Monday, December 21, 2009

I Love a Battle Between Good and Evil!

I just finished "The Calling" by David Mack.
Could not stop reading this one.
Wishing the family had a "hold" or "pause" button.
Took me three days instead of one.
No matter you're spiritual predilections
this book is written with enough open
or missing or assumed information
you get to fill in the blanks.

"I'm just sure it was God pulling the strings
and answering the prayers."

You may think (or believe) what you wish.

The protagonist is such a nice guy.
So moral, so stand up, such a nice boy.
Gave me that wanna be maybe I could be

This is one GREAT duel between Good and Evil.
The book ends with all the potential for a sequel or series.
Hope the next book doesn't destroy this blog with specifics.

My imagination is having too much fun the way it's written.


Monday, December 14, 2009

“(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”

(composer: Nick Lowe) (best cover: Elvis Costello)

I was thinking I was a peace minded guy.
I recently finish reading A Desert Called Peace by Tom Kratman
I like war stories, I’m a guy, but I still think I’m a bit of a peacnick.
This book caught me totally off guard. It caught me off guard
in that I not only finished the novel I read the sequel, Carnifex.
Good finish!

In a future not all that many centuries away from now.
On a planet colonized by earth, a planet not unlike earth,
a planet geographically, politically, socially, economically,
racially and religiously; not at all unlike earth. (Think not so "false background" SF)

Anyway; a soldier loses his family in a terrorists "tower attack".
So, what’s the big deal? This soldier decides it is his duty
to rid the earth of all violent Jihad minded Moslems.
Why the font jump and bold?
Jihad to many Moslems is a personal battle,
a personal struggle with spiritual discipline.
(This Jihad I understand all too well)

If you are at all, even a little, "politically correct,"
stay the hell away from this book.
If you like a good war story
and want to know how to take care of business, enjoy.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Brent Weeks Grabbed My Attention

Not long ago the library purchased Brent Weeks' The Night Angel Trilogy.
It seemed to be a pretty straight forward Apprentice / Assassin story
when the characters suddenly had a depth of character not always found in Fantasy SF.
For crying out loud the people weren't black and white; right and wrong; good and bad.
Yikes! Too real! Too human!
I loved every minute of every book in the trilogy.
1. The Way of Shadows 2. Shadow’s Edge 3. Beyond the Shadows


Friday, December 11, 2009

Welcome to my SF blog

I know the value of opinions.
If you're comfortable
knowing this is just my opinion
we'll do well together.

I love Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Fantasy
and the myriad of blends found in the genre.
Hard Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Heroic Myth, Detective Procedural;
I enjoy it all.

What draws me to SF?
First and foremost it's ability
to display the human condition
in a false background.
Removing the cultural clutter of our current
perceived reality can be very disarming.
Secondly is it's ability to stretch my brain.
The Universe is a much bigger place than I can immagine.
It's fun to try.
What will follow is what I'm reading,
what I'm reading about,
and things SF that matter to me
and might matter to you.