Nemesis – Isaac Asimov

Orbital colonies face tension with an overcrowded Earth. One, with the help of a new drive system, breaks away to orbit an unusual star. A teenage girl on the colony begins to develop a rapport with a local lifeform, while on Earth, her father seeks ways to find the colony and make a family again. This is one of the last of Isaac Asimov’s solo novels, and I’m sorry to say it’s not his best.…

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Lady Pain – Rebecca Bradley

Gil #3 Tigrallef, having saved Gil, destroyed its divine icon, and escaped from unhappy marriage, has spent twenty years trying to get rid of the supernatural force that shares his body (and that he calls ‘the Pain’). At last, having run short of leads, he and his companions head back to Gil. There, things get worse – the new rulers of Gil capture them all, and the Pain is getting worse and worse. All good…

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The Coming of Wisdom – Dave Duncan

Seventh Sword #2 Wallie Smith, chemical engineer now in the body of Shonsu the master swordsman, has a goddess’ riddle to work out, and little in the way of hints. But he has a fellowship of able assistants of all stripes, and the best he can do is try to muddle it all out. The Coming of Wisdom has all of Dave Duncan’s usual light fantasy charm and personality, but less in the way of…

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The Reluctant Swordsman – Dave Duncan

Seventh Sword #1 Wallie Smith has died. Much to the surprise of all concerned, however, he’s turned up in the body of Shunso, Seventh-level swordsman in a world of temples, slaves, and duels. Wallie tries to do good, but then a god steps in, and Wallie has to re-evaluate his choices. I’m not generally a fan of sidewise type stories – where an ordinary guy suddenly finds himself in another time or dimension. There have…

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The Perfect Shadow – Brent Weeks

Night Angel #0 Acaelus Thorne has been alive for a very long time, carrying out the instructions of his long-departed Emperor, Jorsin Alkestes. Acaelus has had several identities, and is shifting to the latest – Durzo Blint, assassin. This is the story of Durzo’s (and Acaelus’) origins. I liked Brent Weeks’ Night Angel trilogy, and I’ve been interested to know more about how it all started. The Perfect Shadow provides a very small taste of…

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Orbitsville Judgement – Bob Shaw

Orbitsville #3 The Orbitsville Dyson sphere has moved – to another universe. Jim Nicklin, a carefree technician and repairman gets caught up in a religious zealot’s drive to buy or build a spaceship to escape Orbitsville entirely. I’m a fan of Bob Shaw, and I’m glad he had success with the Orbitsville series. Unfortunately, I’m sorry to say the the longer the series went, the weaker it got. Orbitsville itself was a simple story with…

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