Kay Smillie
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Into the Void by Richard Jobson
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I am loathe to use the term Tartan Noir but this is more than a crime novel set in Edinburgh. It is about one man, fair to say not your average man, trying to make sense of life. Not liking the shallowness that seems to be everywhere. In this trip, s ...more
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The Cursed Key by Miranda Brock
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Olivia Perez is an experienced archaeologist on the dig of a lifetime in the Amazonian jungle, when she decides to ignore the competition and explore a temple on her lonesome. She uncovers an ancient key which she decides to keep for herself, despite ...more
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Visions of Fate by Sylvia Mercedes
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" Dear Readers Amazon has finally unlocked our box set file for ‘Souls & Shadows’ so it is LIVE! Available at all retailers at this link. 99c till Sunday! Click here >>> https://books2read.com/soulsandshadowsboxset  Despite the Zon’s g..." Read more of this blog post »
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The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
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I vividly recall reading The Birds decades ago in a horror compilation and preferring it to the fine Hitchcock film. Still an excellent short story. The rest mostly maintain the high standard, all with clever twists, particularly Kiss Me Again, Stran ...more
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The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
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An alternate history novel with a new twist. Washington DC has been wiped out by a large meteorite, along with much of the east coast of the USA and other parts of the world due to varying after effects. Added to this is forthcoming global warming as ...more
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Extinct by Ike Hamill
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A decent idea for an apocalypse but dragged out too much to entice me to buy the sequel, even if I did buy it but it was never delivered. Just waiting to see if I will get a copy or a refund. Should I receive Instinct I will give it a read but expect ...more
Magic Man Charlie by Scott  Baron
"I volunteered for an ARC of the series in exchange for an honest review.

This continues to be one of my favorite series. You couldn't ask for better heroes than Bawb and Charlie.

This one opens with our hapless heroes trying adapt to a world far di..." Read more of this review »
Star Fighter Charlie by Scott  Baron
"I volunteered for an ARC of the series in exchange for an honest review.

This is book 5 into the series with at least 2 more to go. And it was so satisfying and perfect! It was everything i wanted it to be.

Book 4 sets up the problem of tech and ma..." Read more of this review »
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Kayla Stonor
“Do not presume to judge the Qui, Mr. President. Your society aspires to an ideal that exists only at levels like the United Regions. Analyze your world’s history and you find pockets of feudal life that continue to exist today. Cultures where rape victims are killed so as not to dishonor their family; countries where the male of your species has so little self-control, the female is obliged to hide behind cloth for fear they will tempt them into carnal acts; regions where children are slaughtered for no reason. And this was all before our invasion.”
Kayla Stonor, Under By Treaty

Angeline Trevena
“Through my fiction, I seek to highlight the social and cultural rules that we accept without question. Sometimes, without even noticing. Fiction offers a unique platform to do this, with dystopia at the fore. By exaggerating these ingrained rules, or by reversing them entirely, we can start to examine them. And question them. And challenge those that are harmful.”
Angeline Trevena

Kendi Thompson
“Prophecy of Balance (Year of the Cat)

“There must be balance,” Source repeated,
“For mankind to flourish on the Earth-Throne he’s seated.”

His life is a gift from the gods, they created,
And the power to wield choice, but the outcome is weighted.

Seeing the harm and chaos humans manifest,
Wore heavily upon the goodness within their immortal breast.

But the gods disagreed, and two groups they split,
Each one possessing their own talent and wit.

One side fights for freedom of Man’s soul,
But the other wants slavery, and Man to control.

So Source cried, “Enough! Now Observers will be sent,
To assist with human minds you’ve cleverly bent!”

For balance, the pendulum won’t sway too far to one side,
And Universal Laws each god must abide.

The gods agreed, but did not stop with their plan,
To influence mankind as much as they can.”
Kendi Thompson, Year of the Cat: The Thirteenth Realm

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