Anvil of Stars
Anvil of Stars is the direct sequel to the excellent The Forge of God, taking the latter book’s very Earthly apocalyptic storyline across a galaxy in a spaceship full of horny teenagers and robots that like to watch. Though you should read The Forge of God first, I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary, as there’s enough exposition to fill in any readers new to the story.
The kids, all hopped up on hormones and rage, deal with a bunch of political turmoil and philosophical stuff while en route to fulfill their mission: enact revenge for the loss of their planet Earth. This is the slow tease part of the book, and — while interesting and well-paced — is basically the matinée before the big show. And boy, what a show it turns out to be!
I loved The Forge of God, but the final quarter or so of Anvil of Stars had me holding my breath in anticipation several times. It plays out like the life of a good friendship: there’s cautious hellos, lots of shenanigans, tearful goodbyes, things exploding, several tentacles here and there. And it all ends satisfyingly, which is more than I can say for lots of other epic sci-fi series.
Read/Don’t Read Verdict: READ IT!
For Halloween, several spooky Kindle books are on deep discount, including one of my favorite all-time horror novels, Dan Simmons’s Carrion Comfort. Also on sale are other assorted horror, fantasy, and sci-fi books by Joe Hill, Peter Straub, Brian Lumley, Stephen R. Donaldson, and more:
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – $3.99
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons – $2.99
Ghost Story by Peter Straub – $2.99
November 1st, 2016
Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes (editors)
The first of the month brings an anthology of fantastical short works by several authors, including a Dresden Files story by collection editor Jim Butcher and other short works by bestselling genre writers Kevin J. Anderson and Seanan McGuire.