Posts Tagged ‘genre:science-fiction’

Fallon’s Jewel by Sedonia Guillone

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Fallon’s Jewel
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Genre: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi
URL: Ai Press
Price: US $2.51
Summary [from the publisher]:
Kenji doesn’t know who he is or where he came from, only that he woke up one day, naked and alone on Terran A, possessing nothing in the world but a golden statue. All he knows is his survival, serving drinks to roughnecks in Spike’s bar for a living. The one bright spot in his life is Jake Fallon, a cop with Interstellar Patrol. Though Fallon is only another customer, Kenji senses something…different about him, something that pulls him from his solitary existence to passion in one night and Fallon is the only guy Kenji’s dared to experience the pleasure of sex – at least, he think so. When Kenji is attacked and pursued by a vicious bounty hunter one night, Fallon also becomes his only hope.

Fallon’s passion for Kenji mixes with his desire to rescue the beautiful man from danger. He’s already more than half in love with Kenji and falling deeper as the bounty hunter’s pursuit takes them from galaxy to galaxy. For the first time since his first partner was killed, Fallon dares to surrender his heart again. However, as their race for survival uncovers Kenji’s true origins, Fallon may have to let Kenji go in order for Kenji to fulfill the very purpose of his existence…

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Junk Mage by Elliot Cooper

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Rating: 7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 
Title: Junk Mage
Author: Elliot Cooper
Genre: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi
URL: NineStar Press
Price: US $3.49
Summary [from the publisher]:
When technomancer Quillian Defote crash-lands on remote planet Marutuk, he has limited time to repair his ship and get off world. If he fails, he’ll forfeit his position as professor of mechanical transmutation at the prestigious Ivy Arcanarium and ruin his employment prospects in yet another sector.

Hunter, a cyborg guarding a junkyard that holds what Quill needs, is charmed by the wayward mage and wants to help him. But Hunter is bound by honor to dutifully guard his mistress and her possessions, no matter how cruelly she treats him.

Together Quill and Hunter stand a chance of starting a new life together if carnivorous wildlife, a violent necromancer, and stubborn pride don’t keep them apart.

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Off-World by Jonah Bergan

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Off-World
Author: Jonah Bergan
Genre: Science Fiction
URL: Amazon
Price: US $3.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Set on a backwater little world somewhere in free space, Off-World is the story of Taine, a Hunter, an alien, one of the old gods with a taste for human spirit and an appetite he can barely control. All Taine wants is to get his boys back to his ship, but he finds himself driven further and further from the starport and deeper into a mystery of galactic import. With a war between the stars in the balance, and Taine himself growing hungrier by the minute, he finds that someone or something has other plans for him and his boys and indeed his home world.

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The Klockwerk Kraken by Aidee Ladnier

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Klockwerk Kraken
Author: Aidee Ladnier
Genre: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $5.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
When the right space pilot walks into his bar, a desperate bartender uses all his wiles (and tentacles) to talk the man into business and his bed–but the spacer is still enslaved by his past and isn’t sure he can deal with a two-handed lover, much less one with six.

When the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his waystation bar open. Facing a riot by thirsty miners stranded in the backwater of the galaxy, Teo helps a greenie space pilot buy a ship in return for a regular haul of liquor. But he longs for the courage to invite the enigmatic spacer to fill his lonely bed as well.

Still smarting from his newly implanted navigational ports, Jimenez knows owning his own ship will prevent him from ever being bought and sold again. For a former slave, transporting cargo through the emptiness of space sounds like paradise, but after meeting the compassionate and sexy Teo, his heart feels empty, too.

At the edge of the galaxy’s spiral arm, can Teo convince Jimenez that the heart has its own tentacles and theirs should be entwined forever?

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Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Persistence of Memory
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: Science Fiction, M/M Romance
URL: JCP Books
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

While forgetting your problems won’t solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.

They’re both professionals in the memory field—they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn’t they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that’s wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation seems to be sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn’t had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.

Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel headed down the same path to fantasy-land as his old man?

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When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: When Gravity Fails
Author: George Alec Effinger
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher URL: Orb Books
Price: US$ 14.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In a decadent world of cheap pleasures and easy death, Marid Audrian has kept his independence the hardway. Still, like everything else in the Budayeen, he’s available…for a price.

For a new kind of killer roams the streets of the Arab ghetto, a madman whose bootlegged personality cartridges range from a sinister James Bond to a sadistic disemboweler named Khan. And Marid Audrian has been made an offer he can’t refuse.

The 200-year-old “godfather” of the Budayeen’s underworld has enlisted Marid as his instrument of vengeance. But first Marid must undergo the most sophisticated of surgical implants before he dares to confront a killer who carries the power of every psychopath since the beginning of time.

Wry, savage, and unignorable, When Gravity Fails was hailed as a classic by Effinger’s fellow SF writers on its original publication in 1987, and the sequence of “Marid Audrian” novels it begins were the culmination of his career.


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Finished by Christian A Young

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Finished
Author: Christian A. Young
Genre: science fiction
URL: Smashwords
Price: US$0.99
Other Information/warnings: none
Summary [from the author]:

A life of larceny in a half-wrong body isn’t what Aldin hoped for, but right now it’s all he’s got and he’s making the best of it. When an unwelcome surprise sends him running, his prospects hinge entirely on his wits and an unlikely ally.

My review:

When I was younger, this was the kind of story I would inhale like air. Tightly written, clever, thinky science fiction with masses of ideas, interested world building and commentary packed into spare, punchy prose.

And then I discovered m/m, where the art of the short story is confined to stroke fic and PWPs. Because short fiction is hard, and you need to be more than just a decent writer to make it work. You need to be really good. And Mr Young is really, really good.

Aldin is an art thief, looking to complete one last job so he can finish his sex reassignment surgery and live in the body he knows he belongs in. But his partner has other ideas. Just when all seems lost, help comes in the most unexpected form.

That short summary doesn’t do justice to this. For heaven’s sake, risk the whole buck and buy this, and enjoy it. It’s rare enough to have a transgendered hero in any story, but even if you haven’t the slightest interest in that, this is still a short, cracking read. Science fiction as it should be. Highly recommended!

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The Karma Booth by Jeff Pearce

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Karma Booth
Author: Jeff Pearce
Genre: horror, science fiction/speculative
URL: Smashwords
Price: US$6.99
Other Information/warnings: Graphic violence (including against women and children), horror, mild sexual content (het)
Summary [from the publisher]:

They say, “Executing a murderer won’t bring your loved one back.” But now it can! The Karma Booth. It’s terrifying. It’s devastating. It will change history, ethics, religion, science, everything. What are its terrible secrets? How does it work? And how can it be stopped?

Ethics consultant and ex-diplomat Timothy Cale is hired by the U.S. government to investigate this earth-shattering scientific breakthrough, and he better do it soon because the moral quagmires and complications are multiplying. Cale and his partner, London police detective Crystal Anyanike, must stop a powerful psychopath on a killing spree while searching for the elusive billionaire behind the Booth’s invention, the one man with the answers to all their questions…

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Ann’s Mini-Reviews for March 2010

These are a round up of books I have read recently and have yet to work up into a full review. I may never do so 🙂 Caveat lector etc. Continue reading →

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