The Underground by Suzanne D. Williams

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Underground by Suzanne D. Williams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Phoebe is on the run from an abusive past, but she’s headed in the wrong direction, literally. A guy on the bus offers instructions to help her—right before he thwarts an attack on his life by stopping a bullet with his bare hand. Phoebe’s acceptance of help from this guy (Crowne) will mean entering a strange world below ground, but the stakes of joining that world are high in The Underground by author Suzanne D. Williams.

I’m still a science fiction newbie (book wise, at least), but I enjoyed this novella. Given Phoebe’s predicament and all she doesn’t know, I wondered for a while if she’d only be a “damsel in distress” type of character: confused, scared, and depending on superhuman Crowne for everything. So I was pleased to find that even with her pain, Phoebe is smart and curious with wit and fire to her.

Some awkward wording and commas in odd places put a little hitch in my reading a few times. I was kind-of expecting more of a central “mission” to be accomplished in the story, but there may be more of that later in the series. Besides, finding out exactly who you are and how you fit into someone else’s life can be quite a mission on its own.

Though I know that sci-fi often requires readers to accept things that may seem off or bizarre, my quasi-conservative self wasn’t sure about some stuff in this book. But a compelling thread in the story kept me reading: the thought that your destiny is greater than other people’s questionable or faulty plans or actions toward you.

It could be interesting to see what happens next in the series…

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The Underground is Book One in the Superhuman series.

The League (Superhuman Book 2)The Coalition (Superhuman #3)The Family (Superhuman #4)The Child (Superhuman Book 5)

 

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Remember Typhon by Kimberly A. Rogers

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Remember Typhon by Kimberly A. Rogers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The presence of communications expert Zenia (and her cat) on the Starstream aggravates Commander Gavril to no end. But when Zenia hears a distress call from the planet Typhon, Gavril has no choice but to take her along on the rescue mission. Gavril may—or may not—live to regret that fact in Remember Typhon, a short story by author Kimberly A. Rogers.

And here I am, branching into science fiction a tad.

That is, I’m not wholly unfamiliar with sci-fi. As a cinephile, I’m a fan of the original Planet of the Apes pentalogy (Escape from the Planet of the Apes is my favorite.) And I watched a good deal of Star Trek in past years (of which Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite, despite some Trekkie’s understandable opinion that DS9 isn’t as Star Trekkish as the other Star Treks.)

But as a bibliophile, I haven’t read much sci-fi at all, and I’d say this story gave me a good means to stretch my reading wings. I was sure that I wouldn’t quite grasp everything, but the story didn’t pile on so much unexplained, unfamiliar stuff as to lose me. The main thread of this short tale is complete, though it’s pretty clear that it’s a setup for more adventures to come. And I couldn’t help but to smile a little whenever Zenia would “thank Yisus.” (Heeheehee, I see you, Zenia.)

I’ll be on the lookout for whatever adventures this one is a setup for.

 

Where the Light May Lead (A Novelette Collection)

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Four Silver Stars

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Well! As a multi-genre ChristFic anthology of novelettes, Where the Light May Lead was indeed a new experience for me, chiefly because I’d never read any of these authors before.

That’s How She Rolls, a rom-com by C.L. Wells, features a humorous heroine who’s self-conscious but also self-aware. Beauty and hotness come in all different sizes, ladies! Leopard’s Find by Kimberly A. Rogers was my first taste of urban fantasy, initially a little tricky for me to follow, but it became endearing pretty quick.

I’ve watched a lot more sci-fi than I’ve ever read, but either way, I’m rather sure Circular Horizon by Bokerah Brumley is the first I’ve encountered with blatant God-consciousness up in space, fitting for a God of the universe. ‘Tis So Sweet by Faith Blum is historical fiction simply told, rushed in spots but big on sweetness and the need for faith–no coincidence there! And stepping into The Quinn Case by Julie C. Gilbert was much like sampling a crime drama on primetime television, which I like to do on occasion.

I usually find a favorite in a collection, and Upsie-Daisy by Jane Lebak is strikingly clever and hilarious, imaginative and real at the same time. Lee and her guardian angel, Bucky, are quite the entertaining duo, unique but relatable, and this glimpse into Lee’s work and romance-related experiences certainly whet my appetite to read more about her.

Whether it’d be a new genre venture (like it mostly was for me) or not, Christian Fiction readers of all tastes should enjoy giving this collection a try.