Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: Monster Hunter Legion


Monster Hunter Legion
Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Firefox crashed about 1/2way through my first draft. Bleh. So here is another take.

This review represents my 1000th review here on GR. I'm pretty proud of that fact. Even though some of those reviews are of the "I hate/love this book" type. At least I took the effort, you know?

So, MHI: Legion.

A monster hunt that is totally hardcore, of global ramifications AND is just a taste of the badness that is coming. Imagination, determination, BIG guns and serious bodily harm all round.

Team Force Unicorn. Only the creepy douchebag leader guy is part of this story. And he really makes the former leader of MCB look like a nice guy.

Then you get all the different revelations: For all you LOSERS who expect reviews to be sanitized just for YOU, you selfish pigs. feel free to drop dead in the most painful way possible. No really, I don't mind if you do..
Ok, try this instead: Owen and wife having a baby. Julie's continued slide toward guardian mode. Owen's brother getting involved in MHI. The info that "something" is waking up and preparing to take over the world.

Then, right at the end, Owen has the "Prophecy Talk" with his dad. Well, they start it, and the book ends. This is my only gripe with the book. I don't mind a good cliff hanger ending, but this was just totally out of control douchebaggery [and yes, I declare that to be a real word].

An awesome quick read with guns and monsters that left me wanting the next book NOW.



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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: Starship: Rebel


Starship: Rebel
Starship: Rebel by Mike Resnick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I enjoyed this little book, but not as much as the previous 3 [Mutineer, Pirate & Mercenary] and I am not sure why.

I think there was more ship fighting action, more intrigue and more dastardly evilness by the Navy. But it just didn't do it for me.

Everything I read by Resnick I compare to my first read of [b:Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future|293291|Santiago A Myth of the Far Future (Santiago)|Mike Resnick|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1312059204s/293291.jpg|1407455] back in Junior High and while that was around 2 decades ago, I still remember it as total awesomeness. So Resnick has to live up to my juniorhigh memories [with all of the uninformed, immature and juvenile tastes that go along with that time period] while engaging me as a mid 30's adult.

that is just not fair. But who said life is fair, eh? The immortal Charles Dickens certainly did not ;)



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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Lord of the Isles


Lord of the Isles
Lord of the Isles by David Drake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I read this when it first came out in '97 and then once again sometime in '99, before I was keeping track of what I was reading. So this is at least my 3rd read.

First off, you have to accept this book for what it is:
A cast of characters who are larger than life, impossible to kill or defeat, who simply cannot fail and who have between them about the personality of half a person.
Situations of epic proportions that simply get bigger and bigger, spiraling out of control until beaten into submission by the characters.

If you cannot accept the above, then you will hate this book, and hence the whole series.

This book was typified by violence, blood magic with horrific results, awesome supernaturalness and some really kick ass fighting.



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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Review: Murder on the Links


Murder on the Links
Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I went into this prepared for Poirot to hold the cards not only close to the chest, but behind his back. And so I was able to enjoy this.

While I was deliberately mis-led by Christie, it IS a mystery and misdirection is to be expected. Doesn't make me happy though to have a certain set of facts portrayed in such a way as to force the reader to come to certain conclusions.

However, I am thoroughly enjoying these little dashes of mystery between my usual sff/classic readings...



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Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: Myth Conceptions


Myth Conceptions
Myth Conceptions by Robert Lynn Asprin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Skeeve, the almighty, takes on an entire army, with some help.

I didn't laugh as much as in the first book, but this was a solid humor book and I enjoyed the time I spent on it.

I kind of wish that Tanda was either less involved or more. I keep waiting for her to latch on to Skeeve and for the hijinks to ensue...



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Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail


Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail
Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail by Jack L. Chalker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This was a really good wrap up for the series.

Spoilers ahead, read at your own risk [I refuse to use the spoiler tag to HIDE anything]


I did feel that the Medusan agent got the short end of the literary stick, as Chalker not only had to tell his story, but also wrap up the series.

That being said, it was a great ride. I had remembered that aliens were involved [and we are told that from Book 1], but I had completely forgotten that it turns out that we are dealing with 2 alien species!

Chalkers extrapolates where humanity might go, and I could see this leading directly into [a:Neal Asher|56353|Neal Asher|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1207862001p2/56353.jpg]'s Polity Universe. that would be cool :D



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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: Battle Earth


Battle Earth
Battle Earth by Nick S. Thomas

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



Sadly, what was a very interesting premise devolved, extremely quickly, into a poorly worded, ill-thought out, grammatically awkward story.

Short sentences. I felt like Thomas was throwing his sentences out like machine gun bursts. Accurate, but quick and over before you knew it. I was almost breathless by the end of a paragraph.

The high power rifle-like device fired a metal anchor that impeded in the concrete wall and expanded within it...

Impeded? sigh.

...and sped off at an unusually fast velocity.

It is sentences and word choices like the above that made me quit at the 40% mark.

Then the story part. Humanity has outposts on Mars, the Moon and space bases. And we let the aliens land, unimpeded [please note the correct usage] on Earth? You NEVER let a military force take its objective without a fight.
This is supposed to be about elite fighting forces, but they just fold like cards.





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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review: Joust


Joust
Joust by Mercedes Lackey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A fleshed out version of the first book of the [b:The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volumes 1-3: Boxed Set: Dragon's Blood, Heart's Blood, and A Sending of Dragons|81148|The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set Dragon's Blood, Heart's Blood, and A Sending of Dragons|Jane Yolen|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328875980s/81148.jpg|117577].

Interesting, just predictable, but in a fun way. Dragons and warring nations and stuff. We'll see how the rest of the series holds up...



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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: Another Fine Myth


Another Fine Myth
Another Fine Myth by Robert Lynn Asprin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Funny, in a stupid way, not zany like [a:Terry Pratchett|1654|Terry Pratchett|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1235562205p2/1654.jpg]. I smiled almost the whole way through the book.
The mis-adventures of an apprentice magician, his new green scaled demon mentor, his young dragon, a unicorn and a sexy assassin.

A lot o the humor is situational and also wordplay [names, etc are play on words].



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Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: xxxHolic, Vol. 04


xxxHolic, Vol. 04
xxxHolic, Vol. 04 by CLAMP

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This kind of dragged to be honest. I enjoyed the stories, but they weren't very suspenseful or engaging.



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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

Review: Footfall


Footfall
Footfall by Larry Niven

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Baby Elephants try to take over the world, from OUTER SPACE!

that is enough for me :)



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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Review: Charon: A Dragon at the Gate


Charon: A Dragon at the Gate
Charon: A Dragon at the Gate by Jack L. Chalker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Well, I think it is official. I only like Chalker's [b:The Four Lords of the Diamond|7184707|The Four Lords of the Diamond (The Four Lords of the Diamond, #1-4)|Jack L. Chalker|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1258936790s/7184707.jpg|7704807], everything else of his that I've read has been blase to bleh.

So what makes this different? It has many of the same themes as his other books. I think part of it is that I read this back in highschool and it made an impression on me, and it has stuck.

Also, who wouldn't want to have an idealized body made by your mate while you get to make her body to suit you?



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Monday, November 05, 2012

Review: Dragon's Blood: A Fantasy


Dragon's Blood: A Fantasy
Dragon's Blood: A Fantasy by Jane Yolen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This starts out from the scifi standpoint, with starships, galactic empires, etc.

And then you have dragons.

Then you get a really great story about a boy on the cusp of manhood who steals a dragon and raises it to successfully fight in the Dragon Pit [hence the Pit Dragon Trilogy]. And there is a girl.

This book holds up well. Meant for children and ya, it certainly tells a story that an adult can enjoy as well.



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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Review: Frankenstein


Frankenstein
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This was NOT at all what I thought it would be going in.

The daemon [Frankenstein's monster] was not the monster in this book. Yes, he committed grievous acts of violence and psychological torture and should have been properly punished, ie, killed, but Victor Frankenstein was the character that made me shudder with horror, loathing & revulsion.

A completely self-absorbed, self-centered genius, Victor showed me the worst of humanity. He ignores his family to pursue his own ambitions. He creates a new life, and then immediately spurns and rejects it, his reason being that it was ugly and revolted him. He created it ugly, it didn't spontaneously turn into fugly ugly man when it was given life.

Once Victor denies his creation, he simply ignores the very fact that he created it for several years. He doesn't seek it out to try to reconcile with it. He doesn't seek it out to kill it, even though he is convinced it is "evil" from its life's inception. He ignores it, almost like if he pretends it didn't happen, then it didn't.

He falls sick, very similarly to how Raskolnikov [from Crime & Punishment ] does after he commits his crime. Victor knows he has committed an unforgivable sin, but he won't, he can't, admit he was in the wrong.

Then the daemon strikes. It begins an attack against Victor that is truly horrific, as premeditated and thought out as if from the mind of a master criminal. Death, death and death. Interludes of peace. Tauntings, whispers, obsession.

In the end, I found this story to truly be a horror story. Victor claims that the spirits of his deceased relatives give him strength to hunt the monster down. Where was that strength before? Why did Victor not hunt it down before? What made Victor ignore the fact that HE was the true killer of his family,not the daemon?
There was only room in Victor's life for Victor. The daemon, Victor's father, his brothers, his lover/wife, all only impinged on Victor's life as much as he lets them.

Victor Frankenstein was a true monster who made others pay the price for his own horrific deeds. He refused to think about the consequences of any of his actions and he only regretted past actions as they inflicted pain upon him.

This was not a scary book, by any means, and I suspect many people would be bored by it. Those same people who read the Twilight Saga, play the lottery, eat their hamburgers, watch the television and generally lumber through life. So, can you think for yourself?



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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Review: Libriomancer


Libriomancer
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Ok, if Dresden was a librarian, and not a total whiner, this is probably be his story.

I'm sure this was a good story, at least, I didn't hate it. But all I could think of was Dresden Rip Off, Dresden Rip Off, the whole way through.

Sure, fans will point out ALL the differences, but all I saw was magician, loner, trench coat, on parole by the Magic Police, targeted by vampires and others.

I liked the writing enough that I'll try some of Hines' other stuff, but no more of this series, as I couldn't even finish Dresden...



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