Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lian Hearn / Emperor Of The Eight Islands / Terrific Japanese Historical Fantasy

Lian Hearn, pseudonym, for Gillian Rubinstein
Knows her Japanese History
She knows her cultures
She knows the little things
That make her stories rich with detail
All this, and in no way pedantic

Emperor of the Eight Islands
Book 1 of The Tale of Shikanoko
So rich with characters, you like/need the list
Characters you enjoy getting to know
Characters you get invested in

This is a sprawling tale
War, Conquest, Mystery and Mayhem
Protagonists you willingly follow anywhere
Characters complex enough to make you wonder

Feudal Japan writ large
A little romance, but as it should be
Complicated

Family values
As complicated as feudal Japan can be

Loyalties? Dynamic
Always Interesting


Music
Cleopatra by the Lumineers

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Malka Older / Infomocracy / Where Politics May Be Headed / A Screamer

What the heck is post-cyberpunk?
Oh, Not plugged in, Nose to the screens
Like, where some live right now
Add a Meta Mega Overload of Data

This near future thriller is superb
No nation-states, no corporate-states
Just lots and lots of 100K population mini Democracy's

I was coasting along
A character says something like
"Your vote really counts" (oh sure, really)
The book owned me

Not going to give the machinations away
It's just too good to spoil
This is terrific Science Fiction
Think
Human Condition blazing on a false background

Malka Older, remember the name, may he write more Soon
Infomocracy, not to be missed

Loved Ken Liu's back cover blurb
"Smart. ambitious, bursting with provocative extrapolations,
Infomocracy is the big-data-big-ideas-tecnoanalytical-microdemoglobal-post-everything
polotical thriller we've been waiting for."


Music, let there be music in your life
Detour by Cindy Lauper
Mighty fine Classic, old school, Country Music

Monday, June 13, 2016

Charlie Anders / All The Birds In The Sky / Outstanding Entertainment

Right out of the box
Charlie Anders brings the mail
All the Birds in the Sky is a delight

Hip, Literate, Esoteric
I am at a loss for words

Want a smile on your face?
Read All the Birds in the Sky


Music
Born To Play Guitar by Buddy Guy

Jay Posey / Outriders / Gotcha From Start To Finish

Jay Posey opens the story with the unthinkable
Outriders will own you from the opening sentence

Captain Lincoln Suh is a special operations soldier
He has been reassigned

Lincoln now heads-up a very secretive unit
Specializing in very black ops
What's so special
The 519th Applied Intelligence Group
One and all are reanimated
And there is so much more to the story

Every character has endearing traits
People you want to read about
People you want to spend time with

I look forward to more from the Outriders
Military Sci-Fi with a twist


Music
You can blame it on a patron's recommendation
He said the lyrics were special
I am now listening to Hip Hop
Love Story by Yelawolf
The lyrics are indeed special

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Jason M. Hough / Zero World / High Tension SF Thriller

Thriller fans, Buckle-Up
Jason M. Hough delivers
Zero World will grab and hold you

Interesting protagonist
Peter Caswell is an assassin
What's different?
After every job
His memory of the job is Erased
He never gets to know

The current job
Travel to another universe
Kill the target
Return and forget

Things go horribly wrong
The action slows just enough
To catch your breath, on occasion

Everything that can go wrong
Goes Horribly Wrong
Fun, Fun, Fun at every turn of the page

You will want to keep an eye on Mr Hough
Be sure to catch The Dire Earth Cycle

Music
The ghosts of Highway 20
Lucinda Williams