GBA book reviews: Science Fiction

I read three science fiction entries, two Popular Literature--Fiction, and only one short story during judging in the Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards. But they all might equally have fellen under science fiction, so I'll group the reviews together:

Laughter in the Canyon, by Laura Thompson combines past lives, mythology, Reiki, and National Geographic beauty into the story of a woman's journey to follow her heart. Drink a complex 4-star cup of coffee with this one.

The Dawning, by Linda Pendleton, made the winners' circle. A fairly literary science fiction tale, it takes a group of genius children, their parents, scientists, the military, and a native American lawyer, quickly moving to abduction, danger and search. Nicely balanced, though very detailed, this one should be read with a 3-star nicely balanced coffee in hand.

Kappa Hunter by J.K. Swift won the short stories--fiction section and is a fascinating tale of a bear hunter meeting a kappa hunter in the forest... but what is kappa? Drink a 5-star bold dark intense coffee with this one.

And finally, three entries in the sciencie fiction / paranormal section: Pestilence, by Gary Towner, follows a young man whose return to old haunts involves danger and terror as nature, the army, and big business make their bids for a deserted chemical storage site. Dark and scary, readers will need a bold, dark 5-star coffee to go with this classic sci-fi horror story.

Then there's Asulon, and Eretzel, The Sword of Fire books one and two, by William R. McGrath. With symbolism and ideas drawn from the Book of Revelation, a well-drawn culture of warrior and king, and clear parallels to American society, it draws up an intriguingly different interpretation of last times and last battles, though the story's not complete without further volumes.


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