Category: Other People’s Books

Space Cruiser Musashi, by Dean Chalmers

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Space Cruiser Musashi by [Chalmers, Dean]

Space Cruiser Musashi

This was a good, entertaining story. Not full of deep meaning, but a solid plot that moved forward at a good clip, and showcased likeable, interesting characters and vivid action scenes. I went in thinking “eh, I’ll give it a shot, though I don’t expect much,” mostly because of the kinda cheesy cover. But I became seriously captivated by the end. I’d like to read more of these people’s adventures.

One thing to get past is the sexuality. I’m not offended by it, and the enlightened attitudes are a pleasant change from many stories, but I worry the author might be limiting the reach of the novel because of it.

In the society this story occurs in, nobody cares or even bothers to remark on who is gay, heterosexual, or other. That’s a nice thing to see. The society is also very casual about sex, seeing it more as something to do for fun, and engaging in pairings, orgies, etc. on a regular basis. It makes sense in the world the author has created, and seems like a logical consequence of a society where sexuality isn’t taboo. But it will make the more prudish sorts in our own world squirm.

Surprisingly, with all the mentions of casual sex, there is only one real sex scene in the novel, which really looked like it was added just for the sake of having a sex scene. It’s kind of too bad, because the rest of the novel is really good, and I think the author may be limiting the audience that can be reached by advertising the novel as “sexy” in the first sentence of the description and by including that one scene.

But if nothing in those last two paragraphs makes you uncomfortable, then I’d recommend this book to you. It’s a cut above many space operas you might read.

Welcome to the Spookshow: Spookshow 2, by Tim McGregor

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Welcome to the Spookshow: Spookshow 2 by [McGregor, Tim]

Welcome to the Spookshow

I enjoyed the whole Spookshow series. Yes, it’s kind of lame to post the same review for each novel, but I tore right through them and honestly can’t remember which was which – they were all good.

(Note: Book 2 is actually, chronologically for the people in the books, the first volume in the series.)

These are good adventure tales populated by people who act in realistic ways when faced with impossible situations. There’s no blindly stumbling into danger, or when there is it’s because the characters honestly don’t understand or can’t accept what’s going on. Finally, the characters are honestly traumatized by what happens to them, as they should be.

Finally, the best part is what’s not there. No shiny vampires. No unsuspecting hero that masters her new powers in the space of one novel. And most importantly: No sappy, unrequited romance. (Yes, there’s romance, but they approach it like real people: shy to admit to their feelings at first, insecure about how the others feel, but then they eventually gather the courage to do something about it. No endless, weepy pining.)

Hats off to the author for crafting an engrossing experience and keeping the quality high throughout all the novels. Keep it up!

The Spookshow (Book 1), by Tim McGregor

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The Spookshow: (Book 1) by [McGregor, Tim]

Spookshow

This was really very well done; a gripping story with some seriously spooky moments and very real-seeming characters. I’ve read a good deal of horror, and this author does a better job than most of creeping me out. And it’s all done without the splatter, gore, and sexual overtones of many horror series.

Many reviewers have complained about this actually being the second book in the series, temporally speaking, and that’s true. But I found that to just add some spice to things. I don’t feel like I missed anything really crucial, and the occasional revelation that a few characters had a history I didn’t know just added another layer of interest.

The book is pretty short, but it’s free, so I can’t complain about that. I’m guessing that the author felt this was his strongest story, and the best way to get a reader hooked on his series – it worked for me.

Finally, the editing was superb. I make a habit of highlighting any errors I find, and I only found four, which may be a record.

I’ll be reading book 2 soon, which I understand is a prequel, and then fully expect to move on to the rest of the series.

Slow Burn: Zero Day, Book 1, by Bobby Adair

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I’ve read all nine books in this series. I’ve also read many, many other zombie and post-apocalyptic series. (I even wrote my own post-apocalyptic novel.) This series is the best of the lot.

The whole series is filled with intensely real characters, both the main characters as well as minor ones. Each person has their own quirks, their own personality, and their own agenda. As a bonus, the main character, Zed, is one of the most loveable, relatable, marginally incompetent heroes you’ll ever meet. Couple this with tense, vivid action scenes as well as the main character’s unique personality and outlook on life, and you’ve got a whole series of books that you can’t put down.

I can’t give this book and the series that follow any higher recommendation.

Slow Burn: Zero Day

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