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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Gun Runner by Larry Correia and John Brown



This is a classic space opera.   Jackson Rook grew up as a child warrior.   He had the mental abilities to be able to mind control a mechanized warbot.   His PTSD was not all psych, a large part of it was due to invasive malware attacking his implanted hardware.  Saved by the Captain of the galactic freighter the Tar Heel, Jackson was comfortably ensconced as a crew member.  The Tar Heel and its crew were forced to realize that they violated their ethical code by supplying weapons to the Warlord of Swindle.  Their ensuing actions are the fuel for the plot of the book.

Mech Warrior was a Microsoft computer game that I played years and years ago.   There was a rush of adrenalin suiting up in your Mech and sometimes stomping on enemies.  The authors capitalize on that feeling.  The ability to shed your feeble organic body and morph into a mechanical force of nature would be intoxicating and addictive.   Jackson had some issues which precluded him from diving back into his mechanical paradise.  

Swindle is an inhospitable planet that has a valuable resource and whose original colonists discovered the true meaning of the name of the planet.

Jane, a mysterious IT guru, provides a wonderful menagerie of bots. 

I enjoyed this book, the mechs, the bots and the creatures. 


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Saturday, January 16, 2021

The Dragon Revenant by Katherine Kerr



This is a sequel to The Bristling Wood.   The disappearance of Rhodry Maelwaedd has thrown Deverry into turmoil.   Jill is determined to find him.   She is joined by his brother, Salamander, and they search for Rhodry.

The wizard Nevyn is prominent in this book as well as the last.   Salamander shows his irreverence to the Dweomer to finance his and Jill’s hunt.   There are some very evil villains who are trying to both destroy Nevyn and put Deverry in disarray.

There is plenty of action and introspection.

I recommend the book. 

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Fairhaven Rising by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.



Another homerun!  Modesitt never fails to capture me with is writing.  I would link to my reviews of his books but the number of links would be overwhelming.   The Saga Of Recluce may be my favorite of his series if I had to choose.  This is, I believe, number 22 in the series.   Beltur, the main protagonist of the last book is now a secondary character with his deceased, closest friend’s daughter, Taelya, as the current protagonist.  Once again, Fairhaven, is beset by the plots of its larger, totalitarian neighbors.

I liked the way Modesitt includes subtle criticism of societal ills, showcasing greed and the need for power by less than capable rulers.

Taelya and Kaeryla learn the strength of cooperation between diverse talents, a perfect object lesson to accept diversity.  The fact that the main characters are female in a male dominated world and not, in the least, intimidated by that fact is refreshing.   I love strong female protagonists! 

At my age, I find myself less prone to being captivated by an author.  It takes extraordinary talent to craft a book that I won’t willing put down.   Modesitt has that talent. 

I strongly recommend the book and the series. 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Bristling Wood by Katherine Kerr



This book follows up Daggerspell and Darkspell.   I can’t link to the reviews since I read the books some time in my distant past.   This book makes some assumptions that you have a recollection of the previous books.   I don’t.   However, I still enjoyed the book.   The are a wealth of characters and some confusion comes from the number of them.   The kingdom of Deverry is the location and the war between light and dark is the theme.

Jill is one of my favorite characters and her resiliency in bouncing back from adversity.   There is, of course, a senior wizard, Nevyn or in the case of Kerr, a well-versed practitioner of Dweomer, her version of magic.

There is good action and a somewhat confusing plot.

I recommend the book and will be starting the next title immediately. 

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs



This is a novella that precedes the Alpha and Omega series.   Anna thinks she is a submissive and abused werewolf.  She is 50% correct.  Charles comes the Marrok to find out what is going on in the Chicago packs.

Charles is a very dominant werewolf and Anna has been abused.   Anna’s expectations are not met in any way she imagined.   There is action tension and sexual tension.  

Briggs does a masterful job in making you believe in her world. 


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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Domesticating Dragons by Dan Koboldt

Well crafted and engaging!

Being a dragon lover for as long as I can remember, I expected to love this book and I DID!

Kolboldt postulates a not too distant future where genetic engineering allows engineers to create dragons.  The dragons have issues which is where Noah Parker finds his niche.

Anthropomorphism figures into my own writing and I always enjoy seeing it used.  The dragons are a reflection of the designer.   The customer support call logs were hysterical.

I recommend the book to anyone interested in genetic engineering to get a picture of a possible future.  For dragon lovers, this is a must-read!

I highly recommend it. 


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Monday, December 21, 2020

Vettius and His Friends By David Drake



I appreciate the fact that Drake enjoys Roman history.  I struggled with Latin one but excelled in Latin two because we got to read Cesar’s Galic Chronicles.   War stories grabbed my interest and gave me the best grades I ever go in languages.   This book is a series of short stories with a Roman theme.   Roman times provide the setting and Drake’s imagination adds the magic or science fiction to the setting.

I am not fond of short stories but I enjoyed thisl 

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