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  • #41 Tomorrow's Kin by Nancy Kress

    This novella is set in three parts. First dealing with the aliens and finding out who they are. Marianne is the scientist that has found DNA evidence of a newly discovered mitochondrial DNA sequence that the aliens are very interested in. The second part deals with a few years after the aliens left with a few people with this DNA sequence and in exchange they have given us technology that we can build our own ships and come to them. The Earth is also dealing with worldwide disaster from passing through a giant spoor cloud that the aliens warned us but didn't have the technology to stop it. The third section deals with the spaceships almost being completed. As much as you would think this is a tech story this is more of a people story and how persons and people as a whole react to all of these changes.

    A good solid read and I'll be interested to see where it goes next.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • #40 Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

    Set a few months after the previous book our heroine is having a bit a crisis. There hasn't been any demon activity for her to fight and Aveda/Annie have to face the fact that for the last decade she hasn't been the best friend she should have to Evie her childhood best friend/ assistant/ and now superhero partner. The book has Annie doing things to try and make amends for being a jerk to her friends for a long time and to be a better person. When Evie gets engaged Annie sees this as her ticket to make it be the best wedding for her friend. Things don't always work out and there are some hurt feelings but in the end the bad guy that pops up during the wedding planning gets taken care of and the wedding turns out to be great.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • #39 The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross

    And we are back to Bob being the main focus of this story for this one. This might also be the one you want to reread the earlier books because some things from them are coming to light in this one. The world now knows about the Laundry or as the press derisively calls them "The Ministry of Magic" because of what happened in the previous book. The book has the Laundry being shut down and privatized and is it greed or something else behind the government's push for this to happen. I don't' want to get into the plot but everything moves quickly in the story and it wraps u up what they are doing but this series really doesn't give you the happy warm fuzzy endings. This isn't the book to start reading the series. It is the payoff of reading all the previous books and it isn't the end of the series but definitely finishing a story arc and starting a new one.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • #38 Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

    I first started this thinking it was the end of the trilogy only to find out that it is now five books and I am fine with that. I couldn't see how they would get to a good ending by the end of this book and warning it does end on a cliffhanger.
    You find out more about Burners and they are not all the same just as it is with the Library. Jess and Morgan develop more of their relationship and Morgan finds out more about her powers. I don't want to give much away about what happens in Philadelphia but hard choices are made and people will have to live with their decisions. A good read and I always enjoy the bits of backstory and history of the world that is inserted in to give more color to this universe.

    Digital review copy from the publisher through NetGalley

  • #37 Besieged by Kevin Hearne

    This is a short story collection that has some new stuff and some old stuff. Half of this can be read without having finished everything that is out so far but the last half does spoil Staked and there are warnings. This is not all of the short fiction set in this world but most of it. The POV characters do change with some of the stories and the Owen one is really good. The first half fills in time before the start of the first book and some of the time that Atticus was training Granuaile. I like that not all the stories are all Atticus and that other people do not see him the way he sees himself.

    This is a great book to read while waiting for Scourged to come out. And tracking down the other stories that were not added to this collection will make the time go faster.

    Digital review copy from the publisher through NetGalley

  • #36 Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh

    The books in this series build on one another but there is quite a bit of info repeated for a new reader of the series not to be lost on the what and why of the story. Events that happened in the first book shaped Holly one of the two main characters this book focus on. The other one is Viper, a vampire that his creation made him different than other vampires. Because of how Holly was turned, Viper has been working with her training even if most of it has been long distance. The two of them are oil and water in the beginning but he does help her with developing her power set and finding out who has put a bounty out on her capture.

    Overall a good story and ties into the first book which makes for a good overall story arc in the long run. One of the things I like the most about this writer. She creates interesting settings and has good use of a large cast of characters that are featured in different books. Can't wait for the next one.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • #35 Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh

    I've been reading these because I read the author's Psy-Changeling series. This is currently the last of the series of novellas that follow each band member finding a long term partner. This one focus on Sarah and Abe, who were previously married and Sarah left him due to emotional neglect and drug use. As the previous stories unfolded you see Abe getting clean and realizing what he screwed up with Sarah. There is of course a HEA in this and the author has stated that she might come back to this setting at some point in the future.

  • #34 Suit Your Selfie: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis

    I'm not a follower of this comic but I have seen several over the years that friends have shared over social media. There are running gags about breaking the fourth wall that are amusing and certainly self-depreciating to the creator. This comic is read for the jokes and not for any amazing graphics but it is well worth the read.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • Online store back up

    Online is back up and running after the move. Still rearranging the books but time to get moving on mail order again. Working on some very cool stuff for Dragoncon.

  • #33 Harley Quinn, Volume 2: Joker Loves Harley by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti

    This one starts out with Ivy and Harley on vacation in the Caribbean but doesn't last for more than in issue. The main meat of the plot in this one is the Joker has come to be with Harley and she is not happy about it in the least. I liked this one a bit better than the previous collection. Harley is a complicated character and her motivations in the ongoing storyline show it.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

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