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Along the way he meets other dangerous characters including Shame Cullen; murderous twins Foss and Faust, as well as Durban Chola who is more than he first appears. One character who stood out to me amid all the violence and dark scheming was Charis, who trusts Avilon and whom I found to be the most relatable character in the story. I found it difficult to connect with many of the blunt, no-nonsense fighters, but I sense that Charis will be the heart of this series. That said, I could be wrong, for I have idea where this grand space adventure will lead.
What's to like: the world-building is well done and you can almost see the snub guns, A.I. mechs, holofacade wall and picture the brain-linked data port. The characters are complex, flawed and well described. The writing style is good and easy to follow.
The downsides: I found it a bit slow in places, where so much back story, talking and character thoughts took place that the action seemed a bit slow. I would also like to have felt more of an emotional connection to the characters.
Trust a Few is the perfect name for an interesting novel. I recommend it for fans of dystopian sci-fi.
I bought this novel on the recommendation of a friend.
An interesting concept from author Bonnie Milani, is the house bugs, AKA giant hairy spiders, which can be quite the docile type, but can also be aggressive and murderous. There is the whole Black Widow, death-after-mating thing going on here, so it's no wonder there aren't many guys hanging around. Another Sissy planet nasty is the man-eating Nosher plant with its deadly tendrils.
The most enjoyable character for me was Sam, the spider who lives with Nikki, kinda like an eight-legged creepy-looking brother type. Sam is actually really sweet, loyal and noble. He is the only person who is nice to Nikki in the whole story. Unfortunately his future is pretty bleak, with him likely to be mated and eaten in the near future.
The story begins with Nikki searching the house for the book of Grimms, the only book on the entire planet. I didn't really get hooked in by this beginning and ended up having to re-read the first chapter to take in all the alien world-building. There is plenty of information at the start as Milani draws you into her world. Once I got into the story, I found it well-paced and enjoyable. Other interesting concepts included the click speech of the house bugs and the chron implant, which was mentioned briefly. There is action aplenty and a few surprises to keep you guessing. I did find it a little tricky to figure out who was a human and who was a spider, as the personalities seem rather similar. On the whole, I enjoyed Cherry Pickers and would recommend it to new adult readers.
I bought this book on Amazon and this is my honest opinion of the novel.
Suffrage is very well written and edited, with a perfect balance of action and character development. At the heart of the story is the core group of friends on their mission to find the key. Each character is unique and has a part to play in the team. There are dozens of other characters introduced and I did find it overwhelming at the start, but it all comes across well as the story progresses. On character named Stanford seemed important at first, but then disappears and left me wondering why.
The author uses tension and pace very well in this multi-focal story. There are a lot of characters with differing motives and agendas. I would have liked more defined chapters and less points of view, but overall it works pretty well.
For me the standout point of the story is the harmonic time-travelling device used by the character named Snake. It shows great originality and creativity from the author.
I'll definitely read this again and eagerly await the next instalment in the World Key Chronicles.
I purchased the paperback version and posted the review on Amazon.
Nicholas joined me for a Fantasy Sci-Fi Network interview.
Here are some of the highlights:
* Nicholas' writing has been compared to the classics such as Philip K. Dick
* He claims to the dichotomy of being both lazy and a perfectionist
* I found 12 of Nicholas' books available in Kindle format on Amazon
* He enjoys writing an antagonist character the most
* His characters sometimes disagree with his writing plans
* Nicholas' web designing company is going great guns.
* You'll never guess what's on his bucket list
Read all this and more here: http://fsfnet.com/2016/10/15/kasper-interviews-author-nicholas-Rossis/
Check out Nicholas' collection of short stories: You're in for a Ride
Gloria joined me for an author interview on the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network
Here are some of my favourite bits:
* You can read one her Gloria's comics for free on her website: gloriawickman.com
* She has a life-long love of all things science fiction
* Gloria gives some good advice for aspiring authors
* Her tip for curing writers' block will make you laugh
* I was impressed with the books Gloria would take through an interstellar portal
Read all these and more on the FSFNet website.
Here's Gloria's latest release:
Gary warped into the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network for an author interview this weekend.
Here are my fave bits:
* Gary talks about combining and experimenting with genres, so he is not pigeon-holed.
* He writes about sentient androids and counts Commander Data as an inspiration
* I'm really impressed with Gary's writing routine
* Yep, his superpower is a good one
Check out all these and more interesting insights on the FSFNet website.
Here is Gary Starta's sci-fi novel: Gods of the Machines
James travelled at light speed to give us a great interview for the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network.
Here are some of the highlights:
* It took James 30 years to get around to writing, but he's now going full steam ahead.
* Several scenes from his books are based on James' real life experiences. Now that's not such an easy feat when you're writing about an invasion by alien bugs.
* The song he chose as a theme song for The Turret novel comes as a surprise
* Developing the book covers took a bit of trial and error
* The voices of James Bond and Han Solo are invited to narrate James' audio books
*Jordan the Wonder Cat appears to be a silent partner in the business by the looks of his photo
Check out all this and more in the full interview here.
Highlights of my interview with Debbie Brown for the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network:
* Debbie started writing under tragic circumstances and is an inspiration to all of us
* Her characters experience tragedy in the Amethyst Eyes series too
* Debbie's characters write themselves, that sounds like a winning idea - just put your feet up and let the novel write itself. Hmm ... perhaps that's not quite as easy as it sounds.
* Her CV is very diverse and impressive
* There is no time in Debbie's life for writers' block
* I love the way she describes the person who inspires her
* I can't wait to see her the number one thing on Debbie's bucket list
See the full interview here
Debbie's latest book
Title: Amethyst Eyes: The Legend Comes to Life
Author: Debbie Brown
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Howling Wolf / Ravenswood Publishing
Release Date: October 25, 2014
Greg flew in for an author interview this week to talk to me for the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network.
Here are some highlights from our chat:
* Greg was a prolific writer, even back in elementary school
* He is currently writing the third story in the Beyond Saga.
* Beyond the Horizon (Beyond Saga book 2) has just been released on Amazon.
* NASA and even our own solar system can be credited as inspirations for his writings.
* He enjoys his day job and they are supportive of his writing - sounds a perfect match
* Greg is a prolific blogger, just check out the links throughout the interview
* When asked if he preferred Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings, he has a different answer altogether.
Check out the full interview here
Greg's new release is Beyond the Horizon (Beyond Saga Book 2)