I started 4 Gigs of Trouble by Stella Baker. It’s $2.99 right now, but I got it when it was free the other day. It was on my “maybe” wishlist because I think it had been mentioned in this thread a couple times.
I gave it to 16% and then decided to ditch it. Aside from the writing seeming to be in the “trying a little too hard” category, I can’t really point to anything being wrong with it specifically. But it just wasn’t grabbing my attention at all. With so many other TBR books on my Kindle I decided “not for me” and moved on.
I read a couple freebie short stories that aren’t even worth mentioning, just to clear out my head while wondering which novel to start next. Then came that welcome siren call from my Kindle. You know the one. You’re in the middle of doing something else when a book that has been sitting there, patiently waiting, suddenly calls out to you and says, “Now is the time.”
This time it was Echoes of Betrayal by Elizabeth Moon, which is the third Paladin’s Legacy book ($12.99). It downloaded to my Kindle from a pre-order at the end of February but I hadn’t been in the right exact mood for it until now.
Man, oh, man is it great stuff so far! I’ve been chortling with glee because I’ve been enjoying it so much. There’s been an escape, a battle, death, benevolent and evil gods at work, a wedding date set, and an ambush – and I’m only 17% into it! Moon is really on top of her game.
I just finished reading Echoes of Betrayal earlier. It was a great book, but I’m frustrated. It just ended, BOOM! I had been hoping that the Paladin’s Legacy books would be a trilogy like Deed of Paksenarrion, but this is the third book and things are far from done.
There’s all kinds of stuff going on with multiple view point characters and complex plots that you know are probably related, but much of it isn’t clear yet. I’m gonna have to visit her website to see if she’s stated what her plans for the series are so I’ll know what to expect in the future. Waiting a year for the next one is painful!
Basically what I’m saying is, I love these books and my complaint is that they aren’t all written yet so I can just read straight through in order to find out what happens. :)
Not sure what I’m going to start next.
[Note: From what I gather on Moon’s blog there will be a total of five books in the Paladin’s Legacy series. Evidently it was originally intended as a trilogy, but she had too much story to do it justice in only three books so the publisher agreed to extend it to five. It’s nice to know what to expect now, but I admit there’s also a little part of me that is already bummed to know it will be over again in only two books. How’s that for contradictory?]
I finished Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead. (Its only $3.99 right now.) It’s the fourth and final book in the Dark Swan series. It was a good solid read. The first half was slower-paced than previous books, but that didn’t detract for me. I think she did a decent job of choosing a place to end the books. I always admire an author who doesn’t decide to just drag things out for the sake of book sales. She did leave some things very open ended though, so it’s obvious there’s potential for a sequel series of books.
I’ve now started Second Star by Dana Stabenow. She’s known for her mysteries, but this one is SF. And it’s free! I’ve only read the first chapter so can’t comment much, but it did get my attention right away as she’s on a shuttle bound from Earth to an orbiting colony.
I finished reading Second Star by Dana Stabenow. It’s a difficult book to discuss because the first half was kind of a mess. Parts were confusing, there was too much exposition at some points and not enough at others, awkward info dumps, and some things told in an odd order. It also didn’t seem to be going anywhere, with lots and lots of time spent on how the space colony was set up, etc.
On the other hand, I really felt like I was out there in space in a real colony and I love that. The second half of the book really picks up and there’s quite a bit of action.
The book suffered from poor timing in publication too I think. The Soviet Union still existed when she was writing it, but had collapsed by the time it was actually released, which presents some awkward extrapolations on what her future was like, which still included “the Reds”.
There were a lot of similarities between this book and Starfarers by Vonda N. McIntyre (available at Bookview Cafe), which was published three years prior to Second Star. Both authors obviously spent a lot of time reading about O’Neill colonies.
Even with the problems I ended up liking it okay and am considering getting the next book. There are three in all I believe.
I’m now reading Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane ($7.99). It’s the fourth book in the Downside Ghosts urban fantasy series and it just downloaded last night from my pre-order. I’m not too far into it yet.
I finished reading Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane. I had a little harder time with this one than the first three books, which I read quickly in a row late last year. It was well established in the previous books that Chess, the main character, hates herself and thinks she doesn’t deserve anything good. This was repeated almost incessantly in her thoughts in this book and it got very old, very fast. An occasional thought as a reminder of her way of thinking is all that’s needed by this point.
With that said, I still enjoyed the book quite a lot. And since repetition is one of the things guaranteed to drive me bonkers, that’s a testament to Kane’s world-building and storytelling abilities. Her world of Downside is vivid, unique, dark, and consistent. Her characters are interesting and the plot was fast-paced. I’m looking forward to the next one, which is scheduled for release in June. (I already have it on pre-order.)
Several books on my Kindle are clamoring for me to read them next, so not sure which one I’m gonna go with!