2012 Summer Reading Recommendations

It is time for the bright and sunny season again. I like the shade with a good book and a cool drink. How do you like to spend your holiday? Inside or outside it is never wrong to relax with a good book, especially on those rainy days. Here are my recommendations for this summer.

Redshirts by John Scalzi (Tor) is a given. John is one of my favorite authors and this time he takes on the trope of the Redshirts (from Star Trek, the red shirted ensigns that had the highest death rate on away missions). Here one of them starts to notice and realize something is wrong, very wrong. I have not read this yet but John has never disappointed me. Expect witty writing and laughing out loudly. Smiling at a book you are reading will make you more interesting on the beach so it is perfect there.
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Kop Killer (Kop 3) by Warren Hammond (Tor) is part of a series but the novels usually reads well on their own. Juno Mozambe used to be a KOP but that was before his wife died and they killed his best friend. Now he is determined to bring the corrupt KOP down working outside the system creating his own power base. Expect noir and gritt. Perfect reading for those rainy days under a tin roof.
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Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G. J. Koch (Night Shade) is for light entertainment . Alexander is the typical scoundrel, womanizer, smuggler and pirate. Like any sensible scoundrel, he hates heroics. They’re risky and they don’t pay well. But then the troubles starts to threaten his livelihood. What can you expect from the captain of the SIXTY-NINE …
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vN (Von Neumann Sisters 1) by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot) is an interesting debut about self-replication robots. Amy Peterson is one and grows up in a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her mothers past, so when her grandmother arrive and attacks her mother, Amy wastes no time; She eats her alive. Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that she alone can kill humans without failsafing…
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Chimera (The Subterrene War 3) by T. C. McCarthy (Orbit) is dark and gritty military science fiction. Future wars are fought with genetic engineered soldiers that spoils and have to be killed at their 18th birthday unless they learn to much. Some escape and has to be cleaned up, Stan Resnik is the best man for the job. Operatives from China and Unified Korea are gathering escaped or stolen Russian and American genetics, and there are reports of new biological nightmares: half-human things, bred to live their entire lives encased in powered armor suits. Stan fights to keep himself alive and out of prison while he attempts to capture a genetic, one who will be able to tell them everything they need to know about this new threat, the one called “Project Sunshine.” Germline and Exogene read well standalone so this one should too.
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The Queen of Wands (Special Circumstances 2) by John Ringo (Baen) takes us back to lighter urban fantasy entertainment. Christian Soccer mom and demon fighter Barabara Everette is back. I never thought I would enjoy an upstanding christian without double morals as a heroine as I did in Princess of Wands. This time she and her Norse priestess stripper friend face the Mother of Darkness at a Science Fiction convention no less. Expect to smile and be entertained.
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Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse 12) by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz) takes the urban out of fantasy and the sparkly out of the vampires. Sookie is having some boyfriend trouble, again. Eric is feeding off another woman. A younger one. SHe would like to say a thing or two about that but she has to keep quiet Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank. Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down. This is the next to last True Blood novel, the last Dead Ever After is scheduled for May next year
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Energized by Edward M. Lerner (Tor) is the token green novel this summer. Oil is done for and the world has to look for alternative sources and fast. And then, from the darkness of space, came Phoebe. Rather than divert the onrushing asteroid, America captured it into Earth orbit. Solar power satellites — cheaply mass-produced in orbit with resources mined from the new moon, to beam vast amounts of power to the ground — offer America its last, best hope of avoiding servitude and economic ruin. As though building miles-across structures in space isn’t challenging enough, special interests, from technophobes to eco-extremists to radio astronomers, want to stop the project. And the remaining petro powers will do anything to protect their newfound dominance of world affairs. NASA engineer Marcus Judson is determined to make the powersat demonstration project a success. And he will — even though nothing in his job description mentions combating an international cabal, or going into space to do it.
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