A bar that is sentient? Oh my…

Through the Badger Hole Book Cover Through the Badger Hole
Badger Hole Bar
Taki Drake, TS Paul
science fiction, adventure
All Chaos Press
(4 Jan. 2018)
Kindle

Desolation and grief can leave you floating, unable to find a new shape to your existence.

Who knew that it was possible to be shocked out of the morass of sorrow by a well-timed push?!

Madrik was reeling from the loss of his family and unable to find his way into the new reality. Then something happened that sent him further than he ever thought to travel. A new life, in a new dimension!

This is a place where problems are solved, and life is continually changing. Come in, put your feet up, and join the crew that Madrik is collecting in this shared universe.

Be amused and challenged, touched and enthralled.

Welcome to the Badger Hole Bar!

This a review of all 3 books so far in this series:

  1. Through the Badger Hole
  2. Grand Opening
  3. Fashion forward

There is also a cookbook which I have not looked at.

This is about a pocket universe that is also sentient and grows as energy is poured into it from those who visit. The more energetic they are – rowdy, noisy, dancing, happy etc – the bigger it gets and new things appear.

The visitors come through portals from other universes and are many and varied races and cultures. The universe /bar is clever in that there is an automatic translation scheme so you speak and understand everyone regardless of their language.

There are permanent inhabitants also who come through the chaos fog that surrounds the universe which is currently configured as a bar with some of the necessary suppliers eg a brewery. Some of the supplies though come through a portal, and there is one, of course, through in the Federal Witch’s garden as this is a spin-off book from that series.

I really liked this concept and enjoyed learning how the universe operated in book 1. Book 2 went over some of the same concepts from the views of different inhabitants and thus lost some of the edge of the new. It provided the reader with the backgrounds which was useful but..

Book 3 was far too short, but I enjoyed the Clothier and how her sentient shop and house and tools worked. Good tip on the pin cushion!

 

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Go Hunt a Relic

Torrent #1, Destiny Unchosen #1.5, Thornfall #2 Book Cover Torrent #1, Destiny Unchosen #1.5, Thornfall #2
Rust and Relics
Lindsay Buroker
urban fantasy
Kindle

When Delia chose to major in archaeology, she imagined herself as the female Indiana Jones of the Southwest. She didn’t imagine herself crawling through abandoned mine shafts, scrounging for rusty pickaxes and gold pans to sell on auction sites, but Indiana Jones didn’t have to make student loan payments.

Scouring the mountains of Arizona with Simon, her best friend and computer geek extraordinaire, Delia dreams of turning their scavenging enterprise into a legitimate business. More, she longs to earn the respect of peers who shun her for turning into a treasure hunter. What she doesn’t dream of is stumbling across a decapitated body in an old mine near Prescott.

Something dangerous has come to the mountains, and two Harley-riding strangers are the only ones who seem to have a clue. They speak a language Delia has never heard and carry mysterious artifacts she’s never seen. Investigating these strangers might lead her to discoveries that change the face of archaeology forever… or it might lead her and her best friend into a deadly monster’s lair.

One of the things I really like about compilation books is that you often find new authors with a style that you enjoy and read more of. With the best will in the world – and even with my reading speed of some 300 plus a year (!) – you just can’t read all the new authors (and old ones too) out there and so being led into a group of friends who write in a similar style is great.

So it was with the box set ‘Witches and Warriors’ which led me to Lindsay Buroker. A new author to me but one that has been writing Secondary World Sagas for about 7 years, and has managed to write some 6 different sets of novels in that time. All steam-punk and fantasy and is now a full-time author with her earnings.. but hasn’t she worked hard to get there?…

So I discovered Lindsay’s other series and was drawn to the new saga based on Earth – Rust and Relics .

A female Harrison Ford. Why not? A bull whip can be very handy it turns out for fighting, substituting for rope,useful in collecting items, and generally giving the wearer an air of menace!

A great collection of characters were all connected up into a fighting and relic hunting group with some amazing foes – and a strong hint that human behaviour is how these foes are created.

 

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