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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Druids, Liberterian three-ways, and imperfection makes stories better.

As I’m focused on Christmas season, and all the bad puns I can find, this week's post is a bit short, but also, possibly, a bit philosophical. Don’t worry I promise to be gentle and prevent any existential crises. Short version - perfect worlds are boring, so make sure you show some flaws. Let me introduce Michael Timmons and his WIP The Awakening. Take it away Michael -

Blurb -The Druid War has ended with the defeat of Druidess Kestrel by Druidess Sylvanis.  Their Lycan armies have been released and set free.  Kestrel, in her defeat, found a way to escape justice and death by casting a spell allowing her to return when the last stone of the Calendar falls.  The spell will also awaken the power of lycanthropy in the ancestors of her champions.
Four individuals find within themselves the power of lycanthropy awakened, two of Sylvanis’ and two of Kestrel’s Lycans.  They must learn to control this new-found power as they discover themselves a part of an ancient war between two Druidesses.  Will these people learn to use their powers in time?

Excerpt –

Clint ran down the stairs and out the door at the bottom. The feeling had creeped up on him.  He needed Sarah out of his apartment. At first, he thought it was because he didn’t want her there. He realized why he was desperate for her to leave. He was going to black out soon. He needed her gone.  Or she would end up like those dogs and cats. Instead, she wouldn’t leave.  She had no idea what kind of danger she was in.  He certainly couldn’t explain it to her. After all, he didn’t understand it himself. He ran down the street, hearing Sarah call after him. She tried to follow him. He increased his speed and ran across a and into the back yard.

 Sarah had no idea what was going on. It was like he was running from something. Like something was chasing him. She had to know what was going on and followed. There was no one out this late at night and the full moon made it easy to see.  Still, he was fast and she quickly lost sight of him after following him into somebody’s back yard.  An occasional sound alerted her to his whereabouts and she followed as best as she could.

 Clint kept running. He could hear her. He ran hard, but going around fences and ducking in and out of yards slowed him down. His face hurt as if the bones in his jaw were breaking. His hands pained him, he looked at them.  They looked strange in the moonlight. His eyes must be playing tricks on him because it looked as if the bones were moving within his hands. They looked to be getting longer. The pain increased. Shooting pain encompassed his body. He felt as if bones all over his body were breaking apart and moving. He found a shed in a backyard and yanked it open. He noticed the padlock as it fell to the dirt. He moved into the darkness of the shed. Clint blacked out.

And now for a bit of a different review

Amazon - Freehold
Blurb – Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne. There, one may seek asylum and build a new life in a society that doesn't track its residents every move, which is just what Pacelli has done. But now things are about to go royally to hell. Because Earth's government has found out where she is, and they want her back. Or dead.

What happens when you enjoy a book, but you realize the author has gone from science fiction to apologia fantasy in their world building?
First and foremost, Freehold, as far as the overall story goes, was pretty good, despite rolling my eyes several times. I’m not criticizing Williamson’s story telling abilities, yes there were some secondary characters that could have been fleshed out more, the plot could have been tightened a bit, less world building, more pew pew pew. Legitimate literary critiques, but that’s not why I quibble with the book.
Williamson writes Sci-fi in the Heinlein tradition; Everyone employs rationalism and Randian rational egotism at all times, less government good, more government bad. Organized religion is generally bad, everyone is equally attracted to, and desirous of, every other adult member of society. Women all enjoy a three-way, sexual jealously does not exist, drugs are never offered to children, and addiction is not a thing. In short everyone is a calm, logical, fully-informed adult who makes only the most sagacious of decisions based not only on what their current best interests are now, but also what they will be in the future. Great Utopia, if you can find it.
The question, of course, is do good people make good political systems or do good political systems make people good? If all that is required to make man good is the “right” socio-political structure, what does that say about free will and agency?
I will give Williamson credit, he does show a few different times that not all is perfect on Grainne, however these are small isolated incidents that in no way reduced the nearly continuous adulation that is libertarianism in action on Grainne. That’s my quibble, there was very little grey in his world building. The story suffered from a lack of balance, the UN is evil, corrupt and mostly bumbling, as are all of its members and military, Grainne is good, a bastion of truth, light, and efficiency and its residents are the same.
The ship visits Heinlein, a libertarian world. It is not the nicest of places, and it is not a festering hell-hole of sin and depravity. As presented you might want to visit if you needed something shady, but living there would not be something anyone would wish to do unless insanely wealthy, a criminal, or both. There was both positive and negative about the planet, its people, and their system of government.
And that is what I look for in a story, plausibility. Where are the grey areas, the imperfections, how is the main character, or his town, or his organization or his planet not boringly angelic?
If I told you that all the beaches in Puerto Rico were perfect in every way, you’d grow suspicious. However, if I said that the best beaches for surfing were over by Mayaguez, for small kids try Gilligan’s Island (yes it does exist), and the beaches in San Juan were pretty good but can be rough, you’d be more inclined to listen. Why? Because there was variation, not all beaches are good for all activities.
One-size-fits-all may be a great logistics axiom, but makes for a dull story, or world. So make sure you strive for balance, show the not so great, the selfish, the negative, and you’ll have a better, more realistic character and world.
I will strive to do the same.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas, Little Girls, and Bad Books Reviewed

I hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas, I know I am, probably even more than my girls.
Work continues with the book trailer for The Witch’s Lair, I expect that to be ready in the next week or so. My side project continues to chug along, and with the temps getting up into the 60s Saturday and Sunday, I should be able to get in some writing time this weekend. I have not forgotten Brother Sebastian, or his next adventure, I will be working on that starting in the New Year.
I have mentioned that I’m a voracious reader. As proof of this assertion, I checked Amazon. I ordered and read about 160 e-books this year so far. That’s just e-books, I also added, much to the consternation of the lovely Dr. Farish, additional books to the bookshelf and my bedside table. So in round numbers I’ve read 200 books this year, about 4 a week. Sadly, I know people who’ve not read that many in the last decade. I do have a motive besides public onanism for mentioning how much I read. I’ve reviewed, here on the blog, a fair number of books, but just those I’ve enjoyed. It used to be that I would always finish book I started, no matter how much it entertained me. No more. If the story begins to drag, if the MC is overly annoying, if the story arc starts to crap out, I will move on. Personally I think it’s a bit dickish to review a book I did not finish, it’s right up there with a one-line review. This leads me to a question; what about those books that I finished, but did not enjoy? Read on my friends, read on -


Murder with Monsters
K.T. Katzmann 
Blurb – New York Life Isn't Easy for a Dead Girl
It's hard enough working homicide when your diet consists of human blood, but detective Mildred Heavewater tries not to get hungry at work. Her crime scenes are even messier than usual, considering they all involve inter-species crime. Werewolves, wendigos, and gargoyles all keep life interesting. Add on a ghostly Jewish mother and a lovesick sasquatch co-worker, and Mildred thought she had a full set of problems. That was before the most impossible murder in New York history showed up.
Golems are clay people, super-strong and pretty nice. Heck, they're programmed by their creators not to harm humans. That's why the whole city is shocked when a golem is accused of murder. A teenage rabbi turns up with a snapped neck encased in clay, and all signs point to the simpleminded golem school janitor. With the press stampeding in, Mildred has mere days to prove that someone much more dangerous has framed the poor clay schlub from behind the scenes.
Time is ticking as inter-species tensions flare throughout New York. If Mildred can't clear the good name of golems everyone, blood and clay will run in the streets. She's got a strict time limit to deal with and still has to grapple with immortal Babylonian warriors, vampire junkies, the selfie-obsessed Jersey Devil, and the terror of Kosher sushi.
Something just may kill this dead girl yet.

I liked the premise of this book, it was, other than some distracting layout errors, pretty well done. The plot made sense, the scenes were descriptive, the characters believable, but I cannot say I enjoyed Murder with Monsters. My dislike is strictly personal; it is very much what I think of when I picture New York City and New Yorkers. The stereotype that doesn’t really exist outside of fiction. Mildred radiates need. There’s the angst over nothing, Mildred is constantly “what ifing” every personal encounter. A decent cop, she is otherwise a mess when it comes to a social life, and it is exhausting to read, for me. If you have no issues dealing with constant angst, a Jewish mother’s guilt suffocating her daughter, the MC, if you like Woody Allen movies, this book is probably for you. I needed a nap when I was done and kissed my wife in thanks for being nothing like Mildred.
2.5 Stars


Occult Assassin 1: Damnation Code
William Massa

Blurb –
After a decade spent fighting the enemy abroad and keeping his country safe, Delta Force Operator Mark Talon is ready to put his military career behind him and settle down with the love of his life in San Francisco. But Talon's world crumbles when his fiancée becomes the victim of a murderous cult. The military man now has a new foe in his crosshairs, and this promises to be a very different war.
The person responsible for his beloved's death is a Silicon Valley tycoon allied with the forces of darkness. Fusing cutting-edge computer technology with an ancient evil, the enemy here cannot be stopped by bullets alone. If Talon is to be victorious in his mission of vengeance, he will need to master a new method of warfare -- the arcane arts! He must become... the Occult Assassin.

Tough to criticize an author who has more reviews than you do, but this was not a book I would want to emulate. Hot take – the book is a plotless story of two-dimensional characters.
Example - If you have computer coders trying to summon demons, you’d better be able to explain why they need to use ancient Egyptian (or would that be hieroglyphics), to enable the summoning. I could see if writing the code was some sort of soul/ life force/ mojo emptying spell. Person thinks they are developing the next Candy Crush but really they are being drained of life essence, but that’s not what’s happening, the coders are watching, via web-cam, blood sacrifices, and that somehow is powering their coding which will, in turn, summon the demons. As Ace Venture would say, “Allllllllrighty then.”

Talon, the main character, goes into quasi-Batman mode when the love of his life is sacrificed to the electronic demons of ancient Egypt. Vengeance will be his, except he’s kinda broke and can’t afford a trip to Cabelas to pick up a vigilante outfit or even a well-equipped utility belt. Luckily Talon is bankrolled by a bored billionaire named Casca. Casca’s pledged the family fortune to fighting evil, not through direct action or even sending strongly worded ‘cease and desist’ letters, but by donating money to a good cause. To prevent the world falling prey to a demonic coup, Casca’s going to hire a former Delta Force operator who just happens to have lost his one true love. Not an army, not even a squad, one guy, because a wise billionaire is frugal with his money. And really, one guy should be enough to take out a company’s worth of brain-washed stab-happy code-monkey cultists. Isn’t that what happened to Pets.com?

Zagan yearns to rid the world of bad people and those who don’t like the Smurfs by opening the gates of hell. How does Zagan know how to set up the damnation of earth? He read how to start the downfall of man in some books I guess he got from his local library. Apparently there’s a lot of dangerous books in California libraries just waiting for someone with a chip on their shoulder to unleash the apocalypse. Not a fan of banning books, but in this case, maybe put world ending books in the restricted section.
I will not be reading the rest of the series.
2.5 Stars


Shady Cross
James Hankins
Amazon - Shady Cross

Blurb - In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else’s money—three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.
In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line, a little girl he doesn’t know asks, “Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them money they’ll let you take me home.”
From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

Again I find myself in the uncomfortable position of criticizing someone who’s done far more than I as an author. This was an excellent well-written book, but for me there were no twists, no tension, no unexpected surprises. I knew what was going to happen from page five on, and accurately predicted the ending. For me it was obvious, and because of that it was as exciting as the walk home from school you did every day as a kid.
2.5 Stars

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Vampire of Rome in paperback and reviews

We are now in that magical time of year between Thanksgiving (or my Birthday) and Christmas, when the world is full of possibilities and fun. I'm relaxing, just a bit, content as I enjoy the fruits of my labors, although it would be nice if I got a few more reviews.

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Amazon - The Vampire of Rome

While I’m in lollygag mode that means I get to read more than normal. So for this week I have reviews for you, nine of them -

The Starship's Mage Series
Glynn Stewart
Starship Mage

Amazon - Starship's Mage
Blurb - In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number.
With no family or connections to find a ship, he is forced to service on an interstellar freighter known to be hunted by pirates.
When he takes drastic action to save the Blue Jay from their pursuers, he sets in motion a sequence of events beyond his control – and attracts enemies on both sides of the law!

I really enjoyed this series, it reminded me of the best parts of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden, and Nathan Lowell’s Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Series.
Just like with advanced science in Science Fiction with the “problem” with magic is that it solves every crisis just in the nick of time. It allows for too much freedom of action, and not enough constraints. Not the problem here, magic has limits, cross them and one is spent, keep pushing and you’ll die. The best solutions involve thinking and being creative, which makes this a much better than average book.

Hand of Mars
(Book II)
Amazon - Hand of Mars
Blurb - Three years ago, as Ship’s Mage of the starship Blue Jay, Damien Montgomery was pursued to the edge of human space by both the agents and enemies of the Mage-King of Mars — before being brought in from the cold.
Now, trained in new skills by the Mage-King himself, Damien has been sent to the planet Ardennes alongside Alaura Stealey, Hand of the King. A rebel movement there has destroyed cities fighting a Governor seemingly lost to corruption.
But not all on Ardennes is as it seems. As allies becomes enemies and an entire world comes apart in chaos around him, Damien will find both his skills and integrity tested to the utter limit.

How does one do the right thing when any mistake and an entire planet goes up in flames? Damien is under juuuust a bit of pressure here, and his mentor is not around to guide him as was planned. Can’t say much else with-out spoilers, but this one is even more action packed than the previous one. Even so, thinking is what saves the day, not magic, near magic technology, or “I just happened to have that in case of a situation like this,” Batman utility belt.

Voice of Mars
(Book III)
Amazon - Voice of Mars

Blurb - When accusations of piracy and mass murder are laid against his homeworld, Damien Montgomery is sent to resolve the crisis.
As counter-accusations fly and an old flame re-enters his life, the newest Hand of the Mage-King of Mars finds himself in the midst of a bloody interstellar shadow war. With the death toll mounting, Damien must decide whether he should trust the world he came from – or the world that asked for his help.
The wrong choice will trigger a civil war that could shatter human civilization.
No pressure.

Before it was a planet ready to explode, now it two systems ready to go to war. And they have cause, each believes the other is committing acts of piracy, and has proof of their allegations.
Damien has an entire team helping him, this is not a “Lone Space Ranger,” kind of series where one man comes in recalibrates the Twinkie machine and everything works out, it’s realistic, without getting boring from being realistic.
Part military space opera, part space whodunit mystery, all enjoyable.

The series doesn't end here, and when I get some time I'll review Alien Arcana, which may be Glynn Stewart's best so far.
Next up 13th Century Mysteries!

The Stephen Attebrook Mysteries
Jason Vail

Amazon - The Wayward Apprentice
Blurb – Stephen Attebrook, a crippled knight facing poverty and ruin, seems condemned to a quiet life when he takes a position as deputy coroner in the small town of Ludlow.
But instead, he plunges into a web of murder and intrigue.
A death Attebrook rules an accidental drowning turns out to be a murder, and he must find the killer with little evidence pointing the way.
Then a commission to return a runaway apprentice pitches him into the midst of a conflict between a rebellious earl and King Henry III that is about to erupt into civil war.
Caught up in the twilight struggle among spies readying for war, Attebrook races to defend the apprentice against a charge of murder while dodging killers in the employ of one of the factions.
Thirteenth century England has never been brought more vividly to life than in the pages of The Wayward Apprentice.

1262, England, a Medieval Noir tale, a window into a world Centuries ago amid the crime and intrigue in rural 13th Century England. Get ready to cringe, this is not the sanitized "ye olde Medieval Kingdom" from film, or a Medieval romance novel, or the mess that is a Ren Fest, this is a very uncivilized, by modern standards, where 'good' people are brutalized and mistreated. Laws are harsh, justice is swift, but very, very blind. French is the language of Nobility. A much closer version of what it was like than you get from other sources, and it’s not pretty, or fair.  Stephen Attebrook, is near a broken man, widowed, nearly a cripple, and damn near starving from lack of money. Drawn into the dark secrets, and Political struggles about to ravage England, which overlaps the personal dramas, lovers spats and petty jealousies of his neighbors. Attebrook is a man of many skills. He will need them all to survive the hornets’ nest he has stirred up. I really enjoyed this novel and series.

Baynard’s List
(Book II)

Amazon - Baynard's List

Blurb - October 1262 should have been a quiet month, that melancholy time following the death of summer dedicated to the chores of readying Ludlow for the onset of winter and the hard months ahead.
But the game of spies is afoot. A valuable list identifying the secret supporters of both King Henry and his rival for power Simon de Montfort has disappeared following the murder of Henry’s master spy in the west of England. Whoever possesses that list obtains a significant advantage in the open war that is soon to break out between them.
Stephen Attebrook, the part-time deputy coroner for northern Herefordshire, has been forced to find this list by his former master, the grasping and ambitious crown justice Ademar de Valence — projecting Attebrook into a cesspit of murder, intrigue and betrayal.
Attebrook faces his greatest challenge as a discoverer of secrets as he races to obtain the list before a rival gets it first, while the life of someone close to him hangs on the outcome.
Step through this time portal to13th century England and relive the sights, sounds and sensations of a lost world as they have never been depicted before.

Baynard's List, like The Wayward Apprentice is another Medieval Mystery, but intelligent and accurate. People are dirty, brutal, violent, and always looking to survive the day. So vivid, it shows that you can be historically accurate, and still have a great story.

Vail has produced a cast of fascinating characters, from the sarcastic, legless Harry the Beggar to his protagonist Stephen Attebrook, a crippled knight, is still scraping by on his meager salary as a deputy coroner.  Starvation is barely kept at bay, let alone being able to care for his horses (yes plural) and certainly not enough for the household required to be a gentleman. Good news, while he doesn’t have much money he does have lots of people who want to kill him. Oh and his son has been kidnapped, really kept in “protective custody” until he does this one “small” task. The characters come across as real people, not central casting stereotypes, toss in some great fight scenes with a good mystery and plot and I enjoyed myself.
A Dreadful Penance
(Book III)
Amazon - A Dreadful Penance
Blurb - November 1262 is an unlikely season for war. But war nonetheless is coming to the March, the wild borderland between England and Wales. Not the war that most fear between the supporters of the King and the rebellious barons uniting around Simon de Montfort, but with Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Welsh warlord who styles himself Prince of Wales and who has united the fractious tribes of his land against the English.
The English are uncertain, however, where and when the blow will fall. So, Sir Geoffrey Randall, coroner of Herefordshire, dispatches his deputy, the impoverished knight Stephen Attebrook, to the border town of Clun to make contact with a spy in order to learn Llywelyn’s plans.
At the same time, Randall directs Attebrook to investigate the murder of a monk found dead in his bed at the Augustine priory of St. George at Clun.
The assignment casts Attebrook into the middle of a desperate feud between the priory and the lord of Clun and reveals a forbidden love that can only result in suffering and death.

The dialogues between Stephen and Gilbert, their verbal sparring where each one gives as good as he gets is one of the things that makes this book so good and separate it from the others. Rather than a ‘Look, a dead body. Jinkies, there’s a mystery to solve,’ there is character development, observations by the characters on why things are the way they are, help the reader to understand that even though everyone speaks English, life was very, very different in the 13th century.
Attebrook has learned to avoid repeating his mistakes, not a not a two-dimensional stereotype, he’s a compelling protagonist but doubts linger, he still feels out of his depth. And Attebrook really, really wants a job or something the elevate him up from the near poverty he lives in. If he survives the Welsh.
There are several other editions in this series, and so far I've not read a bad one. I'll get around to reviewing those as well as time permits.
Next up Urban Magic of a disappointing sort

The Thrice Cursed Mage Series
J. A. Cipriano
Amazon - Cursed
Blurb - My name is Mac Brennan and that's the only thing I can remember about myself. Not why I woke up in a dumpster. Not why my right arm is as black as pitch and covered in glowing red tattoos, and certainly not why a vicious death cult is after me.
Actually, that last part isn't true. I know why the death cult is after me. It's because I saved that damned girl from them. I didn't know who she was at the time, but I'd have done it anyway. I just don't like it when girls get beat up, call me old fashioned.
Still, I can tell she's hiding something behind those devilish eyes, and if I want to find out what it is, I'll have to help her.

A decent pulpy book filled with fast, gory action. And that is part of the charm and weakness; it’s pulpy. Not much character or story development. We don't know Mac Brennan in Chapter One or when you hit ‘The End.’
Like Mack Bolan inhabiting the world of Harry Dresden, Mac Brennan is an overwhelmed hero with a heart of gold. Magically protective overcoat. Magic is convenient and remembered just in time, however, Mac Brennan never suffers, no moments of introspection, never questions his purpose or impulses.
If you want magical pulp this is the perfect book for you.


(Book II)
Amazon - Marked

Blurb - My name is Mac Brennan. I have no memory, and I'm a werewolf-hunting, hellfire-flinging version of Faust himself.
Pierce Ambrose. That was the name of the man I'd been sent to kill. The man I'd failed to kill. I have one day left to make good on my contract before the thugs holding my sister and her son start sending me pieces of them.
Pierce Ambrose. A man with a secret I didn't uncover until it was too late to turn back, too late to give up on trying to kill him.
Now, if I want to see my sister and nephew again, I have to try one last time.

Marked is the second book and it's better than Cursed, the previous story. Mac Brennan is back, this time with a bit of a purpose and direction. I’d say he even has agency, except he sold his soul to a demon, so I don’t think this will end well for him. There are the usual pulpy one liners, lots of action, and a damsel in distress (kinda).
The worldbuilding is pretty good for a short book, and the character development was much better this time around. Each character has clear motivations and goals, and the secondary ones feel as real and complex. It was nice to delve deeper into Mac's past and learn more about him and why he’s in the mess he’s in.
Burned(Book III)
Amazon - Burned

Blurb - My name is Mac Brennan, and I'm getting pretty sick of demons. For one, they're jerks. For two, they're ugly. For three, see points one and two.
I should have known making a deal with a devil would end with me getting double-crossed, but what can I say, I'm an idiot who wanted his family back.
That demon may have put an army between me and my family, but if I've learned anything these last few days, it's that you can kill anything if you shoot it enough times.
And I've got a whole lot of bullets.

This time we’re smack dab back in pulp-land. Book time I don’t think a week has gone by from number two too number three, and Mac is back at it again. Action is continuous, character development is via being bounced off of hard objects and one liners. Worse he’s losing almost continuously to every other character in the book. If Pee-Wee Herman showed up, I think it would take two limp-wristed slaps and Mac would be down for the count. As far as moving the overall story arc, I didn’t see it. It wasn’t “BAD” it just wasn’t very good. I think I’m done with Mac Brennan for the time being.
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