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Gritta and The Witches of Olavland

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Gritta and The Witches of Olavland

Janet C. Smith

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Genres: Kids - Fairy Tales and Folklore, Kids - Family Stories

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Take one wet witch, a frog, a fish and a princess, add a king and queen, throw in a cat, sprinkle with slugs and snails, add a keeper of the king’s creatures, invoke a spell – and stir! A tale for age ranges slightly greater than you’d think!

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Fun, Witty, and Brilliant. A fairytale like you haven't read before. This was such an enjoyable read! From the very beginning you realize that this isn't just your average fairytale …
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Janet C. Smith

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Take one wet witch, a frog, a fish and a princess, add a king and queen, throw in a cat, sprinkle with slugs and snails, add a keeper of the king’s creatures, invoke a spell – and stir! A tale for age ranges slightly greater than you’d think!

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Gritta and The Witches of Olavland

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Gritta and The Witches of Olavland

Janet C. Smith

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Tales In Firelight And Shadow

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Alexis Brooks de Vita

Tales In Firelight And Shadow

Alexis Brooks de Vita

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Tales in Firelight and Shadow is a collection of short stories by well-known and fresh new writers of fantasy, speculative and science fiction, retelling folktales from many lands and cultures. Award-winning authors present challenging new twists on familiar tales: James Morrow’s museum curator and his university professor daughter discover the ultimate answer to the human condition; Mary Turzillo’s talking cat rats on a legendary illusionist; and Tenea D. Johnson’s fairies deal with the dream dolls of nightmare.

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Tales In Firelight And Shadow

Alexis Brooks de Vita

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Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Tales in Firelight and Shadow is a collection of short stories by well-known and fresh new writers of fantasy, speculative and science fiction, retelling folktales from many lands and cultures. Award-winning authors present challenging new twists on familiar tales: James Morrow’s museum curator and his university professor daughter discover the ultimate answer to the human condition; Mary Turzillo’s talking cat rats on a legendary illusionist; and Tenea D. Johnson’s fairies deal with the dream dolls of nightmare.

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Tales In Firelight And Shadow

Alexis Brooks de Vita

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Caitlin

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Terence West

Caitlin

Book Three of the OPR Series

Terence West

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SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES...

Thirty years ago, Zachary Cane was held prisoner and tortured by an ancient vampire known as Caitlin. With the help of a local coven of witches, and a vampire hunting order called the Gwyliad Wriaeth, they destroyed Caitlin.

Or so Cane thought...

Now, with the help of three fledgling vampires, Caitlin is ready to extract her revenge... one drop of blood at a time.

On an adventure that spans from Washington D.C.

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Caitlin

Book Three of the OPR Series

Terence West

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SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES...

Thirty years ago, Zachary Cane was held prisoner and tortured by an ancient vampire known as Caitlin. With the help of a local coven of witches, and a vampire hunting order called the Gwyliad Wriaeth, they destroyed Caitlin.

Or so Cane thought...

Now, with the help of three fledgling vampires, Caitlin is ready to extract her revenge... one drop of blood at a time.

On an adventure that spans from Washington D.C.

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Caitlin

Book Three of the OPR Series

Terence West

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Chain Dance

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Alexis Brooks de Vita

Chain Dance

The Third Book Of Joy

Alexis Brooks de Vita

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Genres: Thrillers, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction

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The Third Book of Joy: Chain Dance is the second notebook of family lore, the collection of Joy’s magical stories about her enslaved ancestors, researched by Professor Bo Wolfson in Burning Streams; the first notebook was published in Blood of Angels. When Heaven’s heartbroken death in childbirth and Whip Man’s torture at her father’s hands lead her to resurrect herself as a death dancer, magic and terror drive the plantation’s owner off of his land. Most of the men and women who labor on the haunted plantation flee, following Heaven’s brother to his Louisiana swampland.

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Chain Dance

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Alexis Brooks de Vita

Chain Dance

The Third Book Of Joy

Alexis Brooks de Vita

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Genres: Thrillers, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction

The Third Book of Joy: Chain Dance is the second notebook of family lore, the collection of Joy’s magical stories about her enslaved ancestors, researched by Professor Bo Wolfson in Burning Streams; the first notebook was published in Blood of Angels. When Heaven’s heartbroken death in childbirth and Whip Man’s torture at her father’s hands lead her to resurrect herself as a death dancer, magic and terror drive the plantation’s owner off of his land. Most of the men and women who labor on the haunted plantation flee, following Heaven’s brother to his Louisiana swampland.

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Chain Dance

The Third Book Of Joy

Alexis Brooks de Vita

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Genres: Thrillers, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction

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Dead Magic

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A.J. Maguire

Dead Magic

Book II of the Witch-Born Series

A.J. Maguire

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Return to the Steam Punk world of Magnellum for the second book in the "Witch-Born" series.

Magic is gone and Valeda Quinlan knows it, she just can’t prove it. Determined to learn the truth, Valeda finds herself at the mercy of Elsie Delgora, the last known Witch to have ever seen Magic. Scrambling for survival amidst the noble Houses of Magnellum, Valeda agrees to help Elsie in return for Magic’s location. But the help Elsie needs is more than Valeda bargained for.

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Dead Magic

Book II of the Witch-Born Series

A.J. Maguire

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Return to the Steam Punk world of Magnellum for the second book in the "Witch-Born" series.

Magic is gone and Valeda Quinlan knows it, she just can’t prove it. Determined to learn the truth, Valeda finds herself at the mercy of Elsie Delgora, the last known Witch to have ever seen Magic. Scrambling for survival amidst the noble Houses of Magnellum, Valeda agrees to help Elsie in return for Magic’s location. But the help Elsie needs is more than Valeda bargained for.

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Dead Magic

Book II of the Witch-Born Series

A.J. Maguire

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Time Fall

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Jaclyn Belmay

Time Fall

Jaclyn Belmay

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For Hollywood stunt girl Juniper Warren, the dangers of running a motor bike off a sheer cliff are nothing compared to the sheer terror of being forced out of a vintage airplane without a parachute. Juniper has to use the witching powers bequeathed by her grandmother if she is to survive. And once she does, she will find herself face to face with her evil black widow spider Aunt Regina who will do anything to destroy her.

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Time Fall

Jaclyn Belmay

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For Hollywood stunt girl Juniper Warren, the dangers of running a motor bike off a sheer cliff are nothing compared to the sheer terror of being forced out of a vintage airplane without a parachute. Juniper has to use the witching powers bequeathed by her grandmother if she is to survive. And once she does, she will find herself face to face with her evil black widow spider Aunt Regina who will do anything to destroy her.

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Time Fall

Jaclyn Belmay

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Witch-Born

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Best-selling Science Fiction from A.J. Maguire

Witch-Born

A.J. Maguire

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Smash witchcraft and steampunk technology together and you get the world of Magnellum, where Witches are nobility and the populace depends on Magic to keep the Wild at bay. Witch-Born is a Fantasy with steampunk tendencies revolving around the lives of Elsie Delgora and Saldorian Feverrette. Fate literally thrusts these two together when Saldorian stumbles over the seditious plot Elsie has been conducting for 23 years.

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Best-selling Science Fiction from A.J. Maguire

Witch-Born

A.J. Maguire

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Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Smash witchcraft and steampunk technology together and you get the world of Magnellum, where Witches are nobility and the populace depends on Magic to keep the Wild at bay. Witch-Born is a Fantasy with steampunk tendencies revolving around the lives of Elsie Delgora and Saldorian Feverrette. Fate literally thrusts these two together when Saldorian stumbles over the seditious plot Elsie has been conducting for 23 years.

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A.J. Maguire

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AAARG!

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AAARG!

Speculative Fiction Stories

John Klawitter

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Genres: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Mysticism and Divination

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In John Klawitter’s alternate universes ducks and turtles talk with humans, angels and muses co-exist with humans on the planet earth and aliens are inadvertently wiped out by the Neanderthals. Couldn’t happen, you may say, and then you read something like Three On A Match or The Doomsday Club and you are made aware of the endless possibilities available when you open your mind even just a little bit.

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AAARG!

Speculative Fiction Stories

John Klawitter

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Genres: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Mysticism and Divination

In John Klawitter’s alternate universes ducks and turtles talk with humans, angels and muses co-exist with humans on the planet earth and aliens are inadvertently wiped out by the Neanderthals. Couldn’t happen, you may say, and then you read something like Three On A Match or The Doomsday Club and you are made aware of the endless possibilities available when you open your mind even just a little bit.

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AAARG!

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John Klawitter

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Daniel - A Life

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Daniel - A Life

One voice - a life of horror remembered

Dorothy Davies

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Daniel Goleznovitch was born on the 16th November in the early part of the 20th Century in Potsdam in Germany; the last child of David and Eva Goleznovitch. There were already three children living in the small flat above the pawnbroker’s shop: David Junior, Rosa and Solomon. In the early 1900s life was hard enough for Jews who were immigrants; Daniel’s family might have been second generation German but they were immigrants for all that, for they could not trace a perfect German line back through their ancestors.

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Daniel - A Life

One voice - a life of horror remembered

Dorothy Davies

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Daniel Goleznovitch was born on the 16th November in the early part of the 20th Century in Potsdam in Germany; the last child of David and Eva Goleznovitch. There were already three children living in the small flat above the pawnbroker’s shop: David Junior, Rosa and Solomon. In the early 1900s life was hard enough for Jews who were immigrants; Daniel’s family might have been second generation German but they were immigrants for all that, for they could not trace a perfect German line back through their ancestors.

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Daniel - A Life

One voice - a life of horror remembered

Dorothy Davies

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AUDIOBOOKCheck Mate

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Check Mate

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Michelle Knight

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Genres: Science Fiction, Humour / Speculative

This is an audio book. Run time is approx. 05 Hrs 05 Mins 51 Secs . There are 18, parts to download and the total download size is approx. 109.2 Mb

Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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Michelle Knight

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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Michelle Knight

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      • From jbgarner58.wordpress.com:
        
        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto this
        reviewer’s plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight (interviewed here),
        was already in my review queue for some time now with an older recipe
        but, as her newest book came up for sale, I decided to take up this
        newest dish instead.  So is this near-future military sci-fi with a
        side of wit and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the Starving Review
        creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the
        genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Here’s the rub, my literary foodies, there’s a fine line between using
        humor to flavor a serious dish and overseasoning with humor to ruin a
        dish.  Comedy, especially dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even
        harder.  So, let me put this particular dog to bed and say that the
        sugary sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There is
        a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic elements, as
        well as that dry British wit to the whole affair, and it sits well in
        this Reviewer’s stomach.
        
        With that clear, let’s attack the rest of the components of this meal.
         Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters and handles those
        characters quite well.  Even the occasional stock minor characters is
        gifted with a particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit
        more three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the chef to
        make the characters more than the title of their jobs, no matter how
        stereotypical they may seem at first blush, and that defiance of
        stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe of
        ‘military-killer-robot-goes-haywire’ (and yes, that IS a classic by
        this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in the realm of
        near-future technology.  The initial start is a bit more mellow than I
        expected it would be.  In fact, it veers dangerously close to an
        extended info-dump, yet it wasn’t to the point of off-putting.  It was
        a thick crust of necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the
        pacing turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its stride, the
        courses come along well, properly seasoned, with dutiful wordsmithing.
         If I have any stylistic complaints, it’s the occasional slip of
        British turns-of-phrase in a distinctly American setting.  Naturally,
        most readers probably won’t catch these, as I barely did and I’m a bit
        of an Anglophile, so I don’t see this detracting from most people’s
        meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish there was a
        bit more done from the haywire military robot’s point-of-view.  Not
        much, but there were a few bits early on that gives the reader some
        flashes of what is going on and I found those particularly brilliant
        while not giving away the overarching plot.  Some more scenes like
        that I think would have added a bit of needed spice at points during
        the last half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future military
        romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!  It’s not *quite*
        perfect, but it’s really quite good and I can gladly recommend this
        meal to any lover of science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly
        British dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind the
        book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp mixing some
        dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5  (visitor)

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Michelle Knight

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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      • From jbgarner58.wordpress.com:
        
        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto this
        reviewer’s plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight (interviewed here),
        was already in my review queue for some time now with an older recipe
        but, as her newest book came up for sale, I decided to take up this
        newest dish instead.  So is this near-future military sci-fi with a
        side of wit and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the Starving Review
        creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the
        genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Here’s the rub, my literary foodies, there’s a fine line between using
        humor to flavor a serious dish and overseasoning with humor to ruin a
        dish.  Comedy, especially dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even
        harder.  So, let me put this particular dog to bed and say that the
        sugary sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There is
        a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic elements, as
        well as that dry British wit to the whole affair, and it sits well in
        this Reviewer’s stomach.
        
        With that clear, let’s attack the rest of the components of this meal.
         Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters and handles those
        characters quite well.  Even the occasional stock minor characters is
        gifted with a particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit
        more three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the chef to
        make the characters more than the title of their jobs, no matter how
        stereotypical they may seem at first blush, and that defiance of
        stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe of
        ‘military-killer-robot-goes-haywire’ (and yes, that IS a classic by
        this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in the realm of
        near-future technology.  The initial start is a bit more mellow than I
        expected it would be.  In fact, it veers dangerously close to an
        extended info-dump, yet it wasn’t to the point of off-putting.  It was
        a thick crust of necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the
        pacing turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its stride, the
        courses come along well, properly seasoned, with dutiful wordsmithing.
         If I have any stylistic complaints, it’s the occasional slip of
        British turns-of-phrase in a distinctly American setting.  Naturally,
        most readers probably won’t catch these, as I barely did and I’m a bit
        of an Anglophile, so I don’t see this detracting from most people’s
        meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish there was a
        bit more done from the haywire military robot’s point-of-view.  Not
        much, but there were a few bits early on that gives the reader some
        flashes of what is going on and I found those particularly brilliant
        while not giving away the overarching plot.  Some more scenes like
        that I think would have added a bit of needed spice at points during
        the last half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future military
        romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!  It’s not *quite*
        perfect, but it’s really quite good and I can gladly recommend this
        meal to any lover of science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly
        British dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind the
        book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp mixing some
        dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5  (visitor)

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Check Mate

Michelle Knight

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Genres: Science Fiction, Humour / Speculative

Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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      • From jbgarner58.wordpress.com:
        
        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto
        this reviewer’s plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight
        (interviewed here), was already in my review queue for some
        time now with an older recipe but, as her newest book came
        up for sale, I decided to take up this newest dish instead. 
        So is this near-future military sci-fi with a side of wit
        and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the
        Starving Review creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan
        of the genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Here’s the rub, my literary foodies, there’s a fine line
        between using humor to flavor a serious dish and
        overseasoning with humor to ruin a dish.  Comedy, especially
        dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even harder.  So, let
        me put this particular dog to bed and say that the sugary
        sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There
        is a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic
        elements, as well as that dry British wit to the whole
        affair, and it sits well in this Reviewer’s stomach.
        
        With that clear, let’s attack the rest of the components of
        this meal.  Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters
        and handles those characters quite well.  Even the
        occasional stock minor characters is gifted with a
        particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit more
        three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the
        chef to make the characters more than the title of their
        jobs, no matter how stereotypical they may seem at first
        blush, and that defiance of stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe
        of ‘military-killer-robot-goes-haywire’ (and yes, that IS a
        classic by this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in
        the realm of near-future technology.  The initial start is a
        bit more mellow than I expected it would be.  In fact, it
        veers dangerously close to an extended info-dump, yet it
        wasn’t to the point of off-putting.  It was a thick crust of
        necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the pacing
        turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its
        stride, the courses come along well, properly seasoned, with
        dutiful wordsmithing.  If I have any stylistic complaints,
        it’s the occasional slip of British turns-of-phrase in a
        distinctly American setting.  Naturally, most readers
        probably won’t catch these, as I barely did and I’m a bit of
        an Anglophile, so I don’t see this detracting from most
        people’s meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish
        there was a bit more done from the haywire military robot’s
        point-of-view.  Not much, but there were a few bits early on
        that gives the reader some flashes of what is going on and I
        found those particularly brilliant while not giving away the
        overarching plot.  Some more scenes like that I think would
        have added a bit of needed spice at points during the last
        half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future
        military romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots! 
        It’s not *quite* perfect, but it’s really quite good and I
        can gladly recommend this meal to any lover of
        science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly British
        dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind
        the book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp
        mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5 
        (visitor)

More By This Author

Check Mate

Michelle Knight

Click For Book Page and Excerpt

Genres: Science Fiction, Humour / Speculative

Words: 52000

Purchase from our site

Ebook Price: $5.95

Add To Cart

Add To Cart

Paperback Pages: 178

Paperback price: $8.50

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