Swords, sorcery and treasure

The Jewel of Dantenos: A Lee Starfinder Adventure from the World of The Godling Chronicles (The Godling Chronicles, #0.5)The Jewel of Dantenos: A Lee Starfinder Adventure from the World of The Godling Chronicles by Brian D. Anderson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Short story, set in front of a so far six-book-long fantasy series. Sword and sorcery/heroic fantasy. Nothing serious or deep, just some fluff with adventuring heroes trying to retrieve some treasure. Add some swords, horses, demigods and a little magic, stir and voila.

I throughly disliked the main character and really only made it through the whole 1 hour and 52 minutes, because I was stuck on a plane without anything better to do and the audio came for free through audible.

It was ok, barely. I have no interest in picking up the series.

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Brain candy

The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, #1)The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very entertaining and well written brain candy with likeable characters, a nice mystery, some sorcery and the requisite hot sex toward the end. Couldn’t put it down! Well, I had to sleep at some point…

Includes Interlude with Tattoos (A Charm of Magpies #1.5), a short story set just after the end of The Magpie Lord.

I will very likely continue with this series.

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Short, not necesarily sweet

The New MotherThe New Mother by Eugene Fischer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The girls were spayed. That is the only word for it. Four sisters, the oldest five and the youngest barely two, with dirt-crusted fingers and baggy t-shirts, huddled next to a police van. They are identical in the way of twins; different sizes but, excepting perhaps some scars and birthmarks, their bodies are the same. The picture of them standing together next to the van is like a textbook illustration of early human development. And hidden under their shirts, carved low across the belly, the one scar they all share.”

I have read dystopian fanfiction, where all women on Earth died and what the repercussions of that could be. This is a different take, similar scenario — women can procreate asexually and essentially bear clones of themselves, without any male contribution.

Interessting idea and the author poses some fascinating questions to his set-up.

Winner of the Tiptree Award.

Story is available for free at https://medium.com/@glorioushubris/th…

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