Cower not, fierce reader! This fine day, we have special sf ops, an apocalyptic endgame, pyramid puzzles, and laughter from both deepest, dumbest Africa and space truckers. Let's get looking at our library and what demerits they have.
The Lawdog Files: African Adventures by Lawdog- I will say that not all the stories in here are from Africa. The Africa stories are from his youth, and about half are from his time since coming to the USA. I thought this was a much funnier collection than the earlier one, though . Major crime: Corruption and stupidity in the Dark Continent. 8 of 10 fell deeds.
Smith's Monthly #40 by Dean Wesley Smith- He's one I've heard mentioned by writers referring to pulp speed a lot, and thought I'd try one of his volumes. There's four stories in here, a novel(The Adventures of Hawk), and a section on killing the sacred cows of indie publishing. I think the indie publishing part was valuable. The fiction in here is alright, though only the Hidden Canyon story and The Adventures of Hawk gave me any sense of wonder and adventure. Major crime: Playing against the rules. 6 of 10 fell deeds.
Galaxy's Edge: Kill Team by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole- Yep, this is the third NotStarWars book from them. Interestingly, it fills a part of the gap between the first two books. This has some new story, including a look at the "intelligence" community making things worse for everyone. Major crime: Spy agencies aren't trustworthy. 8 of 10 fell deeds
Days of Future Past: Future Tense by John Van Stry- This is the finale of the far future apocalyptic fantasy. We see glimpses of the future space program, orc torture methods, and revolutionary madness. If you've followed the story so far, carry on. It's worth the end of the ride. Major crime: The path needed is sometimes very painful. 7 of 10 fell deeds.
Galaxy Trucker: Rocky Road by Jason A. Holt- Why? Because it's a fun boardgame. The novel plays up the game's silliness to the right spots, and we've got interludes with pirates, semi-paradise planets, meteors, brown aliens, and trucker bands. Oh, and a good heft of corporate bureaucracy and de facto slavery. Major crime: Companies want your money. Especially if you work for them. 7 of 10 fell deeds.
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