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2017-07-21 02:43 pm

#41 Tomorrow's Kin by Nancy Kress

This novella is set in three parts. First dealing with the aliens and finding out who they are. Marianne is the scientist that has found DNA evidence of a newly discovered mitochondrial DNA sequence that the aliens are very interested in. The second part deals with a few years after the aliens left with a few people with this DNA sequence and in exchange they have given us technology that we can build our own ships and come to them. The Earth is also dealing with worldwide disaster from passing through a giant spoor cloud that the aliens warned us but didn’t have the technology to stop it. The third section deals with the spaceships almost being completed. As much as you would think this is a tech story this is more of a people story and how persons and people as a whole react to all of these changes.

A good solid read and I’ll be interested to see where it goes next.

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2017-07-21 11:37 am

#40 Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

Set a few months after the previous book our heroine is having a bit a crisis. There hasn’t been any demon activity for her to fight and Aveda/Annie have to face the fact that for the last decade she hasn’t been the best friend she should have to Evie her childhood best friend/ assistant/ and now superhero partner. The book has Annie doing things to try and make amends for being a jerk to her friends for a long time and to be a better person. When Evie gets engaged Annie sees this as her ticket to make it be the best wedding for her friend. Things don’t always work out and there are some hurt feelings but in the end the bad guy that pops up during the wedding planning gets taken care of and the wedding turns out to be great.

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2017-07-21 11:14 am

#39 The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross

And we are back to Bob being the main focus of this story for this one. This might also be the one you want to reread the earlier books because some things from them are coming to light in this one. The world now knows about the Laundry or as the press derisively calls them “The Ministry of Magic” because of what happened in the previous book. The book has the Laundry being shut down and privatized and is it greed or something else behind the government’s push for this to happen. I don’t’ want to get into the plot but everything moves quickly in the story and it wraps u up what they are doing but this series really doesn’t give you the happy warm fuzzy endings. This isn’t the book to start reading the series. It is the payoff of reading all the previous books and it isn’t the end of the series but definitely finishing a story arc and starting a new one.

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2017-07-10 10:40 pm

#38 Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

I first started this thinking it was the end of the trilogy only to find out that it is now five books and I am fine with that. I couldn’t see how they would get to a good ending by the end of this book and warning it does end on a cliffhanger.
You find out more about Burners and they are not all the same just as it is with the Library. Jess and Morgan develop more of their relationship and Morgan finds out more about her powers. I don’t want to give much away about what happens in Philadelphia but hard choices are made and people will have to live with their decisions. A good read and I always enjoy the bits of backstory and history of the world that is inserted in to give more color to this universe.

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2017-07-10 10:24 pm

#37 Besieged by Kevin Hearne

This is a short story collection that has some new stuff and some old stuff. Half of this can be read without having finished everything that is out so far but the last half does spoil Staked and there are warnings. This is not all of the short fiction set in this world but most of it. The POV characters do change with some of the stories and the Owen one is really good. The first half fills in time before the start of the first book and some of the time that Atticus was training Granuaile. I like that not all the stories are all Atticus and that other people do not see him the way he sees himself.

This is a great book to read while waiting for Scourged to come out. And tracking down the other stories that were not added to this collection will make the time go faster.

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2017-07-09 07:06 pm

#36 Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh

The books in this series build on one another but there is quite a bit of info repeated for a new reader of the series not to be lost on the what and why of the story. Events that happened in the first book shaped Holly one of the two main characters this book focus on. The other one is Viper, a vampire that his creation made him different than other vampires. Because of how Holly was turned, Viper has been working with her training even if most of it has been long distance. The two of them are oil and water in the beginning but he does help her with developing her power set and finding out who has put a bounty out on her capture.

Overall a good story and ties into the first book which makes for a good overall story arc in the long run. One of the things I like the most about this writer. She creates interesting settings and has good use of a large cast of characters that are featured in different books. Can’t wait for the next one.

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2017-07-09 04:44 pm

#35 Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

I’ve been reading these because I read the author’s Psy-Changeling series. This is currently the last of the series of novellas that follow each band member finding a long term partner. This one focus on Sarah and Abe, who were previously married and Sarah left him due to emotional neglect and drug use. As the previous stories unfolded you see Abe getting clean and realizing what he screwed up with Sarah. There is of course a HEA in this and the author has stated that she might come back to this setting at some point in the future.

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2017-07-09 04:13 pm

#34 Suit Your Selfie: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis

I’m not a follower of this comic but I have seen several over the years that friends have shared over social media. There are running gags about breaking the fourth wall that are amusing and certainly self-depreciating to the creator. This comic is read for the jokes and not for any amazing graphics but it is well worth the read.

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2017-06-26 10:44 pm

#33 Harley Quinn, Volume 2: Joker Loves Harley by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti

This one starts out with Ivy and Harley on vacation in the Caribbean but doesn’t last for more than in issue. The main meat of the plot in this one is the Joker has come to be with Harley and she is not happy about it in the least. I liked this one a bit better than the previous collection. Harley is a complicated character and her motivations in the ongoing storyline show it.

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2017-06-13 10:58 am

#32 Tremontaine: The Complete Season One by Ellen Kushner and others

Tremontaine: The Complete Season One
by Ellen Kushner , Alaya Dawn Johnson , Malinda Lo , Joel Derfner , Racheline Maltese , Patty Bryant, Paul Witcover

It has been forever since I read Swordspoint and I honestly don’t remember much about it and that is fine since this is a prequel to the books. The book is set up as serial but not every chapter ends on a cliffhanger and the story arc builds and completes nicely in the book. The cast of characters is certainly diverse and isn’t built off the European tropes you see so much in fantasy and that makes for a nice change of pace. Lots of growth for several characters and along with love and second chances for several. Not every story line ends well for everyone and that makes for good storytelling.

A fun read and I’ll pick up the next book when I get a chance.

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2017-05-22 05:29 pm

#31 Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

This is set in the same universe as Every Heart a Doorway and you will recognize the main characters but you don’t need to know anything about that book to enjoy this one. Jacqueline and Jillian are twins that have parents that expect certain things from them and don’t seem to care that those choices may not be what the girls either need or want. When they are five, the one person that loved them and wanted the best for them was sent away during the night the girls came to realize that they couldn’t trust adults. As they grew apart helped along by the different goals each parent had for them a door opened in the room they were never allowed to go into anymore, their grandmother’s room and the one person who loved them with all her heart.

The girls go in the door and live for years following two separate but entwined destinies in a small village on the moor of a land with a different moon in the sky. Choices are made by both the girls that are shaped in part by how they were raised and paths they decided to take while they live in the village.

After finishing this I really want to go back and reread Every Heart a Doorway so I can see the twins again.

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2017-05-19 01:12 pm

#30 A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Nothing brings two sides together like a common goal. Former Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is now enjoying life working with her partners and former soldiers as Wardens for the Justice Dept. A scientific mission has been taken hostage over the possibility there may have found something about the plastic aliens. The mercenaries are a mixed group of Confederation and Primacy members. With a delicate peace hanging in the balance Torin finds herself working with Primacy soldiers but the good news is that she has worked with them before.
The book is great and builds on what has happened in the previous books. I really enjoy this series and I can’t wait to see the next book come out in the series.

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2017-05-09 04:20 pm

#29 Everafter: The Pandora Protocol, Volume 1 by Lilah Sturges Dave Justus, Travis Moore, Tula Lotay

Set after the main line Fables stories have ended several fables are still here and working for an agency trying to protect the world from the new magic. Connor Wolf is now grown and after a quick cameo by his parents he goes to work for the new agency. Sent out with the team on a mission on his first day with no team training he uses his initiative when things don’t go to plan. The good news is this works and they uncover the group that is stealing the objects and what they want them for.

After reading the first arc and a one-shot story added in this volume it left me cold. Yes, there was interesting stuff seeded into the plot that you know will come out later on down the story line but for the most part I don’t feel that motivated to read any more of them. Maybe I’ll change my mind if other people I know are reading it and loving it I might give it another shot.

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2017-05-09 03:45 pm

#28 A Rare Book of Cunning Device by Ben Aaronovitch

This is currently an audio only short story that has Peter doing a poltergeist investigation at the British Library. This is a short story so there isn’t much development that happens but the librarian that meets with Peter knew his mother when he was a baby. This is more of a quick peek into the setting and a decent taste of what the story universe is like but it was all over way too quickly.

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2017-05-09 02:29 pm

#27 The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

There is something about stories set between novels that are really nice. You know that no one is going to die since you have read further along in the series and know who is still living. This is a novella that has Peter tracking down ghost reports on the Tube with help from Jaget who now is now in charge of anything weird on the London Underground. The plus with this being a smaller story we do get more of Abigail and it really looks like in this story that as she grows up she will be working for the Folly as well.

The story is good and the nice thing is there isn’t a lot of actual magic in the story that hasn’t been seen before performed by anyone. What does seem to do the trick for this one is a nice combo of police legwork with the magic helping it out with the ghosts.

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2017-05-07 01:58 pm

#26 The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Take the idea that something happens in the world and if you are murdered there is 1 in a thousand chance that you would die but the rest of the time you would show back up in your own home naked and alive. Society changes in big and little ways from it. Dispatchers now sit in on surgeries and if things go bad they can “dispatch” you and send you home several hours in your past fully whole most of the time. Dueling and fight clubs are one of the gray areas that people have come up with from this. Rich people use them as a sort of insurance policy since you can die from accidents but being murdered can erase what damage an accident has caused.

The story revolves around the disappearance of a dispatcher and some of the things that people do with this new development in the future. A good interesting read and I wouldn’t mind seeing more stories poking at the problems this helpful occurrence has caused.

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2017-05-04 01:16 pm

#25 Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Omg! I read it one sitting and all I know is I'm keeping my fingers crossed for more.

Also review being held until two weeks prior to publication per publisher request.

Wildfire starts right after the previous book with Rogan’s former fiancée showing up and asking Nevada for help to find her missing Prime husband. No one else will help her since he is known to disappear for short periods of time when stressed. Nevada quickly finds out that he has been kidnapped and as she is working this case she is filing paperwork to become her own house to stay one step ahead of her paternal grandmother who wants her badly for her house.
By the end of the book you find out about her sister’s powers and why her father ran from his mother. The ending of the book written in such a way that there can be more books and you are left with wanting more stories set in this universe.

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2017-05-04 01:15 pm

#24 Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Nothing really new in this one except Stephanie actually goes undercover in an ice cream plant to help Ranger out. The relationship needle points more to Ranger with this one versus Morelli. Stephanie makes her way through life bumbling along and getting in and out of scrapes. If it wasn’t for Ranger’s trackers on her I don’t think she would have survived so long.
A fun light read much like a 30 minute sitcom.

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2017-04-28 11:27 am

#23 Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

The second book in the Arcadia Project series pulls no punches with the characters. Set several months after the previous book, Mille is working at Valiant studios and helping the Arcadia Project hide the fact that there is fey gate in one of the sound stages thanks to the ending of the previous book. While asking for help in possibly cleaning up the sound stage and getting it usable for a producer that wants it very badly instead there is a ghost there and it draws Millie back into working for Arcadia even though she really doesn’t want to give that type of control of her life. Things get complicated rather quickly and Mille is trying very hard to clear a friend of murder charges placed on them by Arcadia and clean up a time bomb of a problem from the last book.

Everything moves fast and yet almost everything in this plot has tendrils that go back way in the past that Millie and the reader know nothing about. I’m very interested to see what happens in the next book with the solution the Arcadia Project in LA came up with to solve the problems.

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2017-04-28 11:06 am

#22 Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

The latest in The Others series has the Courtyard secretly hosting the Elders as they observe the humans that live there. A known troublemaker moves in and is being allowed to stay only because he is related to Lt. Montgomery. His family knows he causes strife and is always looking for the easy way to slide through life. But the Elders want to see what happens. There is progression with Sam and Meg. For the most part this felt more like a book of smaller stories and things happening to lots of people to set up future stories set in this universe. Over all I enjoyed it but I certainly wouldn’t recommend starting here at all in the series.