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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.

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.

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