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Book Review: The Tube Riders, by Chris Ward

Rating: Center Centaur

Book Review: The Tube Riders, by Chris Ward

The Tube Riders is a near-future novel set in a fictitious Great Britain that has been cordoned off from the rest of the world by a corrupt government for purposes of achieving the powerful Governor’s secret agenda (which eventually you do get to find out, but I’m not going to tell).

The story revolves around a group of youngsters who have bonded around a hobby, tube riding, which provides them with an adrenaline rush and with a diversion from the plight of their hard lives, but even more important, tube riding gives them an identity: they are the Tube Riders. Tube riding allows them to find a sense of family, and, in their own small way, to fight back against the system that has denied them opportunities to do more than find abstract diversions like, well, tube riding. However, fighting back doesn’t stay “in their own small way” for long. Continue reading Book Review: The Tube Riders, by Chris Ward

Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

Rating: Center Centaur

Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

I realize I am really late to this party (the book came out in the 1990s), but I usually am with everything reading related—there’s just so much to read, and so little time to keep up, and school set me back on my fantasy reading quite a bit. But I wanted to read it, so I finally did. And I enjoyed this book very much by the end. It was actually pretty tough to decide what rating to give it, because for many parts of it, especially in the first half, I was really annoyed and fully anticipated I wouldn’t be able to finish it (I thought I was going to have my first Caw-Caw Crow review), but the end was fantastic, and would have been worthy of an Epic Dragon rating had there not been some of the things that, at least for me, work against the over-all experience. Continue reading Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

Book Review: The Fringe Worlds – The Human Chronicles, Book One, by T.R. Harris

Rating: Hot Princess

Book Review: The Fringe Worlds (The Human Chronicles Book One) by T.R. Harris

As promised, here is the next installment of my monthly book reviews. And, also as promised, I made not only an attempt to work in an indie book, but I actually did work one in (I picked this one because the second book in the series got the link-love in an an i09 article on science fiction books that TGM was also in—they used my cover art!). So, I tried it. And, I loved it. Again. That’s two good indie reads in a row. So, here’s my review of The Fringe Worlds (Book one of The Human Chronicles) by T.R. Harris:

Let me begin by repeating my previous sentiments of adoration for this book. Continue reading Book Review: The Fringe Worlds – The Human Chronicles, Book One, by T.R. Harris

Book Review: Wool, by Hugh Howey

Rating: Hot Princess

Book Review: Wool, by Hugh Howey

I’ll begin this review by saying simply that Hugh Howey’s Wool is a wonderful story, and I had to think very hard about whether or not I should give it the Hot Princess or the full Epic Dragon rating. In the end, I went with Hot Princess, but it really was close, and I damn near changed it to Epic Dragon again this morning after I woke up thinking about the story still, but I’m sticking to my guns; Epic Dragons are just freaking rare.

Wool is clever, engaging, and very smart. Continue reading Book Review: Wool, by Hugh Howey