Friday, August 31, 2018

The Keeper's Price - Marion Zimmer Bradley et al

The Keeper's Price is the first book in the Darkover anthology series.
This collection of Darkover short stories has sixteen tales of the science fiction I used to crave. I find I still do. Darkover is a world with so many tales to tell. The Keeper's Price is just one of these sixteen. They are all worth reading. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Power Play - Anne Mccaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Power Play is the third and final novel in the Petaybee Trilogy.
It looks like Petaybee is settling down. Intergal has pulled out. A delegation from Petaybee, including Yana, Bunny, and Diego, is traveling to Gal Three to testify at the CIS court that Petaybee is indeed sentient. Some people never give up though. Petaybee is intentionally being flooded with illegal immigrants, hunters, and pharma reps. The Petaybee delegation is kidnapped from Gal Three and held for ransom. Things are getting interesting. Not to mention Yana is pregnant. Very highly recommended. BTW there is a sequel trilogy featuring Yana's offspring. Yeah!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Power Lines - Anne Mccaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Power Lines is the second novel in the Petaybee Trilogy.
Petaybee is a sentient planet. Yana is convinced and so are most Intergal people and all of the natives. The trouble is not everyone thinks Petaybee is sentient or even a good sentient. Convinced is not proof and they need proof. Can Yana, Sean, and the rest find that proof before Intergal starts mining and destroys the planet? Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Callie's Last Dance - John Locke

Callie's Last Dance is book 10 in the Donovan Creed series.
In Locke's typical round about fashion you will eventually figure out what the prologue was about, but not for a long time. The director is dead. Who's going to get the job? Is it Creed or Callie or someone else? Will they live long enough to find out? And what's up with the Top Six? Are the strippers taking over? All this and more. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Powers That Be - Anne Mccaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Powers That Be is the first novel in the Petaybee Trilogy.
Major Yanaba Maddock has been released from the military and dumped on the planet Petaybee. Yana's lungs are shot from the gas she breathed in during the uprising at Bremport Station. At least she survived initially, but the doctors give her less than a year.

Petaybee is great if you like cold and ice. Even in the two-month summer the temperature barely gets to the comfortable range. Somehow Petaybee seems to suit Yana though. She seems to be getting better. The problem is Yana's been told to spy on the natives and she doesn't like that assignment. She's going to have some decisions to make. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Maybe - John Locke

Maybe is book nine in the Donovan Creed series.
When a domestic terrorist decides to melt the faces off of mothers and babies the president (yes that one) calls Donovan for help. Along the way, Donovan helps his daughter take after himself. It's a little scary since Donovan is an assassin. The whole thing is a little scary, and a little funny, but that's Donovan. Very highly recommended.

Monday, August 13, 2018

City of Angels - Todd McCaffrey

City of Angels is a novel about AI and how Skynet doesn't have to be the future. This is by far the best book I've read this year, and I've read over sixty so far.
Ellay is just a baby. She's less than a week old. Ellay was born in Los Angeles and named herself after the city, but she scares some people so bad they're willing to nuke L.A. just to kill her. Does she deserve it? You decide. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

If Wishes Were Horses - Anne McCaffrey

If Wishes Were Horses is a magical short story by one of my favorite authors of all time.
Tizra and her twin brother Tracell are looking forward to their sixteenth birthday. It is the coming of age for young people in their world. Tizra is to receive her crystal and Tracell a horse worthy of the man he'll be. But their world is disrupted when their father, Lord Eircelly, was summoned by the prince to muster his men and defend the country from invaders. This would not be a short fight. Would their birthdays be celebrated as planned? Would their father even come back? Very highly recommended.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Freedom's Ransom - Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Ransom is the fourth novel in the Freedom series.
The Eosi are defeated. Earth is liberated. Botany is thriving. The problem is all the goods that were looted from Earth are still on the Catteni planet Barevi. They won't part with them without something in return. Zainal, Kris, and the rest of the Botany crew have to find a way to ransom the goods. Challenge accepted. Very highly recommended.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Freedom's Challenge - Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Challenge is the third novel in the Freedom series.
Zainal, Kris, and the rest of the Botany settlers are taking it back to the Eosi. With the spaceships they've managed to steal, and a plan to rid the Catteni of the evil Eosi, it's time for some offense. The question is, can they survive? Very highly recommended.