Review: Fuzzies and Other People by H. Beam Piper

Well, Happy Readers, if you read my review of Fuzzy Sapiens not long ago in which I lamented the need to give only two stars, I have good news. The third book is much much better. I can genuinely recommend this one, and thus the whole series.

I plan to read several more H. Beam Piper short stories, since I’m in that head-space at the moment. I will most likely combine them into a single review post… but who knows, all two of you may get multiple stuffs!

In the mean time, here’s my review of the book at hand, and a nice Michael Whelan cover for it too! Look at those little guys! Aren’t they just so stinkin’ cute!?

Goodreads Blurb:

There were still so many things Fuzzies had to learn.

…that’s the final line of H.Beam Piper’s classic Fuzzy Sapiens, where the story broke off twenty years ago [55 years now]. Following Piper’s tragic suicide in 1964, there were persistent rumors that he had written a sequel to Fuzzy Sapiens, a third Fuzzy novel; some of his friends had been told about it, a few had even read parts of it. But the manuscript itself remained lost until it was discovered in a trunk in a basement in Pennsylvania.

Now, at last, return to Piper’s Zarathrustra. It’s been twenty years for us – but only three months since Jack Holloway found and befriended a small golden-furred being…three short months that have changed both their lives…

You can buy a paperback copy here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0441261760

And now my review…

Fuzzies and Other People (Fuzzy Sapiens #3)Fuzzies and Other People by H. Beam Piper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The third book in the Fuzzy Sapiens series is actually better than the second, but not quite as good as the first. What makes it somewhat better is the fact that much of it takes place ‘in the wild’ were a heretofore unknown band of Fuzzies are living and surviving. You get to see things from a non-human native viewpoint that avoids the anachronistic foibles of the second book. It has a much faster pace, and is much less mired with theoretical cocktail hour discussions. Cocktails and cigarettes are still the old go-to scene filler and transition mechanism though.

The story picks up immediately after Fuzzy Sapiens ends. It resolves the fate of the major bad guy and the criminals from that book, but that is treated as more of a side plot. The major story is of the band of ‘Wild’ Fuzzies lead by Wise One in the newly established Fuzzy Sanctuary. It shows you how they survive on a daily basis. It also shows how their lives are greatly improved by their interactions and relationships with humans.

Overall, this was a good capstone to the series. I know there are other divergent series books out there. If you’ve never read the story of H. Beam Piper’s life and the history of this series, I recommend you do so. It’s quite intriguing if a bit sad. The other works by Piper are also something I highly recommend anyone who enjoys Little Fuzzy should check into. Most of them are in the public domain and can be found for free on Project Gutenberg and Amazon. I plan to find and read all of his other works that I have not read already.

So, on that note, I rate this book at three stars and call it a Satisfying Read.

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And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

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Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

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Review: A Price Too High – Frontiers Saga: Part 2: Rogue Casts #12

This one was a fast paced read. It’s quite good with one big annoyance that I can’t talk about without spoiling the book. See review below.

I might get one more review in before the end of this month, but I’m not sure. LibertyCon is coming up in three weeks, and I am also shoulder deep in prepping our custom D&D Campaign. Yes, I finally just bit the bullet and decided to go homebrew instead of pre-made. I just couldn’t find one with the right tone that fit the levels we want to play (5 to 10, maybe higher). So, The Sunken Tower of Leilon is currently being expounded upon in Fantasy Grounds. Our first session went very well, despite the lack of combat. And we have decided to scale back to a bi-weekly game rather than weekly to allow for sanity to be maintained by yours truly.

But you probably didn’t care about all that D&D stuff, so back to the review.

Here’s the Amazon Blurb:

Part 2: Episode 12

…An enemy in retreat

…A new world to protect

…A new potential ally on the horizon

…A new chance to go on the offensive

The Dusahn have taken a massive blow, and with the Aurora’s improved jump range, Captain Scott and the Karuzari Alliance can finally keep them at arms length.

Now, a previously unknown world may hold the key to defeating the Dusahn, and possibly even to bring peace to the entire galaxy. 

The question is…Can they be trusted?

And now the review!

A Price Too High (The Frontiers Saga: Part 2: Rogue Castes, #12)A Price Too High by Ryk Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This episode of Frontiers Saga probably deserves 5 stars. I’m not giving it five stars though, because it SPOILERED me into thinking that SPOILER was SPOILERING, and that’s just now something you should do to your readers without some foreshadowing.

It’s a really good book, though. The various story arcs are extended and some new ones are added. The characters are true to form throughout. The action is evenly mixed with intrigue to give it an exciting pace that kept me wanting to read just a little more.

The only negative is the surprise that isn’t a surprise. I can’t say any more than that without spoiling the whole book, and I want people to read my reviews and find them useful, not hate me. So, this one will be shorter than most. All I can say is that if you’ve been reading the series, keep reading. It’s been terrific so far, and I believe it will continue to be so.

I give this one 4 stars and call it a Just For That You Don’t Get Five Stars Read! Happy Reading!

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Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

Horizons Unlimited

HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

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Review: Fuzzy Sapiens by H. Beam Piper

First off, Happy Readers, let me say that the precursor of this book, Little Fuzzy, was excellent. It should be read and enjoyed by all sci-fi fans at some point. I wish that I could say the same for the sequel, but it just doesn’t equal it. It’s not bad, but it’s just not great.

I do have hopes for the third book in the series, but we shall see. I’m currently reading the next Frontier’s Saga entry, and should have that review up soon as well.

In the mean time, here’s my review of the book at hand.

Amazon’s Blurb:

The Pendarvis Decision had declared the Fuzzies to be intelligent beings—guaranteeing them protection and security. But just how much were those assurances worth?

The Fuzzies were about to find out. . . . Someone was going to make big profits by exploiting them, and there wasn’t much that could prevent the Fuzzies from becoming just another extinct species on Mankind’s conscience. . .

And now my review…

Fuzzy SapiensFuzzy Sapiens by H. Beam Piper
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is an OK read, and being an OK read is not a terrible thing. I sincerely enjoyed Little Fuzzy when I read it a few years ago. H. Beam Piper is one of those ‘old school’ sci-fi authors that I found quite late, but have enjoyed immensely. This sequel to Little Fuzzy is only a mediocre read, however, because of its slow pace and lack of dramatic plot. It tends toward the analytical side of the developing Fuzzy situation which is boring. The only real excitement happens in the last 5% of the book.

One of the strangest quirks (It’s not necessarily a negative, but I didn’t like it) I encountered while reading this book is the anachronistic feel of it. I’ve seen this in other books, especially from authors of the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s who fail to generalize their scientific advancements enough to overcome the paradigm shift of the digital age. I usually can get past it, but this time the slow pace of things made it really stand out. I think I’ll coin a new genre term to describe it called Anachronistic Analog Punk… Ananapunk. Ananapunk is where futuristic technology is still based off of analog technology that is now obsolete, but the story is not focused on being that (as Steampunk is toward the Victorian Era steam technologies, etc.), it simply IS that by virtue of being written prior to the digital tech curve. It’s effectively Atompunk or Steelpunk, but written IN the era it depicts. I’ve seen it before. Sometimes I like it; sometimes I don’t. This time I didn’t. Thus the two star rating.

There’s also the issue of the social customs of the ‘era when written’ being carried over so far into the future, and being a focal point of the story. Cocktail hour and tobacco smoking are a highly overused personal action for almost every character. It’s the filler and transition to almost every scene. It is monotonous and cannot be avoided or ignored during the read.

But, still, the story of Fuzzies and the discovery of who and what they are, as well as human reactions to them are interesting enough to keep me reading to the end. In fact, the third book in the series looks to be more interesting than this one, so I will probably read it as well. It also has the benefit of being a ‘manuscript found in a trunk after the author’s death’ which means I’m already interested.

So, while not being exactly a superlative story, it was interesting, and I am glad to have read it, if for no other reason than continuity of the series leading to the third book. I give it two stars and call it a Semi-Descent Read.

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Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

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Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

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Review: Primordial Threat by M.A. Rothman

Great Science Fiction that has you rooting for the good guys and your jaw dropping for the science! I wanted to read this because it reminded me of the types of books I read as a young sci-fi fan. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven, Exit Earth by Martin Caidin, Shiva Descending by Benford & Rotsler, and especially a little known series called America 2040 by Evan Innes (aka Hugh Zachary). Yes, some of them were total cheese, but I loved them at the time. I was not disappointed!

This one has it’s foibles, but I still enjoyed reading it very much, and intend to read more like it. I think there will be a sequel to this one which I’ll definitely pick up when it’s released.

On a personal note (which I’ve been dropping into the blog more lately), my various plans continue to fall through, so I’m sweeping the mess of my ideas into a pile and looking for a rug to cover them with while trying to come up with more. The big one, the computer upgrades I tried to get set up to run that 3D CAD program I mentioned before, were not compatible with my PC This means I would have to buy a new (expensive) computer to go along with the already expensive Solidworks package… *sigh* These expenses are not in the cards at the moment, unfortunately. Oh well, that’s life. A good excuse to get back to writing I guess… unless someone really rich wants to gift me $10k?

Anyway… I’ll just be over here holding my breath </sarcasm> while you Happy Readers check out this review!

Amazon’s Blurb:


The year is 2066 and the world is oblivious to the threat it faces.

The fate of humanity lies on the shoulders of Burt Radcliffe, the new head of NASA’s Near Earth Object program.

He’s been rushing the completion of DefenseNet, a ring of satellites that are both part of an early-warning system as well as the means to eliminate incoming threats.

Yet Burt knows that despite the world’s best efforts, nothing can be done about the alert he’s just received.

Coming out of deep space is a danger that’s been approaching since the dawn of time. A black hole. An unstoppable threat that promises death for all in its wake. 

Dave Holmes was a modern-day Einstein. As the original architect of DefenseNet, he’d had visions of this Primordial Threat before he disappeared, yet he’d left behind no details on how the problem might be solved.

Can Holmes be found, and if so, will his solution even work?

The world has less than a year to find out.

And now my take on the book…

Primordial ThreatPrimordial Threat by M.A. Rothman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novel gave me some great flash-back moments to when I was young and reading exciting science based sci-fi that drew me into the genre. I only wish I still had the naivete of an uncritical reader so that I could ignore the little foibles I saw… Not many, but a few. The book is a winner though because I was into it from cover to cover.

A little less than 50 years from now, the Earth is in the path of a black hole and nothing can stop it. So what do you do? You science the shit out of it! And that is all the details I can tell you without spoilers.

So, I’m going to get past my ‘complaint’ phase first to get it out of my way. I like this book, and I’m giving it 4 stars because I WANT to give it 4 stars. I refuse to let my nit-picky side bring it down lower, but I at least have to acknowledge what those nits are, so here goes. There are a lot of convenient pre-emergency events that had to have happened for there to be a chance at survival in this situation (for values of ‘survive’). There are at least TWO different Deus Ex Machina moments that had me shaking my head. There are plot points that are contrived to engender those. The ‘villian’ (not the black hole) is also a contrivance to keep the difficulty level set to high. Also, the ‘As you know, Bob’s’ are an absolute plague at the start. These are the ‘critical reader’ points that I wish I could be less attentive to like when I was younger. I would never have even noticed this 25-30 years ago.

Oh, and no spoilers, but the last chapter should have been left off. It’s a cliffhanger setup for a sequel revealed at the last minute. It should have been used as the prologue of the the next book instead. I believe I would have had that opinion even as a youngster.

The character development is great, and I was truly invested in the welfare of the top six. The plot is decent. There are a few hurry-up-and-get-to-the-point moments of ‘as-you-know-Bob’ type exposition at inconvenient moments that affected the pacing, but that is offset by the next challenge being hot on its heels. The science used is backed up fairly well, and the afterword of the book even gives a summary of the main ideas as they exist in reality today. The pace of the story is good and kept me wanting to read the whole thing. The writing style and descriptiveness is on par with any comparable sci-fi book you might find out there.

The best part of the book is the ‘big concept’ science that goes into the survival plans, and how they are pursued for implementation. You just gotta love … well, again, no spoilers … but trust me, if you’re a sci-fi fan, you’ll love it!

I give this one four stars and call it a Big Think Nostalgic Read!

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Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

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HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

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Review: Calexit

I decided to pick this one up to read in bite-sized chunks a few stories at a time. Then it was good. I read the whole thing in two days like the page turner it was. It’s kind of chilling, and while I don’t think things would go exactly this way, I also don’t think it would be too far off. That’s what makes it scary to me.

Anyway, the aforementioned page-turner, along with acres of grass-cutting, a D&D session, and a woodworking project plan, means the story I was supposed to finish is still left hanging. Gotta fix that soon.

I’ve also been doing a bit of digging/planning into purchasing a 3D modeling software package (Solidworks) and finally taking a stab at contract design work. Writing between profitable work-from-home engineering jobs sounds really good, but that first monetary step is a doozey! Wish me luck, because I’m about to pull that trigger (I think…*wince*).

Anyway… here’s the review!

Amazon’s Blurb:


When California declares independence, their dreams of socialist diversity become nightmares for many from the high Sierras to the Central Valley. Follow the lives of those who must decide whether to stand their ground, or flee!

In San Diego, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Group One finds his hands tied by red tape, even as protesters storm the base and attack dependents.
In Los Angeles, an airline mechanic must beg, borrow, or bribe to get his family on the plane out before the last flight out.
Elsewhere, a couple seeks out the new underground railroad after being forced to confess to crimes they didn’t commit.
In the new state of Jefferson, farmers must defend themselves against carpetbaggers and border raiders.
And in the high Sierras, a woman must make the decision to walk out alone…

Featuring all-new stories set after Calexit from JL Curtis, Bob Poole, Cedar Sanderson, Tom Rogneby, Alma Boykin, B Opperman, L B Johnson, Eaton Rapids Joe, Lawdog, and Kimball O’Hara.

And now my take on the book…

Calexit- The AnthologyCalexit- The Anthology by J.L. Curtis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The premise of this anthology is real. The stories are fictions… we hope.

The prospect of California seceding from the Union after the 2016 election has been bandied about, and it gained more traction that one might think. 2020 is right around the proverbial corner, and its results within the current highly heated (boiling) political climate might end up being even more conducive to such conjecture.

This DYSTOPIAN anthology presumes a specific set of (mostly) common events surrounding an ACTUAL CALEXIT and projects them out to a conclusion. Now I will say the conclusions are biased. If you are even the slightest bit left of center, SKIP THIS BOOK! If you are right of center, just try to remember what happens if you drink too much of the Koolaide. Those caveats put forward, I can say that for what the collection is, it does a great job of focusing on consequences of letting ‘desired behavior’ be the focus of governance without regard to ‘human nature.’

I wish I could say that the stories in this book are far-fetched, but some of them are eerily prophetic considering what was known when they were written versus some current headlines in 2019 as I write this review. It’s scary to see a dystopian premise come to life before your eyes. Although, if one is a student of history, this is not the first time such things have happened.

The best thing about this anthology was the fact that it was a page turner. The stories, full of angst, tension and drama as they were, are still so well written that they suck you in and won’t let go of you until you finish. The level of ‘make me mad’ injustice used in some of the stories was like a sock to the gut sometimes, which made the endings that much more satisfying (and mandatory to reach before stopping).

What follows are individual story reviews. The way I reach my overall rating is to review each story (0-5 stars) and average them together for the book. For this anthology, I give 3.3 stars overall, and I call it a Gut Punch Read.

Be warned, the individual reviews probably contain spoilers:

A Matter of Honor by JL Curtis (4 star)

A SEAL Commander inherits the Navy’s fallback command inside the new Republic of Cali. The job of orderly withdrawal for U.S. Troops and their dependants turns ugly as resentful and criminal elements overrun the state.

I was shocked at this one a bit. It was written as a prequel to another novella, The Morning The Earth Shook, which I will no doubt have to read. The only reason it does not get 5 starts from me is the overabundance of mil-speak (which I do not comprehend) that seems to bog it down in places. The plot, pacing and characters are superb.

Last Plane Out by Bob Poole (3 stars)

An airplane mechanic watches civilized & prosperous society fall apart around him as he struggles to move his family out of Cali once their whiteness makes them persona non-grata.

The story is a bit slow, but does reflect a realistic picture of third-world warlordism and similar rule by mob might that you find in a crumbling society.

Carpetbaggers by Cedar Sanderson (4 stars)

A young man steps straight into adulthood as the needs of the new state of Jeffereson, as well as those of his family, neighbors & friends, become a responsibility he has to take on out of necessity.

This is a great story, if a bit odd in the juxtaposition of ‘frontier justice’ vs. ‘modern society’. A bit of it is hard to believe simply because there is a regression of technology that is too steep to justify. Setting that aside, however, the characters and plot are fantastic.

Night Passage by Tom Rogneby (5 stars)

A complete travesty—reversal, in fact—of justice for a raped woman forces her and her husband to flee for their very lives from a corrupted Republic of Cali to seek asylum in the U.S. across the Nevada border.

The first part of this story was VERY hard for me to read. It made me MAD! It was so ridiculously awful of an example of injustice for the main character that it is almost unbelievable… almost. That’s the problem… I could also see it actually happening in 2019, and that both scares and pisses me off to no end. So, I skimmed the parts where the system was used to crush the MC, then picked back up for the inevitable flight. The story is great, but if you are like me, you WILL have a few blood-pressure issues while reading. Be warned, but read it anyway!

Roll, Colorado, Roll! by Alma Boykin (3 stars)

Water management of the Colorado River basin is a delicate thing. It is even more delicate when maintenance fails and unreasonable demands are made by those who don’t even realize they are screwed if it fails.

I learned a bit about the precarious water situation of California by reading this. It is a weak spot in the national infrastructure if it is completely accurate… which I don’t doubt. A good story, if a bit technical.

Final Flight by B. Opperman (3 stars)

A prepper and his son gather their last few belongings as they prepare to leave Cali for the last time. Unfortunately, they waited bit too late and the State Councilor for wealth redistribution shows up before they can leave. He has to delay them until his son can get home from a neighbor’s house cross-country. He only hopes he can do it without killing anyone.

This is an excellent tale for both its lone-wolf prepper defense and the cause and consequence of how Cali got to where it is at this point in the scenario. I enjoyed it, even though the ‘telling’ is heavy, and the explanation of the MC’s son’s adventure is rushed and sounds a bit redundant. Multiple viewpoints and overlapping scenes could have eliminated the redundancy feel. Also, the amount of time it took for the convoy of state people to get up the driveway, even with delays, seemed off for its length. So, only 3 stars as a result.

Freedom’s Ride by LB Johnson (1 star)

A woman in a cabin daydreams about hunting… then I got bored and annoyed and quit reading it.

This one is written with a very strange style. It doesn’t set a very good stage for the ‘now’ of the story before it starts flashing back. Several thousand words are written in ITALICS. It is very verbose and reflective. I’m sure it’s fine if that’s what you are in the mood for, but I was looking for action, drama & thrills, so I quite disliked the whole thing. I started skimming after the first ten pages of italics, then skipped to the next story. I don’t usually do that, but I had to here. I give it a single star (instead of zero) because the prose (yes, it reads like prose) was written well. This is a clear case of the author’s stylistic choices overshadowing the plot.

The Farm by Eaton Rapids Joe (5 stars)

Beauracracy, self-agrandizement & ego drive a power hungry Board of Education examiner to attempt to destroy the farm of the only couple who are actually managing to produce food for a region on the brink of starvation.

This story is great. It’s one of those where the good guys outsmart the bad guys because the bad guys are dumb-asses. Well written with great characters, plot and feel.

By Hook and Crook by Lawdog (2 stars)

In the new Cali, a new breed of Coyote emerges to serve the needs of the new refugee class fleeing the state.

Short and sweet, this story is about a man who uses his special talents to help extract a family from failed state.

Fifth Column by Kimball O’Hara (3 stars)

An undercover counterinsurgent helps to orchestrate the fall and overthrow of the depraved failed state that Cali has become.

This one is a very realistic and harsh take on the steps needed to recover the state of California from its socialist catastrophe. Well written and believable. The plot and MC are great as well. There’s not much action, but lots of intrigue.

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Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

Horizons Unlimited

HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

HAPPY READING!

Review: Key of Stars (Abolethic Sovereignty #3) by Bruce Cordell

I’ve finally wrapped this series up. It has been a good one. I actually need to go look up the D&D 5e equivalents of some of the character traits and abilities of the heroes and monsters now!

In case you care what I’m up to… I’m still behind on the campaign setup, but I have most of the outline in my head. I also have a huge need to finish a short story and write a couple more. It’s the same problem I always have though… sit down in the chair and write. I manage to find a billion ways to avoid that until I have a deadline (even an artificial one), but once I get going, it’s hard to turn it off! I wish I could explain it… or maybe I can. I think I may be a binge write as well as a binge watcher!

Anyway… here’s the review!

Amazon’s Blurb:

Lovecraftian horror from award-winning Forgotten Realms® game designer Bruce R. Cordell.


Raidon Kane survived his clash against the eldest aboleth, but came away with his mind shattered. Destiny hands Raidon one last chance to avert the Abolethic Sovereignty’s agenda, but only if he can find within himself the strength to care. Raidon, the warlock Japheth, and Anusha, a young woman whose dreams are made real, must find Key of Stars before it is used to open the Far Manifold, and all reality drowns in a tide of horrific insanity.

And now my take on the book…

Key of Stars: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book IIIKey of Stars: Abolethic Sovereignty, Book III by Bruce R. Cordell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The final book in this trilogy is both good and bad-good. By good, I mean that the story is well written (as were the first two books), and action/pacing flow well. By bad-good, I mean that it introduces some new elements that are secondary to the main story and leave them unresolved (un-detailed may be a better way of saying it) at the final close of the story. They are good threads, but they are left dangling in a way that leaves a bit of unresolved disappointment in the reader’s mind (this reader at least). That being said, I still can recommend the book with a forewarning that you might have an uncontrollable desire to go looking for more.

The characters we’ve come to know begin with a somewhat flummoxed state of mind. They have the huge threat of the Aboleth Sovereignty and the floating city of aberrations, Xxiphu, literally hanging over their heads, but they are at a loss as to what they should do about it. The big bad(s) (there are multiple, even thought they prevented the biggest bad from waking up in the last book) are a palpable threat, but they have no real idea of how to deal with them. Luckily, the continued leadership growth shown by Anusha pulls them together to deal with the problem, and our adventure begins in earnest.

The plot is excellent, and you can tell that the events of book three were planned from the beginning of book one. Most of the main points are resolved, including a few surprises (which I will not spoil here). There are a few new characters introduced at the last minute that are quite interesting and lead to the ‘unresolved’ feel I mentioned previously. The pacing and action kept me immersed in the story from start to finish. The main characters continue their growth to become people you care about even more. Except for one, that is; I was disappointed not to find out what happened to Seren who does not join the party on its quest. Some aspects of the characters circumstances are not fully explained and others paths seem rushed to a conclusion. Those are the only negatives in the book that prevented me from giving it an additional star.

Ultimately, the story is an excellent one (through the whole series), and I can recommend it quite easily. I give it three stars and call it an Overall Good Read.

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eConscience Beta

Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

Horizons Unlimited

HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

HAPPY READING!

Review: A Rock and a Hard Place – Frontiers Saga: Part 2: Rogue Casts #11

Finally, I have completed this book. The lag this time I blame on the new season of The Tick on Amazon, HBO’s Westworld (Season 1 & 2), a sudden urge to work on three 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles, and I’m sure there was some Twitch GTA5 RP watching in there too. Also, there was the pre-writing research & obligatory ‘day dreaming’ about a new story I’m plotting in my head. It’s amazing how much time you spend just staring into space as you try to herd your mental cats into a story.

Anyway, this one is a good read. Lots of buildup time, but none of it dull. It all pays off in the end as the final battle is awesome. I can recommend it to you Happy Readers without any qualms. I’ll probably be picking up that 3rd book in the Abolethic Sovereignty Forgotten Realms series next, but we shall see.

The short story(ies?) and the D&D campaign will be taking priority for the next week or three, so the blog will go quiescent again….

Oh, except for one tinsy little thing that’s coming real soon…

Planetary Anthology Jupiter Bookcover

PLANETARY: JUPITER will be out soon from Superversive Press with my story “Be Careful Where You Poke Your Gungnir” included in the mix. It’s a Horizons Unlimited story set a bit farther down the timeline than most of the ones so far. I’ll do a full blog on release day!

For now, back to the main topic… Book Reviews!

Here’s the Amazon Blurb:

Part 2: Episode 11

Two worlds preparing their defenses…
A ship struggling to get back in the fight…
An enemy continuing its relentless attack…
A former enemy that could hold the answer…

With the fate of billions in his hands, Captain Scott is offered a way to save them all and end the bloodshed, but if it backfires, he could lose everything.

Sometimes, there is no good choice. 

And now the review!

A Rock and a Hard PlaceA Rock and a Hard Place by Ryk Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another stellar addition to an already epic series!

Ryk Brown has added another 5 star to my list of books. This episode of The Frontiers Saga: Rogue Casts is a steady build of tension culminating in the epic final battle scenarios that avid readers have come to know and love.

A bit of intrigue and a smorgasbord of problems starts off the plot of this one with the crew of the Aurora and the peoples of the Karuzara Alliance once more on their back foot trying to catch up. The title is definitely apt, and the whole time you read you are wondering how they will manage to pull it off this time. There’s even a bit of a scare when talk of another ‘self sacrifice’ situation is presented to Nathan. It doesn’t take long for events to come to a head as the typical race against the clock to keep ahead of the enemy ensues. Luckily, Nathan Scott is still the best strategist and motivator in two sectors. But you’ll have to read it for yourself if you want to know HOW he manages to squeeze them all out from between A Rock and a Hard Place! (<– You see what I did there?)

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Check out my books over on Amazon.com! I currently have two published. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited, and on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free if you have Amazon Prime.

If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

eConscience Beta

Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

Horizons Unlimited

HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

HAPPY READING!

Review: City of Torment (Abolethic Sovereignty #2) by Bruce Cordell

The blog lag continues. This time my excuse is that I’ve become addicted to GTA V RP on Twitch and binging shows I’ve had in my queue forever on Netflix before my subscription ends (they jacked the price again, so I’m canceling for a while in protest). I do highly recommend Love, Death & Robots, and the new Ultraman.

Anyway, I did finish this one off earlier today. It was a good read and a decent sequel. I can recommend that you Happy Readers check it out. I’ll let you know how book 3 turns out too, but I’ll be jumping into the next Frontiers Saga first.

I have plans to work on some short stories, and I really have to firm up some D&D campaign details ASAP. That means the next review could be a while. But for now…

Here’s the Amazon Blurb:

Lovecraftian horror from award-winning Forgotten Realms® game designer Bruce R. Cordell.

Raidon Kane travels to the subterranean fortress of the somnambulant aboleths, bent on killing the Eldest in its sleep. But he isn’t the only one bound for the hidden city. A warlock, an arch fey, a pirate, and a high priestess of the Abolethic Sovereignty all have designs of their own on the Eldest–if they don’t kill each other first.

And now the review!

City of Torment (Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty, #2)City of Torment by Bruce R. Cordell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story continues to spin in interesting ways in the second book of this series. Character development and growth along with interrelationships were balanced well with action and plot progression.

The cliffhanger of book 1 is taken back up at the start and sets the stage for the reasons the story goes in the direction that it does. You find out much more of the origins of Japheth’s pact. Seren’s backstory is revealed. Captain Thoster has light shed on his hinted-at issues as well. All in all, the characters of questionable character are shown to grown into likable (if still flawed) individuals. The story becomes more complex and remains interesting. The action and descriptiveness of the events are what we all want to see in our minds when we play a nice game of D&D.

The ending is very much geared to hook you into picking up the next book in the series. I’m torn on that being good or bad, but since the series in general has been worthwhile reading, I’ll defer to good. I will be reading on into book 3 of the series myself.

I give this one three stars and call it a Worthwhile Read.

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Check out my books over on Amazon.com! I currently have two published. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited, and on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free if you have Amazon Prime.

If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

eConscience Beta

Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

Horizons Unlimited

HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

HAPPY READING!

Review: Plague of Spells (Abolethic Sovereignty #1) by Bruce Cordell

It’s been a while since the last blog, and even a longer while since the last review. The reason for that is that I’ve started and paused on 2 different books (1 for its slowness, and 1 because I got distracted) while scattering my time resources to the winds and the Forgotten Realms wiki. That actually brings us to the book I’m reviewing today. It was an addition/insertion to the TBR pile because it was part of the Forgotten Realms lore in which I was steeped. I needed to know details.

Luckily, It was good enough that I can recommend it to you, Happy Readers!

Here’s the Amazon Blurb:

Lovecraftian Horror in Faerûn!

Blue fire sears the face of Faerûn, leaving the twisted and mutilated dead in its wake. But a rare few escape death–and suffer some mystical mutation. Raidon Kane is one of those who survives, the wake of blue fire burning the sigil of the amulet he wears into his chest and binding him with all the power and responsibility it entails. With everyone he knows and cares about dead, Raidon must find within himself the strength to lead the fight against the rise of an elder evil the likes of which would be the end of mortal kind.

Award-winning game designer Bruce R. Cordell depicts the rise of a monstrous nation of elder evil as only he can in this brand-new trilogy Abolethic Sovereignty. Dedicated to showcasing one of the most fascinating new aspects of the changed face of Faerûn, this trilogy is packed with the exciting battles, wizardry, and monsters that are the hallmark of Forgotten Realms novels as well as introducing a new never-before-seen element of Lovecraftian horror to Faerûn.

And now the review!

Plague of Spells (Forgotten Realms: Abolethic Sovereignty, #1)Plague of Spells by Bruce R. Cordell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this one up because I’m doing some Forgotten Realms research for a D&D campaign (character backstory). This was the first D&D derived novelization I’d ever read, so I was curious how it would be done comparative to DM guide books and adventure modules. I was pleasantly surprised.

I was surprised at how well the magical abilities and appearances of creatures and characters were portrayed. While there was a bit more ‘tell’ than ‘show’ at times, that did not happen often enough to detract from the work as a whole. I was fully immersed from the start. The action scenes were described well which served to pull you along. It was standard fantasy writing with a hint of the familiar as I recognized the creatures being described. The plot of the story was also engaging. Had I not already known a significant portion of lore regarding Faerûn, I might have been at a bit of a loss, but I can’t say that for certain. The 1st book does end in a significant cliffhanger, so be warned if you plant to read it for yourself.

Overall, I liked the book. I plan to continue with the series. I can recommend it as a fast paced and entertaining read for anyone who likes either High Fantasy or Lovecraftian adventure. I give it 3 stars and call it a Pleasantly Surprised Good Read.

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Check out my books over on Amazon.com! I currently have two published. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited, and on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free if you have Amazon Prime.

If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.



If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.


HAPPY READING!

Review: The Unseen (Freelancer #2) by Jake Lingwall

The Unseen (Freelancer Book 2)

The Unseen by Jake Lingwall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Character flaws are things to be fixed, not justified or glossed over. That’s the biggest reason that I cannot give this second book in the Freelancer series anything higher than 2 stars.

The usual thing to do with a character is to have them start out flawed, then recognize that flaw (usually after it lands them in the crap) and then correct it. When you start with a Mary Sue with two big flaws that she (and maybe the author?) can’t see, then don’t fix it but carry it over to the next book… you get a repeat. The same problem Kari had before (easily manipulated) is still there. The other issue is that the ‘flaw’ that she sees in herself (getting people hurt because of her actions) is not the REAL problem, but it BECOMES one even while she extols her virtue for not having done the necessary thing to keep evil from continuing. On no less than five occasions I found myself saying… just kill the guy and damn the consequences… don’t play the game his way… but no, the pages just kept going. *sigh* The dummies on the television don’t listen to me either.

This rest of this review is a spoiler. I don’t have any more time to spend on a 2-star trying to keep it from being one. Read ahead at your own risk.

After escaping the clutches of a power hungry manipulative egomaniac (who happens to work for the government) and almost being killed along with the boy she didn’t even know she liked (but apparently everyone else did?) in the first book, Kari the super-hacker, aka Freelancer, tries to settle down to a normal life of self-indulgence. Unfortunately, she manages to fall into the clutches of a power hungry manipulative egomaniac (who happens to want to overthrow the governments…both of them, as the U.S. is now in a second Civil War).

So, hopefully, you can see my problem here. She learned nothing from her first hellish, mind-scaring, life-trauma event and simply fell into the next one. For a person who is super-smart and can solve so many problems, she is beyond naive. It’s so bad that it completely ruined my suspension of disbelief. I knew who the bad guy was the instant he was introduced.

The whole YA silly teen/young-adult relationship thing just added a level of obnoxious to top the whole thing off.

And that’s why it gets two stars and no more of my time. I’m skipping book 3 because I fear it will be just more of the same.

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Check out my books over on Amazon.com! I currently have two published. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited, and on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free if you have Amazon Prime.

If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.

If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

HAPPY READING!