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Sunday, 7 August 2022

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

 

Soul Music (Discworld, #16; Death, #3)Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Something new and wild is loose in the Discworld, where it came from we don't know but one thing is for sure, the inhabitants of the Disc are not ready for it but in the meantime, turn the volume upto 11 and just let the Music with Rocks In take you on a journey.
Soul Music has never been a novel I was interested in reading again, even with the development of Susan (Mort and Ysabell's daughter) the main story of rock music being introduced to the Disc and the birth of the rebel musicians, concerts and festivals along with all the negatives of corporate music was too outside the main Discworld focus. In that regard it is simply a matter of taste not a reflection on the writing or story telling Terry is well known for. There is a lot of humour in the story and a lot of it very much linked to music which readers may or may not recognise, pretty sure on my first read I didn't all the references and I may have missed a few this time around. Soul Music is worthy of the Discworld but not a novel I will be going back to any time soon.

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Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

 

Men at Arms (Discworld, #15)Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The rebirth of the night watch continues as the Patrician mandates that minority recruits are added to the city watch and there is no way they are going on the day shift so we are introduced to Cuddy (Dwarf), Angua (Female) and Detritus (Troll). Vimes who is due to retire is well out of it but after some unusual thefts, murders and explosions he is well motivated to figure why people are not telling the truth, it doesn't hurt that he constantly being told to not investigate but this is Vimes after all.
Men At Arms is one of my favourite Discworld novels and is well placed within the "City Watch" sub series of the novels. We have a mystery which combines good old human frailties and something new to the Discworld, not a new concept but Terry knows how to write these stories with humour and insights into our own world. The expansion of the Watch is very well done, love all three of the new characters and sets the stage for the inclusion of so many other citizens of the Discworld to add their talents to serving the city.


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Sunday, 24 July 2022

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

 

Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14)Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the grand tour of the Discworld Nanny, Granny and Magrat return to Lancre to find the King Verence as is his right arranged the marriage service to Magrat. The mild hiccup is that despite Magrat worrying he might not have waited for her return she is independent enough to take exception to not being part of the process and makes a stand when it really isn't in her best interests. So it is a bad time for the appearance of crop circles and the weakening of the barrier between universes which allows the Elves to invade this realm and alas only the Witches amongst humans remember how brutal that race were, none of this fairy tale nursery rhyme nonsense, Elves kill and torture for sport.
Naturally the major incursion occurs on the day of the marriage when Lancre is full of visitors for the wedding and some of them turn out to be quite useful especially The Librarian, Casanunda (the world's second greatest lover) and Mustrum Ridcully the current Archchancellor of the Unseen University (who once had a thing with Granny). Together this ragtag band of "warriors" do battle with the Elves while Nanny and Casanunda visit the Elf King and Granny faces the Elf Queen who she rejected when she last came a calling. The tipping point however is Magrat who is inspired by the portrait and armour of Queen Ynci the Short-Tempered a former Queen of Lancre generates enough self confidence and self esteem to kick the ass of any Elf she comes across, this is her home and Verence is going to be her husband and no one, no one is going to stop that.
Lords And Ladies is one of the highlights of the earlier Discworld novels as we've seen that Terry has pretty much fine tuned the major characters of the Ramtops and Lancre in particular as well working his story within a multiverse which can make or break a novel. The Witches as usual are great in their own particular ways but the blending of new and recurring characters in this story is what works really well. There is drama and suspense and naturally humour both driven by characters and situations which provides the reader with everything they need or want from a Discworld novel.

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Sunday, 17 July 2022

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

 

Small Gods (Discworld, #13)Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was only the second time I've read Small Gods, first time around oh so many years ago I simply didn't like it very much and made the decision it was just not my style of story despite being set well and truly in the Discworld. I am however glad I'm doing this full reread of the series because I got a lot more pleasure out of the novel the second time around, not sure if it's level of expectation or maybe I'm just different, either way the story of the Great God Om and Brutha his only true believer is both complex, compelling and depressing given how Terry's writing often draws upon the real world. As we learn a God on the Discworld draws power from their believers but is often the case the religious framework becomes more "real" in the lives of the people than the God themselves, in other words they still worship the God but they believe in the Priests who stand in front of them dictating every aspect of their lives and in the case of Omnia their deaths. Thus Om is revealed to Brutha in the form of a Tortoise and together they have to survive not only the "heathen" nations that surround Omnia but the very Priests who serve Om and are patiently awaiting the arrival of the latest Prophet. However the fix is in, the current head of the Quisition a priest named Vorbis has plans and is not above sacrificing his own people for the greater truth but he does not hear the voice of his god only Brutha does and well existential crisis bigtime as Brutha deals with the reality of the world he and his people live in and his ultimate destiny to bring about change and rebirth if he survives of course.
Small Gods in all honesty did surprise me, a much more satisfying read then I was expecting and nice to recognise a few of the secondary characters and situations that appear in other novels. This certainly won't be the last time I pick this novel off the shelf.



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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

 

Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12)Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Naturally it's the Discworld where a Fairy Godmother named Desiderata Hollow passes on and gives her charge to a Fairy Godmother in training (Magrat Garlick) and tasks her to journey to the far away city of Genua and make sure a young woman does not marry the prince. As it turns out Granny and Nanny are not going to be left behind so the three witches venture forth and many a cafe and inn will remember their passing through. Of course in this story there has to be a wicked witch but often who is which witch is determined on your point of view but for now Lady Lilith de Tempscire is our "bad guy" and she is prepared to handle this upstart fairy godmother, her companions and the voodoo witch Mrs Gogol because Lilith wants nothing more than a happy ending...
Witches Abroad is fun, the experiences and actions of the three fish out of water hits close to home given the fair trope of English going abroad but we are seeing lots of the Discworld and its people especially Genua a city known for dance, music and a live and let live attitude now under the thumb of the Witch/Fairy Godmother Lilith who is very opinionated, knows who she is and extremely competent (remind you of anyone?). The battle for the future of one girl and by extension the city is fought with pumpkins, wands, voodoo gods, gumbo and Greebo who gets to be a dude, definitely a dude, meeooww!


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Heavy Metal by Joshua Dalzelle

 

Heavy Metal (Terran Scout Fleet Book 4)Heavy Metal by Joshua Dalzelle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heavy Metal is the fourth novel in the Terran Scout Fleet series which was spun off from the Omega Force series and in this story we have Scout Team Obsidian once again led by Jacob Brown searching the galaxy for some stolen Earth technology. The pressure is on with Politicians and Military expecting a miracle from Obsidian who know that they will be hung out to dry if things go wrong, the morality of his job has been worrying Jacob for some time and it seems to be getting worse with each mission. Things take a turn when news reports indicate the stolen "mech" code name Atlas has been seen in action on a planet deep in civil unrest, as multiple interested parties converge on the planet Obsidian have their work cut out for me first to retrieve the mech or destroy it.
Heavy Metal is fast paced action adventure with our usual bunch of miscreants known as Scout Team Obsidian, an entertaining story set apart from the Omega Force series with no crossovers this time which allows Jacob and his men to grow a little through good and bad choices. A good and welcome addition to the series.

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Sunday, 3 July 2022

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

 

Reaper Man (Discworld, #11; Death, #2) (Hardcover)Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To some the personification of Death on the Discworld is a welcome sight when their lives come to an end, to others he is a terror who should be avoided at all costs and to those who maintain the universe he has become to big for his boots and needs to be replaced. So it comes to pass a Timer for Death is created and his time is running out, grabbing his horse he rides forth, he has time to spend. Death ends up at a run down farm owned by a Miss Flitworth (Renata) who takes him on as a farmhand and she gets her moneys worth. Death now known as Bill Door makes friends with the locals (being bad at things in a funny way works wonders) but with no Death to usher the dead onwards dangerous levels of life force builds up along with the mysterious appearance around Ankh-Morpork of pretty snow globes and then the very useful wire framed four wheeled trolleys appear. The wizards and dead but not dead former wizard Windle Poons investigate and we are introduced to some great characters on the way whose adventures ultimately leads to an epic battle which reflects social economic issues in the real world. Reaper Man is a entertaining and very welcome story for Death, the Wizards work well as like many elements of the Discworld smaller doses tends to be better and the new characters merge well into what we now know as the Discworld, it seems to me Terry is very close to to a world where he can add and subtract whatever and wherever he needs to make his story telling develop.
Highly recommended and a novel that isn't dependent upon reading other Discworld novels to get the most out of it.


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Sunday, 26 June 2022

Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

 

Moving Pictures (Discworld #10)Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What would Hollywood be like if it was on the Discworld, well we find out in Moving Pictures when the "wild idea" is released and not for the first time upon the disc. First it captures the imaginations of the alchemists who soon come up with projectors, cameras and film plus bang-grains which seem to be the ideal food for watching moving pictures. The deserted coast of Holywood is now the home to the rapidly expanding industry and draws in Dwarves, Trolls and any other who has something to contribute be it behind the scenes (Dibbler as a movie mogul) or in front of the camera or simply waiting for their big break by holding horses or waiting tables.
Victor Tugelbend (Victor Maraschino) a student wizard is drawn towards Holywood after watching a moving picture in Ankh-Morpork, he has the right "look" for the movies and soon along with Theda Withel (Ginger) become the defacto stars of the silver screen and the only couple who could front the epic "Blown Away". However when reality is manipulated by the moving pictures it reacts in the same way as when influenced by magic and the denizens of the dungeon dimensions take notice...
Moving Pictures is a fun read, well paced and entertaining from start to finish. We are given a direct analogy of a real world entity upon the disc which is something Terry adopts with gusto in later books and well it all works so well. The level of imagination on the page is truly impressive cumulating in a set piece that echoes the very best of what Hollywood has provided over the decades and let's not forget Gaspode makes an appearance.
Yeah I liked this novel but only 4 stars because there is better to come.

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Sunday, 19 June 2022

The Illustrated Eric by Terry Pratchett

 

The Illustrated Eric (Discworld, #9)The Illustrated Eric by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eric is an illustrated novel so it's different to what we have come to expect from the Discworld offerings but the novella length story combined with the artwork still provides the reader with an entertaining story. Rincewind as you may or may not know is dead or missing or misplaced but when the young amateur demonologist Eric summons a demon naturally it is Rincewind who was just passing by (well running) at just the right or wrong moment.
Eric naturally demands his due in the form of “The most beautiful woman who has ever lived, mastery of all the kingdoms of the world, and to live for ever" which wouldn't be a problem for a demon but for Rincewind the Wizzard well it could be tricky until he gets some unexpected "help" from the powers that be via the demon realm. So Eric and Rincewind have their adventures and as is normally the case with this trope what Eric wants he gets but it isn't what he expected and as for Rincewind (and the Luggage) it's just a matter of survival while meeting an ancestor, the creator of the world and more running preferably away from anything dangerous.
Eric should be enjoyed in its original form but even as a plain ebook without illustrations it was a lot more enjoyable than I remembered, the pacing was as you would expect pretty quick and the time travelling adventures showed lots of imagination and were in parts very humorous and clever.


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Sunday, 12 June 2022

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

 

The Illustrated Guards! Guards!The Illustrated Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the first novel from Terry Pratchett I ever read and this latest hardback release adds some beautiful artwork by Paul Kidby. The story takes place in Ankh-Morpork and has two major plots which eventually twine around each other with humour, satire and an all too real reflection of the real world and our society. The first story is all about Carrot who as a baby was the only survivor of a wagon party destroyed in the mountains, taken in by dwarfs he was raised but eventually his adopted parents had to reveal the truth and he was sent to the city to have a human made of him. As a volunteer for the City Watch he ends up being dumped into the Night Watch and well the rusty wheels finally begin to turn and the City will never be the same. The second story is the devious plan of an unknown individual influencing the members of a secret society to use magic to create a dragon and use it to punish those that believe to have done them wrong and eventually to set the scene for a "hero" to appear, banish the dragon, unseat the Patrician and install said devious dude in the position of power. Naturally a revitalised Night Watch and the Plot to destabilize the city clash and well by then you will be enamoured with the characters, writing and sheer style that was Terry Pratchett.

Just finished the novel again as part of my Discworld from start to finish reading adventure and it still ranks up there although part of the that is certainly because it was my first and Terry got to know these characters far better as he went on and wrote them with more complexity in latter novels. That said Guards! Guards! is always the first I'll get off the shelf when I fancy a visit to the Disc.


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Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

 

Pyramids (Discworld, #7)Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Kingdom of Djelibeybi has been in existence for a long long time and has a thing for pyramids so much so they go further into economic depression and debt whenever a King dies and their heir places the order for a Pyramid. Teppic the son of the current ruler Teppicymon XXVII is the first of the line to travel beyond the kingdom for his education attending the Assassins Guild in Ankh-Morpork. It is a good education but Teppic when it comes right down to it doesn't really want to kill people and depending upon your point of view when his father passes he is blessed with the gifts of his position and returns home where as King he doesn't have to kill anyone, he has people that will do that for him. Teppic soon clashes with Dios the head priest who has served the kingdom for far longer than you would considered "normal" and when he as King has to allow the young handmaiden Ptraci to die he dons his Assassins garb to rescue her but his dual life eventually forces him to flee the kingdom which then "vanishes" leaving nothing but a line in the sand and an echo of the seabirds and spell of the sea.
Pyramids was a good read, I like the idea of a kingdom on the disc that mirrored historical Egypt with the Terry tweaks so you get Pyramids that indeed have immense power to control the flow of time and highly intelligent camels as well as the usual blend of humour, satire and nods towards everyday concerns we have now. In the grand collection of Discworld the novel shows how far Terry had come as a writer and how far he would still go in perfecting his craft but for all that Pyramids is well worth a read.


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Saturday, 4 June 2022

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

 

Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Wyrd Sisters we are immersed in all things Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and the young and enthusiastic Magrat Garlick. The setting is once again the Ramtops and more specifically the small realm of Lancre ruled by a King who has just been murdered which is an occupational hazard of monarchy. However his young son is smuggled out of the castle by a loyal guard who dies handing the child over to Granny who deals in her own way with those set to commit one of the darker realities of succession. Thus the three witches (mother, maiden and crone) have to protect the heir to the realm, deal with the new King (and his wife) plus the desires of the land itself within a real world narrative which can easily be twisted to paint them as evil and malicious.
Wyrd sisters is a strong novel this early in the Discworld series and quite a bit of the stories nuts and bolts will be familiar to anyone who has read or seen Shakespeare but built upon that is a wonderful story full of magic, wonder and a belief that if we are doing it then it can't be bad (Granny's Worldview). Thus mid air magical refuelling, time manipulation, ghosts, a play, a jester and an unexpected romance conspire to entertain the reader in a most satisfying manner. The novel is funny, familiar (in a good way) and in hindsight it builds strongly upon Equal Rites to solidify what the witches mean to the Discworld.


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Sunday, 29 May 2022

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

 

Sourcery (Discworld, #5)Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ipslore the Red the eighth son of an eighth son and a mage of incredible power and above average (for a Wizard) level of arrogance is thrown out of the Unseen University after he shows tendencies towards relationships and love for a woman. He has seven sons all mighty Wizards and then he has an eighth son (Coin) who is born with the power to create magic, to wrap the world around his will, he is a Sorcerer. Death however comes to us all and will not allow Ipslore to dictate the fate of Coin, destiny and free will must have a chance so if the new born sorcerer willingly abandons his staff only then will the future have a chance to be something other than a world without wizardry and alas by extension human life as the Ice Giants ultimately return to reclaim the Disc.
Coin eventually makes his way to the University and offers the Wizards power and influence beyond the walls they themselves have made however with the wisdom of mages down the centuries the Archchancellors Hat arranges for itself to be stolen but ends up in the hands of Rincewind who truth to form gets as far away from the University as possible.
Well there we have the foundation for the fifth novel in the Discworld series, a Sorcerer who can pretty much do anything leads the University faction of the Wizarding world into a Mage War and once again the Discworld trembles on the edge of catastrophe. Rincewind has adventures along with a new companion ( Conina the daughter of Cohen the Barbarian ) and of course the Luggage. Overall the narrative is quite compelling, we understand why Wizards are not encouraged to marry and why by and large they don't do magic. The history of the disc is also expanded to clarify the existence of the areas saturated with magic (source of Sapient Pearwood) and why the Gods are useful in the bigger picture if not in everyday events. Sourcery is a Rincewind novel but not so much as you would think, the secondary and ancillary characters are pretty well presented and are entertaining in themselves and the story flows well leading to a satisfying and ultimately logical conclusion.

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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Mort by Terry Pratchett

 

Mort (Discworld, #4)Mort by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mortimer (Mort) is one of those enthusiastic youngsters who while always curious, adventurous and active never seem to achieve much which is a problem for his father. However help is at hand in the form of an apprenticeship with the boys new master being responsible for him, now this makes Mort's family seem "bad" but it is really for the best. They travel to a hiring fare where alas as the hours go by Mort is the only boy not be taken into a new and exciting trade which is why at the stroke of midnight a black robed individual riding a large white horse offering to take Mort under his wing is most welcome even if undertaking was not the job Mort's father thought would be for him (Often the case when encountering Death a human's perception is changed to allow them to function).
So Mort is taken to the House of Death which offers it's own surprises and in the spirit of wax on wax off Mort is let into the secrets of the job of reaping souls and dealing with the seemingly unfair and unjust consequences of belief and what comes after death plus the need to muck out the stables of a well fed and cared for horse named Binky.
Mort is a fun read, the expansion of the Death character who really becomes a force to be reckoned with in the Discworld novels begins here, we've seen him toy with those he reaps and in many cases (Rincewind for example) interact indirectly but here he is a real "flesh and blood" being so to speak who realises that there is more to "life" than the job until Mort alters reality in a spectacular way and well the duty is the duty. Mort would be a good introduction to the Discworld series, it balances humour with a little drama and includes many well written characters most of which are unique to this novel but Death continues and that's the greatest thing to come from the novel.


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Sunday, 8 May 2022

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

 

Equal Rites (Discworld, #3)Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Granny Weatherwax, what more needs to be said for one of the cornerstones of the Discworld who makes her first appearance in Equal Rites. Granted she's not quite the Granny (or Mistress if you will) that we come to know but all the elements are there. The story begins with the death of a Wizard who bequeaths his Staff and power to the eighth child of an eighth son which should have been a male child but wasn't and this causes some complications further down the line. Young Eskarina Smith is taken under the wing of Granny to be taught Witchcraft but the girls innate gifts and the Staffs "help" means it will never be enough. So the decision is made to take Esk to Unseen University (Granny claims to know it's location but she wouldn't be where she was if she ever admitted ignorance of anything). Naturally the two of them have a few obstacles to overcome and it's no surprise when Esk and Granny are separated only to eventually meet again in Ankh-Morpork. Esk learns a painful lesson in how the Discworld works and more specifically the world of the wizards but Granny long ago learnt how to get what she wanted and this serves Esk well as she interacts with the domestic staff of the University as well as the latest initiate "Simon" who is a bit of a prodigy but alas has drawn the attention of the denizens of the Dungeon Dimensions...
Equal Rites is the first of the novels to really reflect how Terry writes in the years to come, there is still a long way to go but it's impossible not to rate the novel highly and is a very entertaining and easy read.

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Sunday, 1 May 2022

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

 

The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Light Fantastic is the second novel in the Discworld series and is a straight sequel to The Colour Of Magic so there is more Rincewind and Twoflower with a healthy does of Cohen The Barbarian with the recently "not" rescued Bethan a young woman who never considered liniment as being in her near future. As the Disc drifts into chaos thanks to the ever growing star in the sky even the Unseen University is not immune, the search for Rincewind and the missing Spell is an opportunity for a Wizard with ambitions and the nerve to act so Trymon tempts fate to control the Octavo and claim the eighth spell. Naturally we get adventures and near death experiences thanks to Rincewind and Twoflower but in this novel there is more rigidity as the main plot drives them forward towards the revelation about the mysterious star and why the Octavo was "left" behind in the first place.
The novel took me a little longer to read than I expected, it's not long but I didn't immediately pick up the kindle when I had a few minutes. It maybe I had reached the end of the Rincewind/Twoflower show or as mentioned before I rate the latter novels so highly the earlier ones suffer in comparison. Over all though the story holds up and Cohen was a delight and if you have not seen "Troll Bridge" by Snowgum Films (it's on youtube) then I highly recommend that addition to the lore.


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Saturday, 9 April 2022

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

 

The Colour of MagicThe Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've been a long time fan of Discworld and Terry Pratchett and my journey began with Guards! Guards! many many years ago so while I have read the entire series more than once my reading has been biased towards the later novels. That said after listening to the podcast "The Compleat Discography" I've developed a hankering to read all the novels once more.
So here we are with The Colour Magic in which we are invited to take a journey with the "failed" wizard Rincewind and the discs first tourist "Twoflower" as they flee Ankh-Morpork (soon after the first fire insurance policy is sold) and become the unwitting pawns of Fate and The Lady. Naturally numerous close calls with Death occur (much to his annoyance) and they meet many an interesting individual (a few of which do not want to kill them) as well as learning much about Dragons and what number should not be said when standing in a certain temple. Ultimately being fished out at the discs edge by the water troll Tethis and learning about the Circumfence is not the boon they thought it might and once again the two adventures boldly go....
The Colour of Magic was a fun read but pales when compared to what Terry delivered in the years after thanks to his growth as a writer and as no doubt a human, elements that are feel dated or out of place to the modern reader have to be accepted as well that was then but again we know every aspect improves. Rincewind and Twoflower are great characters who work well together and of course lets not forget the Luggage whose loyalty will cause chaos where ever it goes.
Roll on The Light Fantastic.

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Empire Reborn by Jay Allan

 

Empire Reborn (Blood on the Stars Book 18)Empire Reborn by Jay Allan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An endless battle for survival has almost brought the Confederation to it's knees, joined by former enemies the Alliance technology has leapt forwards but never decisively, the battle remains focused within the hearts of the men and women who refuse to give up in defence of the people and worlds who cherish freedom. There comes to a time though when the fleets have been battered and options removed, this is that time as the powerful Highborn armada readies to meet the remnants of the Alliance but even with little or no hope the Battleships, Fighters, Cruisers of the Alliance and all the souls aboard face down the invaders.
Well it's been a long road as they say with the 18th and final novel released and now read, I can't say the series didn't need wrapping up but Jay managed to pull a rabbit out the hat so to speak, in hindsight it makes perfect sense with a little perspective massaging but the conclusion to this series was mostly satisfying. There really is little point in recommending this novel in a standalone context but if you are looking for a long running series in the military scifi genre then here you go, a completed narrative with spin offs that is both entertaining and creative in showing us a humanity living far in the future but one we can still recognise and relate too.


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Sunday, 27 February 2022

Starship Invasion by Darcy Troy Paulin

 

Starship Invasion (Lost Colony Uprising Book 2)Starship Invasion by Darcy Troy Paulin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Long lost answers to questions that have plagued the humans of Grailliyn begin to be answered but the price is high as an alien intelligence strikes quickly and ruthlessly. The Great Evil (GE) has found a people that have ignored the warning in the message the propagates the Darkwave and dared to us the FTL capabilities it allows, well by ignored we mean pressed buttons they were not sure did what. Regardless the people of Grailliyn and the inhabitants of the generation ship will have to work together to fight the genocidal invasion and buy time to find someplace safe for what could be the only humans left in the galaxy.
The second novel in the Lost Colony Uprising series introduced a how new group of central characters and the youngsters fight for survival is inspiring amongst the carnage of the invasion. Snow and Max continue their exploration and have their own almost insurmountable tasks to achieve and the two main areas of interest (Grailliyn and Mega) weave around eachother in a well paced and entertaining way. Roll on the third novel "Starship Overlords".

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Sunday, 20 February 2022

Starship Relic by Darcy Troy Paulin

 

Starship Relic (Lost Colony Uprising Book 1)Starship Relic by Darcy Troy Paulin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The planet Grailliyn is the home of a human society who know they did not evolve there but have no real answers to where they come from or how they came to be on this demanding world. They do have all manner of media which tells of Earth and movies that survived whatever happened are still very popular even if the experiences on film have no direct relation to the people that live on Graillyn. A tradition arose where young people as their last act before adulthood take a survey, this was intended to be a journey to seek out answers from across the globe to who and how the people came to be, this however is often not now the case, a few weeks on a warm beach qualifies.
However a young man named Max has travelled to the Far North and trained his own "crab" sled and ventures into wilderness armed with his long lost (assumed dead) patents journals and a clue that they found something wonderous. It's safe to say that what Max found changed the path of his life forever and set in motion a domino effect which will change how everyone looks at themselves, this world and their future.
Starship Relic was a fun and entertaining read, I like the scifi elements which merged into a well designed world which housed this portion of humanity and I've gone straight into reading the second novel, says it all really.



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