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Review: “Clean Sweep,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Creative and fascinating Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Clean Sweep, the first book in a new series, reminds me superficially of Tanya Huff’s Keeper series. Dina runs a bed and breakfast that caters to unusual

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Review: “Anthology I”

Pros: Lovely tales Cons: Standard anthology potential problem: you might not enjoy all of the tales Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Anthology I, from The Novel Fox, is a delightful collection of short science fiction and fantasy stories. One of

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Review: “Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse,” A.L. Kennedy

Pros: Interesting plot Cons: Too precious; too much inside the Doctor’s head Rating: 3 out of 5 I love Doctor Who, but I lost track of it after Eccleston. I’m more familiar with the Doctors of my childhood: four, five…

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Review: “The Martian,” Andy Weir

Pros: Absolutely fascinating from start to finish! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I recently saw the trailers for the movie “The Martian” and thought they looked pretty fascinating. So when I found that I could get a review

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Review: “The Fold,” Peter Clines

Pros: Fantastic tale with great characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The Fold: A Novel, by Peter Clines, is a fantastic read. A bunch of scientists started out trying to figure out how to teleport people and failed.

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Review: “Hunter,” Mercedes Lackey

Pros: Wish fulfillment fantasy Cons: Wish fulfillment fantasy Rating: 5 out of 5 Joyeaux Charmand is a Hunter. She can wield magic, and summon an extremely unusual pack of otherworldly hounds, in order to fight against creatures called “Othersiders”. Ever

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Review: “In Conquest Born,” C.S. Friedman

Pros: Fantastic characters and constant striving Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I realize that C.S. Friedman’s In Conquest Born has been around for quite some time and isn’t in any way a ‘new’ book. I read it first

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Non-Review: “Eon Blue Apocalypse,” Jack Avarus

Every once in a while I grab up some ebook I hear about that’s temporarily free on Amazon, just to see what it’s like; you never know when you’ll stumble across a really good new author, even if the odds

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Review: “Keep the Stars Running,” Various

Pros: Final story blew me away Cons: First story almost made me give up on the book Rating: 4 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 5/13/2015.   Anthologies are tricky, because

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Review: “Pandora’s Star,” Peter F. Hamilton

Pros: Intriguing and imaginative aliens and plot, plenty of politicking and exploration of the world Cons: Couldn’t for the life of me keep track of all the characters! Made things confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 Peter F. Hamilton’s Pandora’s

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