Herewith is the first in what I hope will be an ongoing series of short reviews of books that I've read. In these reviews, I will try to avoid giving away major parts of the story, unless a book is so horrible that I want to save the world from reading it, but if you prefer to go into a book knowing as little as possible about it, skip it.
With luck, some discussion of the book in question might ensue.
( Today's topic is Mike Resnick's The Return of Santiago.Collapse )
Overall, it's a good Resnick book, though not his very best. Some of what happens is improbable enough to edge towards deus ex machina, but the story was engaging enough that I wasn't bothered by that until after I finished it. If you're familiar with and like Resnick's Inner Frontier series, don't miss it. If you're not familiar with it, it's not a bad place to start, if you don't have a copy of Ivory handy. Action-adventure, basically fluff, but with some meat underneath.
Overall, I give it an 8 out of 10 (but add a point if you're a Resnick fan).