Manumission (The Metaform series Book 1) by E.R. Harding — Imperfect but interesting Sci-Fi Origin Story

            This Sci-Fi story has many layers and many characters.  It is truly an origin story and might be best thought of as the prequel to the rest of the series.  The world in which it is set, who the villains really are, and what’s really happening are all revealed slowly as the many tendrils … More Manumission (The Metaform series Book 1) by E.R. Harding — Imperfect but interesting Sci-Fi Origin Story

Slingshot: Building the Largest Machine in Human History (The Starchild Trilogy, Book 1), by Robert G. Williscroft

Disappointing Sci-Fi Despite good premise and some good writing Imagine a Sci-Fi novel centered around the construction of the first starship, complete with detailed schematics and detailed descriptions of the construction techniques, along with the inner-workings of the propulsion systems, weapons, sanitation, food-preparation, etc.  Now, add a conspiracy to scuttle the project from a shadowy … More Slingshot: Building the Largest Machine in Human History (The Starchild Trilogy, Book 1), by Robert G. Williscroft

There, There: By Tommy Orange

Headline:  Confused, disjointed, and pointless (but at times beautiful)                 Tommy Orange’s novel, There There (derived from a quote by Gertrude Stein that there “is no there there” in Oakland) features many characters.  One is Dene Oxendene, an aspiring Native American filmmaker working on a project in which he asks urban Natives in Oakland to … More There, There: By Tommy Orange

A Convenient Death, by Laurel Heidtman

April 6, 2019 In, A Convenient Death, by Laurel Heidtman, Detectives Jo Valentine and “Sticks” Mullins are investigating a double-murder that occurred at a convenience store (hence the title).  The pretty and promiscuous young store clerk and a senior-citizen patron are shot execution-style in the back room of the quickie-mart.  Was this a robbery that … More A Convenient Death, by Laurel Heidtman

Reflection: The Paul Mann Story, by Titan Frey

Reflection: The Paul Mann Story, is a relatively short novel that reads more like the outline for a story than a completed book.  The plot points lurch along in quick succession with little connection, detail, or explanation.  The characters lack depth (or names in many cases) and are two-dimensional ideas rather than fully developed people.  … More Reflection: The Paul Mann Story, by Titan Frey