Delhi by Vandana Singh

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  3 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

I quite enjoyed this short story. It was pleasant, but I cannot say it grabbed my imagination. Nevertheless, it did have something compelling to it that drew me in. Singh’s narrative is very vivid, and one can identify with the despair and the confusion – the craziness – of the main character.

What I really did enjoy was the visions he had of Delhi in different times, the people he met and interacted with – or didn’t. Singh portrayed these concepts very well, making it believable. Also, with her being a native of Delhi, although I’ve never been there, I felt I had through her words.

Very well written and enjoyable.

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Extinction Aftermath by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

When I think Smith can’t top the previous book in a series, he turns around and shows me just what stuff he’s made of. Bigger and better monsters, a dastardly villain who is seriously insane, and of course, Team Ghost and their friends, who as always try to hold the line. What more could I ask for? I simply devoured this book.

This is an author with a fantastic imagination, and the story isn’t all that far-fetched, which makes it all the more chilling. If these are Nick’s “daymares”, I hate to know what his nightmares are like! Now I truly cannot wait for the next book!

Traveller’s Rest by David I. Masson

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

This was a fascinating story. In this world Masson creates, as one travels south, one travels down-time (time moves slower) while as one travels north, one travels up-time – where time moves very quickly. I loved how Masson further illustrates this by abbreviating names in the up-time latitudes down to initials, while in the south (down-time), one accesses the more complete (and very lengthy!) names of places and people. This was an excellent device, and added to the puzzle.

The story follows H, a soldier on the Frontier. He’s right near the sight-barrier, and the enemy is on the far side. Just twenty metres from his position. But he’s only there for a relatively short time – as he’s soon Relieved and must return to the South, where many years have passed since he left.

I won’t say any more about the plot, as to discuss too much more is to give it all away. But suffice it to say I really enjoyed this story. It was a puzzle to pick apart, food for thought, and all I expect from a story that investigates the concept of time. And a few other questions.

Reality Check by David Brin

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Set who knows how far into the future (perhaps Brin has a clue), this short story is an automatic “reality check” for an individual engaged in finding “drama”. Apparently life isn’t all too great for self-made immortals.

This is one of the briefest short stories I’ve ever read, but it loses nothing by that. In fact, it’s quite thought-provoking, perhaps intended as a reality check for us as we exist today.

Vigilance by HG Chambers

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Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

This book follows on immediately from the end of Recreance. We meet up with the main characters from the previous book, and a new thread begins, following one of the minor characters from Recreance, Anzien.

I really enjoyed picking the story line up from where Recreance left off and exploring more of the world these characters inhabit. Getting to know Anzien and follow her path was a welcome expansion from Book 1. Chambers’s storytelling is vivid and engaging, and for the most part his writing does not get in the way of imagery, making Vigilance a pleasure to read.

I have only one complaint: Vigilance was too short. I would have gladly read on beyond the last page. Needless to say, I will be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.