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text 2019-01-15 00:06
Reading progress update: I've read 334 out of 409 pages.
Dead Man's Hand (anthology) - John Joseph Adams

enjoyed the Ken Liu story, my introduction to the author’s work. only four stories left in this Weird West Collection, and I already wrapped Straight Outta Tombstone, my rival book of similar tales. I had such fun running two “duelling” short story collections (one short story between each novel I read), that I’ve decided to keep going with that set-up, but I decided to have each collection represent a different genre...so I can keep better track of how much I’m enjoying each grouping of stories, without everything mushing together.

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review 2019-01-10 03:20
It's a bit of sci-fi...
The Englor Affair - J.L. Langley,Joseph Morton

It's been a really, really long time since I've read this series. J.L. Langley was an early days author for me when it comes to m/m and I strongly remember how much I enjoyed these stories. 

 

Sci-fi is another one of those genres that I rarely venture into. So while I'll be the first to admit I'm not expert in the world of sci-fi I am an pretty knowledgeable about what I like and I liked this series...probably even more on audio than I did the e-books. 

 

We first met Prince Payton Townsend in 'My Fair Captain' the first book in this Sci-Regency series, he's the brother of Aiden one of the MCs in that story and in this book we see him traveling to the earth colony of Englor with his brother Aiden's husband, Nate Hawkins. It's on the planet Englor that Payton meets Colonel Simon Hollister and all this would have been simpler if Simon wasn't more than just an ordinary colonel...nope, Simon's the heir to the throne of Englor. But of course life is never simple for the royal family.

 

This one's got spies, intrigue, espionage, undercover escapades and ultimately a wedding to protect someone's honor...and oh how I loved this but I'm not telling the details about the who's and whys of it because for me this was just all too precious.

 

The Englor Affair is a thoroughly fun and enjoyable romp through a regency world of an entirely different creation. On the planet Regency being gay is not only accepted, it's preferred, but on the planet Englor it's a different story...being gay is only beginning to be accepted. Simon may be a prince but he's a prince with a homophobic biotch of a mother, a father who needs a bit more spine and his whole world is about to get upended when he suddenly find that he's not the heir to the throne...he's inherited it.

 

'The Englor Affair' is sexy, entertaining and enjoyable story narrated by Joseph Morton and as much as I enjoyed reading these stories more than a couple of years ago, enjoying the story on audio narrated by this new to me narrator has definitely added a whole new level of listening pleasure to this story...one that I know I'll be revisiting again soon. 

 

This is my second audio book narrated by Joseph Morton so while he's fairly new to me after having enjoyed his narrations for the first two books of this series this narrator has impressed me both times with a very solid and enjoyable audio experience.

 

While this may not be classic literature or even classic 'sci-fi' it is an enjoyable and fun read/listen with some humorous and fun moments that leaves the listener (meaning me) smiling and adding it to my mental 'I'll be listening to this again' list.

 

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An audio book of 'The Englor Affair' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-01-05 02:03
BRAT and the Kids of Warriors
BRAT and the Kids of Warriors - Michael Joseph Lyons
Siblings Jack, Queenie and Rabbit McMasters are moving again.  As military Brats, they are used to leaving everything and starting over. This time, however, the family is moving overseas.  With the end of World War II,  their dad has been stationed in Germany to help prevent the outbreak of another war.  Now Jack, Queenie and Rabbit are on a seven day journey on the USS Upshur, with the intent of exploring every nook and cranny.  When the McMasters arrive in Germany, they find a different world in Cooke Barracks and must adapt to being the new kids once again.  Living in West Germany, the siblings quickly realize how far the effects of war have reached.  They learn about the Iron Curtain, the new Communist threat as well as how to speak some German.  While they are busy uncovering imaginary threats in the woods, they might have uncovered a real spy. 
 
This adventurous Young Adult novel will resonate best with those who have been military Brats themselves.  Each of the siblings has a very distinct personality, yet each is determined to explore as much as they can.  Their adaptability and sense of duty shone through.  For me, the book felt split in two between their time on the Upshur and their time in Cooke Barracks.  The time exploring the Upshur was fun and gave background for the siblings and parents, but took up a large portion of the book for not having that much plot.  For me, the excitement began in Germany when the siblings met their nanny who told them of her time on the other side of the Iron Curtain.  From here, we are catapulted into the time period and the very real dangers it presents.  Near the end, the suspense intensifies and the siblings and their friends believe they have uncovered a suspicious person in the Barracks and we are left with a cliffhanger ending. Overall, an amusing and adventurous young adult historical fiction that looks into the lives of children living as military Brats.
 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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text 2019-01-04 18:23
Reading progress update: I've listened 584 out of 584 minutes.
It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel - Jeffrey Cranor,Joseph Fink

Finished! This was better than the first Night Vale novel, even though quite a bit of it was much more predictable. It took the characters way too long to even start thinking about other explanations for the holes appearing around Night Vale.

 

I preferred Nalanjana as protagonist more than Jackie (the first book's protagonist), and there were some interesting revelations about a couple different Night Vale storylines, like Carlos's time in the desert otherworld and stuff with the Smiling God. That said, I still think the style works much better for the podcast than it does for a book, even in audiobook form.

 

As someone who is a bit touch averse, I appreciated that Carlos is a character who generally doesn't like to be touched and that Cecil, his husband, and Nalanjana, a scientist he works with, respected this. At the same time, there was something about the way the authors wrote about physical intimacy (even just hugging or holding hands) that made my skin crawl. I'm not sure I can put into words why. Maybe the focus on little details related to the actions, like the warmth of the other person's skin? I don't generally have this reaction while, say, reading about similar actions in romance novels, so I'm not sure what my issue was here. At any rate, Nalanjana and Darryl's first date was kind of fun, but as a couple they wore out their welcome pretty fast.

 

My gut-level rating: probably 3.5 stars.

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text 2019-01-03 22:28
Reading progress update: I've listened 513 out of 584 minutes.
It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel - Jeffrey Cranor,Joseph Fink

If I'm right about what's going on right now, this is a surprisingly predictable entry in the ongoing story of Night Vale. Between the cover illustration and the past storyline with Kevin the Desert Bluffs community radio host, the nature of the Smiling God was pretty obvious. And I've had my suspicions about the timing of those holes ever since Carlos first talked about them.

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