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Just Reviewed two of Stephanie Osborn’s Stories at SBR

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Folks, I’m pleased to report that I reviewed two of Stephanie Osborn’s stories this evening, these being THE MORE THINGS CHANGE and EL VENGADOR to be exact.  Please stroll on over to Shiny Book Review (SBR for short, as always) and take a look at tonight’s review.

And due to a brief conversation with Ms. Osborn just a few minutes ago, I learned that THE MORE THINGS CHANGE is currently priced only ninety-nine cents . . . but that price will go up at 12:00 a.m. PST to $1.99, then go up to its regular price ($2.99) at 12:00 p.m. PST.  So if you’re in the mood for an interesting, well-researched and fun read about a plausible alien society with a solid, hard scientific background, you might want to go take a gander at THE MORE THINGS CHANGE.

And, of course, if you’re in the mood for some intelligent horror of the paranormal variety, you may well be intrigued by Ms. Osborn’s EL VENGADOR.

Thus ends tonight’s public service announcement.

Written by Barb Caffrey

December 27, 2013 at 12:32 am

Just Reviewed Joan Slonczewski’s “The Highest Frontier” at SBR

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Folks, I enjoyed the science, but not the characterization, of Joan Slonczewski’s newest novel, THE HIGHEST FRONTIER.  Slonczewski’s novel is very strong, scientifically, as makes sense due to Slonczewski’s own scientific background.  What I hadn’t expected is the dearth of characterization, as the main character, Jennifer Ramos Kennedy (scion of two Presidential families, one being those Kennedys), while likable,  just wasn’t strong enough to hang a book around.

This made writing a review for THE HIGHEST FRONTIER more difficult than it might’ve otherwise been, as the “sense of wonder” feeling was definitely present, and in style.  I admired the science, the world-building, the intense detailing, and everything that went up into making a near-future world (our Earth, set about 100 years in the future) both plausible and palpable.

Anyway, please go read my review at SBR and tell me what you think:

http://shinybookreview.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/joan-slonczewskis-the-highest-frontier-great-science-iffy-characterization/

Enjoy!

Written by Barb Caffrey

January 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm