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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hawksbill Station by Robert Silverberg


The United States is rocked by a revolution.  The revolutionaries become the establishment and so it goes on.   This is story of counter-revolutionaries and their isolation at Hawksbill Station, in the remote past.   Remote being prior to any life but rudimentary sea life.

The story follows Barrett from his teen years to and through his incarceration at Hawksbill Station.

The story was not fast paced nor would I think it would rank high in the ranks of Silverberg works.   It plodded.


Sadly too much of the totalitarian aspects of the book smack of current Portland Oregon. 

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Friday, August 7, 2020

In the Stormy Red Sky by David Drake

Drake can be somewhat annoying with the ease that he sucks you into his series.   This is another Daniel Leary RCN book.  Daniel is accompanied on his adventures by Adele Mundy, Hogg and Torvera as recurring and while not lovable

characters, certainly memorable.

The entire series is predictable.  Leary gets into trouble, the Republic of Cinabar gets into trouble and against insurmountable odds, Leary gets the job done.  

Regardless of being predicable, I love these books and consistently are impressed by Drakes ability to highlight camaraderie, honor and loyalty.

RCN Forever!!

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Dragon Hour by Connie Flynn

Luke is drawn into an unwanted adventure when his cousin Kevin is pulled into a supposed harmless robbery.   The adventure takes them out of NYC and puts them in an unexpected time and place.
Lochlorriane is a Scottish town of the 1600s.   It has been pulled into some type of alternate universe along with a predatory dragon.  Luke, Kevin and some thugs find themselves joining this bubble universe much to their dismay. 

Luke and Kevin meet the loves of their lives and yet need to return home.   Caryn, meets her hero but finds he isn’t what she expected.

This is an entertaining book that I recommend. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Last Command By Lindsay Buroker

This is a prequel to Star Nomad.   I reviewed it back in 2018.   Leonidas is a cyborg and he is charged to protect the Emperor’s son, Thorian.

This novella details the cause and the result of the destruction of the Emperor’s last redoubt.   Buroker has the ability to insert humor and pathos in a story.   She sucks you into another time and placed and you feel for the characters.

I have been impressed with her work before and astounded by her volume of work.

I recommend this book and the series.



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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey



This looked like an interesting series.  The first book is this one and it has an in depth character study of Phedre, a bonded servant.   Phedre can earn her marque to eventually be truly free.  
The book details her study of the amorous and perverted arts.  

I found the text to be overly florid.  The style seems to be romance novel with shades of gray and treachery.   I was unable to relate or even care about the plot or the characters.

I suspect that romance readers will revel in this series but for me it was a bit of a yawn. 

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Now, Then, And Everywhen by Rysa Walker

 This book was confusing.  I found myself wondering if I was now, then or when.  It is a time travel book and it provides interesting theories on the resolving of or creating of paradoxes.  Add in the multiverse and genetic modifications and you have a wealth of variables.

I think the most interesting aspect of the book was the afterword where the author delves into some of her concerns.   That seemed very genuine.

This is a book that will demand concentration for you to comprehend where or when you are.  I, personally, did not have sufficient concentration to truly enjoy the book.   I am sure there is more to it than what I got. 

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Solar Warden by Ian Douglas

This is the beginning of a series and I am really looking forward to reading more.   The premise is that all of the rumors about Area 51 and aliens’ visits have a grain of truth.   Mark Hunter, a Navy SEAL, finds himself directing a mixed band of special ops troops.   Said troops are to provide security for a starship.

The author suggests through his Hunter character that the secretiveness of the government program and the hiding of the actual existence of alien being should be corrected.

The plot draws from some actual suppositions in the past which enhances its credibility.

There were some pages that caused eyes to glaze over with paradoxical premises.  

Overall, the book was very good and I look forward to the next volume.


As an aside, considering the number of potentially inhabitable planets in just our galaxy, it is the height of arrogance to assume we are the only intelligent (often questionable) life to be found. 

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