DAWN'S LIGHT by Hunter Blain is the first book in what I hope will be a long-running superhero series. The Sol Saga is a change from the author, who is primarily known for his Preternatural Chronicles books. Being as I am both a urban fantasy as well as superhero author, I was interesting in reading what another author making the leap between genres would be able to do with the change in expectations. Much to my surprise, the result can basically be summarized as, "What if Watchmen was really-really funny?"
THE BIG SHEEP by Robert Kroese is probably the funniest detective novel I've read since Bubbles in Space: Tropical Punch by Sarah Jensen and may actually be even better, though it's a tight race. Fundamentally, there's just something about cyberpunk and noir detective fiction that goes together exceptionally well. It worked very well in Blade Runner and I've never stopped enjoying stories where the Big City was a place full of high tech gizmos as well as dirty cops. It's the same reason I love the Easytown novels by Brian Parker. So with that introduction, I begin my review of this book: I love it.
I'm a big fan of JN Chaney and I've made it a point to plan to read Terry Mixon's big space opera books. I'm a space opera writer myself and I've heard nothing but good things about both writers. Still, there's always the question of where to begin with an author who has an extensive library. In both authors' case, they have quite a few series out. So, in the end, I decided to try THE LAST HUNTER based on the laziest of all methods: I really like the cover. I love the fancy uniform of the protagonist with its big shoulder epaulets.
INTERSTELLAR GUNRUNNER by James Wolanyk is something that has been recommended on my feed for some time. Indeed, for years, right under THE RULES OF SUPERVILLAINY it was always being told to me that it was something I might like. The problem was there was always something else in the queue and it wasn't like I didn't have a bunch of other space opera books to read ahead of it. Still, I remembered the title and when I saw the book trilogy was on sale for 99c, I decided to jump at it and picked up a copy. Here's my review of the first book, Interstellar Gunrunner, that is the first book of...the Interstellar Gunrunner trilogy. Which is how all trilogies should be titled.
STAR TREK: PICARD is something of a broken base for me. It's one of my all-time favorite time periods in the Star Trek chronology for the world-building set up in Season One: the Romulan supernova, the Synthetic Ban, the destruction of Mars, and the lawlessness of the former Neutral Zone. However, the simple fact is that Season Two had no interest in any of this and thus I must turn to secondary canon in order to get my fill. So far, I've very much enjoyed all of the books in the setting but just wish for more. MOAR.
THE AUXILIARY: LONDON 2039 is a dark, seedy, and depressing story about a cyberpunk future as well as a broken/damaged detective investigating a murder. The thing is that I'm not actually complaining about these things. I am going to give The Auxiliary incredibly high praise for the fact that it is actually one of the few cyberpunk books that manages to succeed in matching the darkness of its source material.
THE BLUEPRINT by Wesley Cross is a cyberpunk political thriller and corporate conspiracy. The former is virtually unknown in the genre while the latter is usually, "guys bust in to steal stuff" not "a bunch of guys use illegal stock manipulation in order to facilitate a hostile takeover. Actually, no, they did that in HARDWIRED by Jon Walter Williams and that may be the only time in history that the heroes successfully beat the megacorporations in a way I completely believe.
ARVEKT by Craig Lea Gordon is a kinetic action-filled cyberpunk thriller that I absolutely love. If anyone anything about me, they'll know that I am a huge fan of the cyberpunk genre. It is my favorite thing to read and write alongside superhero fiction. However, there's a lot of what I term to be "falsely advertised" cyberpunk that claims to be about the gritty dark dystopian futures of the world with transhumanist themes but is usually just Lit-RPG by another name. There's plenty of good Lit-RPG out there but very little of it is cyberpunk.
DUNGEON CRAWLER CARL by Matt Dinniman is that rare creature that I have found: the Lit-RPG that I really enjoy. Unlike many settings in the subgenre, though, the in-universe reasoning makes sense: the protagonists are trapped in an enormous reality television show based around the fantasy genre. Basically, our protagonist is dumped into a game halfway between The Squid Game and World of Warcraft. He's also forced to wear a magical pair of boxer shorts and an intelligent talking cat. It is a fun book and doesn't take itself remotely seriously.
THE GRIEF OF STONES by Katherine Addison is the third installment of The Goblin Emperor series as well as the second in The Cemetaries of Amalo series. Confusing? Well, it shouldn't be. All three books are set in the same universe but this is only the second installment of the adventures of Thara Celehar, Witness for the Dead. It is his job to talk to the dead and give them justice if they have any lingering regrets.