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eGregoroi

Just some observations of society, from someone who feels disconnected from it. And reviews, with a preference for fiction.

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The Dysfunctional Conspiracy

Here is where I make some disclaimers. I tend to, absent facts to the contrary, default to believing the police, prosecutors, etc. in matters of criminal law and so forth. So, when presented with a book whose very premise is that those same individuals not only broke...

Static Mayhem

This is the sequel to Prelude To Mayhem, and while some things in the world have changed, my mental block that insists that 'mayhem' is spelled 'meyham' persists. I blame the [spoiler] that broke the world. Neener. Really, though, this is a good follow-up to...

This Is How It Should Be

Which, yes, means it doesn't. But this is simple, and we can't seem to pull it together enough to get the simple stuff like this right. It makes me worry. I see so many examples of the kind of things that make this list feel needed every day. It is, in fact, the main...

Organic

Ah, the sequel. This is the part of a series that is tricky - balancing the need to bridge the introduction to the climax. There is a reason that one assumes a sequel will just not be as good as the original. It's hard to get that lightning in the bottle twice, after...

The Last Death Worm of the Apocalypse

With a title like that who can resist? I somewhat wish I did, but not much - this was a fun series, and a good capstone. If not satisfying. So, this is the third book in the Kelly Driscoll Series. I honestly think that Amenity Tower Series would be more accurate, as...

Book Review: Muddy Waters

Ah, the supernatural. That could be the whole of the review. Really. This isn't a bad book, I actually enjoyed it. What this is is a lost book. There is a lot happening here, and it seems like the author is trying to cover all the ground possible, without quite...

Book Review: A Dangerous Year

This was one of those books that, when offered an advance copy for a review, I read the blurb and thought 'interesting', and the book lived to the hype. The publication has been pushed back repeatedly, and that makes adding this to Amazon in a timely fashion...

Book Review: Zhukov’s Dogs

Some books grab you straight away, some take forever to do so, and some never do. This is the second type. I need to head off on a tangent for a bit, sorry. So sometime back, a certain novel was awarded a Hugo for being the best of the year. I tried to read it, and...

Book Review: Darkscapes

Another Curiosity Quills anthology. Honestly, the usual disclaimer of 'I don't usually like these' is getting played out, as I keep requesting them. I think CQ simply had managed to figure the format out, and pulled together some good authors, a solid editor, and kept...

Farewell, Mr. President

While I think that the Obama presidency will be judged a failure, for several reasons (and one huge one), I also know no person is wholly one thing or another. So, to that end, here are some things that I believe Mr. Obama got right. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’’...