Sunday, February 19, 2017

Injustice Quick Reviews 2.2

Cower not, fierce reader! We've before us a group of (mostly) sequels.  There's good storytelling and reliability to be found in series and universes, and these books help demonstrate that fully. Let us approach the books, and contemplate their serial crimes.

The Yanthus Prime Job by Robert Kroese- This is a novella in the Starship Grifters Universe, but not an outright comedy. There's still a bit of absurdity, so don't feel bad about chuckling here and there. Major crime: Being funny and insensitive. 7 of 10 fell deeds

Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn- Declan thinks this will win him a Dragon Award. I'm not going to tell him he's wrong. Yes, you need to read the earlier books. That's not bad, especially since the characters face themselves here, and the fact love is the choice of knowing and being known. This is the best entry for the series so far.  Major crime: come on, the characters are mostly Catholic. 8 of 10 fell deeds

Lost on Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs- Yes, I'm going through the series. It's blasted FANTASTIC. Carson is a great honest character who exhibits more than a bit of reluctant heroism.  Suspense, certain death, the unknown, necromancy, utopia, and more await those embarking on this trip. Major crime: let's go with racist and sexist. 9 of 10 fell deeds

Blood Red Tide by Chuck Dixon- It's been awhile since I reviewed the first in the series, and thought it might be a good time to revisit.  We've got more time travel, more specops action, and this time, ancient Persians. Major crime: guns and guys that know how to use them. 7 of 10 fell deeds

 Earth Song: Sonata in Orionis by Mark Wandrey- After the first book's near kitchen sink approach, I had great hopes for this continuing in the pulp stylings. Sadly, I found this to be much more a standard milsf book. It's well written, make no mistake, and I'll continue to read the series, but if you want pulpy, book one appears to be it.  I also do have to give it a ding for having what seems to be a lot of sex, for the story here. Major crime: humanity can be the good guys.6 of 10 fell deeds

When you play Social Justice, the world loses.

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