Review: Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America by Damien Lincoln Ober

Publisher: Skyhorse

Publishing Date: January 2018

ISBN:9781597809191

Genre: SciFi

Rating: DNF

Publishers Description: It is 1777, in a colonial America where the internet, social media, and ubiquitous electronic communications are fully woven into the fabric of society. Hours after a top-secret Congressional sub-committee uploads the Articles of Confederation, a mysterious internet plague breaks loose in the cloud, killing any user who accesses a networked device. Seven in ten Americans are dead, the internet is abandoned. Seizing the moment, the British take control of New York and Philadelphia, scattering what little remains of the rebellion.

Review: I just could not get into this novel. The idea that our forefathers had technology of a high order but still live in an era of mostly non-tech, is a big stretch. Besides the gaping plot hole this was really boring. Boring characterization coupled with a real lack of movement made Jack a Dull Boy. 

Review: Milijun by Clayton Graham

Publisher: Books Go Social

Publishing Date: January 2016

ISBN: 9780994495600

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.5/5

Publishers Description: Laura Sinclair and her son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavor to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and choose Jason as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the mystical impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos.

Review: This was at times really un-interesting do to Laura Sinclair’s constant refusal to recognize the reality of a multitude of situations. The only reason I can come up with as to why, is that it creates scene tension through the process of negative denial of all things evident. As a result her character halts good movement and drags the story line down to a screeching halt.

Although Laura Sinclair sucks, there are some major redeeming qualities to this novel. The question of whether the aliens are good or bad and from where they ultimately come from is tantamount to an ideal (how’s that for b.s.). This process seesaws its way through your mind from one page to the next with an ever evolving perspective. This sits right in the middle of the numerical rating. Some good characters, some bad. Great movement then derailed. Overly long scene descriptors and consistent repeated phrasing also did this novel no favors. Good aliens though.

Review: White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

Publisher: Berkely

Publishing Date: April 2016

ISBN:9780756408244

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.0/5

Publishers Description: Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

Review: Wow man. I mean really a slow, slow slog through the chasm of dialogue and stilted movement. This was an epic push to read, chapter to chapter. Forget Angel and her “zombie with a heart of gold character” while being oh so hot and productively captivating.

This was like watching two turtles fuck while eating nails. The characters are forgettable and because there is no movement you care even less what happens to them. What I was expecting was a zombiefied baddass punker gnashing her teeth while ripping out the throats of the deservedly criminal element while feasting on their brains. What I got was a co-ed hottie not-really- zombie with the perfect friends that love her so and her undying humanistic nature that bludgeons you on every page.

The writing is patterned and scripted and leaves you wanting something visceral. The ‘shivers down spines” and other phrasing fillers read like a paperback romance novel. If only the cover lived up to the content. Don’t waste your time, especially when all the 5 stars reviews out there have no written reviews.

Review: Alien Innkeeper by Roxanne Barbour

 

Publisher: Wild Rose

Publishing Date: may 2017

ISBN: 9781509213795

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.6/5

Publishers Description: Sylvestine Amera is the manager of the Mars Best-Tycho Basin Hotel. When her first alien visitors arrive on planet, Syl is faced with solving numerous challenges. Not the least of having Dedare Sath  rubbing her cheeks in a gesture she is curious to understand.  Irion customs are different than what she is used to, but when Dedare who owns a hotel on Irion asks her to leave Mars and manage his flagship hotel, she is more than ready to leave her home planet behind.

Review: This whole reading experience was just too too patterned and slick. Everything was predictably perfect, down to the characterization and story line. Almost like it was written in hopes of getting a movie deal. There is nothing close to being believable about the characters, including the the aliens.

In this novel everyone in Syl’s circle is the best of friends and everything works out wonderfully. If you’re outside this gilded circle, you are an unforgivable miscreant bent on ruining Speshul Syl’s new life on an alien planet. Really? This whole novel was really patterned after a controlling narcissist. How someone on an alien planet has three alien men that want to marry/bang her after a week, is beyond reasoning.

This novel’s main shortcoming was the lack of world building and alien development. Aliens that are really humans, only bald with blue blood and strange mannerisms does not an alien make. The one alien that was murderous had scales but was not built in any memorable way. The idea that a space fairing alien lacks the reasoning skills to disassociate criminals of his own species from a lone alien on another planet, is pretty weak.

Towards the end of this novel I really despised Syl and her band of all knowing,Uber Rich douche bags.

Review: Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher

Publisher: Tor

Publishing Date: July 2017

ISBN: 9780765379207

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.3/5

Publishers Description: Another golden morning in a seedy town, and a new memory tape and assignment for intrepid PI-turned-hit man—and last robot left in working order—Raymond Electromatic. But his skills may be rustier than he remembered in Killing Is My Business, the latest in Christopher’s robot noir’ , hot on the heels of the acclaimed Made to Kill.

Review: This was a real fun read what with the blending of detective/mystery noir and Science Fiction. The movement and characterization synergy created an entertaining story line.  Ray’s “killer” programming continues to be not the only mystery in town as he obviously has feelings about a lot of “things”. This just might be a dichotomous plot hole where programming overrides emotive feelings yet are able to coexist? The mystery is not too complicated and is easy to figure. What was confusing was the ending and the lack of resolution. Just a harbinger of more novels in the series.

The idea that a robot has it’s surface memory wiped daily leaves the story line in a fugue state.  I was always waiting for a larger reveal, where Ray does not upload and wipe, but extends his time and finds that his design has an almost limitless store of memory. It is hard to get on board with the main character when every day is a new one, literally. It is also an easy out for the writer, as events that seem mysterious by forgetful association are later easily solved. I liked the novel but do not think I would read any subsequent novels as Ray will never grow as a character unless he is able to store sufficient life memories.

Review: The Lovers * Dark Is the Sun * Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip José Farmer

Publisher: Open Road

Publishing Date: 1952 (Lovers) 1981 (Dark is the Sun), 1967 (Riders of the Purple Wage)

ISBN: 9781504046060

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.8/5

Publishers Description: From a multiple Hugo winner and Science Fiction Grand Master: Three mind-bending stories featuring future worlds, space travel, and aliensAuthor Philip José Farmer blasts into space, races into the future, and travels back in time in three astoundingly original and thrilling science fiction adventures.

Review: Well, these were some oldies but some goodies in the SciFi novella genre. Farmer’s writing theme is ever present; questioning religion, spirituality, sexuality and his fear of death or the unknown. These early works are no where as good as River World yet the writing development is evident. Get these and be wholly entertained.

Review: The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz

Publisher: Angry Robot

Publishing Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9780857667175

Genre: SciFi/Dystopian

Rating: 4.3/5

Publishers Description: In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…

Review: Wow. The first half of this novel embraces an incredible writing talent that created what may become a defining moment in the genre. Too over the top in honors? Yeah, maybe but I am feeling it right now. Perhaps the horniness will pass once I have relieved myself…..with TIME. Geez, sleezy crowd here.  Anyhoo, this was fukin’ good. World building, characterization, movement, storyline etc. Plus, who names their kid Ferrett? How cool is that? 

It is at once witty, funny, thought provoking, plausible in it’s outrageousness, utterly indefatigable, revelatory and a bunch of other positive adjectives, oh and poignant. To be honest this started in a hole: slow, no relevant background, back and forth-ing  dialogue, no context….then BAM! Away we go. At about the kindle 60% mark it slows way down with mewling dialogue then picks up again. You want more storyline details? Read the book cause I aint a spoiler….well I am, but not this time.