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Hal Spacejock Series

Hal Spacejock by Simon Haynes

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Simon Haynes has cornered the market in humorous science fiction.
There isn’t anyone doing it with as much success.

Books in the Series :

  • Hal Spacejock 1 (2005)
  • Hal Spacejock 2 Second Course (2006)
  • Hal Spacejock 3 Just Desserts (2007)
  • Hal Spacejock 4 No Free Lunch (2008)
  • Hal Spacejock 5 Baker’s Dough (2012)
  • Hal Spacejock 6 Safe Art (2013)
  • Hal Spacejock 7 Big Bang (2014)

And short stories:

  • Hal Junior 1 The Secret Signal
  • Hal Junior 2 The Missing Case
  • Hal Junior 3 The Gyris Mission

The Hero’s Guides

The Hero’s Guides to
1. Saving Your Kingdom (2012)
2. Storming the Castle(2013)
3. Being an Outlaw (2014)
by Christopher Healy

HerosGuide

Mushed-up myths, fracked and fractured fairy tales or just good clean fun. This series of books takes characters, creatures and castles and bangs them all together in gloriously silly and entertaining stories. They may be marketed at teenagers, but everyone can enjoy them.

Rogue Hunter

Rogue Hunter by Kevis Hendrickson

Rogue Hunter

Rouge Hunter is a good old-fashioned SciFi one man (or woman in this case) saving the universe story in the style of Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat or Simon Haynes Hal Spacejock Series. It’s a good, interesting and entertaining story that takes unexpected turns and doesn’t overreach with a lot of techno-babble or spend lots of time in scene descriptions.

The only criticisms I would have is that it drags around the three quarters mark and could do with editing to tighten up the pacing. Also, I felt that the main character, Zyra Zanr needed a bit more attitude. Sometimes she seems to be the same as the other female characters. Recommended.

Storm Front

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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I read this based on the popularity of the series.

First, I like the first person point of view and writing style, it’s tight and well paced. But whole premise of the book seems to be … Harry gets into trouble and uses magic to save himself and solve the case. There wasn’t much in the way of plot twists, suspense or intrigue.

The problem I have is that whenever Harry gets into trouble, out comes another obscure magic trick to save the day. These is never a sense of consistency or limitations to the magic. It’s probably because I have read Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series with a well thought out magic system. Also, after just finishing George Martin’s ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ books, fantasy just isn’t the same.

I enjoyed Mike Resnick’s ‘Fable of Tonight’ series of urban fantasy more than this.

Lair

Lair by James Herbert

Lair

Rats mutate and take over. People die. Lots of blood. An unlikely hero battles the odds. It may be a formula, but James Herbert is one of the best at this genre.

The Dream Girl

The Dream Girl by Richard F. Myers

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Surprisingly racy (for it’s time – 1947) and funny stories about a woman who comes from dream to reality. Some of the portrayals of woman do date the book to its pre-feminist times.