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review 2018-03-14 11:24
Quite fun comic collection - like the film
Kingsman: The Secret Service - Mark Millar,Matthew Vaughn,Dave Gibbons

Having already seen the film, I knew what to expect from this comic collection. From a creative team like Millar and Gibbons, this series tells us about a young man recruited into the British Secret Service, what he has to go through to make the grade and various steps in his development. There’s unsurprisingly bloodshed, death and some sexual content. The series works well, slightly tongue-in-cheek, well-illustrated and interesting.


Recommended to all fans of Mark Millar and of fun exciting comics.


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review 2018-02-03 18:42
Fantasy comic collection – worth a look
Eternal Empire Volume 1 - Jonathan Luna,Sarah Vaughn

 This fantasy comic collection takes place in a world of dragon-type creatures and an all-conquering empress. Two individuals, both conquered slaves, have visions and develop powers to face the oppressors. Quite entertaining and nicely-illustrated, this first volume, ending on a cliffhanger, is worth a look and hopefully will build into something reasonably original. Let’s hope so.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-17 07:36
War Robot-Manning Persons, Fighting Dukes, and Bioengineered Religious Soldiers — A Review of The Warriors Anthology Edited by G. R. R. Martin
Warriors - George R. R. Martin (Editor), Gardner Dozois (Editor)


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on January 17, 2018.



The King of Norway by Cecelia Holland


3 Stars

A Viking adventure with all the gore and blood that you could ask for. If only I could have been made to care for the characters…


Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman


3 Stars

Soldiers learning to maneuver robots in the war have to do as part of a hive mind. Pretty soon, real life cannot compare with the virtual one that they lead with the other members of the hive.


The Triumph by Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb



4 Stars

A retelling of the myth of Marcus Atilius Regulus, a Roman Consul. In the story, he is tortured by Carthaginians before his death. Everything in the story is actually setting up the reader for the way he dies.


Clean Slate by Lawrence Block


3 Stars

An abused child grows up into a sociopath. You can guess what happens next!


And Ministers of Grace by Tad Williams


3 Stars

It isn’t that bioengineered soldiers haven’t been done before. Here though the author makes it all about religion.


Soldierin’ by Joe R. Lansdale


4 Stars

A black man joins the army in the eradication of Native Americans. The story remains localized and makes no claims about the big picture.


Dirae by Peter S. Beagle


3 Stars

A coma patient becomes an avenging spirit with a special soft place in her heart for kids.


The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon


4 Stars

I have been wondering if I would like Gabaldon’s writing and I wonder no more. This story is based on a skirmish between the French and English soldiers on Canadian soil.


Seven Years from Home by Naomi Novik


4 Stars

Nature and “people” come together in this story to save the land. I liked this one because plants featured in it.


The Eagle and the Rabbit by Steven Saylor


3 Stars

POVs change as we see Carthage fall and a Roman general plays mind games with the Carthaginians he will be selling off to slavery.


The Pit by James Clemens/James Rollins


4 Stars

Canine gladiators and sibling love made this story one of my faves!


Out of the Dark by David Weber


4 Stars

An alien race tries to take over the planet and humans band together to stop that from happening. They also have help from the unlikeliest of sources.



The Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn


3 Stars

Women have faced discrimination whenever they have dared to step into a profession. Flying planes during a war isn’t any different.


Ancient Ways by S. M. Stirling



4 Stars

A mercenary is hired to rescue a princess who didn’t really need to be rescued. The princess was a pleasant surprise.


Ninieslando by Howard Waldrop


3 Stars

A utopian dream to unite the world while a war goes on outside. Didn’t take too long for it to unravel.


Recidivist by Gardner Dozois


4 Stars

AIs rule the world. Humans don’t stand a chance against them yet they won’t give up fighting back or remembering how life used to be.



My Name is Legion by David Morrell


3 Stars

Sometimes, the enemy on the other side of the border is your friend. In this story, soldiers who trained together are forced to fight against each other when France daren’t go against Germany.


Defenders of the Frontier by Robert Silverberg


3 Stars

Soldiers have been manning an entry point into their empire for years now. No reinforcements have arrived for some time. The absence of enemies starts to make them think. Does the empire they have been defending even exist anymore?


The Scroll by David Ball


3 Stars

A bully of an emperor keeps an architect alive just to torture him. The ending was a letdown.


The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin


3 Stars

A tale of Egg, the squire who isn’t a squire, and the knight he serves.


I’d say, you won’t be missing much if you didn’t read this anthology. But that’s just me…

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review 2018-01-14 22:33
Community Service (Broken Mirrors #3) by Vaughn R. Demont
Community Service - Vaughn R. Demont
Some of my notes from Goodreads:
"Here we go again: info dumping and making things up on a fly (to add page count?) and reminiscing while everything is going to sh*ts. Why am still I reading this? @.O
Ah, right, challenge. And stupid notion that I must finish a book if I am past 75%."
"Omfg, stab me, stab! me! You don't frigging explain everything to your nemesis, you just KILL them! I swear my eyes are rolling all the way across *deh pond* right now!"
"This why I don't like present tense and cheap tricks horror books. You can't have a decent battle. The hero has to pause and reflect and both the hero the villain have to keep yapping at each other in the middle of life/death struggle. It's triple annoying! Maybe THAT is meant as horror? And damn if I am not tempted to dnf this bs at 80% :/"
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review 2018-01-14 05:43
Coyote's Creed (Broken Mirrors #1) by Vaughn R. Demont
Coyote's Creed - Vaughn R. Demont

3.5-ish stars.


Non-romance. There are some smooches, sex, even attempts at "i love you", but - no, not a romance. 
Elements of horror.

One full star off for Present Tense. I find it generally awkward and unnatural, bordering creepy, unless it's tied to the story/characters, like The Silvers, where one of the MCs lives "in the present" and processes everything accordingly.

0.3 stars off for the urn shuffle. The whole business is rather fishy and springs an unhealthy amount of unanswered questions.


0.2 stars off for non-american feel. I kept thinking I am in Europe somewhere, no matter how much the author wanted me to believe otherwise.

Anyway, a very entertaining read. Rounding down to 3 (considering the rough beginning) and moving onto book 2.

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