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  • The Sixth Line of Defense on Feb. 19, 2012
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    I generally steer away from stories about people with special mental abilities, but I'm glad I gave this one a shot. It didn't turn out to be anything like I expected and the characters are well outside of the types of characters that I normally identify with, and yet I enjoyed the book a great deal. That isn't to say that the book is flawless. There are many instances where a word was used in the wrong tense that caused a sentence to be confusing. There are also some places where a comma was missing and "to" being used in place of "too." The changes in POVs could also use a little work as it isn't always clear who the POV is for as much as a page of text. That being said, it was a very enjoyable reading experience and I look forward to more work from the author.
  • The Expendable Few - A Spinward Fringe Novel on Feb. 29, 2012
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    I think the best way I can sum this book up is: underwhelming. This was my least favorite of any of the Spinward Fringe novels.Taken as a whole the story was OK, but there didn't seem to be nearly enough emotion attached. I felt like I had to make myself keep reading at times. Also, the tense that the book was written was annoying.
  • Once Upon Another World on March 13, 2012
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    Once Upon Another World is a very fun and fast-paced read, but I think it could better be described as the beginning to one helluva crazy series (based on the first two novels). This book seems to have a bit of everything in it at times. I was surprised at how well the amalgamation held together, actually. There are some very cool twists in this novel. At times it feels like the story takes a 90 degree turn every time you think you know what's happening. I like that. It kept the story fresh and interesting. The novel isn't perfect and I don't think it is nearly as polished as the second in the series (it is free, though), but I did find it very enjoyable to read and highly entertaining. The structure of the novel is pretty unique, as well. I didn't like it the first time I read it, but after reading book 2 and then coming back to book 1 I feel a lot better about it. In essence it kind of feels like there are short stories tacked on after the climax. If you are one of those people that gets pulled out of the story every time you encounter a grammar mistake, this book probably isn't for you, but if you are able to read past them you will find a lot to like.
  • Of Forgotten Days and Lost Worlds on March 14, 2012
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    Book 2 in the Salak'patan series is a much better novel in terms of writing quality. I suspect that the trend will continue in further books. Monorth's tale continues in expected and, in some cases, very unexpected ways, but remains highly enjoyable and I am left wanting more. This story feels much looser than book 1, with the plot a little nebulous. I have a feeling it will set up book 3 quite well, but it definitely is not a stand-alone novel. Again, the structure of the book is non-standard and feels like a mixture of novellas and short stories, but turns out quite well. Can't wait for book 3!
  • At the Gates of the Worlds' Rim on March 18, 2012
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    I find myself unable to explain why I like this book so much more than the first two in the series. Perhaps it's because it feels much more like one long plot, a bit more traditionally structured. Or maybe the additional characters felt right to me. *shrug* If you've already read the first two books you should know if you like the series or not. If so, stop reading this review and buy the book. Now. If not, you probably won't start loving the series by reading the third.
  • Mariposa on March 19, 2012
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    It took me a while to get into the story in Mariposa (about 25%), but IMO it admirably began what should be a very interesting series. The setting has a lot going for it and I expect it will expand further into more good things. My biggest complaint with the novel is that some of the relationships (I wouldn't bother to call them romances) feel flat and out of place.
  • The Mullinix Book 1: Ascension on March 20, 2012
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    This was a very well done novel. I'd call it enchanting. The setting has awesome potential so I'm eager to see where the series goes. At first I thought I knew exactly what the plot of this book would be ... then I realized I didn't. Then I really realized I was wrong. And then I turned out to be right, sort of. The final pages proved how little I know. Good stuff.
  • The Twisted Strands of Time on April 14, 2012
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    This one is tough to write a review for. It's a good story and the editing (along with some of the writing) is more advanced compared to earlier releases. The storyline has progressed to something much more complex and interested than when the series began. At the same time, things have become so much more confusing. There are so many characters (many of them minor) that I often can't keep track of without reminders. Also, the story in this book wasn't at all what I was expecting (or really what I wanted). Or at least not what I thought I wanted. Still, it was enjoyable and I really want to find out what happens next. Fans of the series so far will enjoy book 4.
  • The Gossamer Threads of Fate on Oct. 10, 2012
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    Books about time travel are always strange and often difficult to understand. This one, thankfully, is pretty well laid out. I'm glad Monorth's story got cut into two books instead of one giant book or (worse) mixed into the normal time-line novels. A few things that happen were what I was expecting from Monorth's time stuck in time, but there were plenty of the really cool unexpected twists I have come to find are a staple of the author. I also feel that The Gossamer Threads of Fate is an excellent addition to the series because it helps to slow things down. It's nice to be able to concentrate on just 1-2 points of view for most of the book. Bottom line: If you've read and enjoyed the previous Salak'patan books then you will like this one. It was compelling enough that I read it straight through in one day.
  • Pilot on Sep. 09, 2013
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    Give this book a chance. Read the beginning--if you like the writing style (which I loved, but don't see all that often in the genre) and aren't a stickler for hard science, then you will enjoy the series. I found the whole story/setting fascinating. Characters seem very human and dialogue is great. Some people might find the story to move too slow, but I actually liked how the writer made all of the ordinary life scenes interesting to read. My sole complaint of the series doesn't even happen until the later books when I thought the main character acted a little thick-skulled. Highly recommended! :)