Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
Jeffy Coltrane receives "the key to everything" from a vagrant who seems to have a problem with reality. But then cold men in uniforms show up looking for the key, which helps its bearer jump through the multiverse to different worlds. Anyone who uses the key or knows of it is constantly hunted - but now Jeffy and his daughter have a chance to fill a hole in their lives. Is it worth the danger?
Wow, so Koontz really, really excels at pacing. This was unputdownable, even though it wasn't an excellent book. I did enjoy the fact that it was slightly different from other multiverse stories (less time in other worlds = fewer bogged down scenes), but I also felt that things were slightly too easy for Jeffy and co. And the bad guy was seriously stereotypical (you know the type, always the most deviant of deviants). A cracking read, nonetheless.
Star Wars: Brotherhood by Mike Chen
Cato Neimoidia has declared itself neutral in the Clone Wars, but a devastating attack has laid waste to one of its cities and now they are demanding an investigation. Obi-Wan is sent in the Republic's place, newly alone without his former Padawan, and finds that Neimoidians have many more nuances than he realised. And he is more in need of Anakin's help than ever.
While I liked the idea of this book, I felt that it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Too much meandering and too little engagement - an impression not doubt spurred on the prose constantly getting bogged down in lengthy self reflection by the characters. I find myself missing the Clone Wars books of the old canon. They had to follow similar rigid rules, I imagine, but still managed to be exciting and convey a feeling of danger.
This all said, Brotherhood is an easy, undemanding read, just not especially memorable.
Corpselight (Verity Fassbinder #2)
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
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