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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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Free Book Contest!

If you’ve read my review of Laura Anne Gilman’s book Silver on the Road you know I loved it.

Now, thanks to the author, you have a chance to win a FREE copy of the sequel, The Cold Eye.

Leave a comment about why you liked Silver on the Road and you will be entered in a random drawing to win a trade paperback copy of The Cold Eye.

Contest runs from now until midnight CST April 11, 2018.

Good luck!

 

 

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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 Ella, The Slayer

Review of Ella, The Slayer by A. W. Exley

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

 

What a treat!

Twist the standard Cinderella story, set it in Edwardian England, and add a zombie epidemic. In the talented hands of A. W. Exley you end up with a delightful tale full of interesting people, challenging situations, a wicked stepmother, and, of course, zombies. Or vermin in Edwardian terms.

The storytelling is stellar. I’d like to be friends with many of the characters. Minus the zombie epidemic, of course.

Highly recommended.

5 stars.

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Ella, The Slayer
A. W. Exley

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Review of Chemical Burn

Review of Chemical Burn by Quincy J. Allen

 

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.

A wonderful combination of science fiction, noir, mystery, thriller, and action, Chemical Burn was a joy to read.

As I have said before, I feel that crossovers are the hardest type of story to do well. You have to please readers of both (or in this case, several) genres, so the story has to be exceptionally well done to be considered good. This book is excellent.

The writing is crisp, the characters have both depth and style, and the plot twists keep coming until the end, which is satisfying on many counts. Even the cat has hidden depths and attitude.

I often read until I fall asleep. Not with this book. I did not want to miss a single word so if I got sleepy I put it down until the next day. Which is unheard of.

Happily, this is Book One of a trilogy so more thrilling tales will be forthcoming. I think I’ll read his steampunk books while I wait.

Take a chance. You’ll be glad you did.

 

I give it 5 stars.

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Chemical Burn
Quincy J. Allen