As an indie author, I swap emails with other authors writing similar genres to mine. A few weeks ago, I swapped with Patty Jansen and shared her Ambassador Omnibus with you all. I also did something I rarely do: I downloaded it myself. And I read it because what’s the point of downloading free books if I don’t intend to read them?
Well, I became so caught by Coldi, gamra, and everything alien about Patty’s world that after finishing the Omnibus, I purchased book 3, which I already finished—I’m currently reading book 4.
Patty wrote the saga in first person from Cory Wilson’s point of view. I detest first-person point of views. They irk me to no end, and it’s not a matter of indie vs trad published issue because you can be a bestselling author and irk me nonetheless with that POV. Larry Niven wrote a bunch of short stories in first person. I detested all but one.
All this blah, blah, blah to get to where I’m telling you how special Patty Jansen is. Her terrific way to write makes me forget completely that annoying subject repeated over and over: I. Probably because she doesn’t repeat it over and over unless it’s necessary.
And now let’s move your attention to the story and my take on it.
Cory is a diplomat from Earth. Our planet is doing better when the saga begins than it used, but its technology is way beyond compared to other human species faring the galaxy. So much so that Terrans can travel within the solar system but not much beyond if it weren’t for the Exchange. The organisation of alien worlds provides advanced travel and much more than that. Its Earth’s HQ is in Athens.
Cory rushes from an adventure to the other book after book, starting with Earth’s president’s assassination in the prequel. Intrigue, politics, smuggling, love, hate and much more are keywords to all these stories, all drenched with an alien culture, something I love reading, and writing of course—those who read my stories know that. The rest of you are invited to read them.
There’s only one thing I can say against this saga, at least in terms of the digital version: the lack of a glossary. I read The Lord of the Rings to the last page and loved every bit. In a complex saga like this one, I believe a glossary is a must.
Patty, if you’re reading this, please add a glossary to the digital versions of your books.
Here’s another recommendation.
Andy McKell is an author I had the priviledge to work with, in the past. We critiqued each other works (he helped me better shape the flow of The Parallels), and I read some of this stories in this anthology before they were published. Now they’re live and I’m honoured to present them to you.
Prepare for the unexpected
Galaxies and Fantasies is an eclectic collection of tales from master-storyteller Andy McKell, crossing genres from mythology to cosmology, fairytale to space opera, surrealism to hyper-reality. What they all have in common is a twist, a surprise, a revelation. Leave your pre-conceptions aside when you read these stories, prepare for the unexpected, the extraordinary, the unpredictable. Some are quite succinct and you’ll be immediately wanting more; others are more elaborate, but deftly devised, and you’ll be thinking about them long after you’ve finished reading. These are stories that will stay with you, not in a haunting way, but like a satisfying memory that often returns to encourage, enchant or enrich your life.
Snatch a copy here.
Rox, a space exploration novelette
Forced into a risky mission to the outer reaches of the solar system, Roxanne “Rox” Weaver is about to confront a horror from her past, and a threat to humanity’s future.
Lost Colony is a quarterly magazine of mid-length (10,000 to 25,000 words) science fiction and fantasy in all of their varieties. This ebook edition also includes an Editor’s Note in which the editor explains why this story was chosen for publication.
Get your free copy here.
A simple exploration of an unknown planet. What could go wrong?
Baldwin Tavares is called up by the Admiral Pitch to join in their expedition to the planet Allende 1-b, also known as Neighbor. Baldwin and his team were requested for their very specific skill set, as they are the best in their individual fields. Eager to be part of something bigger than himself, Baldwin, aka Win, convinces his team to go on the expedition. They aim to find some remnants left behind of the once inhabited planet Neighbor in the hopes of studying and preserving whatever knowledge about them that they find.
Win begins to realize the expedition to Allende 1-B is not entirely scientific. He suspects the Pacific Ocean World Mining Organization, or POMO, have sunk deep into the pockets of the ship’s commanding officers, with the hopes of mining Allende 1-B for its rich mineral reserves as soon as they arrive. As such he immediately starts investigating the ship to confirm his suspicions. When Win finds out he was right, he races to convince the crew against any mining expeditions before it’s too late. However, little does he know something even more pressing will require his attention before he even gets the chance to tell anyone.
Get your copy of the prequel to The Neighbor You Don’t Know Series here.
Until next time.