Superhero Generations

29 03 2016

Author: Carrie Vaughn

After the Golden Age Dreams of the Golden Age

After the Golden Age
(9780765325556) April 2011
Dreams of the Golden Age
(9780765370105) January 2014

The first generation of superheroes in Commerce City are the result of a mind alteration experiment gone wrong. Their creation, though, is a good thing for the city. There may be a super villain or two, but the rest are dedicated to helping the city. Things start to unravel when their identities are revealed.

In book one, we have the story of the next generation. The estranged daughter of the 2 main super heroes, Celia, is the target of frequent abductions. She doesn’t have any powers, but the mind-reader of the team can always find her. This book culminates with the handing over of the reigns from the first gen super heroes to Celia, their daughter. Along the way the history of the super heroes (and villains) is revealed. A thoroughly engaging tale. Young Adult and above. Female lead character.

In book two, it’s the story of the 3rd generation of superheroes. Much younger, mid teens, just exploring their powers without their parents knowing. Not so. The parents give them free reign to explore their talents, without interfering. They watch though.

A new villain arrives from another city, with a collection of new supers that do not have the same loyalty to Commerce City. They are only discovered in the final chapters, when Celia is kidnapped, again. The final shootout between all the supers is quite exciting.

Again, the leads are female (villains older males).

Excellent reading. Read both books over Easter 2016.

Both tales are suitable for Young Adult readers. There are a lot of good YA targeted books out there that may not appear on the main SciFi/Fantasy shelves, and are great reads none-the-less. I got both books from Amazon as they weren’t available for kindle. The first came as a hardcover and the second as a paperback (with much smaller text, of course) – both at the same price.


Two tales of “Life Interrupted”

26 01 2013

Teenage AmnesiacMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
ISBN-13: 978-0312561284
Tags: Teen, Young Adult,
High School
Naomi’s accident results in amnesia. She can’t remember the last 4years – her parents divorce, mother’s remarriage, her new step-sister, her boyfriend/s. A good read. Memoirs-Teenage-Amnesiac-AMAZON







Torn By Stephanie Guerra

ISBN-13: 978-0761462729
Tags: Teen, Young Adult, High School
Ruby comes into Stella’s life, alienating her from her friends, and introducing her to a different lifestyle. Ruby leads a detatched sort of life, doing things that unsettle Stella, but she manages to not stray – much! A tame-ish story, and a pleasant read. Torn-Stephanie-Guerra-AMAZON

Torn is not as rich, in characters and story, as the Amnesiac tale.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac 3.5/5
Torn 3/5

Books read in 2012

2 09 2012

MyBooks last 12mths – 2012
This PDF is a preliminary list of the books I have read this year. I will add reviews soon.

More YA (Young Adult) authors have crept into my reading list. Some like Marissa Meyer and Veronica Rossi’s books are debut novels – both the beginnings of series that are expected to have sequels annually until done. L.E. Modesitt’s Magic of Recluce anniversary issue could be YA too, except for it being in the regular SciFi&Fantasy shelves instead of the special younger reader sections of the book store.

Books Read This Year

25 12 2010

Here’s a quick list (pdf) of the books I read in 2010 and 2009’s list.

MyBooks last 12mths 2010 

MyBooks last 12mths 2009

42 Short Stories

27 06 2010

Michael Swanwick is writing a short story a day for six weeks as part of  Clarion West’s fund-raising Write-a-Thon

2010 Clarion West Write-a-thon
These are very-short stories. So far he has written six…

– Queen Maeve’s Coursers
– Viking Graffiti
– Nobody Of Any Importance
– The Warp and the Weft
– Abandoned Objects
– Queen of the Pirate Galaxy

keep up with the latest via Michael’s Blog – Flogging Babel

He’s not the only author involved with the write-a-thon. Check out the list on the Write-a-thon page.

Oath of Fealty

24 05 2010

Oath of Fealty (Hardcover)
by Elizabeth Moon
Publisher: Del Rey (March 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345508742
ISBN-13: 978-0345508744

Gathering Momentum, April 24, 2010
This is the first book of Elizabeth Moon’s “Paladin’s Legacy” trilogy. As such it is laying the background for a looming war. A war in which old magics return.

With Mages able to transfer to other bodies, who can you trust?

The book expands more on the powers of the Marshals of Gird, Tir, etc

The main characters are drawn from Paksenarrion’s old cohort. The Duke who becomes King of the half-elven kingdom of Lyonya, the Captain who becomes Duke of Verrakai after her evil mage family is caught in a treasonous coupe attempt, and another captain who inherits the former Dukes’ (now King) lands and fighting forces.

Paksenarrion plays a background/supporting role.

A good read, although a bit slow for the first third. I will re-read “The Deed of Paksenarrion” before the next book comes out. Can’t wait.

24/05/2010: This book is already out in Paperback in Australia. Today I read Borders misleading blurb about the book. “Kieri is King of a divided land. Human and Elves live in an uneasy peace, newly united under their mixed blood ruler. And they face a common enemy, so unity has never been more important – or harder to achieve. Kieri must try and bind his people together, but a legacy of war has devastated the land and torn apart communities, leaving death and resentment in its wake. The King is also facing great pressure to marry, and consolidate his rule with powerful allies. But will Kieri choose and elven bride, or a human suitor? And will his warrior background allow him to navigate the difficult politics of a fractured realm? ”

Have they even read the book. It looks a lot like the probable synopsis for the next book.

On Elizabeth Moons website the accurate blurb says:
“In Oath of Fealty, book one of Paladin’s Legacy, two neighboring realms each get a new king–and both kings face personal danger and social unrest. An estranged daughter must take over her family’s realm and send her evil adult relatives to prison–or face a charge of treason. And a former mercenary captain inherits the entire company. Assassinations, conspiracies, brigands, wars and rumors of war…will it never end?”

Anyway, I have also just finished reading “The Deed of Paksenarrion” and its prequel “The Legacy of Gird” where Paks and Kieri are mentioned at the conclusion, so I expect the “Paladin’s Legacy” series to link in at some stage – maybe book 3.

The Windup Girl

29 03 2010

The Windup Girlby Paolo Bacigalupi
ISBN 978-1597801577, Hardcover
Night Shade Books, 2009

I have just finished reading this book.
All I heard was raves about this book and author – best book of the year?? Not to me. But an interesting read nonetheless.

It’s set in Thailand, post global warming and civilization collapse. An unstable warlord society in which the displaced strive to recover past glories/power.

International commerce is via clipper ship or dirigible. Genetic engineering of crops etc has lead to plagues that have decimated populations. Theres still the risk of a new variant emerging any time.

Picture the city in Blade Runner, minus the rain and technology. The cover makes the city look grander than the image portrayed in Paolo’s prose.

The Windup Girl is a genetic engineered creature who has been bread to serve as assistant, translator and slave to her Japanese master. She is discarded in the Thai city, and becomes a show piece in a Thai strip club. Following severe abuse she kills some very important personage and flees into the city. It is just one of many triggers that sets off a power stuggle in the city.