I’ve just finished reading Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker, which has a really cool painted cover. A cover with a beautifully painted spaceship is always enough to attract my attention, and this book has one, front and center. The author announced the publication of Star Nomad on her website back in 2016, so this is not a latest release, but that has never put me off a book before. So, emboldened by the great cover, and not put off by the book’s age, I downloaded Star Nomad from my usual supplier, KOBO, paying the princely sum of no money at all.
The book I have just finished reading, and which I am reviewing in this post, is The Battle of Hollow Jimmy, written by Becky Black. A quick look at her author website indicates that she has written an interesting selection of books, with sci-fi as only part of her prodigious output. It turns out she now produces m/m and f/f romance, and her science fiction was written years ago. I enjoyed The Battle of Hollow Jimmy and I hope she will again produce a few more sci-fi books, along with the other writing she does.
I recently found a place called NetGalley where new books are to be had for free, as long as a person has a blog where they can be promoted. Luckily I have this very blog, and so I signed up and downloaded a couple of books. Today I’m reviewing one of them called Whisper by Lynette Noni, from Pantera Press. The publisher’s website says that bestselling Australian author Lynette Noni is known for crafting compelling stories that appeal to devoted fantasy fans and general-interest readers alike.
I’m half way through reading Harvest of Time by Alastair Reynolds a Dr Who book written by one of the outstanding talents of current British sci-fi. I grew up reading Doctor Who books; in fact the first “grown up” book I ever read was Doctor Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen, publisehed by Target Books. TV Tropes has a detailed article dedicated to these Dr Who novelizations. The quality of the writing varied considerably, but some were very good.
I’m reading a novel called On the Steel Breeze, by Alastair Reynolds. It came out quite a while ago, in 2013 According to Wikipedia, and it is the sequel to his 2012 novel Blue Remembered Earth, but it can be read alone. The novel’s main characters are two clones of a woman called Chiku Akinya. One clone remaines on Earth, while the second embarks on a generation ship heading for the alien planet of Crucible, which is home to a mysterious structure known as the Mandala.
I live in Italy, in Venice to be exact, and I’ve lived here long enough now to start thinking of it as my adopted home. My Italian isn’t perfect but I can read a book. I don’t understand every word, but I can usually guess the ones I don’t know from the context. I was browsing through a second-hand bookshop in the nearby city of Trieste, which is just up the coats from Venice, and I found a sci-fi book set in my adopted home town.