Book Review: The Chaos Chronicles by Steven Moore

Publisher: Carrick

Publishing Date: Nov 2017

ISBN:9781772420777

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.3/5

Publishers Description: This new sci-fi bundle takes the reader from an Earth dominated by multinationals and policed by their mercenaries to colonizing another planet and the first encounter with ETs. And beyond, far into a future with space battles, ESP, AI, and more. This three-novel bundle provides hours of sci-fi entertainment in just one ebook.

Review: Wow, what is going on with that cover art? I am a bit lost on that one.

This was an ambitious attempt at building a galactic survival space opera for the human species. While aliens abound and sex is a consistent theme, the author renders the alien interactions in a simplistic manner. The bear like alien Tali seemed to me, heavily borrowed from Larry Niven’s Man Kzin Wars novel(s). Much of the same war like culture, mannerisms and fur (orange).

The writing was really good yet some of the considered creative elements fell a bit short. Like how FTL travel and high level technology are developed so quickly from aliens living primitively along with disaffected humans riding inter-steller seed ships. The tech scales at a logarithmic pace as the story line moves through 500? years. There was also quite a bit of back story attached to almost every chapter but the writer does a good job making it interesting.

There are some real boring sections coupled with really good ones yet generally I looked forward to reading this every night as the story line pulled me in along with the expansive world building.

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Book Review: Calliope Jones and The Forests of Mist by Haylie Machado Hanson

 

Publisher: Books Go Social

Publishing Date: October 2017

ISBN:9781978465923

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 0.5/5

Publishers Description: When seventeen-year-old Navigator Calliope Jones and her robot World Diver leap into a whirlpool gateway to escape her nemesis, Shadowmancer Nathaniel Ormonde, she has no idea the world she discovers on the other side will be just as deadly as her enemy.

Review: Other than self-absorbed pre-teen escapists and  myopic millennials I really can’t see anyone enjoying the tropes that litter the pages of script. Insta-love, super speshulness, tantrums, narcissistic dialogue, super evilly thingies that glance “menacingly”, lots of “shuddering”, slut shaming and a pet cuddly robot scamp were the mainstays of this novel. Strangely the story line is fantastic. An alternate world diving robot tripping across dimensions of space time. Delete all the characters and follow the sentient robot through time and you have a winner.

So if you drive around looking for potholes to hit, by all means GET THIS!!!

Book Review: We Are Such Stuff by R.M. Dorn

 

Publisher: Endeavor Press

Publishing Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9781549776229

Genre: SciFi?

Rating: 1.5/5

Publishers Description: Is this the real life…? Just at the point that Daisy is starting to feel the inertia of her life, she receives an extraordinary job offer: creating scenes for virtual reality games… by dreaming them.

Review: How do you say “extremely boring” in English?  Daisy would be a good guess or the entire plot of this novel. See, Daisy has the hots for Rider? Ranger?…..well one of these hunky rich guys only their parents are evil-ish and Ranger? goes psycho and then there are chapters of dialogue to wade through. The End. Oh, they save the day by dreaming a new reality. Did I ruin the ending? Tough shjt, I saved you a wasted 2 days. Kudos though, to Endeavor Publishing for taking this on.

Book Review: The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

Publisher: Simon

Publishing Date: February 2018

ISBN:9781476778150

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.4/5

Publishers Description: Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy—an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service

Review: Well everyone that has read this novel so far, have loved it. Even the ones that rated it 3/5 raved about it like a pundit voting for the other side. This had all the elements that make a good novel, especially the intangibles like; looking forward to reading sessions and feeling comfortably warmed by the entertainment value that resides in well built characters.

“So why you no give 5 stars!!?”. For an extravagantly built world that is fantastic in it’s creative allure, I found the story line a bit too safe. It just did not marry well with the sigil magic premise. Trencher’s as a constant threat was the evil dichotomy that was soon rendered a bit thin by overuse. I was not hoping for war, so much as an adventure outside the realms of societal norms. Still a fantastic author to watch out for.

Book Review: The Switch by A.W. Hill

Publisher: Curiosity Quills

Publishing Date: August 2017

ISBN:9781974278220

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.1/5

Publishers Description: Five travelers lost in a parallel reality—If they get home, will it be the same place they left behind?

Review: A real interesting take on alternate or parallel worlds to our own that develop different realities.

For the first few chapters I wanted to discontinue reading due to Jacobus’ constant whining about his current state. The movement kind of pools at your feet and drips from your bleeding eyes. BUT, and it is not a real big butt, the pace quickly escalates into a world hopping adventure with plenty of strange interactions to motivate your interest. The characters are well built but lack a bit of depth due to stunted development i.e. what you see is what you get.

The world building is a bit crazy and at times not descriptively apt. If you are not a SciFi buff it may be confusing rather than riveting as attested to in a few reviews. I thought it was a great novel that demands a series.

Book Review: The Continuum By Wendy Nikel

 

Publisher: World Weaver Press

Publishing Date: January 2018

ISBN: 9780998702223

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.3/5

Publishers Description: For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency’s ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn’t abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations.

Review: This was really good writing compacted into a fast moving novella. This story line begs for expansion but the ending dictates a different outcome. Too bad really that this was not a full length novel. As it is a novella it can only score a max of 3 stars due to the truncated nature of the work.

Book Review: A Meddle of Wizards By Alexandra Rushe

Publisher: Kensington

Publishing Date: January 2018

ISBN: 9781635730104

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.4/5

Publishers Description:  Ruled by unpredictable gods and unstable nations, Tandara is a land of shapeshifters and weather-workers, queens and legends. Ravenous monsters and greedy bounty hunters patrol unforgiving mountains. Riverboats pulled by sea-cattle trade down broad waterways. And creatures of nightmare stalk Raine herself, vicious in the pursuit of her blood.

Review: Wow what a crap cover. Editor out snorting coke that day?

Raine, once transported to an alternate universe finds herself in the company of  2 wizards, a warrior and a giant named Tiny. The movement is constant and within each passage the characters continue to develop along with the movement. Coupled to this movement is a world revealed to be at once complex as it is interesting. The magic is not over-the-top and the characters have to work at it to be successful

“So why you no give 5 stars!!?”. The bad guys were a bit patterned without seemingly a lot of effort put in to make them unique. Casual cruelty in the guise of a black wizard does not a scary character make. The story just crosses over the “Fairy Tail” line, imbuing it with a corny kind of character and scene delivery. And then we have fooking Raine, whom goes from a great character diminished by illness to super speshul wizardy gurl. She’s hotter than a popcorn fart while getting lost in Raven’s (lol) tawny eyes. Fug. Ruined within a few chapters by romance. The final nail in this coffin was the stoopid hatchling snake that talks in Raine’s head like a baby Smeagol.

The vote is still out on this one. I liked the world building as it is very expansive when coupled to good movement. The characters were a kind of let down as they dissolved what could have been a wonderful story line.