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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Genome by Sergei Lukyanenko

This story postulates a future populated by Speshes.   Speshes are genetical special humans whose parents have gene selected their future.   The age old question of nature or nurture comes to mind.   This is an entertaining story with highly provocative and thought provoking side bars.

The author successfully pulls the reader into the story with minor action and then character development.   Alex, a pilot spesh, is the main protagonist whose character development anchors the story.   Alex's choices on his crew for a mission of mystery leads he and his crew to be immersed in an intergalactic confrontation.  

The author successfully combines action, introspection and philosophy in an entertaining format.  I recommend the book.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Last Plane To Heaven by Jay Lake

A Wonderful Voice For the Genre,
You will be missed!

Sadly this is purported to be Jay Lake's last book due to his demise.  I only use the purported since I still see books by V.C. Andrews and she has been deceased for years.   This is a collection of Jay Lake short stories.   I have made it known in the past, I am not a fan of short stories.   This book was not an exception.   I liked several of the stories very much and then they were over.   There were others I didn't like at all.   I would prefer to remember Jay Lake for his outstanding trilogy on Copper Downs.

I would suggest reading Green  and  Endurance  and Kalimpura.  All three books deal with empowering women and defying the status quo.  There is a body of literature that suggests that if women were in charge there would be fewer wars.   I don’t think this is just due to the heighten sensibilities of women, nor do their lack of interest in macho posturing.  I do think there would be less conflict because when they do throw down the gauntlet, they follow it with massive overkill.  Green exemplifies that role with her temper and actions.

This book is worth reading as it shows another side of Jay Lake.   It shows some whimsy and in some cases a depth of creativity that might be beyond bizarre.  

Jay Lake's untimely demise is a blow to literature.   His mind drifted to realms that are daunting in their characterizations and scenes.

RIP Jay Lake.

Web Site: http://www.jlake.com/2010/08/14/writing-endurance-is-a-wrap/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Black Stars by Dan Krokos

This is one of the better YA SciFi stories I have read recently.   Mason Stark is a teen hero who finds living up to his reputation can provide some problems.

Mason and his team of ESC cadets find themselves wrapped up in another interstellar war.  If a back story had been provided it would be a lot clearer as to why the team feels how they feel.   The lack of a back story is the biggest flaw in this otherwise excellent teen tale. 

The characters are interesting, they exhibit the arrogance and stupidity of teenagers and they pay for it.   Of course they don't pay as high a price as real kids do if they behaved the same way.   The arrogance and stupidity comment is based on my own behavior growing up and should not be applied to kids today unless the shoe fits.

I enjoyed the story, there were some inspiring heroics and a entertaining plot.

I highly recommend the book.

Web Site: http://dankrokos.tumblr.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp

The full title of this book appears to be The Accidental Highwayman Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, his horse Midnight, A Mysterious Princess and Sundry Magical Person's Besides.  

This is a tale of a teen-age orphan thrust into magical events.   Kit is quite satisfied working for his master who is far kinder than anyone in his past life.   The demise of his master and the sudden enmity of a self centered obsessive Captain Sterne forces him to go on the run.  

His journey is be speckled with characters out of fairy tales.   Those would be the edgy, Brothers Grimm, type of fairytale characters.   The gist of the book is the journey and the inter-personal (person?) relationship with the myriad strange characters.

Kit faces adversity with courage and teen angst.   This is an excellent coming of age kind of book for young teens.

I recommend it.

Web site: http://us.macmillan.com/theaccidentalhighwayman/bentripp

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thornlost by Melanie Rawn

Touchstone  was the first book in this thought provoking series, Elsewhens is the second.  I was under the erroneous assumption that this was a trilogy. Unless Ms. Rawn wants to leave us all hang as David Weber did with  there will be at least another book.   This is a behind the scenes look at theatrical production powered not by animation but magic.   Touchstone, a group of four, has made a name for themselves as well as acquiring some serious enemies.

Precognition would be another description for one of Cayden Silversun's erratic magical abilities.   The nature of this ability escapes both Cayden and often the reader.   Mieka, his volatile elf like sidekick curbs some of his normal drug enhanced frivolity in this book.  The use of thorn is akin to the abuse of a variety of drugs.   Thorn seems to be more tailored for individuals and their genealogy which does not negate the fact that it appears to be an addiction.

Political intrigue continues in this book.   Vampirism is introduced.  Women's rights continue to be a major subtheme of the book.   Black Lightning's performances include targeted magic that appears to promote racial discrimination off a type that is similar to the Hitler racial purity concepts.   In this case racial isn't based on color but on whether goblin, elf, human, wizard, troll or giant rules your gemological background.

It seems that although Cayden postulates that theater can change society, he is shocked to discover it happening.  The interpersonal relationships between a rather large cast of characters fuels a major chunk of the prose.

The book is more thought provoking than action prone.

I recommend the book.

Web Site: http://www.melanierawn.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

WhipEye by Geoffrey Saign

 Animal rights, loss, depression and adventure feed the plot of this story.   WhipEye is a staff of power or is it merely a manifestation of a young girls power and love of animals.   Sam mourns the loss of her mother and finds herself in a struggle that threatens the fabric of her world.

The author does a nice job on showing a coming of age of a couple of kids while helping Samantha learn how to cope with her loss and recognize the loss her father is also harboring.

The pantheon of characters but good and bad are highly imaginative.   The author portrays continuations action with the characters learning from their harrowing experiences.   Charlie's wise cracking adds some levity to the terror of facing Magnar.

This is a good story that may help kids who are struggling with loss or personal growth by examples in the book. 

Web Site: http://www.geoffreysaign.net/ 

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Patton's Spaceship by John Barnes

This is another time travel, multiple universe novel.  That is not a criticism merely an observation.   This story introduces the Closer's a multiverse villain and the Athenians a counter balancing time space police force.   Mark Strang is introduced as a professional bodyguard who acquires a very personal reason for a vendetta.

Home grown terrorists are the lead in of the story.   Mark Strang is the thread that weaves through the story.  The story leads through parallel universes and ends up with a world where  Hitler won WWII.   There is even a young protégé in the wings of the name Porter.  Porter is important to multiple universes.   I smell the influence of the Terminator series.   In all fairness there are so many time traveler, multiverse, parallel world books that it would be pretty difficult not to see so similarities between plots.  That does not denigrate this book.

The plot was reasonably complex, the action was robust and interesting.   I always enjoy the named personalities and their alter egos in the alternate universes.   Patton in this book, appeared to be much more likeable than he was in our universe. 

I liked the book and hope to read further in the series.

Web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barnes_(author)

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.