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review 2017-04-09 08:14
Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters (Otherwhere Book 1) - Sara O. Thompson

Sara O Thompson’s novel Muddy Waters, the first in the new Otherwhere series, gives us a world that has changed. Boundaries dropped and now the humans and the Others, which is basically everything else, have to find a new way of dealing with this knowledge. The nicest thing of this novel is that these things haven’t settled completely yet. Since the change is so recent, people are still trying to figure out how to do things in this new world.

Meet Tessa Reddick, a Witch currently incarcerated for killing all of her coven and female family members. As she’s offered a job at the FBI investigating crimes involving Others, she gets a new chance at life, but she will also have to deal with her past, which everyone else hasn’t forgotten.

What I really liked, as I stated before, is the world. A lot is going on, especially in the background, and I have a feeling that this will become more important in the rest of the series. I’m already looking forward to it. Tessa is a nice main character, but to me she still misses something to make her really memorable. If there is anything the urban fantasy genre is rich in, it would be strong female characters. The story focuses on a murder mystery that crosses worlds, quite literally, but in the end is not the strongest point of the book.

Very enjoying read, but missed the little something extra to make it really special. Looking forward however to the rest of the series as the world is very interesting!

Thanks to the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2013-10-11 13:40
Paths to Otherwhere
Paths to Otherwhere - James P. Hogan The quote on the cover proclaims Hogan the "Dean of hard SF." I'd think Arthur C. Clarke or Larry Niven better fits the title, but reading the book, even if he doesn't head the department, he definitely works there. This novel really does deal with a lot of fascinating and big ideas, and it isn't hand-waving Bat-science either in this book about the concept of the Multiverse. I can't recall ever reading a more lucid explanation of the paradoxes that inspired quantum physics. And from that hard physics foundation, Hogan spins a lot of implications biological, political and spiritual. It's well-written too, even if hardly literary fiction--all the science, for instance, is conveyed without of feeling of infodump. Yet I'm rating this only three stars and putting it in the box of books to sell, give away or throw out. That's not because I would not recommend it to fans of hard science fiction, but I don't feel it's a keeper either. I'd read this before some years ago but couldn't remember one thing about it before rereading. In contrast, decades after reading them, I could remember the characters and events in Herbert's Dune, Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, even short stories by Isaac Asimov only by their titles. The main reason this book is getting purged from my collection is that I can't imagine I'll want to read it again. Its writing doesn't evoke writer's envy, it doesn't have characters or a world I love such as with Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga or Anne McCaffrey's Pern such as it would make a good comfort read. It's an entertaining book--just not one I could read over and over again or that I see as exceptional--and it wasn't as fun to read as the Hogan book I read just before this one, Realtime Interrupt (or Code of the Lifemaker, which I later reread).
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review 2011-02-12 00:00
Ordeal In Otherwhere - Andre Norton The first Norton I read, and still one of my favorites. Need to add edition I have (first hardcover, same as I read from the library ages and ages ago).
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review 2011-02-12 00:00
Ordeal In Otherwhere - Andre Norton The first Norton I read, and still one of my favorites. Need to add edition I have (first hardcover, same as I read from the library ages and ages ago).
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review 2010-09-28 00:00
Hero from Otherwhere - Jay Williams Rich and Jesse, enemies at school, are transported to a world of magic, poetry, myth where they are asked to quest for objects with which to defeat the fearsome wolf Fenris and the shapechanger Skrymir.
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