On to speculative fiction!
- The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires was the last book in a collection that I have been working on for a long time, but it was definitely worth the wait! A sorcerer, wanting to make magic available to regular people, creates a magical object — but it is so much more than just an object! I really enjoyed this book. The story was good, and the characters were interesting. There were lots of new ideas in this book, too. I highly recommend it!
- Pocket Full of Posies by Angela Roquet was the second book in this series. I read the first one ages ago and liked it, and I am glad that I finally continued with these books. Lana Harvey is a reaper with a very complicated life! The story is crazy, but it was a fun read.
- For the Birds by Angela Roquet is the third book in this six-book series. Lana’s life gets even more complicated, of course. It was fun!
- Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker is Book 1 in a six-book science fiction series by Buroker. She is without a doubt my favorite author these days; I love her fantasy books. And I am happy to say I loved this book, too. I look forward to reading the rest of these books! As usual in her books, the main character is a very strong female, and she is a wonderful character. The story was excellent. Please give this book — or any of Buroker’s other books — a try if you are not familiar with her work. If you already read Buroker, I don’t have to try to convince you to read her; you already know how great she is!
My historical fiction book this month was The Spirit of the Border by Zane Gray. I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I did the others I have read by him. That is not the fault of the writing but more the subject matter. The Border, in this book, is just west of Pittsburgh and the action revolves not around cattle rustlers or Mexican revolutionaries but rather around those people who pushed the boundaries of this country to the west so there could be cattle rustlers later on. The book, which is supposed to be based on journals left by Gray’s ancestors, tells the story of missionaries trying to convert the Native Americans. It doesn’t paint a wonderful picture of anyone — and that is probably a good thing. Gray places much of the blame for the problems between the Native Americans and the whites on what he calls renegades — whites who deliberately tried to turn the natives against the missionaries. I cannot speak the the accuracy of Gray’s depiction of events, but it was convincing. The book didn’t have a happy ending, though, and there was a lot of hate along the way. It was a good book, but I cannot say that I liked it.
Ghost in the Coffee Machine by Charity Tahmaseb was a little confusing to me, maybe because it never really engaged me. And that could be because it was too short. I might have enjoyed it more if I had read all 5 of these episodes, one right after the other. As it was, I never really got into it. I think that is something to think about when deciding how to publish books — I understand getting more than one title out there to build readership, but for people like me it might be better to publish them in one volume. I could, of course, be the only person in the world who reacts that way, but I doubt it!
I finally finished the audiobook version of Mortalis by R.A. Salvatore. That is the fourth book in the Demon Wars Saga. It was as good as all the others. I know I said after the third book that I didn’t like the ending, and I still don’t, but Salvatore needed to do that to allow the series to grow. And it definitely grew in this book. I cannot recommend these books enough. And the Graphic Audio audiobooks are wonderful!
October is already zipping along, and I’ve read 2 books so far. Let’s see how I do this month!