The Sword and Laser – 2016 Book list (Part II)

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The following is the list of books read by The Sword and Laser book club during the second half of 2016. This page is designed as is a quick reference page so that I can quickly jump between the forum pages and Goodreads listings.

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[ Previously – The Sword and Laser – 2016 Book list (Part I), The Sword and Laser – 2015 Book list (Part II) ]


12.) The Rook (The Checquy Files #1)
The Rook is the Sword & Laser read for December 2016.

rook Daniel O’Malley – The Rook (The Checquy Files #1)
“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.
She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.
In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.
Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

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11.) Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is the Sword & Laser read for November 2016.

fancysuits David Wong – Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop’s dumpster on a hot summer day.
This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you’d want to follow.
Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.

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VERDICT:

★ S&L Podcast – #273 – Han Solo’s Big Sister

★ S&L Podcast – #272 – Best Cats and Dogs of SciFi

10.) The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni #1)
The Golem and the Jinni is the Sword & Laser read for October 2016.

golem Helene Wecker – The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni #1)
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.
The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

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VERDICT:

★ S&L Podcast – #271 – Awkward Jinni Conversations

★ S&L Podcast – #270 – Be a Cat Burglar for Good!

09.) A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought #1)
A Fire Upon the Deep is the Sword & Laser read for September 2016.

fire Vernor Vinge – A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought #1)
A Fire upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge’s career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale.
Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind’s potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these “regions of thought,” but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.
Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue mission, not entirely composed of humans, must rescue the children-and a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization.

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VERDICT:

★ S&L Podcast – #269 – Artisanal Analog Tree-Sourced Reading Material

★ S&L Podcast – #268 – “Underrated” is Not a Dirty Word

08.) The Last Wish (Saga o Wiedźminie #1)
The Last Wish is the Sword & Laser read for August 2016.

lastwish Andrzej Sapkowski – The Last Wish (Saga o Wiedźminie #1)
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.
And a cold-blooded killer.
His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.

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VERDICT:

★ S&L Podcast – #267 – We Pick the Best Wizard School

★ S&L Podcast – #266 – Are You Reading Too Much?

★ S&L Podcast – #265 – Zombies and LARPers: The Nerdist Inkshares Winners!

★ S&L Podcast – #264 – Will the Real Witcher Please Stand Up

07.) The Time Traders (Time Traders/Ross Murdock, #1)
The Time Traders is the Sword & Laser read for July 2016.

timetraders Andre Norton – The Time Traders (Time Traders/Ross Murdock, #1)
The Time Traders is the first novel in The Time Traders series by Andre Norton. It was first published in 1958, and has been printed in several editions. It was updated by Norton in 2000 to account for real world changes. It is part of Norton’s Forerunner universe. The Time Traders introduces the series’ premise, a confrontation between Western heroes, and the “Reds,” and a mysterious alien race that has used time travel to alter Earth. This novel alternates among the present day, a trading tribal society in Britain, 2000 B.C., and a glacial outpost in the last ice age. In her Time Trader novels Norton tacitly assumes that the physics of time travel differs so significantly from the physics of space travel, especially hyperdrive-propelled interstellar flight, that a civilization that discovers the technology of one simply will not discover the technology of the other. Earth’s physicists have discovered the secret of time travel, but the engineers and scientists who built and use the time transporters have devised a clever way to obtain the secrets of space travel: if we can’t discover the secrets for ourselves, we will get them from someone who did.
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VERDICT:

★ S&L Podcast – #263 – When to Judge a Book by its Cover

★ S&L Podcast – #262 – G. Derek Adams Breaks the Rules, and You Win!

★ S&L Podcast – #261 – The Restaurant at the End of the Barnes & Noble

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