Review: Bikini Planet by David Garnett

Bikini PlanetThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Humorous science fiction holds a favored place in many fans’ minds, and most will agree that the sub-genre’s grand master, the late Douglas Adams, set the bar pretty high.

David Garnett’s new novel, Bikini Planet, makes a rather unsuccessful foray into humor.

Rookie cop Wayne Norton doesn’t exactly fit into Las Vegas’s anything-goes atmosphere, and yet he’s involved with a former Mafia boss’s daughter. When Wayne saves his future father-in-law from assassination, his thanks are a clout to the head and a few centuries of suspended animation. He awakens 300 years later, and finds himself adrift in a whole new world, where radiation contaminates the land, and fashion apparently no longer exists.

Wayne ends up back in uniform, but finds he can barely operate his weapons, much less function as an officer. His new assignment, fighting over possession of vacation hot-spots, does seem to have some promise, though…

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Review: The Valdemar Companion edited by John Helfers and Denise Little

The Valdemar CompanionThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mercedes Lackey’s 24 Valdemar novels cover an impressive span of time. In the real world, it has been 15 years since Arrows of the Queen debuted.

In the realm of Valdemar, readers have witnessed almost 2,500 years of history. With such a vast amount of material, it’s easy to forget little details from books read long ago. The Valdemar Companion contains everything you may have missed or forgotten, and a wealth of little-known information about Valdemar’s creation.

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Review: The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop

The Pillars of the WorldThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Fairies, or “the Fae,” as they’re sometimes called, have become fantasy literature’s staple characters. Who they are and what they do usually doesn’t vary much between books.

Anne Bishop’s The Pillars of the World, however, explores a reality where the Fae mingle with mortals and rely on them more than even they realize.

In a world that pulses with the elements’ subtle magic, Adolpho the Inquisitor abhors magic. A witch-hunter sworn to “save” magic-touched unfortunates, his hatred compels him to slaughter those who hold the powers of earth, water, air and fire. Adolpho gathers followers and teaches them the arts of extracting confessions and dissipating magic. His teachings prove to have unexpected consequences for the natural realm.

Ari, gifted with the powers of earth and fire, lives alone and nearly friendless until one summer moon when, compelled by a spell, she trysts with a Fae Lord. Now Ari finds herself visited by others of the Fae: some who want to befriend her, others who see her as a threat. The Fae lands are vanishing, their links to the mortal realm dissolving, and many Fae believe the witches are to blame. Beset on all sides, are the witches really at fault, or does guilt lie elsewhere?

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