The prologue is very fast paced. The main book, I skipped here and there. Something is going on Up North. Mysterious messages, delivered mysteriously. A not-by-the-book hero. A medical officer who is a lot more observant than she ought to be. A completely unnecessary bed partner, who seems to be there because James Bond ™. … More Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
My hometown was freezing… so what better than to read a voyage through the frozen North? Couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting into it until someone looked at a pic of ‘the girlfriend.’ I’ve gotten used to books where women take an active role, not staying home to be ‘the girlfriend.’ Oh. So that’s … More Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen
Memo to self – wait for the whole trilogy. The Story So Far: The Emberverse started with an SF bang – changing the laws of the universe! Two trilogies later, the next generation [tm] was straight up high fantasy, complete with a prince on a quest for a sword. OK, next generation recycled the quest … More Prince of Outcasts by S.M. Stirling
Lots of short stories, some marvelous, some not so great, one that I gave up on in middle. You might think that after so many books and short stories, there would be no ideas left, but that is laughably wrong. There are lots and lots of ideas, ranging from * ‘if W Virginia town came … More Ring of Fire 4 by Eric Flint
This book got interesting around page 200. Before that, there was witty repartee that wasn’t witty. The aristocrats were all boring. The most interesting character was the cat. There were naval battles fought in 3 dimensions because these sailing ships sailed the air. Lots of world building about living in spires with ‘habbles’ or habitats, … More The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Memo: Never start reading an 800+ page book at 10PM, if you have any expectation of it being good 🙂 Knowing the future doesn’t mean Claire can change it. She can just keep her family out of the worst of the fighting. Maybe. Knowing his secret son is a British officer, Jamie will stay off … More An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
There can never be enough of the Abhorsen trilogy. That is all.