The futuristic technology is explained well and the author focused on items that were important to the story, which in turn, kept me focused on the plot.
The telepathic conversations that took place between the creepie and Yoelin were simple enough to keep my interest. In fact, all dialogue was done very realistic throughout. You could hear each character speaking differently. Menorah Dhu and Yoelin Thibbony sounded nothing alike. They had different personalities and different voices.
I enjoyed the flow of the story as well, not too fast or slow. The creepies (or sea dragons) were very interesting. I’d like to see what happens with them next, as their fate was not conclusive in the end. Since the title of the book is The Butterfly and The Sea Dragon, A Yoeling Thibbony Rescue, my guess is that this will become a series.
This was a fun and easy read. It’s one of those stories that opens your mind to new worlds while it leaves you with that warm feeling in your heart. And that’s what I loved the most about this story. It has a lot of heart and we can all relate to the characters. Even though it takes place in the future, the essence of the human species is still very much present.
This week, let’s visit The Butterfly and the Sea Dragon by Tyree Campbell.
“The only records that delineate and authenticate Corporatia territories are on that Palmetto. We want it back.” “What happened?” Yoelin asked. “A records clerk bypassed security, recorded the information and then deleted it from our computers, and departed for Havelox Rest, outside our jurisdiction, where we believe she is now.” After the words “Havelox Rest,” Yoelin heard only the pounding of her heart. A wave of dizziness passed. Why there? Why did it have to be there? So who’s Yoelin Thibbony? That’s what she calls herself now. She endured a cruel and abusive childhood, when there was no one to rescue her. Now she performs Rescues of people or things—sometimes for hire, sometimes for free. She’s been hired to retrieve stolen archives. But to perform this Rescue, Yoelin has to return to Havelox Rest, the world of her childhood—a world that still holds dark and bleak terrors for her.
There are only a few days left to save on a number of our titles at DriveThruFiction. Save 25% on novels, short stories, collections, anthologies, magazines…you name it. This includes all of the titles in The Divided States of America series, and it also contains some Ephemeris titles, including the popular new title that allows you to pick the plot…One More Good Trade by J Alan Erwine.
This is a collection of fun stories. Well, mostly, and I enjoyed the combination of science fiction and western and weird and magic. There are aliens and devils and gods and even Coyote. And a collection of Chin Song Ping stories. Even the introduction is fun!
The stories are sometimes dark, and sometimes hilarious, but always fresh and interesting. A great way to spend some time in another world or two.
What constitutes being human? Why are gods so bad at poker? How would you square dance in zero-gee? What is the alcohol tolerance of a superhero? When is a good time to visit the universe next door? Why does Buffalo Bill want a T-Rex? Is Buggs Bunny transgendered or just a drag queen? None of these questions are answered herein, but asking them is half the fun.
We hadn’t realized that “Choose Your Own Adventure” was trademarked, and we never meant to infringe on that trademark, so we have dropped the subtitle from “One More Good Trade.” Unfortunately, Amazon does not allow us to change titles, so we had to delete the old one, and upload everything all over again. So, if you would like to order “One More Good Trade,” simply go to: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FYHCNBN
The print version should be available very soon as well.
As work continues on our new RPG, let’s go back to RPGs for this weekend. Let’s go back to The Battle For Turtle Island: Buffalo Wars…
Imagine it’s the 19th century, and the colonization/conquest of the Americas is underway yet again, only this time magic is real, and the Indians have a lot more of it than the colonists. This is the world of The Battle for Turtle Island: Buffalo Wars. The colonists may have the better weapons, but the Indians nearly double the magic of the colonists. Maybe this time the history of the Americas will be very, very different. The Battle for Turtle Island: Buffalo Wars is actually two books in one. It has the core rules for The Battle for Turtle Island RPG, which will be a series of books featuring the different parts of the Americas, and it also has the Buffalo Wars supplement which looks at the battles for the plains. You can choose to be a Cavalry Soldier, an Arapahoe Medicine Man, a Colonist Trapper, an Apache Warrior, or any number of other classes, and your character can choose to change classes as they advance. This book contains, the character classes, the special abilities for each Indian tribe, the goods, the spells, and much more. The only other thing you’ll need to play is some dice and a vivid imagination.
This weekend, we’re featuring Quantum Women by Tyree Campbell.
A quantum is a self-contained unit—of energy, light, and so forth. It exists in and of itself, irrespective of its surroundings. But it can be, and usually is, part of a team. A quantum woman, then, is a self-contained person, independent, yet willing to be part of a team if the right teammate comes along. Quantum women aren’t superheroines with superpowers, they’re not “chicks in chain mail,” although they might be, as Pamela Sargent wrote, “Women of Wonder.” For the most part, quantum women are everyday folks in a science fiction or fantasy setting. They might be home-makers or home-wreckers, homely or homey, but all of them are focused, determined, willful, and independent. To those who have men in their lives, they are partners and companions, equals and not subordinates. And yet, like any of us, they can find themselves in extraordinary situations where a bit of heroism can save the day. You’ll encounter them on these pages.