Seven Crucial Elements of Military SF

My Library at LibraryThing Seven elements military Science Fiction should contain, from the perspective of a former servicewoman and lifelong SF reader.   I read Best Military SF of the 20th Century because I was curious whether military SF worked well in the short form. The preface, by Harry Turtledove, was a historical perspective of […]

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The Fuller Memorandum, by Charles Stross

Sometimes life swats you around and you don’t have time to update your blog. ‘Nuff said about my problems, which are nothing compared to Bob Howard’s issues in Stross’s The Fuller Memorandum. Bob Howard is your garden-variety drab IT professional—until he stumbles upon the truth: there really are Lovecraftian monsters out there in other dimensions. […]

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Cursor’s Fury, by Jim Butcher

Why start with the third novel in Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series? Well, it’s the best way to evaluate a series: how strong is the overall story, how complete is the world, how engaging are the characters, and how capable is the author (particularly with backstory)? In this case, Butcher excels in all areas. From […]

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I Am Not A Serial Killer, by Dan Wells

I’d never have wandered by this book in the bookstore (online or brick-and-morter). But I encountered this book in the strangest of places: on my mother’s kitchen counter. I stopped, in surprise, and picked it up. “Did you buy this?” I asked her. It looked to be mainstream with a horror bent, or just plain […]

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Ariel, by Steven R. Boyett (and Thoughts About Updating Backlist)

Back cover, which is a good summation: It’s been five years since the change… Five years since the lights went out, cars stopped in the streets, and magical creatures began roaming the towns and countrysides of Earth. Pete Garey, a young loner who survived the Change and the madness that followed, spent two years wandering […]

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Knight’s Curse, by Karen Duvall

From the back cover: Orphan. Crusader. Angel. Thief. A skilled knife fighter since the age of nine, Chalice knows what it’s like to live life on the edge—precariously balanced between the dark and the light. But the time has come to choose. The evil sorcerer who kidnapped her over a decade ago requires her superhuman […]

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