I’ve spent so much time buried in Torchwood fanfic over the last three weeks that I’ve almost convinced myself that I could go and stand in Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff and see a Pteranodon fly out of an invisible lift by the waterfall thing. Alas, that is not to be. It’s probably a good thing because they’re all always nearly dying, or, in fact, actually dying, and whatever is happening in our lives right now, I can guarantee that Daleks would be worse. I haven’t updated my reading for a while, because #Life, but I’ve also been buried in these various other brilliant stories:
This epic series is set in a near-future where corporate, right-wing America has become it’s own behemoth of a political entity that controls most of the resources, with oppression and discrimination as standard. The remains of the more liberal, democratic population live in the cracks, fighting a war without end. It’s a grim, dystopian vision of hopelessness and despair.
Obviously our heroes are fighting against the corporations. They are an engaging collection of misfits…found family, getting along for better or for worse, working and living together. There’s excellent Queer rep in both the main couple, who’s relationship growth is the central part of the books, and in secondary characters.
If you like sci-fi, cyberpunk, queer romance, tension and socking it to the bad guys, I think you’ll like this.
Tal Bauer is an auto-buy for me. Queer gritty law-enforcement romantic suspense is my not-so-secret catnip and if there is lots of angst, all the better. Both these hit the spot.
The book starts with FBI Agent taking a risk, putting a toe out of the closet in a strange town where no-one knows him. But then he gets called to a case in the middle of nowhere and it turns out his hook-up is one of the local investigating officers. Shenanigans ensue. A reliably Tal Bauer Tal Bauer book with angst and relationship development playing out against a background of bodies piling up and killer to catch.
So, I stayed up all night reading this, which wasn’t wise, but I couldn’t put it down. There’s angst and mystery and Bad Guys doing Bad Things and although I worked out who the murderer was quite early on, the journey to get there was satisfying and well rounded. Yes, okay, you have to suspend your disbelief that the President of the USA is allowed to toddle around between the White House and his house a few minutes away with only one person on his security detail. It seems a little unrealistic, but it didn’t throw me out of the story. Five stars.
Really delightful paranormal historical novella set in an alternative Cornwall. Smugglers, Revenue Officers, and a touch of political intrigue that was complex and felt like the tip of an enormous iceberg that left me wanting more–in a good way! The wlw love interest was part of a beautifully delicate dance between magic users and non-magic users and the Revenue and the Smugglers and the greater good and expediency. It was just wonderful.
If you try one new thing this year, let it be this.