Space Between Worlds gets four stars out of five from me.
Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift
By Elise Stokes
A YA novel with Cassidy being a middle teen who has mutant capabilities. In this second installment of the series she is trying to adjust to her new situation without endangering herself or her loved ones. Along the way she finds herself battling for the greater good of human-kind, a species that she no longer feels she is a member.
The book was well written and even gives her a love interest in a “Doogie Houser” style character and some other guy she feels is…hot. Yes, wouldn’t be a YA mutant saves the world…okay, just Seattle…story without that.
I thought it was fun and I enjoyed Cassidy’s character. I give it four out of five units of satisfaction.