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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.

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.

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

Book Title: 

Raising Hell

Book Author: 

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

Book Title: 

Fair Game

Book Author: 

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.

A Delightfull Collection of Short Works from John Scalzi

Book Title: 

Miniatures

Book Author: 

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

Book Title: 

Bloodlines

Book Author: 

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

Book Title: 

Penric's Mission

Book Author: 

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.

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