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Review of Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return

Review of Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return by Alyson Peterson

 

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.

 

YA books are not for teenagers alone. Good writing is good writing. And Alyson Peterson writes well.

This author knows teenagers. Every emotion, action, and decision (good or bad) is believable.

The book is humorous, touching, suspenseful, and heart-wrenching at various times. Ian is an engaging character who I started rooting for on page two. His reactions to the various bombshells dropped on him in a short period of time are both believable and wryly snarky.

Doc Saunders as the outsider caught up in the story was my second favorite character.

 

I give it 4 stars for an adult reader. If I was actually a young adult it would likely have been 5.

There are two sequels available. I look forward to reading them.

 

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Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return
Alyson Peterson

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Review of Don’t Live for Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017

Review of Don’t Live for Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017 by John Scalzi

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.

 

First things first. This is not a novel. It is a collection of curated posts from John Scalzi’s Whatever blog.

If you have followed his blog since 2008, much of the book will not be new material. There are introductions to many of the posts with additional information and insights, however.

If you, like me, have only read the occasional blog post over the years, or none at all, you will find it at various times informative, educational, opinionated, interesting, not interesting, and sometimes a rant.

It is organized by topic, rather than timeline, which can be entertaining when the technology being discussed changes without warning. Although many of the topics are specifically related to writing and are directed at writers, as long as you are interested in how books come to be it is still definitely worth the time.

John Scalzi’s precise use of language, in and of itself, made this a joy to read.

 

I give it 4 stars.

 

https://subterraneanpress.com/dont-live-for-your-obituary

Don't Live for Your Obituary
John Scalzi

Review of Dragon's Danger

Review of Dragon’s Danger

Review of Dragon’s Danger by Edward Branley

Be careful when you purchase from the internet. Especially dragon eggs. Especially from Hassan’s Collectibles and Curiosities.

Joey, Anne Marie, and David are high school sophomores. They thought they were buying a replica of a dragon egg. But they were mistaken.

Dragon’s Danger is an engaging fantasy about the adventures of the trio as they find out the dragon’s egg is real, and that they are responsible for the dragon’s safety. As the trio discover both allies and enemies they learn more about both dragons and the new world which has been opened to them. Set in New Orleans, it feels like you are there as you follow them on their adventures.

While this is a YA book, it was definitely fun for this adult as well. I look forward to Book 2 of the series.

4 stars

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Dragon's Danger
Edward Branley

Review of Straight Outta Tombstone

Review of Straight Outta Tombstone

Review of Straight Outta Tombstone edited  by David Boop

Straight Outta Tombstone was worth the price of admission. An above average success.

What is my definition of success, you may ask?

(You can skip this part if you have read any of my previous short story compilation reviews.)

To me, a short story compilation is akin to one of those giant bags of mixed candy you buy for Halloween. Some of what you get are your favorite kind, some are exceptionally good (just not your favorite), some are OK (but still candy, so pretty darn good), and some are awful because you can’t stand the flavor but you know other people love them anyway. And occasionally it includes one or two kinds of candy even the kids won’t touch.

With that in mind, I consider any short story collection to be a success if at least 3 or 4 stories fall into the first two categories of favorite or exceptionally good, and one (or better, none) fall into the even the kids won’t touch it category.

13 of the 16 stories were either favorites or exceptionally good. The stories ranged from fun to serious, from good to excellent, and from zombies to warlocks. None of the stories was of the “even the kids won’t touch it” variety or the “I can’t stand the flavor” pile.

My favorite stories were “The Treefold Problem” by Alan Dean Foster, “Dry Gulch Dragon” by Sarah A. Hoyt, and “A Fistful of Warlocks” by Jim Butcher.

A veritable grab bag of good tales. I recommend it.

 

Short thoughts on each story without spoilers:

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Straight Outta Tombstone
Edited  by David Boop

Review of Scion of Conquered Earth

Review of Scion of Conquered Earth

Review of Scion of Conquered Earth 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.

I really enjoyed 90% of this book. Although I understand intellectually the reasoning behind the first 10% of the book and how it is meant to set up the protagonist’s motivations and future actions, it was just a bit over the top in brutality for my taste. Although I did appreciate the cannibalistic aerobics instructors. And the lawyers. I’m glad I pushed through it to the rest of the book, which I truly enjoyed.

Alaric is a complicated character and you are never quite sure what decision he will make or what direction he will turn, which makes the many plot twists and turns delightfully unexpected. I also enjoyed Cassii, an AI with a definite mind of her own.

Just when you think it will be a white knight story it becomes something else. And then something else. And then again.

And you never even felt the hook set. But set it did. And slowly, ever so slowly, it reeled you in.

I look forward to book two in the series. I can’t wait to see what they end up doing next.

I give it 4 stars.

 

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Scion of Conquered Earth
Michael J. Allen