Thursday, June 21, 2018


Ghosts of the Sea MoonGhosts of the Sea Moon by A.F. Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: GHOSTS OF THE SEA MOON by A. F. Stewart
(Saga of the Outer Islands #1)

Reading GHOSTS OF THE SEA MOON is, truly, a magical experience, not just because the story line contains magic, goddesses, and gods. The story is wonderfully written and wondrous; the author has such a flair for imagery that is poetic and awe-inspiring. Many times I stopped to marvel and to highlight a particularly awesome phrase. I'm eager to continue the series. Generally, Fantasy is not my forte, but if I could be guaranteed novels this good, I'd be reading Fantasy night and day.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018


Shadow of the DayShadow of the Day by Nick Younker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: SHADOW OF THE DAY by Nick Younker

A fast-paced and very complex futuristic novella with a hard-driving reader's hook and immensely powerful conclusion, SHADOW OF THE DAY is set some centuries into the future, in a horribly Dystopian society. (What good is amazing fast free data connection if the poor are non-citizens, deprived of all rights and health care?) I hope I never live to see such a Society. The cynicism is leavened by a strong, highly intelligent kick-butt heroine who carries the day through her intellect and integrity.

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Elthea's Realm (The Story of Elthea's Realm Book 1)Elthea's Realm by John Murzycki


A really exciting and engaging contemporary science fiction/Sci fantasy thriller, this novel had me quickly turning pages and I was immediately engrossed in the scary apocalyptic plot. Additionally, character evolution gratified and kept me glued to the page, wondering, "Now what? What's next?" right in company with the several protagonists. I look forward to the sequel.

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SPACE OUT WITH SCI FI personal Readathon
for the entire month of June!

Follow my progress on Space Out With Sci Fi June

This post reports reading completed June 14-30. Reading June 1-14 is at SCI FI READATHON

Books Read:

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST WALES by David Owain Hughes June 15

CRIBBINS June 15-16

THE SILENT CORNER by Dean Koontz. Reread. June 15-16

THE WHISPERING ROOM by Dean Koontz. June 17-18.

MURDER MADE TO ORDER by Lena Gregory. June 19-20

THE CROOKED STAIRCASE by Dean Koontz June 18-

CHILDREN OF THE CORN by Stephen King (reread) June 20

GHOSTS OF THE SEA MOON by A. F. Stewart June 21

BAD TIME TO BE IN IT by David Burnsworth June 21

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review_BLACK GOD'S DRUMS by P.Djeli Clark

The Black God's DrumsThe Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I adore this novella! Author P. Djeli Clark brings us right inside the skin of her characters, stripping away the masks (in some cases literally) and plunging us into an incredibly defined Alternate History, one that awakens the ugly history of the 19th century, in the US and in Haiti, that we know as fact. Here is a culture set in New Orleans that resembles Dickens' Victorian London (but humming with a "Naw Orlins" flair), and a thirteen-year-old protagonist who is a carrier of an avatar of Yoruba goddess Oya. There are airships and steam engines, steampunk everywhere, and yes, there are fools willing to sell the most dangerous invention ever, for greed, and for warmongering (cause the South wants to Rise again, and not "someday.") Author Clark has a gift for Magical Realism that rivals Tim Powers', and that is high praise indeed.

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Review_BEHIND THE DOOR by Mary SanGiovanni

Behind the Door (A Kathy Ryan Novel)Behind the Door by Mary SanGiovanni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: BEHIND THE DOOR by Mary SanGiovanni
(Kathy Ryan Series)

Mary SanGiovanni is an estimable talent indeed. BEHIND THE DOOR takes my beloved Lovecraft Mythos and squeezes it till it squeaks--or in this case, hums. She does so while interweaving some of the worst instances humanity can fall prey to, both as prey and as predator. Portions of this novel made me want to weep, close my eyes, and rage--all simultaneously. I also screamed to see justice wrought. There is extreme horror here, frequently, and I don't recommend to read at night, alone (as did I). There is implacability, maximally. But guard your sensitivity, fire up your empathy, and jump in. Ms. SanGiovanni is about to carry you on an out-of-this-world ride.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Digging into Cydonia (Cydonia's Upheaval, #1)Digging into Cydonia by P.K. Rock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


An interesting premise, which encouraged me to read: a post-apocalyptic scenario in which humanity has been forced underground due to an asteroid collision. Lacking fresh air and scenery, the populace has developed 3-D printing, Virtual Reality escape, and serious mental collapse. One young man, Hap, commences to explore various virtual realities.

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