Monday, September 9, 2019

Craig DiLouie / Our War / Very Near Future / Very American Civil War

At time I had to set the book down
There are young people in my life
I fear their future more than mine

A brother and sister, teen and preteen
A loving mother and father
Normal teen rebellion

War is coming
War arrives
Stuff happens

Our War by Craig DiLouie
An upsetting, unsettling book
Full of possibilities

Cory Doctorow / Radicalized / Four Novellas / A Possible Future

If you read only one of the four stories in the book

Read Radicalized  by Cory Doctorow
Every story in the book has it's merit
Cory Doctorow "sees" the future
It is not always pretty

Radicalized
A loved one dies
American health care refuses to treat them
What to do, What to do

Science Fiction is full of future possibilities
Cory Doctorow sees one such possible future

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