My favorite comments on HERO'S END so far~ "This one doesn't suck either!" (This from the friend who said about SOVRAN'S PAWN, "I'm so glad your book...moreMy favorite comments on HERO'S END so far~ "This one doesn't suck either!" (This from the friend who said about SOVRAN'S PAWN, "I'm so glad your book doesn't suck so I don't have to lie when I tell you I liked it!")
"Just read p.447. I guffawed loudly. I can't wait for the next one...or the movie. Fantastic tale, oh my Maker!"
"Your fans will love it!"
"Absolutely brilliant!! When's the next one coming out?"(less)
Gethyon is one of my most eagerly anticipated reads of the year. As soon as Amazon had it for sale, I snagged my copy, dropped everything, cleared my...moreGethyon is one of my most eagerly anticipated reads of the year. As soon as Amazon had it for sale, I snagged my copy, dropped everything, cleared my schedule and read it from beginning to end.
Gethyon is the sequel to Pippa Jay's first novel, Keir, which I LOVED! The author is a shining star in a new wave of science fiction authors. Her effortless grasp of language and story structure takes you down a web of adventure, peril, budding romance and thrills.
The title character is a young man tortured by talents he cannot understand that leave him ostracized by his peers. It's a similar theme and premise to Jay's first book in the series, Keir. Gethyon is Quin's son. He inherited his mother's unusual psi powers, and her ability to navigate time and space with a thought, opening pathways through the universe.
I found the character of Gethyon to be well-drawn and fascinating as he struggles with a coming-of-age and coming into an understanding of the powers he considers more of a curse than a blessing. With a light touch, the author's sensitivity takes the reader along as Gethyon battles with his teen angst, forges difficult relationships with his mother and finds his feet all while on the adventure of a lifetime.
With colorful worlds full of nuance and dimension, characters that walk off the page, and themes that anyone who has been either parent or child can relate to, Gethyon was a wonderfully subtle read that I will joyfully be returning to again and again.
My only complaint is that it takes far longer for Pippa Jay to write her books than it does for me to read them.
I'm a big fan of TK Toppin's "To Catch A Marlin" series. I just love the way the author has drawn the characters of Jax Marlin and her copper, Michael...moreI'm a big fan of TK Toppin's "To Catch A Marlin" series. I just love the way the author has drawn the characters of Jax Marlin and her copper, Michael Pedroni, and I love how they do their intricate dance in a cat-and-mouse chase.
In Purged in Fire, Jax is up to her old tricks, tracking down a sadistic bad guy at Ring of Fire space station in order to give him some of his own. Pedroni, her ever dogged shadow is hot on her trail, still undecided whether to kiss her, or take her in.
Peppered with sly humor, the dichotomy between Pedroni's by-the-book life view and Jax's skewed perspective of right and wrong creates just enough conflict between the two that the reader can accept their unusual relationship. Both characters see their world in absolutes of right and wrong, though Pedroni insists on working within the system, Jax sees the system as part of the problem. While you cheer for them to share more than the occasional kiss, phone call, or flirt, your rational mind knows their relationship can never be, though these two are so obviously perfect for each other.
In true Marlin fashion, the setting is exotic and skillfully woven into the story, Jax and Pedroni spend a certain amount of time distracted by thoughts of the other, and the villain's comeuppance is gruesome and in keeping with his crimes.
My only complaint with Purged In Fire is that it was far too short. I really enjoy the convoluted twists and turns of Toppin's longer works. However, Purged In Fire was a fantastic escape and a quick read that I highly recommend.(less)
From the start, the cat-and-mouse game between copper Pedroni and vigilante Jax had me hooked! I was in the boat from the get-go!
Pedroni is a burned-out police detective who would rather keep his feet on good old terra firma than go chasing a slippery vigilante to a space-based wonderland of debauchery. But because it's Jacinda Fish, a.k.a Jax Marlin, he goes.
In the tradition of Leslie Charteris classic series "The Saint," Jax is a cross of Catwoman, Xena, and Simon Templar, with ninja skills and catlike reflexes. Pedroni reminds me of both Columbo, with his sometimes deceptive and intentional bumbling, and Nick Charles with his delightful biting wit and self-effacing view of the world. In TK Toppin's deft hands, the mix is pure GOLD!!
As the story progresses we get a sense of both characters' internal conflict as they fight their attraction to each other. Pedroni, jaded enough to wonder if Jax way isn't better, and Jax idealistic enough to want to do the right thing, come together in a perfect blend of moral ambiguity that leaves the reader questioning where the line should be drawn.
I laughed out loud at some scenes and held my breath in heart-pounding excitement at others. Toppin creates a full and rich world with amazing wonders and believable details and paints a brilliant picture of them in crystal clear detail. She does it with a light hand and a master's touch. Her action scenes only lack the heart-thumping bass rhythms of a musical score.
Just when you think the story couldn't get any better, there are space pirates! Not just any space pirates, either. Captain Taris is a memorable rapscallion who deserves a book or two of his own!
I didn't want this book to end. My one consolation is that this is one of many stories starring Jax and Pedroni.
From the start, Jessica E. Subject’s BENEATH THE STARRY SKY had me hooked. I loved the way these two damaged people, Tamara and Jos...moreHot, sexy, and fun!
From the start, Jessica E. Subject’s BENEATH THE STARRY SKY had me hooked. I loved the way these two damaged people, Tamara and Josh, were brought together for what was supposed to be one night of guilt-free pleasure and ended up finding the acceptance they were both looking for.
The characters were well-rounded with all the little faults and foibles of people we all know. By the time they met, I was already rooting for them to find each other. The love scenes were very hot. They were also poignant, fun and funny. It was a quick read and I was sorry to reach the last page. I would love to know what happened between these two after the sun came up. (less)
At first I wasn't sure what to make of a superhero romance, but within the first few sentences, I was hooked!
I am sorry to say that I am not immune to Doctor Charm's... uh... charm. In fact the entire story was completely charming! If the premise of a superhero falling for a supervillain isn't enough to intrigue you, throw in four absolutely adorable little girls, a smattering of genetically engineered minions, and then blur the line between good guys and bad guys and you have the start of EVEN VILLAINS FALL IN LOVE.
I found myself rooting for Evan and his quest to repair his marriage and win back his superhero wife Tabitha (Zephyr Girl.)It's not your ordinary romance by any stretch. It's MUCH better.
If you haven't read this one yet, you owe it to yourself to do so IMMEDIATELY!!! (As I turn up my Agree-With-Me Ray.)(less)
Love Quality Times! She's a tongue-in-cheek time-traveling adventurer. Her sidekick, Tim, is a great foil for her jaded demeanor as she's dragged into...moreLove Quality Times! She's a tongue-in-cheek time-traveling adventurer. Her sidekick, Tim, is a great foil for her jaded demeanor as she's dragged into an ever-increasingly dangerous adventure with twists and turns to keep you turning the pages!Tim, an unapologetic Whovian, tries telling people he's a Timelord from Gallifrey, much to Quality's chagrin.
In their first adventure (of many, I hope) Quality Times and Tim are on a quest to see the universe. With a time machine/space ship that shrinks down to the size of a child's toy, all of time and space are theirs for the exploring. So where do they go? Why to a resort, of course. That's where they meet Bob, a self-styled archaeologist complete with safari outfit and pith helmet. Bob's hunky assistant Qez, a.k.a. Bluey the "sexy police siren" catches Quality's eye.
Joining forces with Bob and Qez, Quality and Tim try their hand at grave robbing, I mean archaeology, and end up taking on more than they'd anticipated.
The Whispering Tombs is a rollicking good romp complete with betrayal, greed, grave robbing, gunplay and extinct critters that keep popping up at the darnedest moments. It's a quick and fun escape that ends all-too-quickly and leaves you turning the page looking for more. You'll gasp with surprise, laugh out loud at some parts and groan at others. All-in-all, expect to be delighted and entertained. (less)
From the first scene I was hooked. I found myself rooting for Keir before I knew his story. The author weaves a sympathetic tale following tortured so...moreFrom the first scene I was hooked. I found myself rooting for Keir before I knew his story. The author weaves a sympathetic tale following tortured souls through a life-changing adventure. Her light touch keeps the characters easily relatable without ever dissolving into schmaltz.
Quin is an engaging heroine whose self-assurance, ingenuity and desire to help others immediately establishes her as a heroine of epic proportions. Keir is almost an anti-hero whose journey of self-discovery takes him to the darkest reaches of his own nature and eventually leads him to the hero within himself.
Together, they travel through time and space and save each other. This is a sweet love story woven through an epic adventure.
With shades of Doctor Who, Time Bandits, and LadyHawke, Keir is a different kind of SF romance that will leave you sighing long after you've closed the book.(less)
Once I started reading ALONE ON THE EDGE I couldn't stop. I had to know what happened to Anna and the computer.
The author spun a fascinating tale of...moreOnce I started reading ALONE ON THE EDGE I couldn't stop. I had to know what happened to Anna and the computer.
The author spun a fascinating tale of a young woman as the sole crew member of a deep space mining outpost for six long years, with only the central computer for company. Unlike some depictions of young women written from a male perspective, I found Mr. Stutzman's presentation of Anna to be spot on in most respects.
The author deftly delivered a compelling story, rounding out the character of Anna with only the computer and drones for interaction. Parts of the story reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey and I frankly admit to hearing HAL's dulcet tones while reading the computer's dialog. I kept waiting for him to say "What are you doing, Dave?"
With elements of psychological thriller, romance, and rollicking good adventure, ALONE ON THE EDGE was a riveting read. I look forward to the sequel ALONE IN PARADISE and you can bet I'll lose a night's sleep reading that one, too!(less)
From the first pages, Ambasadora had me hooked. I couldn’t wait to see where author Heidi Ruby Miller was taking this story. Her well-conceived, and v...moreFrom the first pages, Ambasadora had me hooked. I couldn’t wait to see where author Heidi Ruby Miller was taking this story. Her well-conceived, and very complex society explores so many avenues of human nature, making me question why our societal mores are what they are.
I fell in love with the characters. She did a brilliant job of fleshing out the bad guys and making them sympathetic as well. The good guys are suitably heroic with just the right mix of human fallibility to keep them interesting. Until the end, I was never entirely sure which romantic interest was going to end up with whom, and my doubts made perfect sense given the society Miller created.
The only difficulty I ran into was on a personal level. Being a Tampa native, it was disconcerting to me to read about the four moons, all named Tampa, and then reading about the Hub, which is also well-known bar in downtown Tampa, oft frequented in my misspent youth. That gave me a chuckle and I enjoyed sharing what I considered a sly inside joke with the author. But Miller’s brilliant and vivid descriptions soon made me forget all that as I found myself hip-deep in the worlds she’s created.
This book has it all, action, adventure, political intrigue, science gone wild, cyberpunks, social commentary, and romance. It will leave you breathless and clamoring for more.
Ambasadora is a definite E-ticket ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages well into the night. I already have my copy of Greenshift, the prequel to Ambasadora, and I cannot wait to start reading it! But first, I have to catch my breath from Ambasasora.(less)