Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mandy by Claudy Conn

Sometime in the 1940s, regency period romances moved away from the Austen model of intelligent heroine and logical hero – into studly rake and ‘spirited’ but dumb as a doornob, overemotional wreck of a heroine (both of their only ‘redeeming’ … Continue reading

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The Second Guard by J. D. Vaughn

The Second Guard is a solidly written late middle grade alternate universe fantasy drawing upon both Spanish and pre-columbian cultures. The mixture creates a very unique and striking world into which we have politics, betrayal, and the strength of friendships. … Continue reading

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Star Runners by L.E. Thomas

Star Runners was a welcome surprise: what could have been a rather silly retread of The Last Starfighter wass actually an engaging and decently written story with a grounded main character. Author Thomas allowed the story to grow organically, refusing … Continue reading

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Copperhead Part 2 by Jay Faerber, Scott Godlewski, Ron Riley

Copperhead Part 2 continues right into the story begun in the first book, completing the Sewell family story arc. The ending leaves us with a teaser that trouble is coming for Clara Bronson and the massacre of the Sewell family … Continue reading

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Copperhead Volume 1 by Jay Faerber, Scott Godlewski, Ron Riley

Although short, coming in at a brief 55 pages or so, Copperhead is an excellent debut for what looks to be a fantastic series. Weaving ‘Western cliches’ of sheriff, doctor, town drunk, malcontent mine workers, and smart mouthed deputy with … Continue reading

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Dark Space By Jasper T. Scott

Somewhere about the half way mark of listening to the Audible version of Dark Space, I began to realize that this was very much a Mary Sue (or, at least, a Gary Stu – pure middle age male wish fulfillment … Continue reading

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Earth Strike: Star Carrier Book One

I purchased the Audible version on sale and decided to give this series a try. Unfortunately, turns out this is the type of military sci fi that generally turns me off: uber jingoistic “superpower” Americans fighting thinly veiled Islamic aphorisms … Continue reading

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