reviews
The Vilification of Aqua Marine (Working Masks #1) by Megan Mackie Book Review
30, Jun

5/5

THE VILIFICATION OF AQUA MARINE by Megan Mackie was a book I was very interested in because I was a huge fan of the author's THE FINDER OF THE LUCKY DEVIL, which was an oddball combination of cyberpunk and urban fantasy. So hearing that she was doing a superhero novel was something that immediately inspired me to pick this up when it became available. People who know me may also note that I'm something of a superhero author myself, so I'm always glad to see the prose superhero genre expanded too.

The Terran Privateer (Duchy of Terror #1) by Glynn Stewart Book Review
30, Jun

4.5/5

THE TERRAN PRIVATEER is the first novel of the DUCHY OF TERRA series by Glynn Stewart. I am already familiar with Glynn Stewart due to the fantastic STARSHIP'S MAGE series. That series was about magicians able to move starships through hyperspace. This is a more grounded series about the idea of Earth making First Contact with an expansionist alien race, only to be swiftly conquered. Which is quite the hook.

Mess Effect: The Nitpicker's Guide to the Universe that Fell Apart by Shamus Young Book Review
29, Jun

4/5

MESS EFFECT: A NITPICKERS GUIDE TO THE WORLD THAT FELL APART by Shamus Young (DM of the Rings) is a work that I picked up when I heard of his passing (RIP). I am a huge Mass Effect fan and an author so it seemed like an excellent book that would discuss the series from the perspective of its storytelling. Specifically, it's a discussion of how the once-beloved (and still beloved) series went off the rails in such a way that it got EA voted Worst Company of the Year. It also has a Mass Effect: Andromeda section.

Blade Runner 2019 vol. 3: Home Again, Home Again (Blade Runner #3) by Titan Publishing Book Review
20, Jun

4/5

BLADE RUNNER 2019: VOLUME THREE: HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN wraps up the complicated plot of Ash and her charge, Cleo, in a way that is satisfying as well as sets up more stories to be told in the dark rain-soaked future of Phillip K, Dick (and Ridley Scott's) universe. There's a lot of surprising twists and turns in this volume but I'm glad to say they wrap up most of the plot points so that those wanting a complete story could just stop here.

The Last Stand of Mary Good Crow (The Crystal Calamity #1) by Rachel Aaron Book Review
03, Jun

4.5/5

THE LAST STAND OF MARY GOOD CROW is a fantasy Western by Rachel Aaron (Minimum Wage Magic). As anyone who knows me can attest, I am a huge fan of Weird Westerns. In addition to writing my own, I'm a huge fan of R.S. Belcher's Golgotha series and the indie Bulletproof Witch series by Francis James Blair. Honestly, after finishing it, I think it is better than all of those books.

Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force #1) by Craig Alanson Book Review
24, May

4/5

COLUMBUS DAY (EXPEDITIONARY FORCE #1) by Craig Alanson is the first volume of a truly fantastic, if disjointed, series about mankind's first encounter with aliens as well as how our attempts to be heroic fighters against invaders end up utterly failing. Well, at least until one Staff Sergeant manages to find a beer can-shaped ancient AI that can put his utterly insane plans into effect to save us all.

Against All Odds (Grimm's War #1) by Jeffrey Haskell Book Review
17, May

4.5/5

AGAINST ALL ODDS by Jeffrey Haskell is a military science fiction/space opera story that I absolutely loved. There’s a huge amount of science fiction available on Kindle Unlimited but I’ll be the first to admit that quite a bit of it isn’t great. As the old saying goes, everyone can be an author but only a few people can be a good author. Well, Jeffrey Haskell manages to slide into the latter category and this is a really good first time effort (though he has a lot of experience as a journalist, explaining the work’s quality).

No Man's Land (Star Trek: Picard #4) by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson Book Review
06, May

4/5

STAR TREK: PICARD: NO MAN'S LAND is a audio drama that is about an hour and a half long as well as primarily done by Michelle Hurd alongside Jeri Ryan. There are plenty of other cast members, though, and it is written by Star Trek mainstay Kirsten Beyer. It is something I immediately bought despite not liking audio dramas generally and much-preferring the printed page or more traditional audiobooks.

Starship for Sale (Starship for Sale #1) by M.R. Forbes Book Review
04, May

4.5/5

STARSHIP FOR SALE by M.R. Forbes is a delightful homage to THE LAST STARFIGHTER and EXPLORERS, which is a movie pair I bet you haven't heard of. The premise is Ben Murdock, a teenage boy who finds out that he has cancer, finds himself contacted by a strange man who claims that he has an actual shapeship for sale. Having nothing to lose but time, Ben goes to visit this individual with his best friend Matt, and discovers that the offer is all too real.

War Games (Behind Blue Eyes #3) by Anna Mocikat Book Review
04, May

4.5/5

BEHIND BLUE EYES: WAR GAMES by Anna Mocikat is the third installment of the Behind Blue Eyes series. A series about a young cybernetically enhanced super-soldier, Nephilim, who has been working as a brainwashed member of a brutal megacorp-backed death squad for years. Nephilim briefly got her freedom but has since been forced back into the ironically-named Guardian Angels' service.

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