Laura E. Reeve's Blog

July 12, 2013

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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Published on July 12, 2013 14:00 • 82 views

June 6, 2012

I’m behind on my reviews. It’s obvious when I look at my pile of already-read books on the corner of my desk. I pick up the oldest—when I suddenly realize that I read The Hunger Games before this one. The Hunger Games couldn’t be in this pile because it was the first e-book I got [...]
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Published on June 06, 2012 06:51 • 104 views

May 24, 2012

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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Published on May 24, 2012 11:41 • 54 views

March 12, 2012

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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Published on March 12, 2012 13:51 • 31 views
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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Published on March 12, 2012 13:51 • 46 views

February 11, 2012

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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Published on February 11, 2012 13:12 • 43 views

January 21, 2012

The problem with short stories, both in reading them and trying to get them published, is that they're so subjective. As they say about Beauty, Story and Character are also in the eye of the beholder.
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Published on January 21, 2012 07:46 • 25 views
The problem with short stories, both in reading them and trying to get them published, is that they're so subjective. As they say about Beauty, Story and Character are also in the eye of the beholder.
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Published on January 21, 2012 07:46 • 32 views

December 23, 2011

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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Published on December 23, 2011 10:31 • 58 views

November 7, 2011

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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Published on November 07, 2011 03:00 • 28 views