It's a new school year at Hawley Lodge and this time Luke Brownlow is sure that everything will go smoothly.
Of course there's the small matter of the ongoing feud between the Romans and the Vikings to resolve. And Benjamin Wharton is still being obnoxious. It's not all plain sailing in the romance department either.
But at least he can count on Ned Kelly as a source of support.
Or can he…?
Some great advice here for just-starting-out writers (and probably ones who've been at it for a while, too). I particularly enjoyed Kristine Kathryn Rusch's piece on discipline (oh so terribly true) but there is something useful in each of the chapters. Thanks for making this available for free!
A quick read, at under 30,000 words, but an enjoyable one. Two teenage boys, camping in the snow, rescue a man who turns out to be an escaped convict. One of the boys is the son of Cambodian refugees, who believes that everyone has the capacity to act well. This belief is sorely tested when the convict decides that his only means of escape will be to dispose of his rescuers...
Believable characters and dialogue, with a good introduction to ethical questions as a side order.
Hard to describe this book, but it's a good read. In a future where time has been decimalised, a small colony on a tiny moonlet copes with an interesting range of potential threats, several of them homicidal. Some of the details are wonderful - the genetically modified McChickens, which "tasted unaccountably of dill pickle", made me laugh.