Predator (Deadly Curiosities Adventure Book 18) by Gail Z. Martin

In this short work, we are introduced to a new group of supernaturals living in and around Charleston, SC. These are shifters, people who can change shape to an animal at will. They gather in several packs, who don't get along very well. But when shifters start disappearing, Soren, Cassidy and Teag step in to help.

The story is short, but has all the excitement we've come to expect from the Deadly Curiosities series. Gail Z. Martin does not disappoint.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Amazon and Goodreads

The Dispatcher written by John Scalzi narrated by Zachary Quinto

Loved it!

This is a very near future story. The premise is that for reasons unknown, anyone who is killed by someone else suddenly has an almost certain chance of coming back to life. A new profession has arisen - dipatchers. Their job is to kill people at the brink of natural death. This gives their 'victim' a sort of reset. They are alive, at home and in the same condition they were some hours before, 999 times out of 1,000.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein Audio Book narrated by Lloyd James

I've read the book many times, but this is the first time I have listened to it. This review doesn't really cover the book itself, but rather the audio performance and how it made the book different for me.

I listened to this book for free, courtesy of Amazon Prime and their Channels Page in the Audible app for Android.

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold at her very best! This novella is the newest in the World of Five Gods series, and a direct sequel to a previous novella - Penric's Demon. The story is something of a theological mystery, which is very different than it's predecessor. It's a good story all by itself, and since it is a novella, a pretty quick read. For me, it was hard to put down once I started to read it.

Ring of Fire , Eric Flint Editor

Once again, this was a re-read, as I move along on my plan to catch up with the authors of this series.

This first anthology was rather a mixed bag. Some of the stories I liked a lot, some I didn't. The best story in the book was the last one - Eric Flint's The Wallenstein Gambit. I guess that makes sense, since at this point, no one knew the characters and future plot better than he did. All together, the book does succeed in making want to know more about all these people.

1632 by Eric Flint (second edition)

I have read this book before. Actually, this was the third time I'd read it. Even so, I found it to be just plain fun to read. That's in spite of the fact that there is plenty of violence, which is sometimes a bit disturbing. The novel is set in Germany, during the Thirty Years War, after all. The premise of the book is that somehow, a small town in West Virginia is scooped out of it's place and time and deposited in the middle of Germany in the year 1631. Europe would never be the same!

Ring of Fire IV editted by Eric Flint

It is sometimes hard to give an overall rating to a book that contains shorter works by several authors. This particular book was just plain fun from beginning to end. It is true that the novels do leave things out. They have to, in order to tell the story that is intended. Still, the novels have let us know that there is a whole world affected by the Ring of Fire, It is in these shorter works, and those in the Grantville Gazette where we find the rest of that world. All together, it makes the United States of Europe seem more and more like a real place, even though we can't visit there.

Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #10

Okay, so I actually finished this book in April. I posted a sort of review on Goodreads, but had a hard time doing it without spoilers. Now it's been a while, and spoilers are no longer a problem for me. I can honestly say that this was the best Jane Yellowrock novel yet. After thinking about it for a while, I realized that what makes it the best, is the growth and development of the characters. Not just Jane, either. All of the people she interacts with are much more rounded characters than they were even one or two novels ago.

Rogue by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin

A pretty good novella, with a couple of the most interesting characters in the Martins' steampunk series Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich of the Department of Supernatural Investigations. This time, they are up against werewolves and a dark witch. As usual, their boss appears just long enough to give them a little grief. That makes me wonder whether the rest of the work of the department is easy stuff, because these guys get all the hard ones.


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