I was intrigued by Catherine Cerveny’s attempt to combine sci-fi with romance as I began THE RULE OF LUCK. The protag is smart and sassy and the opening pages are good. Bujold did scifi/romance well in MILES IN LOVE, after all. How awful could this be? I was blissfully unaware that, these days, “romance” almost always means “porn.” At least semi-porn, except for the most-excellent offerings from Carol Berg and Mary Robinette Kowal and a few others. The sci-fi element in this case was just a pretense for creating the most ridiculous perfect-man trope I can remember. This guy’s only flaw is not realizing just how awesome he is. Yeah, I know. (more…)
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Tags: Catherine Cerveny, Reviews by Patricia Kintz, Romance, Science Fiction
Tags: Mike Resnick, Reviews by Dan Smyth, Science Fiction
I’d missed this book in the lineup of new Science Fiction, and honestly hadn’t thought to look, but was reminded about it when the second book in this series showed up in a new batch of books to read. The relatively short page count and the fact that it was only number two in the series prompted me to pick up this book first so that I wouldn’t be ignorant going into number two. As it turns out though, I needn’t have worried overly much. By way of resurrecting an old review method of mine, here is this book in ten words:
Military man and operatives waltz through mission to supplant dictator.
Immediately after reading it, I read the first few chapters of book two, and I’m having a very difficult time believing that the first eight words of that book’s ten-word summary wouldn’t be identical. Setting that opinion aside for now though, here’s the skinny on this one.
Tags: Alan Bahr, Bill Flippin, Cindy Dees, Fantasy
I can’t recall a time that I encountered a fantasy novel I didn’t enjoy on some level. Congratulations THE SLEEPING KING, you got that award. How can I best describe this book? I know! A poem!
“Oh Sleeping King,
How thy premise intrigued me,
but upon inspection of the thing,
this heart screamed to flee. (more…)
Tags: Ian McDonald, Reviews by Dan Smyth, Science Fiction
After getting a taste of all of the excitement surrounding the SyFy production of The Expanse, it came as no real surprise to me that other TV networks might want to try and jump on the proverbial band wagon. CBS recently announced that they are going to be producing a new TV series based on this novel, and thus I was more than a little intrigued to read this one and see just what kind of “competition” CBS would be trying to bring to the table.
Tags: Bella Forrest, Reviews by Vanessa Christenson, Urban Fantasy
Tags: Erin Morgenstern, Fantasy, Reviews by Dan Smyth
I’m not usually a proponent of breaking the rules, but very occasionally allow myself an indulgence. When I first picked this book up, I knew I was asking for trouble. My wife actually accused me of choosing it because I wanted something to pick to pieces, and that might have been slightly true. But only a little. It’s more likely that I chose it because occasionally I’m just a glutton for punishment. (more…)
Tags: Nicole Marrow, Reviews by Vanessa Christenson, Urban Fantasy
I think Steve was giggling maniacally to himself as he added this book to my review stack. He probably took one look at the cover and assumed it would be bad. Go ahead, take a look at it again. You might make that assumption, as well. And would you be wrong?
OK, who am I kidding…yeah, Steve’s unerring taste runs true, even without having read it. Unfortunately I did have to read it. (more…)