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Friday, November 20, 2015

Goodreads giveaway for Gateway of India (Omnibus Edition)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Gateway of India by Ken  Doyle

Gateway of India

by Ken Doyle

Giveaway ends November 29, 2015.
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Gateway of India (Omnibus Edition) now available

The Gateway of India, built in the early twentieth century, served as a ceremonial entrance to the city of Bombay. Today, it remains the city’s most famous landmark.

Set in 1980s Bombay, this collection of stories and a novella provides a gateway into the lives of ordinary citizens. A doctor who retires to begin a new life, a bus conductor, a police inspector, the residents in an affluent neighborhood, a schoolteacher and his students—each vignette captures the unique struggles and triumphs of life in India’s commercial capital.

The special omnibus edition contains all three books in the Gateway of India series and includes a bonus story, Saturday Date.

Kindle Edition: http://amzn.to/1l9wIOn

Paperback: http://amzn.to/1MMaDvo

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book review: Eragon, by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I've had this on my shelf for a while. I have to say, it's not bad for a 15-year-old, although I'm sure the original version was probably edited pretty heavily when Knopf picked it up. I doubt I could have written something as sophisticated when I was 15.

I'm surprised by the hate for this book. I've seen a lot of it being dismissed as derivative, especially with regard to LOTR and even Star Wars. The thing is, pretty much every epic fantasy written in the last 50 years has been influenced by LOTR in some way. The pacing is a bit slow initially, but I did keep reading, and I tend to prefer slower pacing over hot and heavy action on every page. I would have liked some more character depth.

Overall, worth reading for me. I may actually check out the other books.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Gateway of India (Book Three and Omnibus Edition) release date

The date is set: On Tuesday, November 10, the last book in the Gateway of India series will be available for Kindle.

There will also be a special omnibus edition, containing all three books. The Kindle edition will be available November 10, and a paperback edition should be out within the following week.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book review: The Leaving of Things, by Jay Antani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book intrigued me, largely due to its dual connection: Madison, Wisconsin, where I lived for 20 years and India, the country of my birth. It's an interesting approach by an expat Indian author, and the reverse of the normal Indian immigrant stories. Antani captures the sense of dislocation perfectly--the feeling of being plucked from a comfortable environment in spite of being in a minority, and being dropped in the tumultuous, disorienting mess of life in an Indian city. Antani switches settings with ease from suburban Ahmedabad to Bombay and even to the Taj Mahal, although at times he gets a bit carried away with the historical backdrop. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading Indian fiction.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Book review: James Potter and the Morrigan Web, by G. Norman Lippert

James Potter and The Morrigan Web (James Potter, #4)James Potter and The Morrigan Web by G. Norman Lippert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Bloody brilliant," as Ron would say.

Lippert captured Rowling's magic in his setting and characters from the first book. However, he's even managed to develop her famous, progressively darker story arc across the series. This book is a page-turner, with a complex plot that builds to a larger conclusion. Unfortunately, we may never get to see the rest of the series. I really wish Rowling, her publishers, and Warner Brothers could work out an arrangement where Lippert could be compensated for his work. Meanwhile, I'll continue to buy him coffee.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Book review: Brave New Girls (Anthology)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm always cautious about reading anthologies, because they can be a mixed bag--I much prefer collections by a single author. However, this anthology sparked my interest because of its theme, and the fact that the proceeds were being used to fund an effort to attract more young women to STEM fields.

Overall, the the quality of the writing was very good. A few stories fell prey to common issues like POV inconsistencies and a tendency to indulge in infodumping, but those could be fixed with tighter editing. Most of the stories portrayed realistic, gritty protagonists without pandering to common stereotypes and the dreaded love triangle that seems to pervade much of YA literature. For the most part, the stories showcased their characters' abilities to use their brains to solve problems, and that's the kind of science fiction I especially enjoy reading.

It's hard to pick favorites when there are so many good stories, but I enjoyed these the most: The Outpost by Paige Daniels; Blink by Kate Moretti; Graveyard Shift by Kimberly Giarratano; and Fledgling by Jason Kucharik. Overall, this anthology will appeal to most lovers of YA science fiction and speculative fiction.

Note: I received a free advance review copy of this book from the publisher.

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