Review: Aurealis #78


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3 stars

Read from December 19 to 23, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: Now in its 25th year, Aurealis keeps up its tradition of bringing you the finest in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Issue #78 has the bracing neo-noir ‘Enfolded’, from J Michael Melican and the punchy ‘Discarded Pieces’ from David Coleman. Terry Wood brings us visions of the future in the first part of his History of the Flying Car, and, as always, Aurealis brings you the best in reviews. Aurealis, when only the best will do.

Bookish Things: I love this cover!

Where to buy: The Aurealis website or Smashwords for $2.99.

My Review: 

This edition of Aurealis sees the neo-noir ‘Enfolded’, from J Michael Melican and the punchy ‘Discarded Pieces’ from David Coleman making a splash.

I enjoyed both stories, but Enfolded was something extremely unique. I would have liked to learn more about the characters past, which was hinted at, and know what the future held for him. A truely interesting piece that outshone the other piece easily.

Having said that, though, both pieces are well written and formed part of a nice edition, including some advise for self-publishing and promotion as well as a handful of reviews on books.

I really liked the cover art of this edition.

Review: Queen of Arlin by T.C. Southwell


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2 stars

Read from February 15 to 28, 2016 — I own a copy

Synopsis:  When Queen Tassin is forced to flee her kingdom on the backwater planet of Omega V, she has no idea that the strange warrior who helps her is a cyborg; the deadliest hi-tech killing machine ever created. Her world has forgotten the technology that almost destroyed it, but then a freak accident damages the micro-supercomputer that controls Sabre, and he is free to take charge of his destiny…

Bookish Things: 214 pages. The cover is amateur but it does tie in with the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for Free or paperback for $15.00

My Review: 

Queen of Arlin should have been called: Annoying, whiny brat gets saved repeatedly by the cyborg.

Initially, I could understand Tassin’s predicament. She’s been left by her recently deceased father and must stand as Queen of Arlin, but she’s only young (16 or 17) and has few allies to lean upon. This becomes even more dire when the three king’s of the adjoining realms long to marry her and gain control of Arlin and all its land and wealth.

None of the three kings are suitable, and Tassin ends up having to flee her kingdom with a magical warrior (aka a cyborg) who has been charged with keeping her safe.

The adventure the two find themselves on, was quite interesting, the twists and turns that they were forced to take made for an intriguing tale. What really let it down for me was the sheer idiocy of Tassin. I hated her. Every time she opened her mouth I wanted to shake her. That the cyborg, Sabre, couldn’t harm her was the only reason this book wasn’t 50 pages long.

Sabre himself was initially a boring character. When things changed and he started to develop a personality, I began to enjoy the story more, but alas, his slight personality was no match for my hatred of all things Tassin.

I felt that Tassin’s petulance far outweighed even what the most stubborn of teens are capable of. It was gargantuan in proportion and as such has very firmly put me off picking up any of the next books.

A few things I noticed:
13% – …great explosion went go(delete go) off in…
16% – A(t) least she was safe…
35% – “I could.” And 15 lines below it are tabbed in.
There was another instance of this about 70-80% through.

Review: Sacrifice by Kate Pearce


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ReviewStars-4

Read on October 31, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Awaiting execution on a foreign planet, Anna Lee has nothing left to lose—until Commander Rehz Akran offers her a chance to escape her fate. Anything is better than death, but when her training for Akran’s mysterious mission begins, the brutality is hard to take . . . especially since Anna has no idea what the workouts, beatings, and endless sexual demands are preparing her for.

Rehz Akran doesn’t deal with failure. He’s determined that his last trainee will survive her immersion in an unimaginably alien world and return alive—even if it means she’ll hate him forever. He needs to stay detached, but his new recruit makes that impossible. Soon he’s willing to defy his own training for a chance to forge a true connection with Anna.

It’s Rehz’s job to teach Anna to survive as a Tribute. And if she does, it’s his task to help her overcome the trauma of the experience. But this time he isn’t doing it to save his planet. This time he’s doing it for love.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Dubious Consent, Non-Consent, Explicit Violence, Heavy Kink. Continue reading

Review: First Contact by Tony Talbot


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ReviewStars-4

Read on October 15, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: The first transmission received from a hideous and highly advanced alien race leads to a surprising conclusion…

Bookish Things: 6 pages. The cover is a little basic, but it works. 🙂

Where to buy: Amazon in kindle for $0.73

My Review: 

Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 4-star-review, aliens, indie-authorsci-fi, too-short

Recommended for: Everyone

Only a short story, this one takes you through an interception of an alien race’s communication.

It’s not anything too new, but it does pack a punch with the ending.

Tony is a master of the short story and plays on the readers preconceived ideas to perfection.

Try this one today! You won’t be disappointed.

One thing I noticed:
47% – ‘It’s (like?) nothing you’ve seen…