Sunday, January 14, 2018

"All Cats Are Gray" by Andre Norton_Review

All Cats Are GrayAll Cats Are Gray by Andre Norton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: "All Cats Are Gray" by Andre Norton

{TALES FROM HIGH HALLACK: Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton}

I rightfully credit Andre Norton with inspiring my voracious love of reading. The first novel I remember devouring is her imagination-expanding LORD OF THUNDER. Returning to her writing now is an extraordinary joy. "All Cats Are Gray" is reprinted in the first volume of TALES FROM HIGH HALLACK. This story offers science fiction thrills, suspense, haunting, a Marie Celeste type legendary disappearance, and even behind-the-scenes romance. Perhaps more importantly, it offers a protagonist who is unexpectedly diverse: her diversity is perhaps unusual, and it proves most useful. She is a kickin' heroine in a man's world, an individual with exceptional gifts and talents.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: ICE WARRIORS KEY OF MIDGARD

Key of Midgard (Ice Warriors, #1)Key of Midgard by Sarah-Jayne Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: ICE WARRIORS KEY OF MIDGARD by Sarah-Jayne Briggs

A thrilling reader's hook propels readers nonstop into an exciting and compelling tale of a group of young moderns conscripted into a battle of and for the Ages. For them, ancient Norse mythology is not myth cycle nor a subject of study. It's a real life enterprise, and these are battles they must engage in.

If you love Norse mythology, as do I, or if you just want a rousing magical fantasy thriller, check this out!

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

ICE AGE by Brian Freemantle_Review

Ice AgeIce Age by Brian Freemantle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: ICE AGE by Brian Freemantle

The author specifically advises that this novel is not intended as a polemic against global warming; yet the story speaks for itself, and the situation is too near-future to qualify as science fiction. Rather, the premise is unfortunately a very possible "could happen." The protagonist, climatologist Jack Stoddart, is a long-time environmentalist who has for years cautioned about destruction of the planet. Seems he's now being proved accurate, as conditions of temperature rise at both Poles release a disease--possibly viral, possibly genetic--which emulates in adults the disease of Progeria which occurs only in children: intensely advanced aging.

I enjoyed this novel, including the various scientific speculations involved. I did think too much politicking and political maneuvering was included, specifically in the U.S., the UK, and Russia. Perhaps that was intended as a behind-the-scenes glimpse; certainly it's no wonder nothing important is ever accomplished. However, for readers who like stories with strong female characters who are important in their chosen fields, ICE AGE has a good selection.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018 Sci-fi Experience

SEE HERE In January I'll participate in the Vintage Science Fiction reading, and I plan to read much John W. Campbell. Excited!

Throughout 2018 I plan to read a lot of Robert E. Howard, especially his Weird Fiction, and I will try to also read Dune. If time permits, I'll also be looking at Clark Ashton Smith and Edgar Rice Burroughs. (And always, HPL.)

After a dismaying start to the year, I've been reading John W. Campbell's THE BLACK STAR PASSES, and I've also read (on January 5) Campbell's "The Last Evolution" and "The Ultimate Weapon." Surprisingly, "The Last Evolution" fits in the AI square for the SFF vs. Fantasy Challenge, and the day after reading it I realized the resonances to this story with the later story "A Meeting With Medusa" by Arthur C. Clarke, another master of the genre. Now I think I'll balance Mr.Campbell's masculine viewpoint [predominantly displayed in the 1953 introduction to THE BLACK STAR PASSES] with Andre Norton or C. J. Cherryh.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

ALTAR IN THE HILLS AND OTHER WEIRD TALES by Brandon Burrows_Review

The Altar In The Hills and Other Weird TalesThe Altar In The Hills and Other Weird Tales by Brandon Barrows
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: ALTAR IN THE HILLS AND OTHER WEIRD TALES by Brandon Burrows

An author unafraid to reveal his roots, Brandon Burrows delivers tales purely Lovecraftian and intrinsically weird. In fact, while reading the eponymous tale "Altar in the Hills," I had to repeatedly check to remind myself I wasn't reading the Master himself {Smile}. That tale resonates for me with the thrill I experience when reading HPL' s "The Whisperer in Darkness." This collection is the first I've read of this author, but it certainly won't be the last.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

VINTAGE SCIENCE FICTION!

Over at The Little Red Reviewer and at Red Star Reviews, January brings VINTAGE SCIENCE FICTION!! See what it's all about!

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Remember, I grew up on Vintage Sci Fi {and Mystery and Horror} before it was Vintage! {No, NOT the Golden Age of Science Fiction!}

After a dismaying start to the year, I've been reading John W. Campbell's THE BLACK STAR PASSES, and I've also read (on January 5) Campbell's "The Last Evolution" and "The Ultimate Weapon." Surprisingly, "The Last Evolution" fits in the AI square for the SFF vs. Fantasy Challenge, and the day after reading it I realized the resonances to this story with the later story "A Meeting With Medusa" by Arthur C. Clarke, another master of the genre. Now I think I'll balance Mr.Campbell's masculine viewpoint [predominantly displayed in the 1953 introduction to THE BLACK STAR PASSES] with Andre Norton or C. J. Cherryh.

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I'm a lifelong devotee of science fiction, and sci fantasy, and I really want to learn to love fantasy {and to expand my reading horizons}, so this is the challenge for me.

Follow my delightful progress and reviews at: 2018 SF vs. F Bingo Challenge Shelf The Squares Space AI: "The Last Evolution," John W. Campbell (Jan. 5) Wibbly Wobbly Time Travel--SINK It's the End of the World As We Know It Alien Invasion Plague Dystopia Alternate Reality Cyberpunk Necromancer, Islands in the Net, Snowcrash This is Totally Going to Happen One Day Asian: THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM African Rebellion Independent South American Portal Fantastic Beasts Haunted--any Sheri Struthers Undead: DEAD MAN RUNNING or DEATH MAGIC RULES Re-Telling Bite Me Kings, Queens and Long, Lost Relatives Demonic BANE OF THE DEAD Immortal Epic