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Another great book by R. A. Salvatore

As I think I said I would, I have gone back to reading Salvatore’s Drizzt books starting at the beginning. I previously read the 4th, 5th, and 6th books in the series, justifying it because they were written first, but now I am starting with the beginning of the series with Homeland. It is, as you would expect, the story if Drizzt’s birth, childhood and young adulthood in his underground home world. It explains things like why he left his home and how he ended up with his panther. It was a great book, and I really enjoyed it.

My son has been a Drizzt fan for a long time, but I have to admit I would probably never have read much Salvatore if I had not gotten the audiobooks of his Demon Wars Saga. They were an easy entry into Salvatore for me. My son and I had a discussion about this last night, and he feels Drizzt is the quintessential Salvatore character. I still judge everything by the standard of Elbryan and Pony. But if neither of those options seem right to you, you might consider his Crimson Shadow series, with Luthien Bedwyr. Wherever you decide to start reading Salvatore, you won’t be sorry you did. But then, you probably already know that!

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Two more books read

I have read two more books but am just now getting around to documenting them. I read Blue Murder by Emma Jameson and The Signal by Nick Cook.

Blue Murder is the second book in the Lord & Lady Hetheridge series. I have read several of them in the past, and I really like them. Lord Hetheridge works for Scotland Yard, and at this particular point in time, there is no Lady Hetheridge — although he would like there to be. The Baron, Tony to his friends, and his team are trying to solve two murders committed at a Halloween party at the home of a well-connected young woman. The murders are reminiscent of earlier murders they have looked into, and there is even a convenient suspect, but it doesn’t play out quite the way they expect it to. This is a good story and the series is a good one. I highly recommend them.

The Signal is a rather short book, but it was an interesting one. A radio telescope suddenly receives a signal unlike any it has received before. While the two operators are trying to find out what is going on, the government steps in. As you would expect, it all starts to fall apart. The signal indicates it is there to help mankind, but no one is quite sure how or why. This is the first in a series, actually the prequel to two series. I would be interested in reading more of these.

It has been a long time since I have written about two books in the same post. But I went through a spell of reading a lot and then being super busy and not having time to report on them. Hopefully life will settle down a bit again, but I am not holding my breath!

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Same world, different author

So I just finished reading Paradisi Escape, which I can now only find in a collection of this and the author’s next book in the series, Sideris Gate. This book is part of a collection of books by different authors about New Eden and the effort to get there. Between Mountain and Sea took place in the same universe.

This book focuses on the last ship to leave for New Eden. Agreements have been made as to who will be on it, but some people are willing to do almost anything to change the passenger list. Our hero, Solomon Reach, heads the company that built the ships and whose employees were guaranteed spots on the ship in return for their years of work. He isn’t willing to see them lose their spots, and he will do almost anything to ensure that they don’t.

I really enjoyed this book, but I think it is a good idea for it to be sold with the next book. This was a little short, but that wasn’t really a problem for me. What I didn’t like was that this one didn’t have a conclusion; you would have to buy book 2 to know how it turned out. I generally don’t like books that force you to buy the next one, but I was able to overlook it in this case — partly because I know more about the world and more of the story from Between Mountain and Sea.

I will definitely be reading more of these Paradisi books — regardless of who the author is. I like the world, and I like the characters I’ve met so far. I think any of them would likely be worth my time!

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Speculative Fiction with a nod to history

I have read many of Louisa Locke’s Victorian San Francisco mysteries, but I had never read one of her science fiction books until now. I just finished Between Mountain and Sea, a book that moves between a diary written several hundred years earlier and the thoughts and experiences of a young woman in the “present”. It is actually, of course, all in the future from out perspective.

Earth has been abandoned and people have moved into space. A young woman finds her many-times-great grandmother’s diary discussing her life in their new home. She is enthralled with what she learns. Eventually, she discovers the truth about herself and her family and takes her rightful place in society.

I can’t really describe the story without telling too much. Suffice it to say that I really enjoyed this book. I am not sure why it took me so long to read it (I’ve owned it since 2015!), but I am glad that I finally did. I really like Locke’s writing, and I am glad that I read this one. I hope to read the other two books in the series.

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A slick story

I just finished reading Book 2 in David Bishop’s Jack McCall series, The Blackmail Club. It was a really good book. Jack McCall is a former CIA operative who runs a detective agency in Washington, D.C. In this book, Jack investigates the suicide of his mentor at the request of the mentor’s wife. She isn’t so sure it was suicide, and Jack is willing to believe her.

The twists and turns keep you thinking, and there is no shortage of bad guys, but Jack remains honorable to the end. Not goody two-shoes honorable but adult-style honorable. I couldn’t help but like him. He has some good people working with him, and I liked them, too.

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but I have the third and fourth books. I think I would like to try to read the first one before I continue, but I may give in to my impatience and read book 3 right away!

I hope you will give this book a try. I think you’ll be glad you did.