The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2

  • Sep. 18th, 2017 at 7:37 AM
The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Christian Gossett

The continuing story -- to the end of the published issues. Spoilers ahead for the earlier volume.

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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1

  • Sep. 17th, 2017 at 12:12 AM
The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Christian Gossett

An alternative, magitech-based USSR and a disastrous battle. . .

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Book Review: In a Fix by Linda Grimes

  • Sep. 24th, 2013 at 9:22 AM
This review is going to be extremely unfair because I read In a Fix shortly after reading and reviewing Seanan McGuire’s Midnight Blue-Light Special.
The premise of In a Fix is that there are people called “aura adaptors” who have the ability to “borrow auras” from other people and somehow acquire their physiological characteristics. How something presumably non-physical can affect someone’s physical appearance is not adequately explained. The author hand-waves any explanation by having the heroine scoff at the idea of molecular-level shapeshifting, then a few chapters later has the heroine acquire the physical characteristics--including size--of a small child so that she can escape a pair of handcuffs. (No, I am not sure how that works.) 
Our heroine uses her ability to impersonate people to “facilitate” certain meetings that her client does not want to or cannot make in person.

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The Papal Stakes is mostly about various attempts to rescue Frank Stone and his wife. It is also about pope Urban trying to decide whether he wants to accept the help of the USE. In addition, we have a great deal of debate on whether or not Grantville is part of some vast plot conceived by Satan. (The debate is not very interesting or exciting however.)

There is also a great deal of fan service, and several of the formerly strong female characters seem to lose about twenty I.Q. points each during the course of the story.

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Review - Black Ships by Jo Graham

  • Apr. 26th, 2011 at 1:26 PM
Black Ships is the first in Jo Graham's Numinous World series. It's a historical fantasy: a retelling of the Aeneid from the point of view of the Sibyl who guides Aeneas into the Underworld. If you like mythological retellings and history with a fantastical flavour, you may well enjoy this book.

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