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The Midden

The Midden - Tom Sharpe

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Title: The Midden

Series: -----

Author: Tom Sharpe

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: Satire

Pages: 352

Format: Kindle Digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

A rich, spoiled boy gets involved with drug runners who want him to frame his uncle, who is a judge. Spoiled boy runs off, gets drugged, and somehow gets involved in small town politics.

A corrupt police chief, a woman who doesn't want the burden of taking care of her ancestral home and a various cast of inept and bumbling idiots all come together for a finale of death, fire and explosions. Not to mention a Black Mass where hordes of children are to be sacrificed.

 

 

My Thoughts: 

 

On the surface, this should have been as funny as Riotous Assembly. However, while it was just as biting and satirical, it came across as bitter and angry without the humor. In fact, this left me in a completely foul mood for about 24hrs.

 

When a book affects me like that, I drop the author like a hot potato.

 

 




The Sorcerer (The Return of the Archwizards #3) (Forgotten Realms)

The Sorcerer  - Troy Denning

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Title: The Sorcerer

Series: The Return of the Archwizards #3

Author: Troy Denning

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 320

Format: Kindle Digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Galaeron fights against the Netherese, along with some of Mystra's Chosen, while the elves and their allies continue the battle against the Phaerim. The good guys mainly win and the Netherese mainly lose, but not completely.

 

And Galaeron ends up with both his human lover and his elf spirit mate. And he's more powerful than ever since he's gotten control of his shadow.

 

 

My Thoughts: 

 

Lots of things happened and then bam, the end.  Just like with the previous books, I had a very hard time figuring out what the author was doing or saying. It was as if my mind was dulled or clouded. Most of it was just Denning's writing style though. I think I'll pass on any future books by him if I can avoid it.

 

The biggest thing for me, as an Erevis Cale fan, is that we see in this book how the Dracolich [undead Dragon wizard, ie, a dragon that is just bones] came to be under the spell of guarding the shadowrealm where Erevis encounters him. This series also explains a bit some of the power in dealing with the Weave and the Darkweave.

 

Other than that, this was blase and confusing and a poor example of the Forgotten Realms. Of course, some people would say that about ANY of the FR books, so take my saying it with a grain of salt.

 

 

 

 

 

My Review of Book 1, The Summoning

My Review of Book 2, The Siege




Death's City (Blood on the Reik #2) (Warhammer)

Death's City (Warhammer) - Sandy Mitchell

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Title: Death's City

Series: Blood on the Reik #2

Author: Sandy Mitchell

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 416

Format: Kindle Digital scan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

When we last left our heroes, they were surrounded by the Witch Hunter's forces with no escape. So the beginning of this book they obviously get captured, Hanna gets a sigil that seals her powers and she'll literally explode if they can't get it off. But they do escape, thanks to Fritz's now fully transformed chaos brother.

 

The trio hooks up with an old wanderer who helps them to Marienburg, where everyone gets various jobs to survive. Rudi continues his hunt to find his real parents and to figure out just what this "heir" thing is all about.  City adventures ensue and by the end of the book the trio have to run again, as the Witch Hunter has caught up to them.

 

 

My Thoughts: 

 

Rudi has got to be the dullest clod of dirt in the whole field. He runs right into the arms of the chaos worshippers who just keep on trying to kill him and sacrifice him. I'm hoping that this time around he learned his lesson. There is obviously a schism within Chaos's ranks [big surprise there, right?] about what do with Rudi. One group wants to sacrifice him for some reason and the other group doesn't want to sacrifice him, but we have no idea what they DO want. With the Witch Hunter and the powers of the Empire behind him, you have a very big 3rd player.

 

Near the end, the Witch Hunter kept trying to talk to Rudi about something but Rudi wouldn't let him get a word in edgewise. I can't say I blame him but still, the stupid Witch Hunter should have just yelled "I know 'Information X'" instead of trying to "talk" to Rudi. You can't kill someone's relatives and friends, then capture them and once they escape expect them to sit quietly while you explain "what is really going on".

 

On the writing aspect of things. Too may little pointless details were included. I know they were written in to give the book depth and all that malarkey, but it really came across as padding. I don't need to know about breakfast, break, lunch, afternoon, dinner and night time details of their journey on the road.

 

With all of that, this was a fun read. Rudi being on the City Watch gave rise to some good action scenes. I do feel like I need to hunt down a Warhammer wiki page and start reading these in more of an order than I have with the Forgotten Realms books. Random isn't the best way to read a vast collection of books.

 




Petrodor (A Trial of Blood and Steel #2)

Petrodor - Joel Shepherd

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Title: Petrodor

Series: A Trial of Blood and Steel #2

Author: Joel Shepherd

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 525

Format: Kindle Digital Edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Sasha is now in the city of Petrodor. Various political factions are vying for the role of leading a new army against the Serrin. The Serrin in Petrodor are playing their own game, unfortunately for them, they don't understand humanity nearly as well as they think. And the humans allied with the Serrin are split as well. Then once the Priesthood gets involved, all bets are off.

 

Sasha must navigate allies, enemies and some who are both at the same time.

 

 

My Thoughts: 

 

I've given this series 2 books worth of my time. I simply didn't like this one either.

 

Narrowed it down to the fact that I don't like one single character. The story was intriguing, the political, religious and species aspect of things were well done and complex and the fighting was fun to read about.

 

But without even one character to like or root for, it wasn't worth it. So I'm dropping this. I'm kind of hesitant about trying his Cassandra Kresnov series now. Sure glad I discovered him with his Spiral Wars series and not this.

 




Savage Homecoming (Omega Force #3)

Omega Force: Savage Homecoming - Joshua Dalzelle

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Title: Savage Homecoming

Series: Omega Force #3

Author: Joshua Dalzelle

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 261

Format: Kindle Digital Edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The synth that initially found Jason on Earth, who was all set to betray, backstab and sellout Jason, is back. With a vengeance. The synth knows where Earth is, knows who to mess with to manipulate Jason and its got some new allies. Big hitters that can wipe out the tech of a whole planet.

 

So Jason has to save Earth, save the girl, save his new connection with the alien government who is funding Omega Force and come to terms that he can never go back to Earth again. That is a lot to put on one man's shoulders.

 

 

My Thoughts: 

 

The odd thing with these Omega Force books is that I tend to enjoy them overall but not in bits. In other words, I liked Savage Homecoming taken in its entirety and the idea, but if you were to ask me when I was reading Chapter Q if I liked it, I'd probably be "meh".

 

Earth is menaced and even while Jason single handedly saves them, he's now a wanted man because he gets blamed for bringing the aliens to Earth in the first place. That sounds just like the humanity I know and hate, doesn't it?

 

The woman "mysteriously" referred to in previous books shows up and my goodness, I did not like her. It is now wonder she and Jason are ex's. She does what she wants without thinking of the consequences or about what she is trying to accomplish and Jason just goes along with it.  Thankfully, she gets relocated back to earth and we won't, hopefully, have to deal with her in future books. This sets things up for Jason to hook up with the alien Captain instead, at least she acts like a mature adult.

 

The various battles were pretty good but Omega Force had a lot of petty word fighting amongst it's members. Not banter, but spiteful little girl style spats. It really seemed out of character and I'm not sure exactly what Dalzelle was trying to accomplish with it.

 




SPOILER ALERT!

An Excellent Mystery (Brother Cadfael #11)

An Excellent Mystery  - Ellis Peters

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Title: An Excellent Mystery

Series: Brother Cadfael #11

Author: Ellis Peters

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 253

Format: Kindle Digital Edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

A wounded Crusader has become a monk who has been befriended by a mute young monk. In the power plays between the royalty, an abbey is destroyed and the monks therein scatter.

 

The aforementioned Crusader makes his way to Shrewsbury, where it is found out that the young woman he was to marry but forswore to become a monk, went to become a nun. Only she never arrived at the Abbey. Now a young man who was with the Crusader monk must track her down to press his own suit for her hand, if she is alive. If she is dead, then he'll pursue vengeance.

 

Caught in the middle of it all, is Cadfael. Seeing more than others, caring for all, trying to make everything work out without destroying a man, a name, a legacy or a young woman.

 

 

My Thoughts:  Spoilers

 

If you aren't as dull as dullard, you'll have figured out what is going on at probably about the same time as Cadfael. If you are that dull, here's a Pro Tip: young women can disguise themselves as boys.

 

And honestly, that is what made me shake my head over and over.  How does a woman disguise herself so thoroughly that nobody in a bloody Abby discovers it? She has to bathe sometime. She has to have her period sometime. It gets hot in the summer and she can't wear the monk's habit ALL the time. I get that a young woman can pass as a young man for a time, among strangers. But among a cloistered community? It just beggared my belief.

 

Apart from that, this was a half decent Cadfael story. He actually plays a rather small part. There is also a lot of "Historicalness" going on and those goings ons are what actually drive the story. Kind of like getting a history lesson on the sly.

 




Don Quixote: Chapters 30-32

Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Charles Jarvis, E.C. Riley

Up to page 298

 

Italics are what I penciled in the margins

 

The block quotes are quotes from the book.

 

Everything else are just my thoughts as I’m typing along here

 

 

 

 

Chapter 30

 

In which Dorothea spins her tale to lure Quixote back to his village and in which Quixote and Sancho fight yet again over Sancho's promised reward.

 

 

"But, dear madam, how came you to land at Osuna?" answered Don Quixote, "since it is no seaport town."

What a mix of madness and reason. He swallows her tale of giants and prophecies without a blink but waffles at her choice of town?

 

 

"I have found it so," answered Sancho; "and so, in me, the desire of talking is always a first motion, and I cannot forbear uttering, for once at least, whatever comes to my tongue's end."

Brainless buffoon

 

 

"There is another thing remarkable in it," said the priest, "which is, that, setting aside the follies this honest gentleman utters in everything relating to his madness, he can discourse very sensibly upon other points, and seems to have a clear and settled judgement in all things;"...

Glad Cervantes brings this up even while not answering it.  And my goodness, does he like to use commas.

 

 

Chapter 31

 

In which Sancho and Quixote talk about Sancho's rewards, as Sancho sees the subject. Also, one of those that Quixote has "helped" in former chapters meets him, remonstrates against him and begs him to leave well enough alone.

 

 

...will you let slip so considerable a match as this, when the dowry is a kingdom, which I have heard say, is above twenty thousand leagues in circumference,...

Now Sancho is just making things up because he is greedy!

 

 

"I have heard it preached," quoth Sancho, "that God is to be loved with this kind of love, for Himself alone, without our being moved to it by the hope of reward, or the fear of punishment: though for my part, I am inclined to love and serve Him for what He is able to do for me."

Just when I thought Sancho couldn't sink any lower.  And this is how the majority of the world views God, ugh. What dull, fallen, humanity.

 

 

[Andres] "And your worship is in the fault of all this; for had you gone on your way, and not come where you was not called, nor meddled with other folk's business..."

The lament, no doubt, to be voiced again and again through the book.

 

 

Chapter 32

 

In which the group stops at an inn, previously used by Quixote and Sancho. Said innkeeper thinks his books of chivalry are books of fact and no amount of arguing can convince him otherwise. He brings one out to read to the company.

 

The seemingly usual position of Quixote and Sancho. Upended ass over teakettle.

 




Robin 3000 (Elseworlds: R3K #2)

Robin 3000  #2 - P. Craig Russell, Byron Preiss

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Title: Robin 3000

Series: Elseworlds: Robin 3000 #2

Author: Byron Preiss, et al

Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Comic

Pages: 53

Format: Digital Scan

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Tom Wayne begins chasing down some of his robot clones to prove to the rebellion that he isn't collaborating with the Skulp. During the process he allows himself and his group to be captured by the head honcho of the Skulp intellligence. Who has a time machine.

 

Tom escapes, visits just desserts upon the head skulp, gets visited by a robot Robin from Earth [which has been teleporting around the galaxy looking for Tom] who convinces him to take on the costume of Robin and continue the fight against the Skulp.

 

The End. Or is it?

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Ok, I knew going in this was going to be a mess. Vol 1 was a great disappointment and this did no better. Once again, this was not a Robin story. This was a Super Smart Science'y guy has adventures, In Space! Tom just jets around, as Tom, and does things and what not.

 

The way things were presented on the back covers was cool and made it sound like this would be a kick butt action comic. But it isn't.

 

And the stupid Robin robot teleporting all over the galaxy looking for Tom just to give him the costume? That made NO sense nor did Tom's taking of the costume. He's the last Wayne. He should be taking on the Batman mythos.

 

But nothing about this 2 part series really made sense. And that "or is it?" ending. That reeked of desperation to get this turned into a regular series. Thank goodness it failed and we weren't subjected to more of this pablum.

 

Ugh.

 




Dawn of the Time-Out (Eyeshield 21 #16) (Manga (non) Monday)

Eyeshield 21, Vol. 16: Dawn of the Time-Out - Riichiro Inagaki, Yusuke Murata

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Title: Dawn of the Time-Out
Series: Eyeshield 21 #16
Author: Riichiro Inagaki
Artist: Yusuke Murata
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 200
Format: Digital Scan

 

 

Synopsis:  Spoiler


It is the Devil Bats versus the Gunmen. Two super aggressive teams battling it. Unfortunately for the Devil Bats, the Gunmen are simply more aggressive and Kid's quick snap throw speeds up to compensate for blitz after blitz after blitz. To add more bad news to the mixture, Sena can't seem to compete with his old friend Riku and in fact Riku steals the ball from Sena and scores a touchdown.

This is all being televised and Musashi is at the hospital with his dad. Musashi's backstory is revealed and his reason for quitting football and highschool are shown. His dad beats him and tells him to get over himself and go help his team mates. Now with a kicker on the team, Hiruma has options.

 

But with a 20-6 deficit, is even Musashi going to be enough?

 

My Thoughts:


Wow, wow, wow!!! That is exactly how I started my review for #15 and it continues here. The game between the Devil Bats and the Gunmen starts with each team scoring a touchdown against the other by running the kickoff. Which means that there are 2 touchdowns within 1 minute of the game starting. I found that pretty exciting.

 

The Gunmen are just plain good and their quarterback, the Kid, is olympic quality. Hiruma is simply outclassed and his tricks aren't enough. Sena doesn't have the willpower to counter Riku and each member of the Devil Bats encounter their opposites and fail.

 

The return of Musashi is done pretty well. You can see where he gets his fire from. Also, his return re-energizes the Devil Bats and gives Hiruma another whole set of options to play with. Thus the volume ends and we have to wait until the next volume to see if the Devil Bats can come back from a 14point deficit.

 




Vet in a Spin (All Creatures Great and Small #6)

Vet in a Spin - James Herriot

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Title: Vet in a Spin

Series: All Creatures Great and Small #6

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 224

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

James completes his pilot training and is all set to do his part in the RAF when a minor bit of surgery removes his A+ health rating and he loses his rating to fly. After kicking about, the RAF sends him back home to be a vet again.

 

Stories from his vet days are once again interspersed and make up the bulk of the book.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Another good edition of the Vet series. I really wish he'd done more about his actual time in the RAF though, as the little tidbits he doles out shows that he can tell much more than just animal stories.

 

The ending with him entering Darrowby, for the first time again, to start over and wondering if his vet skill have atrophied in the time he spent in RAF training is a good look at a young man who has done a lot but just isn't sure.

 




SPOILER ALERT!

Soldiers Live (The Chronicles of the Black Company #10) (Final)

Soldiers Live - Glen Cook

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Title: Soldiers Live
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company #10
Author: Glen Cook
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 528
Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The Final Chapter of the Black Company. The Company has made their home in the new world, but nobody wants to stay. Not the company, not the people of the world. So between Sleepy and Croaker, the Black Company once again invades their "homeworld."

But Kina, Shivetya and the Lady's Sister are still around and still plotting. Is the Black Company the people we have come to know in the last 10 books, or is the Black Company an idea that mutates and changes across time and across worlds?

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

What a fitting end to this series.  All of the characters we have come to know meet an appropriate end for the Black Company. Which means that about 9/10th's of them die.

That brings up the first thing that I appreciated about this series. Cook walks the razor thin line of making us care for and like particular characters and still making them meet the problems that they face without the assurance that they will survive. Cook doesn't introduce characters JUST to make them die but neither is anyone a Luke, Han or Leia.

 

The worlds go on. I like a happily ever after, but until the End of Days and the Judgement Day, I know that just won't happen. It is good to see how humans strive and continue to fight. I wouldn't like a steady diet of this bleak outlook but I do appreciate the reminder that life is tough and people we love do die.

 

Cook is also very deft with his philosophizing through his characters. Instead of being beat over the head, we get quick slaps to the back of the head. A little sting just to remind us.

 

Finally, the story. Cook took us through a journey that spanned worlds where we were only expecting towns. Powers and Prophecies came and went, people rose and fell and through it all the Black Company existed. In different shapes, in different forms, with many purposes but always surviving. I loved reading this series and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in this world.

 




Don Quixote: Chapters 24-29

Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Charles Jarvis, E.C. Riley

Up to page 274

 

Italics are what I penciled in the margins

 

The block quotes are quotes from the book.

 

Everything else are just my thoughts as I’m typing along here

 

 

 

Chapter 24

 

In which the madman Cardenio begins his tale of woe but Don Quixote interrupts and they fight about some imaginary lady’s honor.

 

Now as love in young men is, for the most part, nothing but appetite, and as pleasure is its ultimate end, it is terminated by enjoyment.

A lot of heart ache would be avoided in our world if more young men would control themselves and more young women would use their minds instead of their hearts.

 

Cardenio, being now mad, and hearing himself called liar and villain, with other such opprobrious words did not like the jest;…

…and when he had beaten and thrashed them all, he left them…

Fight, fight, fight!!!

 

 

Chapter 25

 

In which Don Quixote does “penance” in the mountains and writes a letter to his lady Dulcinea and Sancho just wants to leave and go home

 

…to desire me to bear your worship company through these solitudes, night and day, without suffering me to talk when I list, is to bury me alive.

I know that feeling!

 

And understand, with all your five senses, that whatever I have done, do, or shall do, is highly reasonable, and exactly conformable to the rules of chivalry, which I am better acquainted with than all the knights who have professed it in the world.

Most ridiculous thing Quixote has said so far in the entire book!

 

…a knight-errant who runs mad upon a just occasion deserves no thanks; but to do so without reason is the business,

Not a rational thought in Quixotes head. Aye…..

 

“Sovereign and high lady,

“the stabbed by the point of absence, and the pierced to the heart, O sweetest Dulcinea del Toboso, sends that health to you which he wants himself. If your beauty despises me, if your worth profits me nothing, and if your disdain still pursues me, though I am inured to suffering, I shall ill support an affliction, which is not only violent, but the more durable for being so. My good squire Sancho will give a full account, O ungrateful fair, and my beloved enemy, of the condition I am in for your sake. if it pleases you to relieve me, I am yours; and if not, do what seems good to you; for by my death, I shall at once satisfy your cruelty and my own passion.

“Yours until death,

“The Knight of the Sorrowful Figure”

What a load of nonsense. I’d expect it from a teenager, but not a mature man.

 

 

Chapter 26

 

Upon his journey to the Lady Dulcinea, Sancho meets Quixote’s friends, the priest and the barber and they all conspire to play along with Quixote to get him back home.

 

Sancho Panza immediately knew them, and resolved to conceal the place and circumstances in which he had left his master;

Why? He knows Quixote is nuts, so why cover for him?

 

Sancho Panza put his hand into his bosom, to take out the letter, but found it not;

…for it remained with Don Quixote, who had forgotten to give it him, and he to ask for it.

So now Sancho must “remember” the letter. Oh my, that isn’t going to be good for anyone.

 

 

Chapter 27

 

The rest of the madman Cardenio’s story.

…for, with all his folly and simplicity, the spark (Sancho) was somewhat covetous.

Ya think!? He’s following Quixote for the governship of an island for goodness sake.

 

Since each circumstance seems to me to deserve a long discourse;

Cardenio is a long winded blow hard who likes the sound of his own voice

 

 

Chapter 28

 

In which the Priest, the Barber and Sancho hear “the rest of the story” by Dorothea.

 

What your dress, madam, would conceal from us, your hair discovers;

I Corinthians 11:15  A woman’s glory…

 

 

Chapter 29

 

A fool, a mad man and a lady, all walk into a bar…

*cymbals*

 

In which Dorothea with the rest of them, begin to try to lure Quixote back to his village

 

…as the priest was amazed at his simplicity…since he could persuade himself that Don Quixote would, at one time or other, come to be an emperor.

Sancho goes in and out of reality as badly as Quixote.

 

 

 

 

(Cardenio in a mad fit thrashing Quixote, Sancho and a shepherd)




Robin 3000 (Elseworlds: R3K #1)

Robin 3000 #1 - Byron Preiss, P. Craig Russell

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Title: Robin 3000
Series: Elseworlds: Robin 3000 #1
Author: Byron Preiss, et al
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comic
Pages: 59
Format: Digital scan



 

 

Synopsis:


It is the year 2999, Earth has been taken over by the Skulp and Bruce Wayne's descendant continues the fight for freedom using the Batman mythos. Unable to escape the Skulp, Wayne passes on the torch to his nephew and assistant, Tom Wayne, aka Robin.

Escaping from the Skulp, Tom must hook up with the resistance. The Skulp however, have created a cyborg of Tom and have it publicly collaborating with them and decrying the Wayne name.

My Thoughts:

 

 

This was a big disappointment. Batman the 30 eleventieth talks for  2 pages about being a martyr, then gets blown up. But he has enough time safely set Tom down.

Tom is not Robin. He gets a cyborg hand part way through this volume, but he's not a detective, he's not martial and he certainly hasn't been trained by a Batman, any Batman. He's just the Wayne heir. And no costume.
This was simplistic in the bad way. Things just happened, because. Meeting the scientist who gave him his new hand was the perfect example.

Tom's pilot friend:"My friend needs a new hand, here's our crashed spaceship in payment."
Dr: "Ok"
Tom upon awakening: "I am Tom Wayne, I can figure this hand out easily".
Dr: "Drat, a Wayne. But don't worry, I won't turn you in to the Skulp, because I don't feel like it."

That is a slight exaggeration, but not much and the whole tone of the book felt like a Hardy Boys in space. And no costume.
There are 2 volumes to this little Elseworld story, but after making it through this volume, I need a week before I want to tackle the next volume.  I'm disappointed in the simplicity of the story [with all the attendant weaknesses and lack of full bodied thinking] and the fact that "Robin" doesn't show up in his phracking costume!
Even this guy would have been better:

 

 

 

 




Bookstooge | A Reviewer of One

Title is the link. Various ramblings on coblogging and whether it is something I could ever do.

 

And here it is again, just in case:

 

 

Bookstooge | A Reviewer of One




Stalking the Zombie (John Justin Mallory #3)

Stalking the Zombie - Mike Resnick

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Title: Stalking the Zombie
Series: John Justin Mallory #3
Author: Mike Resnikc
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 222
Format: Kindle digital scan

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

A collection of short stories about John Justin Mallory, a private investigator who has been transported to an other worldly version of Manhattan.

 

Solving mysteries with an old fat lady who hunted monstrous creatures in the deepest jungles and taking care of a spoiled cat girl, Mallory also has to put up with the East Coasts most powerful demon. Who never tells a lie. Odd that.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This was ok. While it is the 3rd book in the series [something I didn’t realize when I started reading this], being a collection of short stories it fills in everything you need to know to feel right at home. Certain aspects were extremely repetitive, which once again, is because of it being short stories that were written at widely varying times and for widely varying publications. I found I could skip about 3 paragraphs per story once I’d read the first story.

 

Mallory was supposed to be a hard bitten PI but he came across a gambling addict who relied too much on his own perceived smarts instead of working hard. One short story was ok but more than that and it just wasn’t fun any more. Too bad, because Resnick has a pretty good track record with me.

 




Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) DNF@7%

Abaddon's Gate  - James S.A. Corey

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Title: Abaddon’s Gate
Series: The Expanse #3
Author: James Corey
Rating: 1/2 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: DNF
Format: Kindle digital edition



 

 

My Thoughts:


Due to a Christian pastor living in a homosexual relationship and that being portrayed as acceptable [by the writers, the readers and the Bible by inference], I will not be finishing this book or continuing with this series.

 




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