July Summary

Almost forgot…again.  In July I read and reviewed the following books:

City of Ruin by Mark C. Newton

Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

The  Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Backlash by Aaron Allston and Allies by Christie Golden (audio)

The Comet’s Curse by Dom Testa

Neverland by Douglas Clegg

Canticle by Ken Scholes

The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett

Whew!  Not too shabby.  I’ve noted with some horror that number of books sitting on my floor, or on my nook, has grown a bit large.  So this month I plan on making a start on getting through a nice chunk of that pile.  I’ve started with Mission of Honor by David Weber and am loving it so far (I’m predisposed to liking this one I know, but I’ll be damned if Weber isn’t a master at big military SF).  After that I’m excited to check out The Book of Tongues by Gemma Files, another fine release from the folks of at Chizine and a book whose supernatural + wild west elements will scratch the itch inflamed by my reading of the Deadlands: Reloaded rule book.  I forgot completely that I had Walking the Tree by Kaaren Warren sitting on my nook since I grapped the epub from Book Depository sometime back.  I also plan on getting back to The Emerald Storm by Michael Sullivan, the latest in the Riyria Revelations, which I had an advance PDF for but I stopped reading because the nook isn’t terribly efficient at reading PDFs.  I managed to finally grab a copy of Col Buchanan’s Farlander via Book Depository which I ordered alongside Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding and Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes.  Last but not least Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins will hit at the end of the month and I have a review in the works for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson which doesn’t hit the shelves until the 31st.  I also have a number of audiobook reviews to get to including: A Mighty Fortress by David Weber, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, and the Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman so keep an eye out for those as well!

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Review: The Office of Shadow by Matthew Sturges

The Office of Shadow by Matthew Sturges
The Office of Shadow by Matthew Sturges

The Office of Shadow
Matthew Sturges
Pyr, 2010

The Office of Shadow is the sequel the Sturge’s novel debut Midwinter.  Midwinter, the tale of a disgraced soldier and his prisoner cohorts who are sent on a suicide mission on behalf of the fey queen Titania was an entertaining though somewhat flawed debut.  The Office of Shadow take one of those criminals, Silverdun, a womanizing elf lord in Midwinter and a somewhat bored priest here and turns him into a Shadow; a spy and assassin for the summer queen.  Where in Midwinter I criticized Silverdun as something of foil for Mauritane, the hero of Midwinter, in The Office of Shadow the rakish lord really comes into his own and the sly, sarcastic wit of the previous book is given added depth and motivation for his action in service to the crown.  Silverdun isn’t the only one expanded upon here as Sturges does a great job at adding to the background history of his version of Faerie from the religious conflicts, to the nature of magic, and even the rivalry between the two fey queens Sturges manages to touch upon all without diverging from the rapid fire pacing that makes this novel a joy to read. Continue reading “Review: The Office of Shadow by Matthew Sturges”

Review: Heretics by S. Andrew Swann

Heretics by S. Andrew Swann
Heretics by S. Andrew Swann

Heretics (Apotheosis: Book 2)
S. Andrew Swann
DAW, 2010

Heretics is the sequel to 2009’s Prophets and is the second book of the Apotheosis series.  It picks up with events mere minutes after the previous volume though Swann uses the early section of the novel to bring readers somewhat up to speed, at leave when it comes to the bare bones of the plot from the first book.  The AI known as Adam has finally revealed himself and has begun his quest to “save” humanity by absorbing them into the collection of nanobots that comprise his physical existence.  The crew of the Eclipse, hired by the now dead AI Mosasa to discover what happened to a missing star, has been either captured by agents of the Caliphate or stranded on the planet Salmagundi below.  Elsewhere a soldier left to watch over a seldom-used wormhole is confronted by a strange occurrence that reveals a threat to the galaxy at large.

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