More exciting Fantasy and Science Fiction novels

A Sellsword’s Compassion By Jacob Peppers

A Sellsword’s Compassion is Book One of The Seven Virtues by Jacob Peppers. It takes place in a War torn land as the sons and daughters of the late King Marcus battle over who will claim their father’s throne and able-bodied men and women flock to one cause or the other in the hopes of a better tomorrow. At least, most of them. If life has taught the jaded sellsword, Aaron Envelar, anything, it’s that hope is for fools and causes are a sure remedy for breathing.

However his latest job leads him to the corpse of a prince and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire realm, Aaron is forced to choose sides in a war he doesn’t want, between forces he doesn’t understand. Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with a superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron takes on his hardest job yet—staying alive.

Benjamin Ashwood by AC Cobble

Set Against the backdrop of warring political, economic, and military factions, Benjamin Ashwood is book one in an engaging fantasy adventure, series by A.C.Cobble which is Packed full of action and adventure. It features Young Benjamin who starts off as your typical orphan in a small farming town. Life is simple in Ben’s village until an unexpected attack brings the arrival of exciting strangers.

Before Ben understands what is happening, they’ve recruited his sister to go with them on an adventure to the big city where his sister enrols as a pupil at the all-female magic school. To ensure her safety, Ben accompanies her among company of mysterious swordsmen and magic-users. At the city Benjamin starts brewing beer for a living,

This goes well until he gets involved in politics of the dangerous kind and discovers that the city is ruled by unscrupulous leaders and he finds himself in a more dangerous world than he ever imagined. Mages, demons, thieves, and assassins are just a few of the perils he faces on an epic journey to a city shrouded in myth and legend. Ben and his friends end up battling a threat to all of mankind and Benjamin must decide whether to flee or stand up to them…

Trilisk Ruins Michael McCloskey

The Trilisk Ruins is the first book in the PIT series by Michael McCloskey. They feature a character named Telisa Relachik who studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans have found alien artifacts but haven’t ever encountered live aliens. Then she discovers an Ancient race of cephalopod like aliens called Trilisk. Of all the aliens whose extinct civilizations are investigated, the Trilisks are the most advanced and the most mysterious.

Telisa refuses to join the government because of her opposition to its hard-handed policies restricting civilian investigation and trade of alien artifacts, despite the fact that her estranged father is a captain in the United Nations Space Force. However When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, she can’t pass up the chance at getting her hands on objects that could advance her life’s work. But she soon learns her expectations of excitement and riches come with serious drawbacks as she ends up fighting for her life on a mysterious alien planet.

Valley of Embers (The Landkist Saga Book 1) by Steven Kelliher

Valley of Embers is book one of five in the epic fast-paced Landkist fantasy series by Steven Keliher. It is set in the mythical realm of Landkist where For hundreds of years, the flame-wielding Embers have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures from the World Apart, but the attacks are getting worse. Kole Reyna and his guards Protect Last Lake from the terrors of the night. They are the Last Line of defence, and he fears for his people’s future.

Then Kole is wounded by a demon unlike any they have seen before, and the Emberfolk believe it is a sign of an ancient enemy returned, a powerful Sage known as the Eastern Dark. Soon the besieged inhabitants of the Valley of Embers are one of only a handful of walled towns remaining as the last bastions against the night, and the dwindling population of Emberfolk struggle to defend their secluded homes from the Dark Kind. Kole has never trusted in prophecy, but with his people hanging on the precipice, he reluctantly agrees to lead the Valley’s greatest warriors in a last desperate bid for survival. They must risk everything in search of a former ally long-thought dead, to help them, and whether Kole trusts him or not, he may be the only one capable of saving them.

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Through the Never: a Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection

Through the Never is a thrilling Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthology by many different authors including J.A. Culican (Author), Brandon Barr, Tina Glasneck, Sarah K. L. Wilson, JC Kan”, R. L. Blalock, Craig Martelle, Debbie Cassidy, Richard Amos and Sharolyn G. Brown. It features fourteen exciting adventures in science fiction and fantasy featuring epic quests, Magic and and heart-pounding adventuress set in dangerous unknown new worlds, far-off galaxies and fantastic new realms

Among the stories in this collection is Dragon’s Awakening: Journey to Asgard by Tina Glasneck. This is part of Glasneck’s Dragons series and introduces a few fun Norse Gods. The story follows Norse God Baldr when he whisks away Nanna, a human, from evil in her time and takes her to Asgard. Baldr loves Nanna without hesitation and couldn’t leave her to die in her time, but Nanna is wary and must learn what it means to love someone and let them in. Their love will be tested by many in Asgard.

The second story The Fall of Endurance by R.L. Blalock, features a character named Laure who is one of many traveling in space looking for new home to start a new life to keep humans from becoming extinct. However they run into debris and have to land the ship quickly. When they land on this new planet which they hope will be their new home they run into a lot more than they were hoping for

The third story The Outcast by Craig Martelle features a prisoner who As part of his punishment is sent out in a spaceship to survey asteroids. All he has for companionship is the voice of the computer The ending was out of this world.

The fourth story Across the Starlight Blue by Debbie Cassidy and Richard Amos is a short science fiction story about A spaceship which is traveling through space looking for a new home when it is hit by debris and has to land quickly. After taking the shuttles to their new planet they are attacked by these alien bird like creatures upon entering the planet’s atmosphere. Will they survive the attack? Can they make this new planet their home? Or have they traveled all this way for nothing?

The fifth story Rodan’s Awakening by Sharolyn G. Brown features A young girl named Rodan whose home is attacked and her whole family is lost. So Rodan embarks on a journey to find the ones who attacked her home and make them pay.

Hitch hikers guide to the the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (sometimes referred to as HG2G,HHGTTG or H2G2 was originally published 11 October 1979. The novels are described as “a trilogy in five parts”, having been described as a trilogy on the release of the third book, and then a “trilogy in four parts” on the release of the fourth book. The US edition of the fifth book was originally released with the legend “The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy” on the cover.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (published in 1979), the characters visit the legendary planet Magrathea, home to the now-collapsed planet-building industry, and meet Slartibartfast, a planetary coastline designer who was responsible for the fjords of Norway. Through archival recordings, he relates the story of a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who built a computer named Deep Thought to calculate the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. When the answer was revealed to be 42, Deep Thought explained that the answer was incomprehensible because the beings didn’t know what they were asking. It went on to predict that another computer, more powerful than itself would be made and designed by it to calculate the question for the answer. (Later on, referencing this, Adams would create the 42 Puzzle, a puzzle which could be approached in multiple ways, all yielding the answer 42.)

The computer, often mistaken for a planet (because of its size and use of biological components), was the Earth, and was destroyed by Vogons to make way for a hyperspatial express route five minutes before the conclusion of its 10-million-year program. Two members of the race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who commissioned the Earth in the first place disguise themselves as Trillian’s mice, and want to dissect Arthur’s brain to help reconstruct the question, since he was part of the Earth’s matrix moments before it was destroyed, and so he is likely to have part of the question buried in his brain. Trillian is also human but had left Earth six months previously with Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Galaxy. The protagonists escape, setting course for “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (published in 1980), Zaphod is separated from the others and finds he is part of a conspiracy to uncover who really runs the Universe. Zaphod meets Zarniwoop, a conspirator and editor for The Guide, who knows where to find the secret ruler. Zaphod becomes briefly reunited with the others for a trip to Milliways, the restaurant of the title. Zaphod and Ford decide to steal a ship from there, which turns out to be a stunt ship pre-programmed to plunge into a star as a special effect in a stage show. Unable to change course, the main characters get Marvin to run the teleporter they find in the ship, which is working other than having no automatic control (someone must remain behind to operate it), and Marvin seemingly sacrifices himself. Zaphod and Trillian discover that the Universe is in the safe hands of a simple man living on a remote planet in a wooden shack with his cat.

Ford and Arthur, meanwhile, end up on a spacecraft full of the outcasts of the Golgafrinchan civilisation. The ship crashes on prehistoric Earth; Ford and Arthur are stranded, and it becomes clear that the inept Golgafrinchans are the ancestors of modern humans, having displaced the Earth’s indigenous hominids. This has disrupted the Earth’s programming so that when Ford and Arthur manage to extract the final readout from Arthur’s subconscious mind by pulling lettered tiles from a Scrabble set, it is “What do you get if you multiply six by nine?” Arthur then comments, “I’ve always said there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.”

Life, the Universe and Everything
In Life, the Universe and Everything (published in 1982), Ford and Arthur travel through the space-time continuum from prehistoric Earth to Lord’s Cricket Ground. There they run into Slartibartfast, who enlists their aid in preventing galactic war. Long ago, the people of Krikkit attempted to wipe out all life in the Universe, but they were stopped and imprisoned on their home planet; now they are poised to escape. With the help of Marvin, Zaphod and Trillian, they prevent the destruction of life in the Universe and go their separate ways.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
In So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (published in 1984), Arthur returns home to Earth, rather surprisingly since it was destroyed when he left. He meets and falls in love with a girl named Fenchurch, and discovers this Earth is a replacement provided by the dolphins in their Save the Humans campaign. Eventually he rejoins Ford, who claims to have saved the Universe in the meantime, to hitch-hike one last time and see God’s Final Message to His Creation. Along the way, they are joined by Marvin, the Paranoid Android, who, although 37 times older than the universe itself (what with time travel and all), has just enough power left in his failing body to read the message and feel better about it all before expiring

Mostly Harmless
Finally, in Mostly Harmless (published in 1992), Vogons take over The Hitchhiker’s Guide (under the name of InfiniDim Enterprises), to finish, once and for all, the task of obliterating the Earth. After abruptly losing Fenchurch and travelling around the galaxy despondently, Arthur’s spaceship crashes on the planet Lamuella, where he settles in happily as the official sandwich-maker for a small village of simple, peaceful people. Meanwhile, Ford Prefect breaks into The Guide’s offices, gets himself an infinite expense account from the computer system, and then meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Mark II, an artificially intelligent, multi-dimensional guide with vast power and a hidden purpose. After he declines this dangerously powerful machine’s aid (which he receives anyway), he sends it to Arthur Dent for safety.

Trillian uses DNA that Arthur donated for travelling money to have a daughter, and when she goes to cover a war, she leaves her daughter Random Frequent Flyer Dent with Arthur. Random, a more than typically troubled teenager, steals The Guide Mark II and uses it to get to Earth. Arthur, Ford, Trillian, and Tricia McMillan (Trillian in this alternate universe) follow her to a crowded club, where an anguished Random becomes startled by a noise and inadvertently fires her gun at Arthur. The shot misses Arthur and kills a man (the ever-unfortunate Agrajag). Immediately afterwards, The Guide Mark II causes the removal of all possible Earths from probability. All of the main characters, save Zaphod, were on Earth at the time and are apparently killed, bringing a good deal of satisfaction to the Vogons.

And Another Thing…by Eoin Colfer
The story begins as death rays bear down on Earth, and the characters awaken from a virtual reality. Zaphod picks them up shortly before they are killed, but completely fails to escape the death beams. They are then saved by Bowerick Wowbagger, the Infinitely Prolonged, whom they agree to help kill. Zaphod travels to Asgard to get Thor’s help. In the meantime, the Vogons are heading to destroy a colony of people who also escaped Earth’s destruction, on the planet Nano. Arthur, Wowbagger, Trillian and Random head to Nano to try to stop the Vogons, and on the journey, Wowbagger and Trillian fall in love, making Wowbagger question whether or not he wants to be killed.

Zaphod arrives with Thor, who then signs up to be the planet’s God. With Random’s help, Thor almost kills Wowbagger. Wowbagger, who merely loses his immortality, then marries Trillian. Thor then stops the first Vogon attack, and apparently dies. Meanwhile, Constant Mown, son of Prostetnic Jeltz, convinces his father that the people on the planet are not citizens of Earth, but are, in fact, citizens of Nano, which means that it would be illegal to kill them. As the book draws to a close, Arthur is on his way to check out a possible university for Random, when, during a hyperspace jump, he is flung across alternate universes, has a brief encounter with Fenchurch, and ends up exactly where he would want to be. However the Vogons turn up again.

Nevermore

American author, poet, editor and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe sadly passed away On October 7, 1849, at the age 40 in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other causes.

He was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family & was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer’s cadet at West Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans’. His publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to “a Bostonian”. Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin.

In January 1845 Poe published his poem, “The Raven”, which tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, who is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore and it traces the man’s slow descent into madness. The poem has a supernatural atmosphere and also makes use of a number of folk and classical references and became a huge success. Poe claimed to have written the poem very logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his 1846 follow-up essay “The Philosophy of Composition”. The poem was inspired in part by a talking raven in the novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty by Charles Dickens. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. Soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated, critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written. He also began writing his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus).

Poe is considered part of the American Romantic Movement and is remebered for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. The award is named after this author

Blade Runner 2049

I would like to watch science-fiction film Blade Runner 2049. It was directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. It is a sequel to Blade Runner (1982). Set In a dystopian future, It stars Ryan Gosling as a blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department. Meanwhile bioengineered humans called replicants have successfully been integrated into society, though still face discrimination from humans. One of them, K, works as a “blade runner” for the LAPD, hunting down and “retiring” rogue older model replicants. K lives with his holographic companion Joi.

K is asked to investigate an elusive replicant freedom movement. This leads him to a farm, where he encounters rogue replicant Sapper Morton. K also notices a flower in front of a tree and finds a buried box. He finds human remains inside. Forensic analysis initially reveals they are of a female who died as the result of complications from an emergency caesarian section. On closer inspection, K discovers a serial number on the skull and is horrified to learn the bones are actually of a highly experimental female replicant who died in childbirth, something which was originally thought to be impossible. K’s superior, Lieutenant Joshi, is concerned that the the knowledge that replicants can reproduce could be dangerous, so he orders K to destroy all evidence related to the case and to destroy the child. K visits the headquarters of replicant manufacturer Niander Wallace who identifies the body as Rachael and learns of her illicit affair with former blade runner Rick Deckard, who has disappeared. Deckard’s old colleague Gaff fails to provide any leads to Deckard’s current whereabouts. Wallace sends his replicant enforcer Luv to steal Rachael’s remains from LAPD headquarters and follow K to Rachael’s child.

Returning to Morton’s farm, K finds a hidden date that matches a memory from his childhood in an orphanage. K further finds evidence suggesting that his implanted memories might actually be real and discovers that: “twins” were born on the day of his birth. with identical DNA except for the gender chromosome; only the boy survived. K’s investigations lead him to Las Vegas where he finds Rick Deckard. Meanwhile Luv confronts and kills Joshi after threatening her to disclose K’s location. Rick Deckard explains what happened, however Luv and her men attack and kidnap him, destroying Joi and severely wounding K, Who is later rescued by the replicant freedom movement and told by their leader, Freysa, that he is not Rachael’s child. Freysa urges K to prevent Wallace from uncovering the secrets of replicant reproduction. In Los Angeles, Deckard is brought before Wallace, who asks him for help however Deckard refuses to help Wallace, so Wallace instructs Luv to take Deckard to one of his off-world outposts. However K confronts Luv and rescues Deckard who then discovers a shocking secret from Stelline…

The Merging by John P. Logsdon and Christopher P. Young

Being a big fan of humourous fantasy like Discworld I would like to download The Merging a short fantasy novella by John P. Logsdon and Christopher P. Young. It is described as a fantastically funny new urban fantasy series and is available Free gratis courtesy of Amazon Kindle Unlimited. It is book one Ian in the Ian Dex Supernatural Thriller series It features Ian Dex, a genetically engineered cop, a bad ass with a gun, who also has a reputation for being sex mad. He’s also the current chief of the Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department (PPD). His job is to monitor all supernaturals and their involvement in the world of normals.

Ian Dex is called to investigate after A new breed of supernaturals turns up on the Vegas Strip causing trouble, and they’re a lot tougher than your run-of-the-mill vampires and werewolves. These are larger, meaner, and stronger…and they laugh at wood and silver bullets. To make matters worse, the demon-powered mage who created them is bent on world domination and he’s got the chops to back it up. He’s confident, deadly, loves inflicting pain, and has a tendency of walking around with his shirt open because he looks like a Chippendale’s model. Plus, he’s using demons to give him an inexhaustible supply of power. With this new threat terrorizing the town, the PPD must battle werewolves, vampires, fae, demons, and a succubus while trying to stop Vegas from getting flipped on its head. It’ll take every PPD officer to the brink of their abilities to even have a shot at stopping the mage and his nefarious plans.

On top of that, the mage wants to join forces with Ian, believing they’ll make the perfect team to lay waste to the masses. He offers Ian more power than he can ever imagine, a seat at the main table when the world is at their feet, and a 7-foot tall succubus who has diamond-like eyes, long flowing hair, glistening skin, and glutes so tight that Ian imagined she could crush a walnut between them. He also meets a wealthy amalgamite playboy who is far more than he seems. All this sounds very Tempting at first, However there is a catch, in order to prove his loyalty Ian has to kill his crew…

Missing (Lost Colony 1) by Andrew C.Broderick

I enjoy reading a good science fiction story and I would like to read Missing, an exciting Science fiction novella by Andrew C. Broderick. It is Book 1 of 4 in The Lost Colony Series and takes place in a world where new technology allows space travel so fast it’s possible to visit an earth-like planet over twenty-two Light Years away. However planet-wide revolts are devastating Earth because Robotics have rapidly displaced most human workers.

So Numerous unmanned missions are made to various places before the first manned colonizing mission to a Planet orbiting the star Constantine. By utilizing robotic construction techniques, all the required infrastructure has already been constructed on the chosen destination and is in place before the first colonists depart. However Normal communications are impossible over these vast distances so small hi-speed courier craft are used to send early mission results back to Earth. Then 100 people aboard the spaceship Atlas mysteriously disappear twenty-two light years from home. So A rescue mission is planned by accelerating the schedule of a second colonization mission, however this is very risky as corners may have been cut in order to make the deadline.

John Rees is a brilliant, but deeply troubled, space engineer who is hiding some dark secrets in his treacherous past and lied his way into the astronaut corps. He was due to fly on the starship Hercules–the next mission to the star Constantine–until the crew of the first ship, the Atlas, vanished. Now John watches from the sidelines as the Hercules is rushed into service–and he is cut from the crew. Desperate to redeem himself for his treacherous past, he watches from the sidelines as the ship and any chance to help slips away…