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Review of Discarded

Review of Discarded by Michael J. Allen

 

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the author 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.

Elias Graham is the embodiment of a grumpy old wizard. And he certainly has reason to be since the rest of the world is intent on ignoring his fondest wish—to be left alone.

From the Wasteland to Seufert Fells, from mananet to Edison blocks, from helpful strangers to would be assassins, from the prosaic to the terrifying, inch by inch Elias is drawn down a path he tries to avoid. And we are with him every step of the way, cringing or cheering him on as appropriate.

A world where magic and technology coexist, and both can be used for good, or for evil.

A fun read. I look forward to more Elias stories in the future.

4 stars.

Discarded
Michael J. Allen

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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

Bards Tower Planet Comicon 2018

Bard’s Tower at Planet Comicon 2018

Bard’s Tower at Planet Comicon 2018

I’ll be helping at the booth. Come see me there!

Kevin J. AndersonMelinda M. SnodgrassJonathan MaberryKeith DeCandidoQuincy J Allen and Michelle Corsillo
#BardsTower #PlanetComicon #StarWars #Dune #StarTrek #Imperials#Wildcards #XFiles #Aliens #VWars #Marvel #BloodTies#ConvergentLines

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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