Friday, May 27, 2016

LIGHTS OUT by Holly Black [Doctor Who]_review

Review: Lights Out

Lights OutLights Out by Holly Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Review: LIGHTS OUT by Holly Black
[Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #12]

This short story has a bit different approach, so that the Doctor is a primary character, but not the prime protagonist. The first-person narrative is that of an individual raised from birth (quite possibly, pre-birth) in a creche experimental laboratory on a distant planet. Freed by the Doctor, he becomes a miner, then buys and completely renovates a spaceship, hauling coffee beans.

He is unaccountably phobic of darkness [as it turns out, with very good reasons]. Encountering the Doctor, our protagonist is bewildered and terrorized by a sudden spate of bizarre deaths. The twelfth Doctor acts as the foil for the protagonist' s character evolution, and a knock-out ending. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Doctor Who: Heart of StoneDoctor Who: Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Review: DOCTOR WHO HEART OF STONE by Trevor Baxendale

An exciting adventure awaits the Doctor, Amy, and Rory, on an isolated rural farm in England, all too near to a top-secret research center. The research investigation into the properties of moon rocks results in horrendous changes, and unleashes a "Rock Monster" whose touch turns EVERYTHING into--you guessed it, Moon Rock. A fast-paced read!

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Monday, May 23, 2016


Review: Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror

Doctor Who: The Crawling TerrorDoctor Who: The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


My first Doctor Who fiction, and I loved it: I've discovered a whole new subgenre to enjoy. For readers who are severely arachnophobic, caution: the "bad guys" are almost all various species of arachnids and other insects. The aliens are !!!! [Revolting] Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed the book, which features the twelfth Doctor; Clara; rural England; and a couple of intriguing side trips, to World War II, and to a very alien planet and civilization where you really don't want to visit, where elitism, fascism, and genocide thrive. Great story. 

MOTORMAN by Robert E, Dunn_Review

MotormanMotorman by Robert E. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Review: MOTORMAN by Robert Dunn

When I read author Robert Dunn 's RED HIGHWAY, I was blown away by its power and range. MOTORMAN also impressed me strongly, but for me it resonated more for the various individuals than for its general apocalyptic impact [as In RED HIGHWAY].

I too live in a community whose economy is collapsing. In some regions, economic issues result in individuals joining gangs or selling drugs. There is some of that here, but the community in which fugitive Johnny finds himself has adopted a massively different solution, one that is both bizarre and pragmatic. Mr. Dunn deftly blends horror, science fiction, literary fiction, and a deep understanding of humanness in a beautifully crafted story. 

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Monday, May 16, 2016


The June Readathon ends tonight at 11:59 PM, but I'm totaling now because I won't complete the current books by then.

7 days: 9 books + 2 "flash" on
[where the reading is always a wondrous delight]

Soon to come:
July High Summer Readathon at July 18-24

My personal July SciFi Month Readathon


Completed: THIN AIR, George E. Simpson and Neal R. Burger June 1


Thursday Completed (July 2)


Completed Friday June 3:


The Colony

Saturday June 4 Completed:

Gemini 17

"On Discovering a Ghost at the Five Star," Peter M. Ball (

Kaxian Duty

Sunday June 5 completed:


In progress:

Monday June 6:

Just received my "dream" this AM from NetGalkey, so dropping everything to read

(September release)

And to reread its predecessor

Read "Lilacs Out of the Dead Land," by Matt Mikalatos []

I had intended to devote this week-long Readathon to catching up on past-due review Sci fi, but I'm too impatient to read these "new" titles. I've even bought 6 or 7 this week!!

The fabulous reader-reviewer-blogger Michelle at 

Generously has set up a Science Fiction Readathon for June! June 1-7, 

eager readers will immerse in the universes of Science Fiction [or Fantasy] and rend our TBR' s. 

Join us, won't you? 

I know I will be perusing novels of the exceptional Peter F. Hamilton, whose newest science fiction novel releases in September!!

My reading will be posted here, and July and September will also be personal challenge month-long readathons for me! All Speculative Fiction and Sci Fi!!

(October and November will be Horror