This is an Elfhome short story that interweaves with the Tinker book. Law is a Pittsburg human native. She's a lesbian and a professional forager, alwThis is an Elfhome short story that interweaves with the Tinker book. Law is a Pittsburg human native. She's a lesbian and a professional forager, always on the outside of what her family expects of her. She's fishing when she gets a call from a crazy lady telling her she has to go to a place behind a white door. After a few calls, she figures out it's a life-and-death rescue, and hustles on over. She's always had a soft spot for rescuing people. There's an elf girl (Bare Snow) alone in an abandoned house - only in her doubles, which is like an older teen - sexually mature, but not wise. Her parents are decease and from two different clans that hate each other, so she came to Pittsburg where she was told she'd be accepted, but no one would take her in. When an elf sent her to this house, she knew something strange was up, but wanted to find out what, so she complied, but then nothing happened until Law showed up and took down the door and offered her a ride out of there. Eventually, Law and Bare Snow figure out that the Viceroy was being led into a trap and that Bare Snow was being set up to take the blame, so they go out to help the Viceroy from behind the scenes. ...more
Yesterday I finished Outer Bounds: Fortune's Rising (Outer Bounds, #1) by this author and was completely sold on her. It was the third book I'd read bYesterday I finished Outer Bounds: Fortune's Rising (Outer Bounds, #1) by this author and was completely sold on her. It was the third book I'd read by her (I've also read the 2 Guardians of the First Realm books), and I gave all three books 5 stars. So I immediately bought this book, the first in her Legend of ZERO series, but at 12% into the ebook, I couldn't take it anymore. I stopped reading and returned the book to Amazon. Why? Cruelty to children. It's a hot button for me. The set up is dystopian, which I dislike generally, but the premise of this book is that Earth is invaded and nearly all the children between ages 5 and 12 are conscripted to serve as soldiers for the next 30 years. The invaders methods are cruel, even brutal, and I couldn't stand it. I hate that this is Ms. King's most developed series. I wish so much that one of the other books I love had more installments. There are still a couple more out there for me to sample, and I fully intend to. Maybe only ZERO will rank low for me. ...more
This is the 2nd book in a nominally young adult series by the very witty Jasper Fforde. I enjoyed the first book for the magical and fantastical surprThis is the 2nd book in a nominally young adult series by the very witty Jasper Fforde. I enjoyed the first book for the magical and fantastical surprises scattered throughout. This one had some good creativity, as well, but I think that most of the humor sailed right over my American head. I got the distinct impression that many of the humorous references were specifically British. I also found it jarring that the transition from the end of book one to book two was not smooth, at least according to my rusty memory - from dragons to an underhanded fight for magical dominance in the blink of an eye. I liked learning more about the crazy word of 16 year old Jennifer Strange, but I wish it had been dumbed down just a little bit. A little more silliness would have helped. ...more
This book is science fiction, and there was a point a little under half into the book where I was sure I knew where it was going. The hero's life hadThis book is science fiction, and there was a point a little under half into the book where I was sure I knew where it was going. The hero's life had been threatened by tampering with his vehicle, and I assumed that the threats would get greater and greater until he managed to figure out who exactly was pulling the strings, then expose them to the media. The hero is Jack Holloway, a surveyor for a mining company on a distant planet. He discovered a very valuable mineral deposit, and if he disappeared, that money wouldn't necessarily be paid out. So, there's motive. But he also discovered a super cute fuzzy creature that may or may not be sentient, and if it's (Fuzzies are ADORABLE.) I've read a lot, and that plot line seems very familiar.
Weird thing, though - it didn't go that way. The book turned into a courtroom procedural. The setting uses a lot of the types of rules and safeguards you would expect in the American court system. I've never read that genre, so it sideswiped me entirely. See, Jack is a disbarred lawyer, and even though he's a selfish bastard, he's not evil. So Jack goes to bat for the fuzzies, and wins in a surprising way.
Note: there's one instance of cruel violence, and some curse words, but otherwise this book is good for younger readers. It certainly gives perspective on how corporate greed can steamroll over the rights of the less powerful. ...more