SciFiGuyDM Recommends The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt


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If you, or a finicky sci-fi fan in your lifehave a hankering for an intelligent space opera/hard sf reading experience, give The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt a try.

Mr. Fang and Saucer loves it. To quote “Its Firefly style space opera with great characters, witty dialogue, and an interesting premise that sucks you in right away and doesn’t give any indication of letting up.”




Free Horror Worth Your Reading Time

If you subscribe to or, you can find a lot (sometime too much) to read for little to no cost. When a book is that inexpensive in money, the question for me becomes – was it worth the time invested as a reader?  For the title below, my answer is yes.  Not all are perfect, but all had enough interest and originality to keep me reading to the end.

Hope you enjoy them also.

In addition to the sites mentioned above, NOOK readers can go to B& and enter 0.00 horror in the B&N search bar (or 0.00 science fiction, or mystery).  I select from Newest to Oldest, and browse.  I’ve found a couple good reads this way.

As of this post date, all of the books listed were  free on B& (since I have a NOOK E-reader), but most if not all can be found on  platforms such as Smashwords or Amazon.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ISBN-13 9781451685626 I know there are a lot of free editions of this title, but this one has a very nice typeface/readability; from Simon & Schuster/Atria Books

The Rollerboard by A. E. Hodge BN ID: 2940046427707 Post apocalyptic short story with an interesting narrative technique and a nice twist ending.

The Edge of Life by Joe Hart BN ID: 2940045363679 Another short story, contemporary setting, very Twilight-zone/horror-ish

13 Drops of Blood by Daley, James Roy BN ID: 2940011176890 Any book that has an introduction entitled “Dear Literate Horror Fan” mentioning the 1979 miniseries ‘Salem’s Lot has a place in my library.

Dead Leaves: Eight Tales from the Witching Season by Kealan Patrick Burke BN ID: 2940032800989

Too Many Good Books to Read!

This is a great problem to have.  As soon as I’m done with Foundation by Peter Ackroyd, all of the treats below are waiting to be read.

The Grimm Conclusion (Grimm Series #3) by Adam Gidwitz (Third in a YA trilogy – if you enjoy Fables, Once Upon a Time, or just plain good, funny breaking-the-fourth-wall humor, TRY IT)

Nevermore – A Novel of Love, Loss, and Edgar Allan Poe by David Niall Wilson, Lisa Snellings (Illustrator) – Edgar Allan Poe on vacation at the Great Dismal Swamp.

Breed by Chase Novak – Urban horror by an Author Who Usually Doesn’t Do That Type of Thing

Firstborn: A Novel by Lorie Ann Grover – Interesting dystopian YA

The Attic and Other Stories by David Evans Katz – I bought this one because according to the blurb these stories are “in the tradition of M.R. James, (and) H.P. Lovecraft”  SOLD! 

Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962by Frank Dikotter – And some history to round out the waiting list