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Ouch, it's been that long since I posted? Well, I haven't been able to settle to much recently when it came to books. I was working on sorting through my comics (over 20 boxes) to try to get rid of at least one-third and another box or two of books and other stuff because I had 11 boxes of my father's books arriving in early September.

However, in September, two fun books arrived. Martha Wells had a collection of stories set in her Raksura world published with the imaginative title of Stories of the Raksura, volume I. It contains a story set post-The Siren Depths where Moon and Stone have to find what has happened to Jade and some warriors after they disappear while on a trading mission. The second story tells of Indigo and Cloud. We had found out that Cloud (a consort) had been stolen by Indigo from another court in an earlier book, but not the details. The third story, "The Forest Boy," is previously published and is about Moon as a young boy trying to survive. Loads of fun, and highly recommended for anyone who liked the Raksura novels.

The second book was Exo by Steven Gould. A direct sequel to Impulse, it focuses on "Cent", the daughter of Millie and Davy. After finding that she could jump in the previous book, now she plans some very high-flying achievements now that she's extended the capabilities of her father. They're also still trying to track down the shadow organization that's been after all jumpers for years. Full of orbital mechanics discussion, so if you don't like a some math in your books--too bad!
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Have really not been reading much. Family stuff happened, kids have been nuts, etc.

Probably shouldn't count, but I read a good chunk of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson on a plane trip. That is, the first 150 or so pages and the end. Then I left it on the plane by mistake. Oops. At some point, I'll read the whole thing, but right now will likely just read the next book I have, Well of Ascension. However, a bunch of books will be arriving soon in the mail, and all will be higher on the reading list. I like that the main character, Vin, becomes empowered quickly. The worldbuilding is complicated with interesting metal-based powers.

I reread Rick Riordan's first novel, Big Read Tequila (yeah, it wasn't Percy Jackson). BRT is about Tres Navarre, son of a Bexar county sheriff. His father was well-known for being a ladies' man, and a tough one. He'd made a lot of enemies and finally was murdered 10 years prior to the opening of this book. Tres escaped to San Francisco at the time and has finally returned home under enticement from an old girlfriend. The secondary characters are well-drawn and interesting: Maia Lee, Tres's ex- from SF; Garrett, half-brother computer hacker and Ralphas, underworld kingpin.

I also reread Steven Gould's short story, "Shade". Set in his Jumper series, the main character is a refugee in Africa. David and Millie begin bringing in supplies.
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So after finishing Impulse, I went back and reread Jumper and Reflex. Jumper i, of course, Davy's book about how he discovers he can jump and what he does with the knowledge. Reflex is more Millie's book, although the viewpoint switches between her and Davy. I mentioned to a friend of mine that Impulse was out and he reminded me that he had read Jumper on my recommendation years ago but thought that it had too much torture. There is, actually, but it's also a geek's revenge book too (all of them). So I find them quite satisfying and lots of fun to read.

I was surprised at home many details I had forgotten. I have read Jumper multiple times, but not for several years, and I may have read Reflex only once or at most twice. That'll have to change! Somehow.
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Huh. I just realized that I just finished my first book of 2013 as I was writing the subject line. Happily, it was an excellent book! After several years, Steven Gould has a new book in his Jumper series, Impulse. It takes place around 18-20 years after Reflex, the second book in the series. The first book is Jumper, about a boy, Davy, who learns that he can teleport under stress. He learns to control it and the book is about what he does with the abilities. And, about what other people will do to control that kind of power. Reflex continues Davy's story but is also about his love, Millie.

Impulse is about Davy and Millie teenage daughter, Cent. She's desperate to go to school and start socializing with people, particularly those her own age. She's grown up in the Yukon, but with some short trips with her parents. Under duress, she learns that she can teleport too so the issue of school becomes critical. While the main story is Cent's, there are shorter storylines with Davy and Millie which are quite welcome. The shadowy multinational which chased Davy and Millie in the earlier books raises its head, so there's definitely room for further adventures. I saw somewhere that the next book will be called Exo.

The science of teleportation is explored further with Cent coming up with some new abilities. Ostensively young adult, the whole series is recommended for adults too. There's a fourth book, Griffin's Story, but it was a tie-in to the not-so-good movie and isn't canon. I'm now planning to re-read Jumper and Reflex.
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It feels like it's been a really long time since the previous book was published by Steven Gould. It turns that to only have four years. Jumper: Griffin's Story was released in 2007 to provide some backstory for the movie (nowhere near as good as the book), Jumper.  

The new book, 7th Sigma, is unrelated to the Jumper series. Gould has published at least 2 short stories/excerpts from it. One, "Bugs in the Arroyo," is available here. In the not-too-distant future, metal-eating bugs have taken over part of the American southwest. Once they clear out metal at the surface, and move on, it's possible for humans to live there at a much lower level of technology. Can't have any metal-based fillings or medical devices, cell phones, knives (unless ceramic or stone), and so on. Crushing a bug will also cause other bugs to swarm and they'll go right through a human or animal to reach the smashed bug. They don't like open water and appear to have restricted themselves to a general area covering southern Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas. The story is told through a young boy, Kimble, who stayed in the territory after his father was evacuated out for medical reasons. Kimble took the opportunity to get away from his often drunken and abusive father. His mother had died earlier.

Because of the young protagonist, the book as a whole has a young adult feel to it. By the end of the book Kimble is around 18 or so.

Kimble meets a woman who is moving into the territory to start an aikido studio. She takes him on as a uchideshi (inside student, one who lives with the master). He also ends up being recruited by the federal law as a deep cover agent. Who notices a kid, after all? So, as I read somewhere shortly before starting it, the book is a SF Kim. Now I have two reasons to finally read Kim by Rudyard Kipling. The other reason is that Kim shows up as a character in Laurie R. King's The Game (Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series).

As the title implies, this Kim is a rare being. He's smart, accomplished, aware, notices everything, etc. The few times where he makes a mistake, or someone else makes a mistake and he's caught up in it, we often don't see the incident, just hear about it afterwards.

We don't know what the bugs are doing or why they're constrained to this area. There's some information given near the end of the book
that opens up a lot of possibilities for further stories.

Overall, I liked it a lot, and want MORE stories about Kimble. If I was recommending Gould to someone who hadn't read any of this books, I would probably recommend Jumper or suggest reading "Bugs in the Arroyo".

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