Tag: genre fiction

Embers of War is a Humanist space opera with a lot to love

Embers of War is a Humanist space opera with a lot to love

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

 

I might be a little bias because I’ve met the author and he was super nice to me and welcoming when I awkwardly sat with his table at a convention. He bought me rose as part of getting the group drinks. He’s also superbly friendly on twitter!

Anyways, I mention the bias in that I am rare to give out 5 stars, and this is more of a 4.5- but a very positive experience and score overall. I just want to be nice.

I really did enjoy this book once I got into it. Yes, it took a solid 10% or 15%, but once the plot and character introductions were through, I fully enjoyed it, and am excited for the sequel. I was really worried I wouldn’t like it, either!

The downside of me enjoying this book so much in a genre I don’t really read is that this is a pretty short and to the point review. Sorry.

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Time Travellers Strictly Cash is the second Callahan’s book… and fittingly, only has two quality Callahan stories

Time Travellers Strictly Cash is the second Callahan’s book… and fittingly, only has two quality Callahan stories

★★★☆☆

(2.5 stars)

This is a very difficult review to write, for one simple reason: the parts of this book that were good, were good. Other parts I skipped, and while there were reasons for that, I feel I shouldn’t include them in my grading- but then I have to, actually, since they are a part of the whole.

And the whole of this book is disappointing. Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon was excellent, and this book could have nearly been excellent if it was actually a sequel. Now, you don’t know this from the back, cover, or anything else, but this book is maybe a third Callahan’s stories, the other 2/3s being miscellaneous short stories and non-fiction.

Yes, non-fiction! That is the part I skipped. Look, they might have been fine, but I didn’t pick up this book to read interviews, essays, and speeches.

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Pulp Binge: The Word for World Is Forest’s one strength is that I got to write a very good essay on how bad it was

Pulp Binge: The Word for World Is Forest’s one strength is that I got to write a very good essay on how bad it was

(0 stars)

☆☆☆☆☆

THRIFT STORE WHY: Assigned reading, baby! Happily, I do not own this book.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): Humans come to a planet full of big trees and green monkey people. The natives have no concept of war or hardship, and are ill-prepared when the humans begin destroying their land and enslaving their people. Our narrators are threefold: A Good Human, A Rebel Alien, and a Big Fat Racist. Despite the generic set-up, we learn along the way… maybe the REAL racist allegory was inside us (the author) all along…!

WOULD I RECC TO READ: Not on my honor or life.

Review:

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Pulp Binge: The Immortals is a story about the worst man ever, and the wife that just won’t leave him

Pulp Binge: The Immortals is a story about the worst man ever, and the wife that just won’t leave him

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: A mix of the name, cover, and back cover text. I have a for super secret groups of immortals (oddly common in the genre, see Only Child), the cover is wild (though very irrelevant to the story), and the back cover promised what I like: vague devil related bargains, a clique of immortals, possible parent-killing-child content….

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A normal husband takes a one day turn for evil after getting a sudden, suspicious new job. His wife is left to feel like she’s going insane for a very, very long time, as suspicious deaths keep piling up and her husband becomes an abusive asshole.

WOULD I RECC TO READ: Nope.

Review:

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Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

I need to get a disclaimer up here right now: The cover of this book possibly my favorite of all time. There’s several wonderful illustrations within, but I picked this book up and read it purely for the cover. It is aesthetically perfect to me- character art, design wise… This thing is not what I expect from a small indie press in the slightest and it is wonderful.

Oh, and the other reason I bought it is because it’s about angel spies in the cold war.

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