Scar Night – Alan Campbell

Deepgate Codex #1 The city of Deepgate is suspended by chains above an abyss, but the city’s creaking power structure has begun to fall apart. I’ve read this book twice. Unlike a couple of other reviewers, I found enough to interest me that I bought the rest of the series. Scar Night has a lot of possibility. Campbell has built an intriguing, steampunk-ish, ‘is it F or SF?’ world around the city of Deepgate, suspended…

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Time Travelers Never Die – Jack McDevitt

Shel Shelborne discovers that his missing father had built a time machine, and tries to follow his father’s trail. I’m a big fan of Jack McDevitt, but this book is one of the rare exceptions in his work. It’s fun enough, but if you don’t read it, you’re not missing anything. I’d suggest that there’s nothing new to say in time travel stories, but that’s clearly not true. Every now and then, something new comes…

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The Time Engine – Sean McMullen

Moonworlds Saga #4 Wayfarer Inspector Danolarian gets caught up in what may or may not be time travel. You’ve probably had occasions when a friend says to you “You know the one about the rabbi and the priest?” and you say “Yes.” You’re both kind of let down, and often the best thing is to at least recap the joke so that you both chuckle and move on. That let-down feeling captures this book. A…

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The Space Opera Renaissance – Kathryn Cramer, David Hartwell

A collection of fantasy and science fiction stories. Most of this anthology is composed of stories. However, the editors also incomprehensibly include one entire novel and two excerpts. The novel is long, based in someone else’s universe and not very good. One of the excerpts is quite good, but there’s little I like less than an excerpt – if you do buy the novel, you’ve already read part of it. If you don’t, you’ve only…

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Conqueror’s Moon, Ironcrown Moon, Sorcerer’s Moon – Julian May

Boreal Moon #1-3 A complex fantasy series from Julian May. I’m a big fan of the Saga of Pliocene Exile, and I also enjoyed the Galactic Milieu. So, since I was unable to get the books one by one as they appeared, I bought the entire Boreal Moon trilogy in one go, excited for a real treat. This wasn’t it. From the start, the first book failed to capture my interest, but eventually, I forced…

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The Redemption of Althalus – David Eddings, Leigh Eddings

Althalus, thief and reprobate, must save humanity with only the help of a goddess in the shape of a cat. Remember Polgara from the Belgariad ? How endearing it was at first that she was just wonderful and always right about everything? And then it was cute? And then tired, then tiresome, then irritating, and finally really annoying? Well, characterization in Redemption picks up right where the Belgariad left off – it jumps straight to…

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