Two Book Reviews:Charity Bradford
From a chilling alien dilemma to soldiers discovering who they really are, this book of short stories follows a pattern of surprise and frightening situations. Set on an abused Earth, distant planets, and a laboratory, these tales are sure to make you gasp and then spend the rest of the day wondering how the author could get into your head.
As with her previous novel, The Magic Wakes, the writing is superb. I love a surprise, an ending or twist that I didn't see coming. This one delivers. Sci-fi at its best, in the tradition of Tales From the White Hart by Arthur C. Clarke. Don't pass this one by. It is well worth the time.
Confronting the Demon by Ciara Ballintyne
When Alloran faces demons, he finds more than hellcats and imps. He must confront an albatross of his own making and overcome past mistakes. If he can't, nothing is safe. Not him or anyone close.
It comes down to jealousy and hard choices. For Alloran, a bad choice has colored all he has done. A new threat is killing people he knows and until he deals with his inner demons, he can't save them. Running away seems easier.
With a surprising twist in the middle, excellent dialogue, intrigue, and tension that made me want to turn the page, Confronting the Demon kept me involved to the end. Afraid to summon demons but knowing it was his only hope, the MC's dilemma was highly engaging.
Tension balanced the scenes to a razor's edge and I was impressed with the great world-building Ms Ballintyne created. Excellent writing! Good job.
* * * *
QueryCon 2013 at UnicornBell had some big winners this year. We had several requests from our wonderful judges for full manuscripts. A win for the contestants and for Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency and Andrew Buckley of Curiosity Quills Press.
* * * *
Upcoming or Coming Up! Lots of new shows starting and many season premieres of old favorites.
In the new column:
S.H.I.E.L.D was a bit rough but all new shows are until they settle into place like shoes.
Still wondering about the statement, "He doesn't know yet, does he?"
Sleep Hollow lost some appeal for me when it turned out Ichabod had a wife. I'll still watch but seriously, don't the writers know what the ladies want when a hunk is playing the lead? Nicole Beharie plays the MC, a strong very cool lady. I hope this series doesn't fall into the usual stereotypical traps.
Looking forward to:
Sean Saves the World