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Friday, January 18, 2019

Spotlight on O'Brian Gunn's Furies Thus Spoke




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O’Brian Gunn assembles a new generation of complex, misfits champions in a diverse, dynamic superhero story for the 21st Century.

The heralds of the new age are here...in all their furious glory!

Alpha-Omegas: Humans blessed/cursed with abnormal abilities that manifest in anyone at any time.

A scientist discovers an unexplained force emitting from his hands.

A disturbed woman's personality and sanity split between an actual angel and a demon.

A vigilante copies Alpha-Omega abilities by injecting stolen blood.

A socialite wakes up...dead...in the arms of a necrophile.

A parole officer burns with platinum flames and becomes the Sovereign of God.

A detective finds himself unable to protect his city against superpowered criminals.

They didn't ask to be part of the world of Alpha-Omegas. They only wanted to live normal lives. But there’s no arguing with biology.

When a celebrity family of Alpha-Omegas is murdered under suspicious circumstances, all six become accidental heroes when they’re tasked with uncovering the truth—but what if the truth is being redefined along with what it means to be human?

Meet your (reluctant) champions…   

ISBN978-0-9997862-5-3  | Price: $14.95 (6 x 9 paperback) $2.99 (Kindle ebook) | Release date: 3/19/19 | Fiction |
370 pages | Cover Art available | Distribution: Ingram

Publicity Contact: Nate Ragolia / Publisher nate@readspaceboy.com

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A world weaver and word wrangler, O'Brian Gunn was born and raised in Alabama and now lives in Denver where he writes about geek culture for Westword, Pop Culture Classroom and NerdTeam30. His writing sirens often lull him to the expansive shores of the speculative, the supernatural, and the superhuman. While he’s had short stories published on Fiction on the Web and The Society of Misfit Stories, FURIES: Thus Spoke is his first published novel...and hopefully not his last. You can find him on Twitter at @OBrianGunn. 

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Human Edge by Gordon R. Dickson



I’m not normally interested in short stories but for Dickson, I will make an exception.

The stories have an overall theme of humankind’s ferocity and superiority.   They were entertaining and it is refreshing to see the optimism that surrounded earlier Scifi.

I enjoyed it 

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Silence Fallen By Patricia Briggs.


Once again Briggs captivated me.  Mercy is once again a perceived victim. I say perceived as she often is seen as a victim and the predators often find they bit off far more than they expected.   A vampire erroneously kidnaps Mercy and finds what it is like to stick your hand into a wasp nest.  

Mercy is a nearly ordinary person if you ignore her shape shifting and ability to talk to ghosts.  Compared to the more powerful beings she is in constantly falling afoul, Mercy is weak however….   Strength isn’t always strength of arms or teeth.

A misunderstanding may lead to a devastating war.  Adam must accept some strange allies in his quest to find his love.   Larry adds a very amusing counterpoint to the tension.

Once again Mercy shows that violence and mayhem may be trumped by thoughtfulness and relationships with others.

Again, I enjoyed her writing and recommend the book.

  
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winds of Marque by Bennett R. Coles


This is a strange mix of technology and antiquated terminology.   The mode of transportation is interstellar but cutlasses and four shot pistols appear to be the hand weapons of choice.  The overall feel is Horatio Hornblower meets Hans Solo. 

This was an entertaining book regardless of the mixed messages sent by language and technology.   Liam is an accomplished XO who is wondering why he isn’t yet a captain.   Saddled with aristocratic officers, himself a minor noble, Liam chafes at their incompetence.  


Tasked with a secret mission and a new captain, Liam and crew become privateers.
Fun read.


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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Black Khan, Book Two of the Khorasan Archives by Ausma Zehanat Khan


The second book in a possible four book series, The Black Khan, again features Arian a strong female protagonist who is facing implacable misogynist foes.   Arian’s vocal power, called the Claim, is muted by a villain called the Authoritarian.   This, second book, shows how Arian and her allies deal with the search for the Bloodprint which for better terms is the bible of the Claim.

Arian is a driven character who is nearly overwhelmed with guilt over the loss of her sister in a Talisman raid when they were children.  In this book she meets her sister but the reunion has mixed results.   The Silver Mage finds himself defending Arian while sublimating his own desires. 

The problem with reading series one book at a time is continuity.  The first fifty pages of this book were taxing my memory as to who these people were and what were they trying to do.   There are a lot of characters and subplots.   After I got into the book, I was able to sort them out but with some difficulty.

The book was interesting but not captivating.  Some of the deprivations and behavior could have been pulled from headlines regarding religious zealots across the world.  That sadly provided some gritty reality to the story.

Treachery and duplicity seem to be the traits most valued by the bulk of the characters in the book.  

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee


Astounding is not a compilation of stories from the science fiction magazine titled the same.   It is a story about John W. Campbell who is widely regarded as the father of modern scifi.   This biography discusses, in depth, the relationship of Campbell with the towering pillars of scifi, Asimov, Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard.  

Asimov and Heinlein provide the ball bearings that led to my personal conveyorGlory Road which is one of the few fantasies that I have read multiple times. 

belt of ongoing love of science fiction and (gasp) fantasy.   Heinlein authored

Nevala-Lee puts together a narrative that provides an in-depth picture of Campbell and those around him in the “Golden Age” of science fiction.   The quotes are based on my skepticism as to the golden age as I have read relentlessly for over 65 years and I have found hundreds of stories, that don’t fit into that time period or narrow genre slot, that were outstanding and quite Golden!

Having just read the reviews previous to mine I have concluded I am a philistine.   I found this book interesting but hardly compelling.  I would much rather read science fiction and fantasy than read about people who wrote it.  Their work stands as their tribute.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik


This was a good story.  Rich girl meets bad boy.  A little more passion than the usual science fiction story. 

This is another story that portrays the future dominated by family run corporate oligarchs.  It seems to be a common theme and one, while enjoy it, I have trouble believing.   Corporate control I can envision but family held corporations seem like a stretch when pushed into the future.
There is genetic manipulation, blaster fire, loyalty, friendship, family and a smattering of passion.

I enjoyed the book and recommend. 



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