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Starving Double Review: Durable Impressions and Certain Hypothetical (Slowpocalypse Books 0.5 and 1) by James Litherland

Durable Impressions (Amazon, Goodreads) and Certain Hypothetical (Amazon, Goodreads) (Slowpocalypse Books 0.5 and 1) by James Litherland

It’s a two course meal on the table today, my foodies!  A double-shot of near-future dystopian eating, Durable Impressions is a small appetizer, setting us up for the main course of Certain Hypothetical.  As the first is so short and is meant specifically as the lead-in to the second, I’ll be giving my review as one complete meal, with one final rating to wrap up the whole dish.

Now before we get to that review, let’s recite the Starving Review oath:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible’

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Starving Interview: James Litherland, Author of Durable Impressions and Certain Hypothetical

Good morning, folks!  We have a busy day in the kitchen today, so let’s kick things off with a sit-down together with the chef behind Durable Impressions and Certain Hypothetical, James Litherland!

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Starving Review: Check Mate by Michelle Knight

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Check Mate by Michelle Knight (Amazon, Fiction4All)

Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto this reviewer’s plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight (interviewed here), was already in my review queue for some time now with an older recipe but, as her newest book came up for sale, I decided to take up this newest dish instead.  So is this near-future military sci-fi with a side of wit and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned biscuits?

Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the Starving Review creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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Starving Review: Prometheus Stumbles (Dreamworld Book 1) by Ed Gosney

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Prometheus Stumbles (Dreamworld Book 1) by Ed Gosney (Amazon, Goodreads)

Time to crack the knuckles and dig into the pantry for this week’s Starving Review!  For this week’s literary treat, we have a recipe mixed with fantasy, spiritualism, a slightly dystopian future, and blue plastic turtles.  Mmm, more cooking from the fusion genre kitchen!  Of course, we still need to peel away some layers of this pie to see if the filling is as good as it looks from the outside.

Before we start cutting, let us recite the Starving Review creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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Starving Review: The Blue Folio by Matt McMahon

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The Blue Folio by Matt McMahon (Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads)

Have you ever been served a pie with a thick crust?  I don’t mean those delightful, flaky crusts that melt in your mouth.  I mean the crusts that seem to be there just to lock away the tasty insides.  Not burnt, not disgusting, just a bit bland.  You start off a bit frustrated but once you DO break through, you discover something that completely breaks down your taste expectations.  You find Pie Nirvana.  If only there was a better crust.  Welcome to The Blue Folio!

Before we delve deeper into this particular political pie, let us dig into the Starving Reviewer’s Creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre.
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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Starving Review: The Einstein Pool (The iGod Book 1) by Jake Danger

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The Einstein Pool (The iGod Book 1) by Jake Danger (Amazon)

As continual readers of this blog know, a starving author/reviewer like me will eat any meal put before his table.  A man has got to eat, right?  Sometimes big meals, sometimes small meals, sometimes good meals, sometimes bad.  Every once in a while, though, I eat a meal that is a bit confusing, that dances between the lines of good and bad, big and small, and leaves me a bit puzzled.

The Einstein Pool is such a meal.

However, before we tuck into our plates and figure this out, let’s do the usual ‘ground rules’ thing:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre.
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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