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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 2018-01-16 02:19
Paris for One and Other Stories ★☆☆☆☆
Paris for One and Other Stories - Jojo Moyes

Et tu, Jojo?

 

I've found books by Moyes to be light escapist romance-ish fiction, always good for lifting my spirits. So imagine my sense of betrayal to find that she's jumped on the First Person Present Tense bandwagon. 

 

Just say "no", Jojo. Please. 

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review 2018-01-13 18:46
Chauffeur: Urban Fantastic Shorts - Anto... Chauffeur: Urban Fantastic Shorts - Anton Marks

Loved it!  This is an action packed urban sci-fi which grips you from the start. Think Robocop meets Shaft but set in London. I don’t want to say too much but the world building is very convincing and the story flows really well. It’s also a fairly quick read so you can get on with reading the author’s other works even quicker. I can’t wait for the next instalment (I really do hope there will be one).

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review 2017-12-06 20:49
Holiday Hell by Liz Meldon
Holiday Hell (Erotic Short Shorts Book 2) - Liz Meldon

"There's no greater hell than working retail in December." Truer words were never spoken! Having been in Elise's shoes, I could feel her pull your hair out frustration with her job. And let me just say that while her work day woes may seem over the top for dramatic purpose, they are not. Working in a toy department at Christmas is a whole bag of crazy and then some. Unfortunately, for me, I didn't have the sweet and sexy that is Jack to visit me while on his quest for the latest 'must-have' toy. From my having been there perspective, I can look back with a laugh, and I certainly did plenty of that with Holiday Hell. Elise's inner dialogue had me laughing out loud more than once and her snark is great. Of course, Liz Meldon doesn't stop at funny. We get a bit of steamy goodness to go with our humor. Each time Elise and Jack meet, the attraction builds, and even though I could easily guess where the story was going, I still thoroughly enjoyed getting there. Although, I do have to say that I wasn't expecting the location for this pair's holiday stress relief, which only added to the fun! Easily read in one sitting, this one is perfect for a quick midday or bedtime read to add a bit of levity to the busy holiday season.

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review 2017-11-28 16:05
Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat ★★☆☆☆
Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges - Jen Mann

Middle class suburban mommy humor. I’m not the target audience. Or, according to the author’s intro, I must not have a sense of humor if I didn’t find her book hilarious.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Read by the author, which was probably a mistake. It might have benefitted from a professional performance.

 

I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, Square 8: December 12th - 24th: Book themes for Las Posadas:  Read a book dealing with visits by family or friends, or set in Mexico, –OR– with a poinsettia on the cover. –OR– a story where the main character is stranded without a place to stay, or find themselves in a 'no room at the Inn’ situation. Most of the essays dealt with holiday scenarios involving parties or celebrations at the homes of either the author or family/friends.

 

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