Book Reviews

Latest Book in Lee & Miller's Liaden Universe

Book Title: 

The Gathering Edge

Book Author: 

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have done it again! This is another great book in their Liaden Universe series. It continues the story of Theo Waitly, half sister to the male half of the current Delm of Clan Korval. It is an aptly named book in many ways, one of which is that her brother wants Theo to come home. Home, of course is no longer on Liad, but on Surebleak.

There is much more gathering than this, of course, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the book.

Wow! What a story Faith Hunter has given us this time!

Book Title: 

Cold Reign

Book Author: 

Fairh Hunter

Cold Reign begins with Jane and Eli fighting a new kind of vampire – a Revenant. Revenants are vampires who have died twice – once when they became vampires and a second time as a vampire. Somehow, they rise after this second death as mindless monsters.

The Beginning of a New Space Opera Series from John Scalzi

Book Title: 

The Collapsing Empire

Book Author: 

John Scalzi

I'm not going to tell you a lot about the story in this book. The Amazon link below will give you all the details. What I do want to say is that this is a brilliant book. It's the first in a series of novels about an interstellar empire, and what happens when the link that holds it together begins to fail. I was so blown away by this book that I really don't have words to describe what is so good about it. It's a very good book, and I would give it more than five stars if Amazon allowed. It's a great book, and you should read it right away!

Another fun Bubba the Monster Hunter novella

Book Title: 

Into The Mystic

Book Author: 

John G. Hartness

John Hartness does it again! Bubba is a big, strong monster hunter, descended from a long line of monster hunters. But what about the other side of the family? Bubba's mother returns in this novella, and she has a few surprises for Bubba. Mom's a fairy princess and Bubba has a sister - in Fairyland. Bubba wouldn't go back there for anything! His mother HAS to go back. And doesn't know how.

More of Penric and Desdemona (and a few more)

Book Title: 

Mira's Last Dance

Book Author: 

Lois McMaster Bujold

One more wonderful chapter in the life of Penric and his demon, Desdemona. In the last book, we left Penric trying to escape from the country where his first foreign mission had gone decidedly sour. Two other traveler are with him - Adelis - the general he was sent to lure back to Adria, and Nikys, the general's widowed sister. This novella gives us more of their desperate flight. This is made even more difficult by the fact that they must not, at any cost, seem to be fleeing. Sometimes, they must even seem to be different people.

Two wonderful short stories from experts in the form

Book Title: 

Change Management

Book Author: 

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Coming from me, any rating or review of anything Liaden has to start with - I love these stories!

With that out of the way, this is a small chapbook, containing two short stories. One of them was previously published at Baen.com. The other was, according to the authors, woven out of bits of an upcoming novel that had to be taken out.

The older story, Wise Child, is the story of a sentient spaceship who has fallen into the hands of an evil organization, that wants her to be a slave.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Book Title: 

Norse Mythology

Book Author: 

Neil Gaiman

This book was just wonderful! So, okay, I knew all the stories already. I started reading Norse mythology almost as soon as I got a library card. And then I got into comics and saw Marvel's take on the Norse. So there wasn't really any suspense. It was as if all these things had happened recently, or been imagined recently, and a really good bard was telling the story of gods tonight. It felt almost as if the bits that were missing (and there are always bits missing when telling old Norse tales) weren't so much lost as not yet added to this bard's itinerary.

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