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Moe Sasseville "Moester" (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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The Age of Odin: Special Edition (Pantheon)
The Age of Odin: Special Edition (Pantheon)
Price: CDN$ 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great and fun read., Jan. 17 2016
I loved this book, I'm a fan of Lovegrove's God novels; and this is my favorite. Gideon (Gid) is a funny and unapologetic character, he's the type of person who fights his way in and out of trouble. That being said, he shows growth and has a great arch which is surprising consider how action-heavy the book is.

If you've never this series before, it's essentially a series of 'what ifs' about Gods being real and humanity's reaction to them. Each book is in a separate universe and usually has a twilight-zone like twist meaning. I feel like talking specifically about the plot would give too much away; but I would say that one could argue that the plot twists are telegraphed miles in advance...which is true...but it's also true that the hero isn't overly concerned with examining things closely which explains why he misses the things which are obvious to the audience. The one weakness of the plot is that Gid who's supposed to be a regular man is shown as almost super-humanly resilient which sometimes took me out of the story but not enough to stop me from tearing through the novel in an afternoon.

Far From Home: The Complete First Series (Far From Home Boxset Book 1)
Far From Home: The Complete First Series (Far From Home Boxset Book 1)
Price: CDN$ 3.88

2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book, Jan. 17 2016
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I've been looking to find a the next great page turner in the space opera genre...this unfortunately was not it. The premise is basically a rip-off of Voyager, a female captain and her crew are marooned in a distant part of the galaxy in hostile space. Their ship is powerful, but ridiculously out numbered, as a result, they make enemies and alliances while looking to survive. The book has many of the same flash which Voyager suffered from, namely the over-reliance on McGuffins and oversimplification of complex issues which must affect a ship and crew so far from home and support. In the end, the book essentially reboots itself with a ridiculous time-travel mechanic which resets the entire storyline...essentially turning everything which happened into a dream sequence.

The problems are not only with the weak plot, but with the juvenile prose and poor editing. The reading if ponderous and full of hollow dialogue. There's a few times where I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of it all.

All that being said, I did finish the book, which says that it's not completely horrible, although I've resigned myself to never reading another thing this person writes unless they actually get an editor and starts putting this mess into something more coherent. As it is, it's a huge mess.

Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium
Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium
by Sandy Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, a lot of fun in a typically grim setting., Jan. 17 2016
I can't help loving this series of books...In the Grim Darkness of the future...there is one man left with a sense of humor and his name is Ciaphas Cain. This book actually gives some humanity to the Warhammer 40k universe which is riddled with shallow and single-minded heroes and villains. If you're a fan of Warhammer 40k you simply must read this book. This is also a great introduction into the world of Warhammer 40k considering how convoluted most of the other dark library novels are.

Baltic Gambit: A Novel of the Vampire Earth
Baltic Gambit: A Novel of the Vampire Earth
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but possibly a prelude to something great., Nov. 20 2015
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I am a big fan of Eric's work, unfortunately this book was a misstep in many ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the book in parts, and felt like it was stretched thin in others. Overall, the book felt like either a novella/short story which was stretched to novel length or first half of another novel which was cut and again stretched.

In a series that give depth and a sense of adventure to long trips; this made the travel feel ponderous and boring.

I also felt that the twist at the end along with the exclusion of Val were forced. This is obviously a lead to a big finale of some kind... Let's hope that the next book has more depth to it.

Krispos Rising (The Tale of Krispos, Book One)
Krispos Rising (The Tale of Krispos, Book One)
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books ever, Nov. 28 2014
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One of my favorite books ever. It doesn't fail to entertain and brings in a succession of fantastic characters. I strongly recommend picking up this gem if you can get your hands on it.

The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield
The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great refinement of the 'Lost fleet' series, Nov. 28 2014
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This is a great refinement of the 'Lost fleet' series. That series while highly enjoyable, spent a lot of time re-explaining the same concepts and recapping the story. This has a much better flow, add to this some really engaging characters and really enjoyably written action sequences; and you have yourself a winner.

The Dark Door Opens (Legends of Lone Wolf Book 2)
The Dark Door Opens (Legends of Lone Wolf Book 2)

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price., Nov. 19 2014
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The story was decent enough for me to pay $3.99 for the next volume, the few moments that are recognizable from the books are what keeps you in. The focus on what were otherwise secondary characters in the source material; and the fact that Lone Wolf himself is hard to like makes the read somewhat difficult. Forget the wise yet headstrong Kai lord of the Choose your Adventure books, this is Kai lord is more of a brat. Funny enough, Qinefer acts much more like the gamebook's Lone Wolf than Lone Wolf does.

Oh well not a waste of money, but wouldn't be worth it at full price.

Destiny English Only - Xbox One - English Edition
Destiny English Only - Xbox One - English Edition
Offered by Shopville Canada
Price: CDN$ 24.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying game which keeps you coming back., Sept. 29 2014
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I love this game, I do see a lot of the same things some people are complaining about, but considering how solid and satisfying the gameplay is I'll wait a bit for them to build up the story.

The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Steadfast
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Steadfast
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air for the series., May 29 2014
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I've loved this series since I picked up the original novel on a whim. My biggest gripe so far is that too many of the books in the series felt like part 1 and part two of a larger story. This new book feels very much like it can stand on its own. Better yet, it puts Black Jack in new and innovative situations. I especially liked how they're showing Jack's growth and his application of his ability to out think opponents to all aspects of his life.

My one gripe is that the twist at the end was telegraphed all the way through the book to the point where I was a bit frustrated that nobody in the book actually figured it out until much later.

If you're a fan of the series, this is work a pickup; if you've never read the series before, this is a decent starting point.

Keep 'em coming Mr Campbell!

Eclipse of the Kai (Legends of Lone Wolf Book 1)
Eclipse of the Kai (Legends of Lone Wolf Book 1)

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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it., July 7 2013
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I was a great fan of the Lone Wolf books as a child. I am a bit disappointed that this book is almost exclusively backstory ending where the Lone Wolf saga begins. I will probably give the next book a try and see where it goes from there.

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