Not a New Book, but New to Me

Book Title: 

Man-Kzin Wars IV

Book Author: 

Larry Niven

Liking this book was a bit of a surprise for me. For the past year or more, I've had a hard time reading any hard sf, military sf or serious mysteries. I guess you could call this military SF, of a sort. But I guess the Man-Kzin Wars series is just such an old favorite series, that I read it straight through.

This book is two shorter works combined:

The Survivor by Donald Kingsbury

A Short, but Delightful Read

Book Title: 

Degrees if Separation

Book Author: 

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

This novella tells the beginning of the story of Don Eyr. Here is a tale of a man who makes the best of a very bad situation, again and again. He's every bit as much of a hero as any main character in any of the 21 Liaden novels. Unlike most of them, he never had a family to support him and help him reach his full potential. He had to do that on his own. Like a true hero, when he finds others even worse off than he is, he does what is necessary to help them, even though it puts him at risk. It's not a long story, but it is a wonderful character study of a man... a hero.

The Story of the Korval Clan Continues

Book Title: 

Neogenesis

Book Author: 

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

was prepared to love this book. The Liaden novels from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller just seem to be getting better and better in an odd way that makes the older novels better too. The authors have been weaving a complex web since the beginning and Neogenesis seems to bring several of the threads together at last. There is not actually any indication that the threads will stay together, though.

Amazing New Soulwood Novel from Faith Hunter

Book Title: 

Flame in the Dark

Book Author: 

Faith Hunter

I've really liked Nell Ingram from her first appearance in Faith Hunter's fiction. While she is a supernatural being, she is totally unlike Jane Yellowrock. When we first met Jane, she was competent, self-confident and ready to kick vampire butt and not bother to take names. When we first met Nell, she was scared, and small, and had reason to be that way.

Since then, we have watched Nell 'grow up', and start taking responsibility for herself in ways that a proper woman of God's Cloud of Glory Church could never even imagine.

Penric and Desmona's Latest Adventure

Book Title: 

The Prisoner of Limnos

Book Author: 

Lois McMaster Bujold

What can I say about “The Prisoner of Limnos”? It's the sixth novella in the Penric and Desdemona series, and follows right after “Mira's Last Dance”. We follow up on what happened to Penric and Nikys after their arrival in the duchy of Orbas. Penric's superiors want him to come back to their temple. Penric doesn't want to go... at least not yet.

Ann Leckie Returns to the Universe She Created

Book Title: 

Provenance

Book Author: 

Ann Leckie

In her latest book, Ann Leckie revisits the same universe as in her previous trilogy, but this time, we get beyond the Radch Empire. Most of the story takes place on the planet Hwae, which is very different, but at the same time, clearly influenced by the Radch. That's understandable, because the most powerful aliens humanity has encountered, the Presger, have chosen to have the Lord of the Radch be the representative for all humans, everywhere.

I really liked Tooth & Nail, the second book in the Withrow Chronicles.

Book Title: 

Tooth & Nail

Book Author: 

Michael G. Williams

Why? See I'm not really a fan of vampire fiction. I think it's been done to death. Michael G. Williams' vampire fiction is something different, and that's what I like.

Withrow Surrett is not your average vampire. Not even close. He is not an ancient vampire, dedicated to all things evil. Withrow Surrett is just an overweight guy who bought into the 'live forever' deal. He doesn't really see himself as anything special. In Michael G. Williams' world, you don't get to be gorgeous when you become a vampire, you stay just like you were when you 'died'. So Withrow is a fat vampire.

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