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text 2015-04-10 07:15
Thursday's New Books - 9 APR and a day late
The Feminine Future: Early Science Fiction by Women Writers (Dover Thrift Editions) - Mike Ashley
The Devil's Detective: A Novel - Simon Kurt Unsworth
Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love - Evans Light,Edward Lorn,Adam Light,Jason Parent,Gregor Xane,Mike Tenebrae
Cool to the Touch: A Zombie Love Story - Terry Maggert
Flex - Ferrett Steinmetz
Artificial Evil - Colin F. Barnes
The Curse Merchant - J.P. Sloan
Crimes Against Magic - Steve McHugh
Born of Hatred - Steve McHugh
Infamous Reign: A Hellequin Novella - Steve McHugh

Between the booklikes maintenance day and a catastrophe with my old reader, I haven't updated my device for a while. I meant to do this yesterday but I forgot.

 

These were recommended by Bookaneer:

The Feminine Future

Flex

The Curse Merchant

 

And these from Lizzy Loves Books:

The Devil's Detective

The Hellequin Chronicles (I found the first one in my library already, but I grabbed the rest of the series)

 

Thanks to Gregor Xane:

Dead Roses

 

And last, but certainly not least, thanks to Bookstooge for

Artificial Evil

 

Any my TBR grows ever larger....

 

 

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text 2015-03-20 06:44
And one more for Thursdays New Books
Artificial Evil - Colin F. Barnes

I forgot to include this book in my list yesterday. Bookstooge gave it 3 stars with a note re: technobabble; I like technobabble so we'll see how it goes. From his synopsis, I think this is going to have some strong resonances to Logan's Run, which is a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm not ashamed to admit I have a softspot for cheesy 70s scifi.

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review 2015-03-15 18:09
Artificial Evil (Techxorcist #1)
Artificial Evil - Colin F. Barnes

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Artificial Evil

Series: Techxorcist

Author: Colin Barnes

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 207

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Mr Genius wakes up one day to find that he, supposedly exempt from the Death Lottery since he's a bigshot in The Dome, has been chosen to die.

Escaping the Dome, Mr Genius finds out that everything he's been told is a lie and the Dome isn't quite the Utopia it is supposed to be.

Fighting an evil A.I while trying to survive in a brand new world, Mr.Genius leads us on fast paced adventure.

 

My Thoughts:

Barnes really did copy the outlines of this story from Shirow Masamune. The Dome/Utopia is straight from Appleseed, the A.I.'s from Ghost in the Shell.

 

Frenetic is the best word I can think of to describe this. I was as lost and confused as the main character for most of the book. The techno-babble wasn't necessary and added nothing to the story except to let us know that the author "was an expert".

 

The supposed "revelation" about the nature of Mr Genius was not much of a revelation if you've watched/read the anime/manga I mentioned above. It was a real non-starter for me.

 

Finally, the ending. The ever-hating cliffhanger. Mr Genius is returning to the earth on a spaceship and it has been messed with, so we end the story with him jetting off into space.

 

No more Colin Barnes for me.

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text 2015-03-13 20:02
Artifical Evil: I've read 75%.
Artificial Evil - Colin F. Barnes

So far, this just reminds me of a rehash of Shirow Masamune's anime/mangas of Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed.

 

with a dash of the Matrix thrown in.

 

 

 

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text 2015-03-12 16:18
Artificial Evil: I've read 8%.
Artificial Evil - Colin F. Barnes

I've had this in my TBR calibre pile for quite some time and decided that it was time to read it.

 

I couldn't remember WHY I had added it to my TBR pile however and it was driving me crazy. However, I went over to Barnes' booklikes page and his last post was a contest for this book. I hadn't entered, but I suspect someone I followed did and they reviewed the book positively?

 

Because if it wasn't that, then I have absolutely NO idea of why this book crossed my radar.  Here's to hoping it is good though...

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