Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Three Mini Reviews

I've been doing a lot of reading recently, possibly because it's been too hot to think about writing much.

Mardi Gras by A.B. Gayle
Length: Novella
Published by Noble Romance Publishing

Fifty year old American novelist, journalist and blogger, Damien, has arrived in Sydney for the 2010 Mardi Gras Parade. Damien is traveling incognito because in a recent blog he criticized the relevance of the parade and bemoaned the fact it had drifted so far from its roots as a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots—the first time the fairies fought back.

He is met at the airport by Simon, a young Australian who has been asked to look after him and give him a real "Taste of Australia."

Set against the backdrop of Sydney and its world-famous, colorful Mardi Gras, the two men find they have a lot more in common than either at first realize.

I'd already read and enjoyed A.B.'s two SF short stories, so I bought this one the week it came out. It didn't disappoint. Lots of local colour, engaging characters, and just enough twists to drive the story forward. Definitely recommended.

First Against the Wall by Manna Francis
284 pages
Published by Casperian Books
ISBN 978-1-934081-13-6

Revolution has come to the Administration, as the citizens rise up against government and corporate oppression. With old and new enemies all around them, what will the new future hold for despised para-investigator Val Toreth, and corporate highflier Keir Warrick? And how long will that future last?

This is Book Six in the Administration Series, and I'd already read it in a number of earlier incarnations and other formats. It's still one of my favourites, as it brings together most of the main players from previous stories, and ties up a few loose ends. If you've got the other five, you certainly need this one. If you haven't got the others, you're better off buying the set, and reading them in order, even if this one does have some of the best political insights.

Don't Make Me Laugh by Patrick Augustus
Published by The X Press
Publication date 04 March 2006
ISBN 13: 9781902934464
ISBN 10: 1902934466

When separated baby twins Leo and Trevor are reunited 27 years later, it's a cause for celebration.

That is until Leo accuses his brother of sleeping with his woman. Now they are brothers at arms.

Only their newly found mother can stop them ripping each other to bits. But HER terrible secret from the past means that one of them has to die.

I bought this Quick Read in the library sale. It was sponsored by the BBC's RaW literacy campaign. The language may be toned down in its complexity, but not in its intensity. The story itself is complex, with plenty of plot twists, and I was unsure at the end what had been real in the terms of the fictional universe and what had been totally imaginary on the part of the characters.

I need to find more books by this author.
Tags: ebooks, print books, reviews
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