Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories

Farmer in the Sky (Heinlein's Juveniles Book 4)
Farmer in the Sky (Heinlein's Juveniles Book 4)

Review: I first read Farmer in the Sky, by Robert Heinlein when I was a teen. It chronicled the sort of adventure I would have enjoyed and the story stayed with me. Years later I read the story to my children and still have a copy in my library today. Read more

Arcane (The Arinthian Line Book 1)
Arcane (The Arinthian Line Book 1)

Review: Arcane is the first entry in the initial series of five books. I found it to probably be the best of the 5 novels, but please, don’t let that fool you. I devoured the entire series in a weekend where I saw very little sun and ordered pizza to avoid interruptions (I might have shown up to work without sleeping). If you are looking for some light casual reading or an fun fantasy romp, this is it. Read more

The Book of Lost Things Illustrated Edition
The Book of Lost Things Illustrated Edition

Review: The Book of Lost Things: The lost things, yes, as well as the sometimes "LOST" passion, dedication, and charming pleasures in reading a good and well-written book. It is difficult to find the "one adjective" I would use if someone were to ask me to resume this novel in one word. I read a lot of books (and of all kinds and genres), but very seldom (unfortunately) I feel a sense of melancholy and nostalgia once I have finished it. These mixed feelings, after all, are most positive. I think that on... Read more

Dragon Trials (Return of the Darkening Book 1)
Dragon Trials (Return of the Darkening Book 1)

Review: Agathea Flamma is a snob. She’s also quite a brat. I tried very hard to give her the benefit of the doubt at the start of this book, since she’s high born and has probably never mixed much with hardworking commoners and all – but she kept on with her haughty thinking, believing Seb stupid and slow and dirty long past the point when she should have known better, and I wanted to push her off a dragon, quite frankly. Especially when she is exceptionally slow on the uptake herself at times.

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The Chronicles of Dragon Collection (Series #1 Books 1-10)
The Chronicles of Dragon Collection (Series #1 Books 1-10)

Review: This started as a comic book like but interesting story. But the "glitch, pow, hurk!" Became overwhelmingly inane and the story ran around the same circles over and over again. With some vicious editing it might have made a good book or two, but ten?!!!

I started skipping whole books just to get to the resolution. How does Nath get over being vain and childish and bringing his friends to disaster over and over again without learning anything?? Sadly, in the end he just _does_. No real ... Read more

The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals Book 4)
The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals Book 4)

Review: This was the best book in the series and a wonderful way to bring this series to a close. Daine and Numair travel to the realms of the gods(hence the title) where Daine finally meets her father. She is reunited with her mother who has becomed a lesser god. Her mother wants Daine to live with her, but it is important for Daine and Numair to return back to their world with trouble brewing in Tortall. They must journey to the Dragonlands and run into many obstacles along the way. In the end t... Read more

Saving Mars (Saving Mars Series Book 1)
Saving Mars (Saving Mars Series Book 1)

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Our heroine Jessamyn Jaarda wants to be a pilot more than anything, so she can fly the raiding missions to Terra and do important and adventurous things. At the start of the novel Jess is a rule-breaker, whose biggest concern is her alter-abled brother Ethan's mental comfort and getting a piece of ice for her Mom's second birthday gift (everyone has two birthdays a year due to Mars' different rotation cycle from Earth). But when she is suspended from the ... Read more

Outies (Mote Series Book 3)
Outies (Mote Series Book 3)

Review: A good first book, returning to the land of the Moties and the Mote in God's Eye. Enjoyed the story, particularly the Arab influence and styles of Asach.

SPOILER ALERT for those who have not read the Mote in God's Eye and The Gripping Hand.

This book entices, yet it takes some time to understand the major revelation. The premise of the first two books was the hyper-kinetic biology of the Moties. It drove and created and defined the species. Yet the Moties on this planet apparen... Read more

A Beautiful Friendship (Honor Harrington - Star Kingdom Book 1)
A Beautiful Friendship (Honor Harrington - Star Kingdom Book 1)

Review: this is one of the best prestories I have read. You can follow the storyline hinted at in previous books in the honor Harrington series. Great storyline great characters and the best explanation of the tree society yet. Read more

Treecat Wars (Honor Harrington - Star Kingdom Book 3)
Treecat Wars (Honor Harrington - Star Kingdom Book 3)

Review: the book is good in the fact that it smoothly continues the treecat saga and young stephanie through the aftermath of the fires that ravaged some of the planet. It is an almost seamless transition, but would do fine as a stand-alone. Read more

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