Series: The Dream Guild Chronicles (Book 1)
By: David Bruns
Sub-Genres: Utopian (classic)
Rating: OMG MORE PLEASE!!
You may note how I am emphasizing the word “classic” when calling this book a Utopian. We’ve almost forgotten what the difference is between Utopian and Dystopian in science fiction, and the recent inundation of dystopian books hasn’t helped. Many of them are actually utopian, but have been improperly categorized because dystopian is the hot buzz-word the same way paranormal was five years ago, and magical fantasy was five years before that.
Classic utopianism in science fiction has roots with George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Margret Atwood. They set the stage with a perfectly constructed society that functions in a state of utopia, then the book (through story and characters) slowly peels back the pristine paint to show the gritty truth and layers of hidden wallpaper underneath. I love classic Utopian. It’s my favorite genre. I wasn’t aware that’s what Irradiance was when I started, but I was in for a most lovely surprise.
As readers, we judge a book by them just as much as the cover. As authors, we obsess over them and determine our worth as writers to the decimal point. As reviewers, we debate about them, are confused by their inferred meaning and often fear being honest about them.
I’m talking stars, people. Those tiny, golden five-pointed things that Amazon requires us to include whenever we leave a review for something. It’s not just Amazon. No matter where you go or what you are reviewing, it’s become all about the stars.
Why is this a problem? Because, those little icons, or the lack thereof, have come to mean more than the content within the review itself. Continue reading
You’ve made some changes recently to your Select program. You’ve added the Kindle Lending Library (awesome), the Bonus Pool (awesome, if you’re a big-seller), and you’ve added the count-down deals with promotional pages (awesome).
You still require exclusivity (not so awesome), but I guess I can understand the reasons behind that; or I would, if you’d give authors the right to change their DRM options.
The short: Many authors would consider going Select / Amazon Exclusive if you let them make their books DRM Free after previously publishing the book as DRM enabled. Continue reading
Series: Hyperscape Project
By: Donald Swan
Sub-Genres: Action Adventure
Rating: 4 Stars
Evolution is book 2 in the Hyperscape series, and it’s another great, fun science fiction adventure story. It begins a few months after where book 1 leaves off, with Nick Bannon now Admiral of the fleet as they battle the bio-mechanical Mok’tu. Arya is now the recognized Asirian queen. At first I was worried she would be relegated to the side because of this, but Arya isn’t one to allow herself to become a inactive character. My favorite character, Karg, has a strong storyline in this book, and Sirok is in it as well.
The Earth Ship Siren (aka ES Siren) series by Momentum publishing includes three novella-length books written by three different authors. I will be reviewing each of the three books separately, in order. They all center around life aboard a space ship heading away from a dying Earth and towards a colonization planet. On board the ship are military personal, private citizens, and prisoners selected for their skills or for hard labor. Each book is a stand-alone, each has a different story to offer on board the Siren, and each did so with varying degrees of success.
Escape From Zulaire
By: Veronica Scott
Sub-Genres: Action / Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
I greatly enjoyed the setting for this story. The planet Zulaire and its people resembled modern India in several aspects, including dress, religion, mannerisms and caste system. The caste system, and the mythology/history surrounding it, was a neat part of the story, and also acted as the center of conflict which moved the story events forward. The world building was exceptional and was the main reason I enjoyed reading the book.