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Velocity Weapon Lib/E (AudiobookFormat, 2019, Orbit) 4 stars

Review of 'Velocity Weapon Lib/E' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I found the book to be a quite enjoyable sci-fi political action space opera yarn full of twists and surprises. Just what I needed to push the Covid blahs away for a while. My only gripe is that the end of the book doesn’t really wrap up anything. Rather, it pretty much ends setting up book 2. That said, major thumbs up!

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (Paperback, 2018, Orbit) 4 stars

Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows …

Review of 'A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This book was recommended in a Facebook group of fans of Space Opera. GIven the review in the recommendation, the ad copy in iBooks, and the low price, I grabbed a copy without reading the "sample" I could have downloaded. I was unprepared that the story would involve significant amounts of magic right from the start. And the first chapter was all about drivers of magic-fueled racing cars, which are not a stale of the space opera I thought I had purchased. I almost put the book down at that point, but the first main character we meet, Nilah, is thrust into a tantalizing mystery that compelled me to keep reading. In the second chapter, the character of "Boots" is introduced, a garrulous and embittered veteran of a war in which she fought for the losing side, she now is making her living selling treasure maps to gullible treasure seekers. …

Review of 'Last Uncharted Sky' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I’ve just now finished reading Curtis Craddock’s third, and sadly final, book in his Risen Kingdoms novels. This was a joy to read. The characters remain fresh and surprising yet entirely consistent with the previous stories. The novel is full of swashbuckling daring-do, (aero)nautical adventure, and twists and surprises at every turn. The author continues to bring strong, smart, and capable female characters to the fore, in every way equal to the men in the setting. I’m sad that this is the final chapter we’ll get in the lives of these characters, but I’m hopeful in time the author will return to the setting to explore some of the other nations and cratons floating above the gyre. Even if he doesn’t I’m quite satisfied in the way the story ended.

The magician's apprentice (2009, Orbit) 4 stars

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village …

Review of "The magician's apprentice" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I mostly enjoyed this book. Having read the Black Mage trilogy a few years back, I enjoyed stepping back into the world, and seeing how some of the details in that trilogy were originally instituted. The story was satisfactorily concluded.

That said, there was one area that greatly disappointed me. And here begin some significant spoilers! In the last third of the book, a minor character is revealed to be homosexual. Kachiro is handled in a compassionate way despite living in a culture that is very hostile to homosexuality. Though married to a more prominent female character, he has a younger male lover who the wife knows about and accepts. Then the story veers directly into the distasteful β€œbury your gays” trope when the young lover is murdered with absolutely no reason or perpetrator revealed. It’s tragic for no purpose and does nothing for the story. Worse, in his moment …