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Five for Friday

Posted on: February 8, 2019

Welcome to a new-ish feature here at Little Red Reviewer, called Five for Friday. The concept is simple – it’s a Friday, and I post a photo of 5 books, and then we chat about them in the comments.

The only things these books have in common are:
– they were on my bookshelf
– I’m interested in your thoughts on them.

have you read any of these? if yes, did you like them? If you’ve not read them, does the cover make you interested in learning more about the book?

Fearful Symmetries – I picked this anthology up from a used book dealer. Edited by Ellen Datlow, the TOC includes Pat Cadigan, Laird Barron, Garth Nix, Jeffrey Ford, Michael Marshall Smith.  That’s the extent of my knowledge. How do you fare with anthologies?

 

The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez – Yes, this is the collection that has the famous robot panda sex story. and it is a damn good short story!! Actually, every story in this collection is fantastic (review here), as is Hernandez’s kids book that is out in March (review coming soon)

 

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells.  My favorite Murderbot book. review here. If for whatever reason you only read the first novella in the series and then stopped, please do yourself a favor and read this second one.

(huh. hadn’t realized until right this second that I had so many short stories/novellas in this five for friday photo. oh well)

 

Rule 34 by Charles Stross.  I really like Stross’s Laundry Files books, enjoyed Accellerando and Glass House (although I worry those two have not aged well).  Anyone read Rule 34? How is it?

 

Fix by Ferrett Steinmetz – Crap. I meant to put the FIRST book in this trilogy in the photo, and instead I grabbed the LAST book. OOPS. What a fun urban fantasy read! If you like stories where everyone has unique magic, and they have to learn most of the rules as they go, this is the series for you! Protagonist is a father who is just trying to protect his daughter, and you’ll get to meet Valentine, one of my favorite female characters, ever.  Oh, do you like the movie Fight Club? you will really, really love the second book in this series! here my review of the first book, Flex.

 

 

have you read any of these?  What did you think of them?  If you’ve not read these, do any look interesting to you?

6 Responses to "Five for Friday"

Everything about Fix sounds fantastic! Father-daughter relationships, urban fantasy, interesting magic system….I’m definitely in! 😀

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That whole trilogy was really good, I highly recommend! it’s been out a few years, so should be easily findable in paperback or at the library. The magic system really is fantastic!

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All the books look good, but the one by Carlos Hernandez really caught my eye. That’s one of the best titles for a book I’ve seen in a long time. And after checking it out on Amazon, it sounds like a damned good read. I’m going to have to get a copy.

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yeah, isn’t that title just brilliant? If you want to give one of the stories a test run, and like short story podcasts, Levar Burton did an audio podcast of one of the stories in this collection – “Fantasie Impromptu #4 in Cmin”.

http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com/

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Like Kathy above, I think Fix would be right up my alley.

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if you like urban fantasies with great characters and a neat magic system, you’ll definitely enjoy the whole series!

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