Raising Hell: A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novella by John G. Hartness

I really needed to 'reboot' my reading, as I was part way through four or five books. So I set them all aside and picked up this novella which as been on my digital to be read pile since it first came out I am glad I did finally read it.

Fair Game (A Deadly Curiosities Adventure Book 19) by Gail Z. Martin

Another of the short works telling a single story from Gail Z. Martin's Deadly Curiosities series. These stories are all fine places to pick up the series, since the author manages to give enough information to get a reader up to speed in each book, without making things boring for returning readers.

This particular Adventure brings things close to home for our usual heroes, Cassidy and Teag, as they deal with the recurrence of an evil that last visited Charleston in the early Twentieth Century. That time, the evil may have been purely human, but it's worse than that now.

Minatures by John Scalzi

This is a collection of shorter works by John Scalzi. Most have been published before, but four stories are new to this collection. The publisher's description says that the one thing they have in common is that they are short, and indeed they are - some very, very short. I think that they have another thing in common. Most of them are funny, at least if you like John Scalzi's sense of humor. Really, how could a John Scalzi story called "Pluto Tells All" be anything but funny?

I enjoyed every single one of these little gems! If you are a John Scalzi fan, this is a must read!

Bloodlines by Gail Z Martin

Another good story in Gail Z. Martin's Deadly Curiosities series. Since this is a very short work, there is less complexity than in the novels. So just one haunted house, and everything is resolved quickly. Still, we get a 'visit' with many of our favorite characters from the series, which is always a good thing.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Amazon and Goodreads

Penric's Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold

This is the third story Bujold has written about Penric , unexpected bearer of a two hundred year old chaos demon . This time, he and his demon are off on a secret mission. It goes badly, which gives us a chance to see how Penric has grown as a sorcerer, and as a man. He is grown up now, and very skilled as a sorcerer.

Once again, Lois McMaster Bujold has shown us her skills at crafting characters. The story itself is quite wonderful, but it is the characters that earn it more than five stars, except that's not allowed here.

Tempest - A Valemar Anthology Editted by Mercedes Lackey

I may not be the target audience for the Valdemar series, but I still love them. In this book, there are stories by several authors, about different parts of Valdemar and the surrounding nations. All sort of filling in the gaps, because Mercedes Lackey has created a world big enough for lots of people to tell their own stories. I don't think I could pick a favorite story from this book. They are all good!

That all the stories are both good and fit well in the world Mercedes Lackey created speaks very well for her skills as an editor.

Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter

I loved this book! No surprise there, since Faith Hunter is one of my favorite authors. I do hope that there will be much more of this Series, because Nell Ingram is a very interesting character. The rest of Unit 18 is pretty interesting, too, and I want to see what happens with them after this book. Rick LaFleur has at last become a pretty interesting guy again. I did not see what happened to him in this book coming... not at all!

Predator (Deadly Curiosities Adventure Book 18) by Gail Z. Martin

In this short work, we are introduced to a new group of supernaturals living in and around Charleston, SC. These are shifters, people who can change shape to an animal at will. They gather in several packs, who don't get along very well. But when shifters start disappearing, Soren, Cassidy and Teag step in to help.

The story is short, but has all the excitement we've come to expect from the Deadly Curiosities series. Gail Z. Martin does not disappoint.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Amazon and Goodreads


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