Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 25, 2017
Volume 4 of Offbeat Crimes
This fourth book of the Offbeat Crimes series puts the focus on Wolf, the 77th precinct's not-werewolf. Although raised by humans, Wolf still has a hard time understanding the subtilties of the world he was thrust into, especially relationships. He is effectively pansexual. Like most canids, Wolf follows his nose, and animal control officer Jason Chen smells good enough to make Wolf forget how to human. The two are thrown together frequently on Wolf's current case, which involves the discovery of several desiccated small animals around town. Their only clue to the mystery is the lone survivor: a small kitten that seems to have imprinted on Wolf. More
Posted in Book Reviews on May 23, 2017
Volume 3 of Offbeat Crimes
The latest installment of the Offbeat Crimes series switches the focus from Kyle and Kash to the squad's dysfunctional vampire Carrington. ‘Carr’ has a history of rather unfortunate choices in boyfriends, which in large part is how he got to be a vampire that can't stomach whole human blood. In his latest case, Carr learns that words can hurt you, at least when they take physical form and are hurled at you with great force by possessed books. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 18, 2016
Volume 2 of Offbeat Crimes
In this sequel to Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the budding relationship between paranormal police detective Kyle and his partner Vakesh is facing a few stumbling blocks, mainly in the form of Vakesh's inability to be open about it. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 06, 2016
Volume 1 of Offbeat Crimes
Kyle is a policeman in a most unusual precinct. His squad is made up of men and women with paranormal capabilities, although they're not exactly X-men. Everyone's powers are a little ‘off’. There's a firestarter who can't spark if it's wet, and a vampire who gets sick on whole blood, just to name a few. Then we have Kyle's new partner Vakesh, who seems unflappable, but it turns out you don't want to make him angry. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 01, 2016
Volume 4 of Brimstone
The adventures of the demon prince of thieves Shax, his fallen angel lover Ness and their ragtag crew continues in the latest installment of the Brimstone series. Things get off to a rocky start when Shax bumps into an old flame, who also happens to be a spy. Soon after, he hears about a fantastical, yet apparently abandoned, experimental house that seems to have the ability to make dreams come true, or at least appear to. Naturally, Shax wants to steal it. And, naturally, things go wrong. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 23, 2014
Volume 1 of Brimstone
Shax, the demon Prince of Thieves, had a bit of a falling out with Lucifer, so now he, along with his best friend and partner in crime Verrin, Lord of Impatience, have left earth to seek their fortunes among the stars. They've acquired a cargo ship, appropriately named Brimstone, which Shax captains and Verrin pilots. They'll take almost any job, even, or perhaps especially, legally questionable ones.
This omnibus edition of three stories recounts several of the pair's escapades. Along the way, they pick up an angel, a cowboy from earth's past, and assorted other creatures, some of whom join the crew. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 24, 2014
Major Aren Dalsgaard died on the planet Drass more than a hundred years ago. Or at least that's what everyone thought. The military had other ideas. They retrieved his body and put him in cryogenic suspension. Now, for reasons never made clear to him, they've thawed him out, reversed the poison that killed him, and are sending him back to Drass to investigate a series of settler murders apparently carried out by the ‘goblins’, a race of genetically engineered humans adapted to live on the icy planet. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 10, 2013
Volume 1 of Variant Configurations
In the not too distant future, a new genetic breakthrough has eliminated most diseases and congenital disorders. But in an unanticipated side effect, some children are born with special talents, like the ability to find people or create fireballs. Many of these ‘variants’ join The Guild, which cultivates and makes use of their powers. However, these powers also seems to come with their own drawbacks, from psychological to political.
Damien Hazelwood is an extreme example of the double-edged sword of being a vari. His special talent is being able to find people, especially lost children. But he was so traumatized in his youth that he has a severe case of OCD, which is so bad he can't stand to be around people. He refuses to be part of the Guild, but he still agrees to work for them from time to time. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 09, 2013
Isaac dreamed of being a starship pilot, part of an elite force in the galaxy. Unfortunately, the brain implant required to interface with advanced ships failed, leaving the young man subject to massive migraines and unable to even be trusted to fly less advanced ships. Discharged from the military, Isaac is lucky to find a job as communications officer on the small courier ship Hermes, which is where the story really begins. Responding to a distress call, the Hermes finds a disabled ship with everyone on board torn apart, except one man, a huge warrior called Turk.
Isaac finds himself strangely drawn to the mysterious giant, who has been severely traumatized by his ordeal. Turk is also drawn to Isaac, but he has commitments to fulfill as part of an agreement between his secretive people and the military powers. Despite Turk's efforts, Isaac is drawn into the intrigues which surround the warrior, and now both of their lives are in peril. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 27, 2013
The man known only as 374215 is a prisoner of war, far in the future when mankind is spread out among the galaxy, much of which is under the control of a ruthless corporation. The man has been stripped of his name and much of his humanity, and is now used for medical experiments, when not being brutalized by the guards.
The only tiny glimmer of respite in the man's life is at night, when he is watched over by a guard he thinks of only as 'Scar'. Scar doesn't talk, and the prisoner isn't allowed to talk to him. The guard just sits by the door and watches the broken man, which is somehow comforting. More
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