Review: Ghost in the Coffee Machine: Coffee and Ghosts: Episode 1

Ghost in the Coffee Machine: Coffee and Ghosts: Episode 1
Ghost in the Coffee Machine: Coffee and Ghosts: Episode 1 by Charity Tahmaseb
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I’m not exactly sure what this story was supposed to be; it reads like there are huge chunks of it missing. I know it’s this serial of some sort, but it doesn’t read like much of anything – certainly not a proper cozy, not a romance, and only barely a ghost story. I’m at a loss with this really disjointed narrative, and certainly not going to invest any effort or money to read anymore.

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Review: The Cool War

The Cool War
The Cool War by Frederik Pohl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not Pohl’s best, but it was an interesting look at war without all the bloodshed; I wouldn’t doubt many of the things happening today are the result of this sort of behind-the-scenes activity.

The book does place high on the deceptive cover list, though, as there’s not a darn thing in this book that resembles what happening on the cover.

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Review: Star Hawks Empire Ninety Nine

Star Hawks Empire Ninety Nine
Star Hawks Empire Ninety Nine by Ron Goulart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A story 36 years in the reading…Yep, it took me over 35 years to read this one. I started it after I bought a copy at Kmart when it first came out, but in the middle of the book I lost my copy. I happened to see it on Amazon a few months ago, and I just finished re-reading it.

Fun story, based on a very good but rather obscure comic strip, full of great illustrations by comic book legend Gil Kane. It’s your standard space opera, with some interesting characters. I’d put in on the same level as Alan Dean Foster’s work, like in Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.

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