Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Brandon Sanderson / Skyward / All-In / YA Space Opera

Skyward wastes no time
You are All-In all the way
Book one of the Skyward Series
Brandon Sanderson at his YA best

What can I say
Strong Female Protagonist
Spensa delivers
Sanderson delivers

Spenca is that little girl
The bullies can't break her
The pointed fingers can't break her
The whispers can't break her
The 'authorities' can't break her

This could easily be a standalone read
But, But, But
The Universe Sanderson opens at the end
The Universe is BIG, really BIG

I await book two with eager anticipation

Rebecca Roanhorse / Trail of Lightning / Navajo Monster Slayer

Rebecca Roanhorse has created a Monster
Actually a Monster Slayer
Maggie Hoskie is a protagonist you want to know
Conflicted does not cover her
Complex does not cover her
Trail of Lightning is Brilliant!

Tidbits of Dine' (Navajo) lore throughout
Cohorts you want to know
Villains who intrigue and disgust
Coyote, Trickster does not cover it
Coyote, a love/hate thing

The post-water rise world, Believable

This one gets a "Staff Pick" sticker

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Claire O'Dell / A Study In Honor / A Very Well Crafted Mystery

Bottom Line
An Engrossing Story ***Well Told***

Diversity anyone?
A little bit of everything

The characters?
You want to know them
You want to know more about them

How veterans were treated
After the New Civil War
Dr. Janet Watson is black
She lost her arm in the war
Her new mechanical arm is junk
Refurbished, incapable of surgical intricacies
She is put to work far below her capabilities

Veterans are dying, one by one
Big pharma is hiding something
Dr. Watson is curious
Her new roommate, covert agent Sara Holmes
An unusual person
Danger is afoot

I Highly Recommend This Book
A Study in Honor (The Janet Watson Chronicles)
Claire O'Dell, AKA, Beth Bernobich

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Martha Wells / 4 Separate Novellas / The Murderbot Diaries / Rocked Me

Having read the first novella
All Systems Red
I could not order and read
Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol,and Exit Strategy
Fast enough to pleas me

Martha Wells wrapped me up
Put a knot in the bow
And would not let go
I was ***All-In*** All The Way

The premise was simple enough
Security Bot (mostly machine, some human)
Breaks it's own control code
Goes 'rogue'
But, but, but, but
Has a growing emphatic sense of self
Understands, to some degree,
The needs of humans
Wants to help

The slow, but unflinching
Growth of it's self
Wonderfully portrayed
The corporate heavies
E V I L dastards to the core

I will say no more
Terrific Space Opera

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Christina Dalcher / Vox / Channeling Margaret Atwood 2018 / Christian Caliphate In America

Christina Dalcher delivers the goods
Vox is a 2018 spin on A Handmaid's Tale
This new Christian Caliphate uses technology
The women must be kept in their place
Women are allowed one hundred words a day
We average over fifteen thousand

This is a simply told tale
With Big Ideas to Consider

Family dynamics
School children come home indoctrinated
A mother watches her oldest son ---buy in---
Her young daughter, beaming, awarded for silence
Her husband, going along, following orders

This is the Science Fiction Dystopia
We all need to consider
This is Social Science Fiction doing it's job

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