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Friday, March 22, 2019

Voices of the Fall edited by John Ringo and Gary Poole

As often as I say I am not fond of short stories, I find myself reading them.  This is another book that is related to John Ringo’s series Black Tide Rising which is a zombie apocalypse series.

It is always interesting to see how different authors put their spin on someone else’s work.   They maintain continuity with Ringo’s premise but provide outlooks that are often refreshing.


I’ve found that pretty much anything Ringo is involved with is a good read. 

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Man-Kzin Wars XV by Larry Niven


This is a collection of short stories about the interrelationship of the Kzin, a race of feline carnivores, and man.  Larry Niven was the editor of the project that included man name brand authors. The Kzin were the premier predator in their environment until they ran across man.   War followed and the Kzin were contained by man much to their racially collective chagrin.   Peace ensued but a very uneasy peace.  These stories chronicle some of the incidents that continue to mar the enforced peace.

One of the stories told of Trask, a renegade Kzin warrior who refused to accept the patriarch’s down grading of the Kzin females’ intelligence.  Trask ends up providing the basis for a legend.

Another shows the difficulty of Man-Kzin interaction on a mission to discover a new intelligent species with the hope of gaining a competitive edge in the uneasy peace.

I am not overly fond of short story collections but this was an entertaining read. 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Children No More by Mark L. Van Name


This is a scifi book making a point.   The point is that children should not be used as soldiers.   The author’s frustration is that perhaps “only” 300,000 kids are being used as soldiers.  Only 300,000 is a horrific number but it doesn’t seem large enough to get the international community outraged enough to try harder to end it.   That is the point behind this novel.   A good story with a very sad basis made it hard sometimes to read it.

Van Name writes a good story and apparently has a good heart as the proceeds of this book go to Falling Whistles to rehabilitate children in war.   www.fallingwhistles.com or www.chldrennomore.com


I recommend the book.


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip



This is a morality play.  McKillip’s protagonists Sybel and Coren demonstrate hatred and redemption, the rest are the trappings of the plot.
This is also a love story and love often can be rocky.   The story has fantastic beasts, magic, love, dominance, hatred and redemption.

I enjoyed it. 

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, March 2, 2019

The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst


This is a follow up to the Renthia Trilogy.   This takes place on the same world but instead of forests the setting is on islands.   Mayara is a diver.  She dives into the sea and has a secret.  She is getting married when a storm interrupts her marriage.

Durst has created a wonderfully complex world.  She has done an excellent job crafting characters who are both human and heroic.  It was interesting how she pulled Garnah into this book from the trilogy, an amoral character in a book of terribly moral characters certainly stands out. 

Durst is truly impressive with her colorful and lovable or hateful characters.  I found this story as wonderfully complex and compelling as her previous books.

I highly recommend. 

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Spotlight on Mimadamos: The Eden of Choice by Chadi B. Ghaith

GNOSTIC DRUZE BRINGS ANCIENT BELIEFS TO LIGHT IN  

MIMADAMOS: THE EDEN OF CHOICE



BEIRUT, Lebanon –Lebanese author Chadi B. Ghaith brings beliefs that were held in secrecy for a thousand years to awareness in his latest book:  Mimadamos: The Eden of Choice  (Fifthscience  Inc. , July 5, 2017).  Ghaith’s first book revolves around an ancient triangle of the most significant characters on earth, paralleled by three of the most significant forces in life, and their combined story in space and time. Journey through this fable and explore the ideas that have mystified mankind for centuries: good and evil, heaven and hell, the beginning and end of the world. 

Did the ending precede the beginning? Are we only here on earth to comprehend its machinations? Is there room for choice to shape our
destiny in the wake of fate and its brutal logic?  Mimadamos is a unique, philosophically-rich fantasy which journeys through the depths of conflict and harmony that we understand as the spirit. It decodes the magic of the most ancient scripts known to man, the symbolic fall from Eden and the long anticipated armageddon, revealing a logic so unique that it brings history to its conclusive end.  

CHADI B GHAITH has spent many years introducing an ancient mind science referred to as  Fifthscience to the public;  Mimadamos is his first attempt at translating the magic of  Fifthscience in a modern narrative.  He is a native of Lebanon, however he  acquired his high school and university levels in Texas. Ghaith studied Arts and Film at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He now lives in Beirut with his wife and three children. You can connect with him at https://www.mimadamos.com/  .  

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

House of Assassins by Larry Correia


This is part of the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, a series.   This book stood alone okay.   Ashok, is a Protector which appears to be like a US Marine, once a Protector, always a Protector.  This volume is his quest to protect Thera, the prophet.

There are a number of side stories that tie in, such as the Grand Inquisitor’s plot and the missing Librarian.  Colorful characters such as Gutch, blacksmith and thief, provide detail and interest to the overall plot.

I enjoyed the book but feel that starting at the beginning of the saga, I would have enjoyed it more. 


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