- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Mythic Island Press LLC (April 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937197247
- ISBN-13: 978-1937197247
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,055,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Light and Shadow: Eight Short Stories Paperback – April 27, 2017
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Linda Nagata is a Nebula and Locus-award-winning writer, best known for her high-tech science fiction, including the Red trilogy, a series of near-future military thrillers. The first book in the trilogy, The Red: First Light, was a Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial-award finalist, and named as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015. Linda has lived most of her life in Hawaii, where she’s been a writer, a mom, a programmer of database-driven websites, and an independent publisher. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui.
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#2/Halfway Home>World class adventurer returning home from a tiring foray meets a deadly crisis and as a bonus gets an opportunity to learn something about herself. Good story.
#3/Codename:Delphi>Another prequel to the Red series where the we are introduced to more of its protagonists through an early combat vignette where an emergency paves the way. Well done.
#4/Attitude>Space construction meets reality TV and comes out big time. Didn’t work for me. Seemed a bit cartoonish, but then that reflects reality TV.
#5/A Moment Before It Struck>This was an intriguing read. After a ten year hiatus Nagata returned to writing and whipped out her first sword and sorcery. This is the prequel to the two Puzzle Land novels that resulted. A barbarian warrior carries a demon spirit that is a merciless killer-almost. Faced with a choice, he must live with the consequences. Some brutal scenes. Refreshingly different. However the two Puzzle Lands novels may have worked to get Nagata back into writing like doing finger scales before playing the piano, but like finger finger scales they are not satisfying. This short I recommend but I distinctly do not recommend the novels.
#6/Light and Shadow>Another one from The Red universe, but with all new characters. Combat is a bitch. Anything that will help you survive in combat is a blessing. Or is it? Tightly written. A keeper.
#7/Nightside on Callisto>Four retired military volunteer to set up an ice mining operation on one of Jupiter’s moons. A new twist on an old threat endangers them all. Possibly the pick of the litter so far.
#8/The Way Home>Darn interesting. In combat buddies are willing to die for each other---most of the time. A squad of G.I.’s in the mideast are transported to a hellish parallel world by a freakish accident. Decisions will be made as the pressure to survive and get back mount. Tied with #7/Nightside on Callisto for my favorite.
Overview:Nagata/s writing is polished, characters sympathetic, editing is tight and the price is right. She is one of the better military scifi authors in the business and she does it with skill rather than body count and weapon fetish. Maybe short story collections aren’t so bad after all. I used to think they were a way for a publisher to unload some turkeys on an unsuspecting public when a writer is late with a book. Yeah,I know I’m a horrible person, maybe I’ll have to change my ways.