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#CBR4 Maneuver #7 – Dragonfly Falling

Target: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Dragonfly Falling (Shadows of the Apt #2)

Profile: Alternative Fantasy, Steampunk, Military Fiction

Summary: From the Back Cover, “The armies of the Wasp Empire are on the march, and first to feel their might will be the city of Tark, which is even now preparing for siege.  Within its walls, Salma and Totho must weather the storm, as the Ant-kinden take a stand, against numbers and weaponry such as the Lowlands have never seen.

After his earlier victory against them, the Empire’s secret service has decided that veteran artificer Stenwold Maker is too dangerous to live.  So disgraced Major Thalric is dispatched on a desperate mission, not only to eliminate Stenwold himself, but to bring about the destruction of his beloved city of Collegium, and thus end all hope of intelligent resistance to remorseless imperial advance.

While the Empire’s troops are laying waste to all in their way, the young Emperor himself is treading a different path.  His thoughts are on darker things than a mere conquest, however, and if he attains his goal he will precipitate a reign of blood that will last a thousand years.” Read the rest of this entry

#CBR4 Maneuver #5 – Pirate Sun

Target: Karl Schroeder’s Pirate Sun (Virga #3)

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Military Fiction

Summary: From the Back Cover,

“Chaison Fanning, the admiral of a fleet of warships introduced in the first book, has been captured and imprisoned by his enemies but is now rescued and set free.  He must flee to his home city to confront the ruler who betrayed him.  Perhaps while there, he will also regain his lovely, powerful, and subversive wife, Venera.  He has not seen her since she fled, careening off into the air of Virga before he was captured, with the key to the artificial sun, Candesce, at the center of Virga” Read the rest of this entry