Measures of Absolution (Frontlines #1.2) (Novella)

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Title: Measures of Absolution
Series: Frontlines
Author: Marko Kloos
Rating:  3 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 63
Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

A novella about one of Andrew Grayson’s squadmates that survived the Detroit debacle. Only to be sucked back into  the “policing action” against another welfare riot.

And we find out that maybe those rioting are being led by those who have been washed out of the military, “unfit” for duty because they refuse to fire on NAC civilians.

 

My Thoughts:

This turned everything onto its head for me. We find out just how underhanded the political and military leaders of the NAC [North American Confederacy] are being. How the TA are being used as civilian police. How bad things REALLY are on earth.

And that former soldiers might just be the patriots that a confederation needs.

I liked this.

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Streaming Dawn (Fated Blades #3.5)

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Title: Streaming Dawn

Series: Fated Blades

Author: Steve Bein

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 89

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The Wind has decided who shall be in power next. It is up to Kaida from the second book to make it happen. Considering she’s the Wind’s top assassin, how can she fail?

But when an incorruptible man carrying an Inazuma blade, Glory Victory Unsought, comes onto the scene, things get a little complicated.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve really been enjoying these Fated Blade books. I have also found that these novella’s really add a lot to the overall story. I like the fact that they occur ONLY in the past and are all about the Inazuma blades.

While this labeled as #3.5, mainly because of the Wind, which isn’t introduced until Disciple of the Wind (book #3), it took me awhile to make the connection between the main character Kaida the Assassin [a very old lady] and Kaida the Fisher Girl [from Year of the Demon (book #2)].  But once I did, my enjoyment went up a notch. Next time I read through this series I’ll definitely be reading this between books 2 and 3 instead of after 3.

I am buying the books in paperback as they come out and wish these novellas could be published that way as well. Ebook is good for reading, but not for collecting.

 

Skin Deep (Legion #2)

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Title: Skin Deep

Series: Legion

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 3 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 208

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Stephen Leeds is back, this time to find a body that might be infected with dna tech that could give cancer or the plague, to every single person on the planet.

As are his splintered mind psyche fragments. Old and New. With Old and New Problems.

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this more than the first book and had more issues with some of the philosophy spouted out, which is why the rating is the same as the previous book, Legion.

I liked how Sanderson showed the problems that Leeds has and how they are growing. Being a super-genius isn’t all that it cracked up to be. ha. Leeds has issues with the number of psyche fragments and even greater issues with a random one showing up. My first thought was “What would it do to Leeds if he simply had one fragment take out a bunch of others to give himself room”? He’d lose skills, but would he take a step back from the edge of completely losing it?  The fact that Sanderson can make me even think these questions is great.

The story itself was pretty good. Potential world plague, intrigue, corporate espionage. All good thriller stuff.

The main issue that brought this down for was the philosophy and the idea of Time being Infinite. Sanderson is at least nominally a mormon and hence I know we share a large amount of philosophy in common. However, I do use the word nominal and the idea of Time being Infinite is not something that is Biblical [not sure if that issue is addressed in the Book of Mormon or not].  In fact, while it might seem like a small issue, the reason it is so big to me is that so far in existence, only God Himself is infinite. Saying that anything else is is tantamount to saying that that is God as well. Wrong theology is one thing, but claiming Divinity [in a real world situation, not in a fantasy story] is Blasphemy.

To finish up, I sure do hope that Sanderson keeps up writing these Legion novellas. They are just plain interesting and engaging.

 

Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (Cosmere Novella)

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Title: Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

Series: Cosmere

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 4 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 65

 

 

 

Synopsis:

An innkeeper, who doubles as a secret bounty hunter, must make one last big score to save her inn, her daughter and her adopted granddaughter. Problem is, she’s got a gang to catch, a slimy traitor who is threatening to expose her and take her inn AND she has to deal with spirits who consume you if you run, draw blood or light a fire.

 

My Thoughts:

Enjoyed this little read. The main story takes place in one night, with desperation and determination coming from the main character in every word Sanderson writes. And it has a happy ending.

I love it when an author can write a concise, fully fleshed story, get me invested, leave me feeling like I had a good time and does it all under 75pages. It takes skill and I for one appreciate such skill, probably just as much as I appreciate the story itself.

 

Sixth of the Dusk (Cosmere Novella)

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Title: Sixth of the Dusk

Series: Cosmere

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 4 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SF

Pages: 65

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A low tech world has been contacted by a space faring race. But what can one anti-social trapper do, especially when his own people are against him?

 

My Thoughts:

A  thoroughly enjoyable story [it is listed as novella, but to be honest, it doesn’t seem that long to me, more like a long “short story”. [Ha]

I could sympathize with the main character,  in his attitude and his outlook on the passing of what he knew. I also think Sanderson did an excellent job of giving us a full story without falling into the trap of trying to tell us everything. This was an exercise in precision and he performed perfectly.

I think that the whole Cosmere thing [Sanderson has his own multi-uni-verse and every story takes place in it, even if they aren’t connected] is just a marketing ploy but since it doesn’t adversely affect anything, I don’t have any problems with it.

And getting a short dose of Sanderson is always a good thing. Sometimes one doesn’t want 500-900 pages, just a taste.

 

Legion (Novella)

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Synopsis

A genius is hired to recover a camera that can take pictures of the past.

 

My Thoughts

The MC is a genius, but he can’t handle it. So instead of taking responsibility, he makes up imaginary people who CAN do the things he won’t.

Some character has created a camera that can take pictures of the past and is trying to prove that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened. Sadly, Sanderson takes the tack of pitting Faith against Reason instead of the reality of a blending of the two.

I am really sick of people saying that Faith is baseless and is just about a feeling, blah, blah, blah. I wish Sanderson and others of such ilk would go read some C.S.Lewis. But then, they wouldn’t accept what he has to say anyway I suspect, as their minds are already made up in what they want to believe. The very charge they claim to bring against others.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Legion

Legion #1

The Emperor’s Soul

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The Emperor’s Soul

Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Even though this was touted as a “novella”, at around 100 pages, this is just as long as some of the Elric novels by Moorcock.

And I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve been on a roll recently with good books and for that I’m thankful. The afterwords by Sanderson places this in the Elantris universe, but it had been so long since I read it that I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. Even with all the runing going on 🙂

There is also a list of other short stories by Sanderson and this has whetted my appetite to track them down and read them as well.