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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

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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

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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.

Tempest - A Valemar Anthology Editted by Mercedes Lackey

Book Title: 

Tempest

Book Author: 

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

Book Title: 

Curse on the Land

Book Author: 

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

Book Title: 

Predator

Book Author: 

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

Closer to the Chest (The Herald Spy, #3) by Mercedes Lackey

Book Title: 

Closer to the Chest

Book Author: 

Mercedes Lackey

I enjoyed reading this book, just as I have done for every previous book in the series. I am not sure if the author is writing more for the YA market, or if I'm just getting older. In either case, I don't really care - I liked it!

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Penric and the Shaman

Book Author: 

Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold at her very best! This novella is the newest in the World of Five Gods series, and a direct sequel to a previous novella - Penric's Demon. The story is something of a theological mystery, which is very different than it's predecessor. It's a good story all by itself, and since it is a novella, a pretty quick read. For me, it was hard to put down once I started to read it.

Ring of Fire , Eric Flint Editor

Once again, this was a re-read, as I move along on my plan to catch up with the authors of this series.

This first anthology was rather a mixed bag. Some of the stories I liked a lot, some I didn't. The best story in the book was the last one - Eric Flint's The Wallenstein Gambit. I guess that makes sense, since at this point, no one knew the characters and future plot better than he did. All together, the book does succeed in making want to know more about all these people.

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