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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The Sea Lark’s Song – Diana Marcellas

Witch of Two Suns #2 Brierly, a Sharri’a healer outlawed by the ruling Allemanii race, knows the truth about what happened to her own people. She and her Allemanii lover must fight prejudice to find peace. While the book is marketed as a stand-alone novel, it quickly becomes evident that Sea Lark is the sequel to an earlier volume, Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea. If you have not read that one, you don’t have much chance…

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The Dead Man’s Brother – Roger Zelazny

Ovid Wiley, a former art dealer turned smuggler, becomes involved with a murder and an international conspiracy. An undiscovered Zelazny novel! If you’re an SF enthusiast, you long ago discovered Roger Zelazny’s amazing talent. You’ve read Lord of Light, the Amber books, everything you could find. (check out The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny) So, when you run across something new, your heart races, your pulse pounds, you immediately click and order. Sure, international crime…

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