Category Archives: Book reviews

Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh

Read July 2018 Recommended for people who like Christie ★    ★   ★  Written in 1935, this was the second book for Ngaio Marsh, theater director and eventually one of the ‘greats’ in crime fiction writers. To write it, she drew … Continue reading

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Hope Sparks (After the EMP #7) by Harley Tate

Read July 2018 Recommended for fans the non-zombie apocalypse ★    ★   ★    1/2 Well, Hope Sparks, but only After A Whole Bunch of Ass-Kicking. A decent capstone to the EMP series. I still wish for a bit more of … Continue reading

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Chaos Evolves (After the EMP #6) by Harley Tate

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans the non-zombie apocalypse ★    ★   1/2 The one where Everything Goes to Hell (despite it being only Day 30 post-electromagnetic pulse) Because Some People Just Can’t Freaking Cope Already. In this installment, the team … Continue reading

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The Wanted by Robert Crais

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of PIs ★    ★   ★   Alas; I have reached the current end in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, a collection of private investigator thrillers set predominantly in the Los Angeles basin. Over seventeen books, … Continue reading

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Vallista by Steven Brust

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of assassins and complex fantasy worlds ★    ★   ★    ★   1/2 I’ve been a fan of Brust’s Draegera books since 1988 or so, and all have a spot on my physical bookshelves. So clearly, … Continue reading

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Jhereg by Steven Brust

Last read 2012 Recommended for fans of assassins and complex fantasy worlds ★    ★   ★    ★   The release of Iorich sent me down the path of re-reading the Taltos series. While Iorich was enjoyable and engrossing, memories sent me back … Continue reading

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Brace for Impact (After the EMP #7) by Harley Tate

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of nuclear apocalypse    ★   ★  1/2 Brace for Impact starts a new trilogy in Tate’s series about a massive EMP pulse. Unlike the prior two trilogies, this takes place in the Atlanta, Georgia area. … Continue reading

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Chaos Gains (After the EMP #5) by Harley Tate

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of the apocalypse ★    ★   1/2   In to every apocalypse, a little rain must fall. Well, not rain, here–that’s a metaphor, silly–but rather the apocalypse standby trope, Fighting Back Against the Man and … Continue reading

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Darkness Rises (After the EMP #3) by Harley Tate

Read May 2018 Recommended for fans of the apocalypse ★    ★    ★ Darkness Rises is the third story in what is an essentially a trilogy of novellas of how Madison, her parents, and her friends cope with the sudden loss … Continue reading

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Chaos Comes (After the EMP #4) by Harley Tate

Read June 2018 Recommended for fans of the apocalypse ★    ★   ★   A few words about this series: to date, the “After the EMP” book series has been in trilogy format. “After the EMP” one through three follows Madison, her … Continue reading

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