Review: Jubal Van Zandt and the Revenge of the Bloodslinger by Eden Hudson

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Publisher: Shadow Alley Press

Publishing Date: October 2016

ISBN: 4471369925215

Genre: SciFi/Fantasy

Rating: 4.7/5

Publishers Description: Narcissist, sociopath, and shameless backstabber Jubal Van Zandt is the best damn thief in the history of the Revived Earth…and he won’t shut up about it. But not everybody in the swampy, soggy, feudal future approves of Jubal’s vocation. The Guild—the religious fanatics who helped rebuild civilization after the collapse—in particular are waiting for their opportunity to slip the noose around his neck.

Review: Fuk me Agnes this was good. You know how long its been since I laughed out loud while reading a novel? A very loooooong time. All of the characters fall off the pages and into your lap and while they are engrossing, the world building is epic as is the weird shjt that resides on them. The movement is constant and envelops this glib rhetoric that is Jubal. The only downside was that it was too short and the ending was fooked. Still, I cannot wait for the next installment. Lots O’ fun!!

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Review: The Four Thousand / 800 by Greg Egan

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Publisher: Subterranean Press

Publishing Date: November 2016

ISBN: 9781596067912

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.4/5

Publishers Description: With “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” acclaimed author Greg Egan offers up a stellar, novella-length example of hard science fiction, as human and involving as it is insightful and philosophical.

Review: Early Vesta colonizers are getting persecuted and fleeing into the void, strapped to rocks while chemically suspended to survive the trip to Space Station Ceres. Ceres Director, Anna Dingbat must make some hard choices as the colonizers are labeled war criminals and pursued through space.

Holy moly this was boring. As a novella you would think that with the compressed story line, the movement would gallop at a good clip while developing the characters. Not so much here. The characters are thinly constructed so you really have no emotional investment in any outcome that may transpire. There was also an inordinate amount of dialogue, mostly about the greater good and the injustices of persecution. Wah. What stood out like a dick in a bowl of hot dogs was trying to force a big slice of social commentary down the gullet of hard Science Fiction. Didn’t work for me.

Review: Bullet Gal by Andrez Bergen

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Publisher: Roundfire Books

Publishing Date: November 2016

ISBN: 9781785355622

Genre: SciFi/Dystopian

Rating: 3.5/5

Publishers Description: Teenage gunsel-cum-aspiring-hero Mitzi (last name unknown) breezes into Heropa with twin 9 mm pistols blazing – only to be targeted for recruitment, betrayal and assassination.

Review: Wow, me likey that cover art.

A lot of ratings on this one, but only one written review on GR. Makes sense, or rather in most instances, this novel was riveting then confusing. It was at once blistering in pace then comes to a screeching halt. Dichotomous? Bi-Polar? Mitzi was a great character, and the bulk of the novel should have been entirely about her. The  supporting characters did not infuse the story line with a shot of Bourbon. They were built one dimensionally while Mitzi and Brigit were developed nicely along with the movement. 

 If you like shifting points of view (and I do if done properly) then this novel makes a check on the ol’ entertainment balance sheet. This had mostly what I would call conversational shifting POV, where in a discussion between two people, the POV shifts chapter to chapter. The action is really good when in play and Mitzi burning up the barrels of her pistols should have remained the entire theme of the novel. More vigilante than super hero. I’m giving this 4 GENEROUS stars.

 On a side note, the idea that a Jetfire Pistol in .25 caliber with a ridiculously short tip up barrel, virtually no sight radius, a blow-back ejection system is the choice of a teenage assassin to take out roomfuls of thugs, is not believable. But hey, we are in make-believe land, n’est-ce pas?

Review: Daufuskie Island by John Lueder

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Publisher: Mountain Arbor Press

Publishing Date:  June 2016

ISBN: 9781631830334

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.8/5

Publishers Description: In this supernatural adventure, Evan and Caris St. John own a beach house on isolated Daufuskie Island off the South Carolina coast. After a hurricane strikes the island, Caris and their three children, Katie, Abby, and Will, discover a mysterious treasure chest in its wake.

Review: “Here’s the story, of a man named Evan, who was bringing up three very spoiled brats….all of them had hair of gold, like their mother…”  Swiss Family time travelers? Gilligan Daufuskie Isle? The Island of Evan Moreau?  It’s fun to be an ass, but in all fairness this was a fun read. The character development failed in areas where you found that you didn’t care if bad things happened to the family. More of a suspense generated novel without the emotive spirit. The too-ing and fro-ing in time coupled with major historical events was inventive and captured the imagination.

Review: Hell Fighters From Earth by William Seigler

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Publisher: Waldorf

Publishing Date: November 2016

ISBN: 9781943848423

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.3/5

Publishers Description: Lieutenant Commander Edgar Fitzpatrick is sent to begin the recruiting effort, right under the noses of Earth’s governments. A twenty-nine-year-old escaped prisoner, 1553441, who had been a college professor before he annoyed the ruling class, was one such man. The sixteen-year-old runaway, Argentina de la Fuentes, was another such perfect recruit. Two strangers from backgrounds worlds apart, along with thousands of other undesirables are to be trained to fight a terrible enemy, huge Reptilian beings… 

Review: What the fuk just happened? I was a gnats ass away from ditching this book, solely based on the hideous cover and at the last second said “Dang, she’s holding a gun”. This novel grips you from the get-go. Great movement builds these wonderful characters and the socio-politico-economic commentary that forms a basis for the world building is spot on. Denver is a great character and is built so good that you root for him at every turn, even his non-existent love life. The aliens are pretty cool and remind me of the Gorn in the Star Trek episode “Arena”, only these aliens are fast and powerful.

“So why you no give 5 stars?”. Could have used some editing in places where the scenes jump around, especially the fight scenes. Just not enough logical progression to form cogent scene structure. Very minor but consistently evident.

This was a highly entertaining read and I hope to see more of this author’s expanding universe.