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Review of The Golem of Deneb Seven

Review of The Golem of Deneb Seven by Alex Shvartsman

 

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

The Golem of Deneb Seven is a home run for Alex Shvartsman. This anthology of his own short stories will make you think, laugh, cry, and even groan on occasion. With each story changing moods and styles, you will be entertained in multiple ways.

I highly recommend you read this book.

5 stars.

Keep reading for a few thoughts on the individual stories (although a few of the titles may be longer than the thoughts).

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The Golem of Deneb Seven
Alex Shvartsman

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Review of Penric’s Fox

Review of Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this novella by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my all-time favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. That being said, she rarely disappoints.

This story of the World of the Five Gods starts with an attempt at relaxation which doesn’t last long. Penric and his associates are quickly involved in a murder mystery.

The investigation requires knowledge and skills from investigators, sorcerers, and shamans to resolve.

A lovely addition to the Penric tales.

It might be a bit difficult to enjoy as a stand-alone story without any background. I recommend you start at the first tale Penric’s Demon and catch up. It will be worth your time.

I give it 4 stars.

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Penric's Fox
Lois McMaster Bujold

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Review of Grey Lore

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

 

Grey Lore has an interesting premise for its fantasy world which is not the run-of-the-mill werewolf legend.

It reads like a mystery novel set in a fantasy world. The three teenagers each discover different pieces of the puzzle and must combine all of the pieces into the truth, then overcome numerous obstacles, including doubting their own sanity at times, to find a way to prevent the looming catastrophe.

Well-written, the story starts slowly and gradually builds to a satisfying conclusion. The closer to the end of the story, the faster the pages turned.

Fun read. I recommend it.

I give it 4 stars.

Grey Lore
Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy

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Review of Dandelion Iron

Review of Dandelion Iron by Aaron Michael Ritchey

 All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

 

I purchased this book at a convention from the author. The pitch that made me pick it up was “a steampunk post-apocalyptic cattle drive.”

It is that, and so much more. It is an adventure novel, a customs treatise, a family drama, and a survival story. The writing is excellent, the characters are interesting, and the story moves at a fast clip.

The social and moral shifts which occurred after the incident which created The Juniper are well thought out, and spur much of the story. The technological and other workarounds developed to work in The Juniper are intriguing, and steam-based, so it classifies as steampunk as well.

 

Bottom line: an excellent story, well worth your time.

 

5 stars

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Dandelion Iron
Aaron Michael Ritchey

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Review of The Wizard’s Bane

Review of The Wizard’s Bane by Michael J. Allen

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a copy of this book by the author for the possibility of a review. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

NOTE: Read Book 1: Murder in Wizard’s Wood first. This is not a stand-alone novel.

 

The writing is excellent, and you want the characters to prevail. The twists and turns of the book make it tricky to review without spoilers. Suffice it to say I recommend you read it.

If this book were a game of D&D, it would go like this. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew. Roll 10,11,12,10,11,12,1,1,1,1,1,20. Phew.

I look forward to book three in the series.

 

I give it 4 stars.

The Wizard’s Bane
Michael J. Allen