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Starving Review: Yesterday’s Tomorrow (Tomorrow’s War Book 1) by G.W. Pomichter and William DuPree

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Yesterday’s Tomorrow (Tomorrow’s War Book 1) by G.W. Pomichter and William DuPree (Amazon, Goodreads)

Ah, alternate history recipes! What can’t you do? From Nazis with spaceships to Ben Franklin summoning dragons, alternate history meals can present all sorts of bizarre scenarios … and quite a few starkly realistic ones. That is the intent of today’s meal, to show an alternate contemporary environment, diverging only a short time before the present day and trying to stay fiercely grounded in the real and natural. Does Yesterday’s Tomorrow capture the essence of realism and push forward this alternate history?

Before we find out, let us take 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 Review: The Planets All Shone by Nora Fleischer

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The Planets All Shone by Nora Fleischer (Amazon, Goodreads)

It would seem, my literary foodies, that the main answer to genre fatigue I see in the modern menus of the world is genre fusion. Mixing the ingredients of multiple genres can be fun and flavorful, but it can also be boring and nasty. In today’s recipe, we’ll see how well our chef tosses together romance, science-fiction, and contemporary thrillers. Which will The Planets All Shone be, tasty or tasteless?

Before we cut to the heart of the matter, let’s 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: Savagery and Saviors by Ken Hollern

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Savagery and Saviors by Ken Hollern (Amazon, Goodreads)

You have to respect chefs who have the tenacity to focus on real-world problems with their literary cuisine.  Savagery loads up this recipe, though, with the genocide in Darfur combined with child kidnapping, sex slavery, and human trafficking from the United States.  Are these spices too heavy and too far apart to mix well or do they blend together nicely?

Before we find out, let us cry out the Starving Review creed from the highest mountain:

  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: Don Westenhaver, Author of Alexander’s Lighthouse

It’s been a while since we had a chef visit our kitchen, but I’m proud to have Don Westenhaver, the mind behind the latest Starving Review book, Alexander’s Lighthouse, here to answer our usual, intense battery of questions!  Let’s see what he has to say.

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Starving Review: Alexander’s Lighthouse by Don Westenhaver

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Alexander’s Lighthouse by Don Westenhaver (Amazon, Goodreads)

Historical fiction has always been a cuisine of some consternation for yours truly.  You see, I am something of a history buff (I had early dreams of being a history teacher, even) and, obviously, I’m also a big fiction fan.  Yet, while I love both foods separately, I often find the mixing of the two to fall short of the sum of the parts.  The war between historical fact and fiction interpretation often leads to a clash of flavors, leaving one side of the taste equation unbalanced, spoiling the mix.  Still, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done well.  The question, then, is whether today’s chef pulls out a winning recipe from that struggle or it simply sours.

Before we figure that out, let’s 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 Living Image by P. M. Richter

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The Living Image by P. M. Richter (Amazon, Goodreads)

With my pantry set fit to explode despite my best efforts, the missive has come down from Starving Review LLC to get to eating double-time!  The first thing to pop out onto my plate is a trifecta of fusion, promising a pleasing blend of science fiction, mystery, and spy thriller.  Can The Living Image mirror the flavorful spices of its various genres or will it simply point out the flaws in the image?

Before we find out, let us read the Starving Review by-laws:

  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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