May 19th, 2014

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May Books 3) Island of Death, by Barry Letts

Barry Letts' last novel, published in 2005 just after New Who began, but taking the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and the Brigadier to investigate a strange cult based around a mind-altering drug and rescuing Sarah's gormless assistant Jeremy (from The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space). It's not great, to be honest; the story rambles and characters make rather arbitrarily stupid decisions in order to prolong the plot. But we should take it as what it is, a farewell note to the series from one of its veteran producers.

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May Books 4) Warbound, by Larry Correia

This was nominated for the Hugos as the result of a campaign by the author, which also brought several other controversial nominees to the ballot. I'll have more to say about that when I do my Best Novel category roundup, but for now I'll report that this is not quite as awful a book as Correia's Monster Hunter International. However, it's the last book of a trilogy set in an alternate 1930s where many people have psychic/magical powers and the good ol' US of A gets a gang of misfits together on an airship to smite the Asian foe (the Germans having already been dealt with by a zombie outbreak). I'm not moved to find the first two books.