Category Archives: Review: Book

Book Review: The Collegium Chronicles: Bastion by Mercedes Lackey

DAW
342 pp.

In Bastion, Mags does not get much time to recover from the events of Redoubt before he has to head out again. His experience with his captors has left him with a number of confused memories, new combat skills and only the slightest inkling of whom his captors were. (They are apparently some kind of secret clan of ninjas, from a desert country very far away.) Continue reading

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Book Review: 1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff & Paula Goodlett

BAEN
408 pp.

The events of The Kremlin Games actually stretches between 1631 (the arrival of Grantville in Germany) and 1636. Our main protagonist is Bernie Zeppi, a former auto mechanic who is not quite sure what to do with himself in the strange new world that is the 17th Century. He gets hired as a technology consultant by a Russian noble who has been sent by the czar to investigate Grantville. Russia of the 17th Century is about two centuries behind the rest of Europe, and Bernie is kind of the bargain basement version of a consultant but is the best Russian rubles can buy. Continue reading

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Book Review: Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal

TOR
357 pp.

In Without a Summer, Jane and Vincent return to Jane’s family home for a visit. The visit turns sour due to an unseasonably cold spring that might translate into a financial setback for Jane’s family. In addition, Jane’s sister Melody is suffering from a combination of a lack of marital prospects and melancholia. Jane and Vincent decide to take Melody with them to London for the social season after accepting a commission from Lord Stratton. (It turns out they are Irish, which gives Jane some serious misgivings.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Antiagon Fire by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

TOR
460 pp.

In Antiagon Fire, Quaeryt backs up his wife Vaelora when they are sent on a diplomatic mission to Khel. They also attempt to meet with Bovarian High Holders who don’t show much interest in cooperating with the regime change. The Bovarian High Holders flee to Antiago, which refuses to repatriate them and shows clear signs of being antagonistic to Bhayar’s plans of conquest. (As you do when you’re an independent country that would like to stay that way.) This of course forces Quaeryt to head into Antiago where he runs into Antiago’s imagers. Continue reading

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Book Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

DAW
357 pp.

My general impression of Chimes at Midnight is, “wow, McGuire really loves to put Toby through the wringer.” Just when Toby manages to get a handle on her life, and starts to get used to the idea of having the King of the Cats as her boyfriend, something else comes up. In this case, the thing that comes up is a number of changelings dying from goblin fruit, a terrifyingly addictive fruit from Faerie that is deadly to changelings and humans. (It is not illegal because it doesn’t affect pure blooded fey as strongly or as lethally as changelings or humans. With that said, sale of goblin fruit is at least disapproved of because it might cause problems for the fey if humans started dying from it.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey

ROC
356 pp.

With Dark Currents we have the usual paranormal romance/urban fantasy storyline of the babe with a law enforcement job with the usual possible romantic options. There are also some complications concerning Our Heroine’s parentage: our girl is half incubus and her existence represents a danger to reality itself. Daisy Johannsen is the liaison between her tourist trap town’s police department and the eldritch community. More specifically, she works for Hel (Loki’s daughter not her dad’s hometown). Daisy becomes involved with a case involving the drowning of a college student. Since all signs point toward the eldritch community, this is not a good situation for Daisy’s home town or the eldritch community. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Given Sacrifice, by S.M. Stirling

ROC
369 pp.

The Given Sacrifice brings the Rudi Mackenzie arc of the series to a close as Rudi and his allies close in on the Church Universal and Triumphant. The narrative covers the last battles with the Cutters, skating over the eventual defeat, and introduces characters that may become important in later books. The last few chapters cover the early years of Rudi’s daughter Orlaith and Rudi’s final battle. (I am not sure this counts as a spoiler since it has been pretty heavily implied that Rudi has a relatively short shelf life.) Continue reading

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