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Stuart J. Whitmore

Joined 1 year, 7 months ago

Reader whenever I can make time, self-published writer whenever I can muster the energy.

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Stuart J. Whitmore's books

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Elizabeth Moon: Sheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1) (Paperback, 2000, Baen) 4 stars

Solid military fantasy

4 stars

I really enjoyed this, and I'd recommend it to any fantasy reader who plays D&D and has a military background. It's been quite some time since a book really captivated me and kept me reading even "past my bedtime," as it were. This one did, and I expect I'll eventually set aside time to read the rest of this series. Not a small cast of characters nor a trivially built world, and I think I'd have done better at keeping track of things when I was younger or at least had fewer distractions and demands on my time.

Ned Brown: Geology of the San Juan Islands (Paperback, 2014, Chuckanut Editions) 4 stars

Nestled in the heart of the Salish Sea lie the picturesque San Juan Islands, an …

Packed with fascinating information

4 stars

This book is fascinating, and not just for those who live or vacation in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The focus is that area, of course, but the geology of this small area is built from many sources far and wide. Therefore, out of necessity, the book must cover global geology as it allowed these parts to accumulate into this area.

This book straddles two different and not entirely compatible audiences. On one hand, it tries to provide comprehensive and detailed coverage of what is known (and what is not yet understood) about the highly complex geology of the San Juan Islands; on the other hand, it tries to present this interesting information in a way that is accessible to casual readers. I think it manages to do both fairly well, although the density of information will serve those with a solid background in geology more than casual …

K. M. Weiland: Dreamlander (Paperback, 2012, PenForASword) 4 stars

Review of 'Dreamlander' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was my first book to read from this author, and I enjoyed it and will look for more. Some aspects of the story distracted me from the overall tale, whether from not meeting my expectations or otherwise, but overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dreamlander to others. There is a lot that can be said positively about it -- interesting fantasy story premise, strong characterization, believable motivations, logical plot progression, satisfying ending, etc. I don't have much time to read these days but this novel was well worth the time I spent reading it.