Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Judd Trichter / Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction / Whew!

After reading The Mad Scientist's Daughter
How could another android human relationship interest me
Cassandra Rose Clarke won all my accolades
I had no more to dish

Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
The title obviously caught me out
And the author, a guy, what's this about
How will a guy handle it

What became more important
What kind of guy falls for an android
Eliot Lazar is not a creepy guy
He is not a guy without problems
Why should he do today what can be put off again and again

What drew Eliot to Iris Matsuo
The flaw in her Iris
Her ability to create Art, real Art
Iris is obviously sentient
True Creativity does not come from programming

Trouble comes when Trackers grab Iris
Trackers trap freebots, dismantle them and sell the parts
Eliot finds focus
Eliot must find all the parts
Eliot is now a driven man

Judd Trichter has delivered the goods
A story that wraps you up and does not let go

New music to me and on my play list
This guy is channeling Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart
What more can you as for?
Jack White

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Robin LaFevers / Grave Mercy / His Fair Assassin Series / Compelling!

I was fortunate to be given ARC's of books 1 & 2
Once I started Grave Mercy it was over
No other reading material existed
No free time existed

I finished Grave Mercy and began Dark Triumph
I did not take a breath between books
Finishing Dark Triumph I found Mortal Heart
It was on the shelf in the YA library
It had no business being on a shelf

Finally done, finished, end of series
Three book, Three surprising young women
Three layered stories
Filled with characters you want to get to know
Filled with characters you want to figure out

The compelling element for me
All three books deal with the God of death
The young ladies are, after all, assassins
What they/we learn is Death is a loving God
Death is a natural part of the cycle of life

"Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil"
Comes to mind
Compelling stories with strong young women
His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers
Don't Miss It!

Not my usual cup of genre tea
But I like this woman's religious music
As Sure As The Sun by Ellie Holcomb

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Devon Monk / House Immortal / Most Enjoyable

Devon Monk always tells a good story
House Immortal is no exception

Matilda Case is not your average young woman
Matilda Case is "stitched"
Pieces sewn together with "thread"

There are 11 other "stitched"
Known as the Galvanized
Immortal one and all and in their hundreds
Pawns of the powerful houses

Readers will want to get to know Tilly Case
Immortal she may be, She is very young
A pawn to none, A piece to be played by all
Tilly is a righteous young woman

Everyone is out to get Tilly Case
Everyone wants immortality
Tilly has the key

The social and political machinations
Eleven houses out to best the other
Greedy scuts one and all

Book 2, Infinity Bell will arrive soon
I'm in for the long haul with Matilda Case
Don't miss the House Immortal series
Pages will be turned

Ellie Holcomb
As Sure As The Sun

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

W. C. Bauers / Unbreakable / Good Military SF

Promise Paen is a warrior
By the end of the story there is no doubt

Raised on a remote rim world
Losing everything and everyone
Promise signs up with the Republic

Low and behold her first deployment
Return to her home world, Montana
Not what she wanted to do

Promise is a good soldier
Promise will do what needs to be done
Out gunned and out manned
Just a problem to be solved

A real page burner
I'm ready for more

Music on the play list

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rod Duncan / The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter / All The Right Ingredients

All The Right Ingredients
A story well told

Young Elizabeth
Surviving alone

Posing as her brother
A necessity to survive

The Victorian like steam culture
Fully realized
You could live there

The characters well developed
Diverse and complex
Good, Grey and Evil

Elizabeth in the guise of her brother
Working as a private detective

On the run from a very bad man
Her father's murderer

Trying to avoid prying eyes
The Patent Office has eyes everywhere

There is a missing device

The story takes a moment to fully develop
Fully fleshed characters and problems take time

An utterly irresistible title
I'll not spoil a story well told

The Bullet Catchers Daughter
Rod Duncan has done this right
The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 1

Music on the play list
Sailing to Philadelphia by Mark Knopfler