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Smashwords book reviews by Razz

  • Fire in the Void on Oct. 15, 2010

    A delightful short piece that meshes well with the other Jokka stories and expands upon the world Hogarth has set up. If you're unfamiliar with these intriguing aliens, this is a passable introduction (though you may want to start with earlier stories in this setting, "Sorrow for Money Made Joy", "Freedom, Spiced and Drunk", and "Unspeakable"). As always, the world-building and alien species/culture are set up nicely in a short space and in such a way that even long-time Jokka fans will enjoy seeing new and old aspects of the world.
  • His Neuter Face on Oct. 15, 2010

    Another lovely Jokka story by Hogarth. My sole complaint is that it was too short (the ending caught me by surprise)! :D This is a refreshingly different look at Hogarth's aliens that adds further color to the setting. I fell in love with Sunife from the first and my heart went out to Tafeth on page one. I'd love to see more of this trio and find out what happens next.
  • Spots the Space Marine: Defense of the Fiddler on Oct. 15, 2010

    While not one of my favorite works by Hogarth, this is still an interesting premise and an entertaining read (especially if you like marines, space, and strong female leads). I look forward to catching up on the rest of this serial in the future.
  • Money for Sorrow, Made Joy on Oct. 15, 2010

    One of the first Jokka stories and my first introduction to the world and its wonderful aliens, this is a great start for any would-be Hogarth fan.
  • Unspeakable on Oct. 15, 2010

    This was the story that made me a hopeless MCA Hogarth addict. Not only is it a great introduction to one of her most fascinating alien races, it's gorgeously written and tells a complete story in a nice travel size. The characters are engaging and I found myself drawn into their lives with just a few lines. Definitely worth checking out if you're curious about Hogarth's writing but don't have much time.
  • Anadi Dolls on July 05, 2011

    As a long-time fan of the Jokka stories, this is one I've been waiting for a long time to read and it was well worth it. This is a very different look at these alien people, reversing many of the common themes in this setting. I read Jekun's story with a lump in my throat the whole way through and more than a little bit of envy by the end. If you've been reading the Jokka stories, this one sheds more light on these wonderful people and is well worth the read!
  • The Smell of Intelligence on Aug. 10, 2011

    Another great story from Ke Bakkil that sheds more light on the Jokka, though this one is a bit more eerie than previous tales. The plight of the anadi is fleshed out more in this story and several possibilities that haven't been brought up before are now part of this fascinating setting. I found this to be a curious, bittersweet, and somewhat spooky addition to the Jokka stories. It may not be for the faint-of-heart, but if you're a fan of these aliens, you're definitely going to enjoy it!