Perishables by Michael G. Williams

This was a fun book to read. It is a fresh look at several horror standards. The primary character is a vampire, but he doesn't sparkle, and is not a ladies man. He's someone who used to be human, and it shows. The book consists of three separate stories, with a recurring them. The vampire character only appears in the first and third stories, but that did not bother me at all.

I'll be looking for more from this author.

The End of All Things by John Scalzi

This book is classic Scalzi! On the one hand, a darn good story - one that kept me reading, even when I had other things I should have been doing. But that is never all there is to a Scalzi story. He pulls you into his characters' lives, and gives them (and you) things to think about. The world in a Scalzi novel is never as simple as it seems. I know there are people who don't like that. For me, though, that kind of thing is like brain candy! The Old Man's War series has been going on for quite a while, and the history of all that happened in the earlier books plays into this story.

Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume III

I had read most of these stories before, but they all stand up well to re-readings, and it's nice to have them all in one book. I love Lee & Miller's books, and I have to say I absolutely agree that just because a character appears only on a couple of pages of a novel, that doesn't mean that character doesn't have her, or his own story.

You'll find some of those stories, here. Also some bits of a novel or two that never were. Very enjoyable from start to finish.

Of, course, this is a must for any Lee & Miller completists.

4 out of 5 stars

Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold

I found this to be a delightful story. In this short work, the author tells us much more about the World of the Five Gods than we already knew, by taking us beyond the boundaries of Chalion. That world turns out to be far more politically complex. On top of that, we learn more about at least one of the Five Gods, and the story of a young man accidentally falling into a future he could never have imagined.

Pretty darn good for such a short work, but that is the sort of thing that Lois McMaster Bujold has been getting better and better at over the years.

The Human Division by John Scalzi

This was a book that was really fun to read. It was fully as good as the earlier books in the Old Man's War series. John Scalzi has a neat trick of giving you a really good read, that turns out to make you think. In this episode, there were many things to think about. What is an alien anyway? Is diplomacy of any use? Why are there wars? He does all this 'making you think' just by telling you a story, which I think is very, very cool.

ConCarolinas 2015

I spent this past weekend at ConCarolinas in Concord, NC. I had a wonderful time! Of course, I could not get to every panel I wanted to, but that's only because there were so many really good panels. I went to writer's panels, science panels, general programing panels, and still had time to wander the dealer's room and the author tables in the hall. The hotel was very nice, and the convention area was laid out in a sort of square, which meant you did not have to walk back and forth. One side of the square held the restaurant and bar, which allowed for a bit of rest if you needed it.

Recent books

I'm a bit late getting these reviews up. There won't be any more reviews until I finish my reading for the Hugo awards. At this point, there are a good mumber of short works to read, and I am not going to review them. So, the last two books I read were:

Gifts of Darkover, edited by Deborah J Ross

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Absolutely amazing! This is a great book! It is, in the simplest sense, about a young man, who suddenly and unexpectedly becomes emperor when his father and all of his older brothers are killed. He is different in so many ways from what is expected. He doesn't look, or act, or rule like his father. And so, this is also a book about being different. He is very young, and poorly trained for the job of emperor, so it is also a book about growing up and learning how to do the job he's inherited.

I really enjoy Stuart Jaffe's short stories

Last night I finished Stuart Jaffe's 10 More Bits of My Brain. This is his second collection of previously published short stories. Long before I knew that Stuart had written a novel, he was one of my favorite short story writers. His name on the cover of a magazine was pretty much a guarantee that there was something in there I would love. This second collection is a good look at the wide variety of stories he's written. Some stories have a little note about how they came to be written.

Spent today reading Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

I was blown away by this book!It started out with a high level of emotional intensity, with things not going well for our heroine, Jane Yellowrock. Faith Hunter kept increasing the danger for Jane, Beast, and all of New Orleans, and just perhaps, all of North America! The story is, of course, the natural result of all that has happened in the books leading up to this. I won't even try to say more about the plot than that. But, if you have enjoyed any of the previous books, don't stop reading before getting to Dark Heir. So much that you didn't understand before this book will be revealed.

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