Book Review: Working Stiffs by Scott Bell

Publisher: Red Adept

Publishing Date: December 2017


Genre: Scifi

Rating: 4.4/5

Publishers Description: Joe Warren, an unemployed electrical engineer, has a terminally ill girlfriend and a bank account bumping rock bottom. Jobs are scarce in 2050, since nanotechnology has created the ability to animate the recently deceased, who are put to work performing menial labor at low wages. These Revivants have glutted the job market, leaving their living counterparts out in the cold. Joe goes looking for a helping hand and mistakenly gets arrested with a group of freedom fighters. The only cause Joe wants to fight for is Joe, but federal agents coerce him into spying on the Children of Liberty.

Review: When I started this novel I thought “Crap, sucked in by another zombie/dystopian novel”. Luckily I ran out of books to read and pulled this back out from the DNF pile. Glad I did. This has it all. From social and political commentary ridden hard  like a lathered horse to great characterization and story line crafting.

You will have a good laugh at yourself reading this.

Book Review: The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Publisher:Subterranean Press

Publishing Date: March 2018


Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.0/5

Publishers Description: Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.

Review: This gets a max rating for novellas based on their compressed and truncated nature. This is a talented writer that deserves the audience to come. Expand this universe, please.

Book Review: We Care For You by Paul Kitcatt

Publisher: Unbound

Publishing Date: November 2017


Genre: SciFi

Rating: DNF

Publishers Description: Margaret Woodruff is slowly dying in a care home. When her son is presented with the chance of exceptional care in her final months, he finds the offer hard to resist.
Winifred is assigned to Margaret’s care.

Review: This was freakishly boring. Robots deciding that humans are undeserving of what they have is a very tired story line that should be racked like the zombie genre. Besides this strange robotical infatuation with Margaret’s “WISDOM” there was not enough movement to satisfy a hummingbird dick.

Book Review: Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft


Publisher: Orbit

Publishing Date: March 2018

ISBN: 9780316517959

Genre: Steampunk/Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5

Publishers Description:The Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to reenter as it was to break out of. Forced into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew are struggling to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt to rescue Senlin’s lost wife continues. Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the Tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx never comes cheaply, and as Senlin knows, debts aren’t always what they seem in the Tower of Babel.

Review: Well something happened in a not good way to this installment of the Books of Babel series. From high adventure and fast movement in Senlin Ascends to languishing in the Sphinx’s lair while everyone gets in touch with their feeeeeeelings. Barf. Oh but wait, Voleta becomes just too foxy and speshul that even the weirdo Sphinx comes to love her (pounding……….head…………..against………..wall).

This seemed like a strange filler/ interlude novel to setup the grande finale where douche…, Senlin is finally reunited with his slut………er, wife. I would skip this ripoff and wait for the conclusion.