Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Alwyn Hamilton / Rebel of the Sands / Weird Western Arabian Nights

Alwyn Hamilton is too much fun
Yes, it's light, and easy reading
Yes it's a bit of a romance
Yes the magic is very interesting
Yes the story is fresh
All the reasons not to read the book

Why should you read Rebel of the Sands
Strong female protagonist
Constant action and adventure
Smart mouth female protagonist
Good is trying to overcome evil
Most of all
Take a break from the world we live in
This book will "engage" you

It is a Weird Western shoot 'em up Arabian Nights tale
With Djin and magic in a mid-eastern setting
You will be captivated by the characters
You do not have to work to read this YA title

Put down the book and do what needs to be done
You can't just read your life away
But, you can wish you could

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kameron Hurley / The Stars are Legion / Brutal Touching Amazing / Kameron Hurley: World Builder!

I'm crazy about Kameron Hurley
When I first opened God's War
The first paragraph tipped me over
How screwed up can a place be
Further reading confirmed
Even more screwed up

The Stars are Legion is beautiful
The organic ships, amazing
The women
Scheming, Conniving, Sniveling
Strong, Laughable, Inspiring
All sorts of women
There is not one man in this book

Forget all that
The story is complex, compelling
Twisted as Kameron Hurley's mind
The story knows where it wants to go
It's just so difficult
But go there it must

Thursday, March 16, 2017

April Daniels / Dreadnought / Yippee Ki Yay Ki Yo

April Daniels owns me
Dreadnought, a trans superhero story
Yep, like I said

Sci-Fi readers have always and forever
Been in front of societal change
Leading the way
Understanding the new normal

What do you get with Dreadnought?
A Great YA/Adult Superhero story

What you did not expect, but love dearly
The empathy and understanding delivered
What does it mean to be a trans teen
I get it, I've got your back, I understand

What about the Superhero
Has to save the world of course
It's what Superheros do

Step Up
Help Lead The Way
Read a Terrific Story

Music on my play list
Wilco, Schmilco

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Peadar O'Guilin / The Call / Three Minutes To Live Or Die / Absolutely As Good As YA Literature Gets

Peadar O'Guilin has copied no one
The Call stands firmly on it's own
Ireland, all of Ireland, is united
Ireland is cloaked by a fog
Nothing penetrates, nothing passes through
There is but one enemy, the Sidhe, the Fae
The Fae are angry
Banished long ago to their horrid grey world
Now they are punishing the Irish
Calling the children, Killing the children
Maiming the children and sending some home alive

Nessa, a young teen with polio stricken legs
Fighting for her life
Training to survive "The Call"

The world build here is terrific
The social dynamics, well, dynamic
Cliques of elitists
Struggling humanists
Denial ridden oblivious
All the stuff of a dynamic society
All the young, waiting, "The Call"
The Sidhe grey world
A Living Night Mare

The pacing, always engaging
The mystery, palpable
"The Call" horrifying
Three minutes away
A full day with the Sidhe
Running, Fighting, Dying

Nessa, a protagonist to root for
A protagonist who needs your support

Michael Franti

Monday, September 26, 2016

David D. Levine / Arabella Of Mars / A Flight Of Fancy, Daring-do And Romance

David D. Levine has captured my heart
For a reader of old time Science Fiction
Edgar Rice Burroughs, E. E. "Doc" Smith, Jules Verne etc etc
Arabella of Mars made me reminisce
Fond memories of the Mars and Lensman and Nemo
Treasures from the basement of my home growing up

Arabella is a plucky young woman
Yes, she has to disguise herself as a boy
I wouldn't have it any other way
Breathable air between Earth and Mars
Hoot, Hoot

A father who knew much of Automata
A father who understood his unusual daughter
A mysterious ship Captain
An amazing Automata Navigator

Much daring-do
Trying to do the right thing
Arabella Ashby is a heroine you want to meet

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