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[personal profile] fred_mouse2017-06-14 07:13 pm

Fire Boy by Sami Shah

I picked this ebook up from one of the assorted bulk SF/Fantasy 'free ebook' pages, which I *think* took me through to a 'sign up for the author's newsletter to get a free book' site.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book - urban fantasy, set in Karachi, incorporating aspects of Islam and the local supernatural traditions as well as some of the political history of Pakistan. The world building is delightful. The level of detail is possibly obsessive, but useful to me as a foreign reader from a different religious tradition, and gave a really good sense of place. I found the protagonist annoying, but it is a coming of age story for a young man who is the only son of a somewhat wealthy family - it is understandable that he starts as somewhat of a brat. Some of the other characterisation was a bit weak, making it difficult to keep track of some of the secondary characters, and making the villains a little bit bland.

Main complaint is that it ends abruptly, after doing a lot of set up, but without a sense of having resolved anything.

It is listed as a duology, but book 2 is not out.

Review of Promises by Marie Sexton

I found myself not only staying up late to read this book but also thinking about the characters the next day and being sorry their story was over. To me that's a definite winner.

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Review of Wanting by Piper Vaughn

Given that this is a free ebook (I picked it up at the http://allromanceebooks.com site) I thought others might be interested in checking it out since the author has various other male/male titles, most of them only a few dollars.

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[personal profile] cesy2012-04-18 07:39 am

Book rec: A Matter of Oaths

To quote [personal profile] liv, in response to a request I made for recommendations: Helen S Wright: A matter of oaths, which you can download free from her website has lots of awesome women in space. It does have some romance, but mainly m/m, the women are too busy being awesome to bother with relationships. It's not quite up there with the Vorkosigan saga, but it's a similar type of thing and very readable.

I also just read it and enjoyed it. Sadly she hasn't got anything else published, but I'd recommend this one.