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Old 10-23-2012, 03:41 AM   #14431
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Now - another indie effort. This time it's Martuk ... The Holy by Jonathan Winn. I've been looking forward to this as I put in on my read/review list before I read too far into the sample provided. I was taken with the language employed. I'm expecting this to be a literary fantasy with ties into the bible which should make for fascinating reading.
Loved this book!

You could possibly critique the story structure and the epilogue was a bit "Huh?". But otherwise, I was just lost in the beautiful writing. And the scenes featuring Jesus Christ were awesome.

It's one of those cases where I could overlook possible flaws because I was too busy being floored.

Looking forward to some more fiction from this author.

Now I'm moving onto another indie novel: Clay's Way by Blair Mastbaum, a GBLT, coming-of-age romance set in Hawaii which could be interesting.

I love these books if they're done right so we'll see how it goes.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:52 AM   #14432
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I just ... started on the Steve Hockensmith's prequel to Seth Grahame-Smith's (and Jane Austin's) novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. I really didn't like Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, but as Steve Hockensmith is one of my favorite authors, I thought I'd give the prequel a shot, and I'm glad I did. The prequel, so far, is funny and moves quickly. Hockensmith has not captured Jane Austin's style in the same way that Grahame-Smith did, but has produced in its stead a story that's far more enjoyable to read. Hockensmith has since written a sequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, which I may read later.
And I've just finished it, and nothing has been done to alter my opinion that Dawn of the Dreadfuls is funny, engaging, has lots of heart, and moves quickly. One of my favorite moments came in chapter 15 where Hockensmith inserts this "inside" joke:

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“That’s right,” Capt. Cannon said. “She’ll be taking me to her father forthwith. And, Lieutenant, the game’s afoot. I will require an escort. Regroup your search party and report back here.”
Hockensmith is also the author of the hilarious Holmes on the Range series, in which Old Red, an illiterate American cowboy, is read a Sherlock Holmes story "The Red-Headed League" by his brother Big Red and decides to become a "deducifier" himself by applying Holmes' methods to solve crimes they encounter.
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Serious sleep shortage last night. Started the eArc of Necessity's Child by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. This book is not really part of any specific story arc, but takes place on Surebleak after the arrival of Clan Korval. I'm almost finished and it's a great read! An excellent addition to the Liaden Universe.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:16 PM   #14434
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I just found out the Infinity Hold by Barry B. Longyear was available as an ebook. I loved this book and read it a few times. I wanted to read it again and picked up my paperback and wondered if it was available. It was not available at Barnes and Noble. I checked Amazon and found it available. I was getting ready to click buy when I saw Infinity Hold/3 under Customers Who Bought Also Bought. Wondering what this was I clicked it. It is all three of the Infinity Hold books in one. And the bonus is that I did not even know there were any sequels to Infinity Hold.
I bought it and am getting ready to start reading them.

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By the award-winning author of Enemy Mine. Infinity Hold. The story of an idea and of a murderer who becomes the first police officer in a world of murderers. "For those interested in science fiction, Barry Longyear is required reading." —Philadelphia Inquirer
Give this one a try. You will not be disappointed.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:22 PM   #14435
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I just started Hal Junior: The Secret Signal by our own Simon Haynes; he of the Hal Spacejock series. The Hal Junior series was written with young audiences in mind, but as I've discovered 1/3 the way through; it's fun for all ages.
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For some reason the theme to Rawhide is playing in my head. Giddyup, and keep on riding! Or should that be reading?
If you are going to think of Rawhide, think of the Blues Brothers singing the theme and if you do that, get a hold of the movie and have a go. Very good movie.
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Now I'm going to try out Carmilla. This novella intrigues me because I knew nothing about it until it was nominated for the book club read this month. Pre-dating and heavily influencing Bram Stoker's Dracula? This I have to read.
It's not scary at all. It was a very poor choice for the bookclub for October. It seems the bookclub ends up with really crappy books for October.
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I liked it; especially the sexual tension between Laura and the vampire Carmilla—surprising for that day and age.
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I liked it; especially the sexual tension between Laura and the vampire Carmilla—surprising for that day and age.
But the point of a book for October is for it to be scary. Carmilla wasn't scary at all. Not even in the least. Yes, it has lesbian themes. But they aren't scary. I do think this would have been better for February's romance. It's got more romance in it then it it has anything scary.
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I just found out the Infinity Hold by Barry B. Longyear was available as an ebook. I loved this book and read it a few times. I wanted to read it again and picked up my paperback and wondered if it was available. It was not available at Barnes and Noble. I checked Amazon and found it available. I was getting ready to click buy when I saw Infinity Hold/3 under Customers Who Bought Also Bought. Wondering what this was I clicked it. It is all three of the Infinity Hold books in one. And the bonus is that I did not even know there were any sequels to Infinity Hold.
I bought it and am getting ready to start reading them.

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Give this one a try. You will not be disappointed.
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And it's available as a Kindle Prime book. I'll have to give it a try next month. Thanks.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:25 PM   #14444
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Barry B. Longyear also wrote Enemy Mine which won the Hugo in 1980.I read both and liked Infinity Hold best. They are both excellent reads and well worth the expense, if you are not a Prime Member. I hope you enjoy.
And I am hoping the other two in the series are just as good.
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Serious sleep shortage last night. Started the eArc of Necessity's Child by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. This book is not really part of any specific story arc, but takes place on Surebleak after the arrival of Clan Korval. I'm almost finished and it's a great read! An excellent addition to the Liaden Universe.
Finished. Loved it. As usual, it left me wanting more. The good news is that Lee and Miller have contracts for five more Liaden books. The bad news is, they don't write them nearly fast enough.

Started reading Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. This is the first of the Phryne Fisher books and is getting rave reviews from my DW. But just started, so no reports yet.
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