Monday, October 29, 2007

The Disappeared – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This is the coolest book. If you like science fiction and thrillers, you’ll enjoy this. It’s set in a time of interstellar travel, when humans are part of a wider universe that includes aliens completely unlike us.

The hero of this book, Miles, is a detective on the Moon base. He’s barely settled into his job when bizarre things start to happen. An alien ship is stopped with two kidnapped children on board, three people are found murdered in a floating space yacht, and all of this seems connected to a woman on the run last seen heading for Mars.

The world is really complex and disturbing in a way that makes you think—for example, some aliens are allowed to kill in vengeance, while others are permitted to take children to pay for the crimes of their parents. So Miles not only has to figure out if a crime has been committed at all, he has to wrestle with whether what he’s doing is truly just.

I’m hooked, I tell you. I've already read Extremes, the second book in the series and I’m going to be racing through the rest (the series is up to book 6 now and it looks like each is a stand-alone mystery but with an overarching backstory). Here's a link to the author's website.

I looooove finding a new series to catch up on. Have any of you guys glommed* an author recently?

*glom = tracking down and reading voraciously through an author/series in a huge burst.


orannia said...

Morning Nalini :)

OK, I'll obviously be hunting for this series at the library! It sounds great!

Hmmm, authors I've gloomed (great word :) recently...Anne Bishop (no surprise there) and JD Robb!


LesleyW said...

The last author I glommed was S.L.Viehl. I read Stardoc and that was it. I bought everything set in the Stardoc universe. (There are now 7 books in the series I think, plus the two Biorescue books and Blade Dancer which is a standalone.)

Unfortunately Beyond Varallan (Bk2) proved extremely difficult to get hold of. Which led to a frustrating couple of weeks - where I read the standalone and the duology and had to be so strict with myself not to skip onto book 3.

Other authors I've glommed Lindsey Davis. I came in at Book 15 and had to get the previous 14.

And Lois McMaster Bujold. The Vorkosigan books.

Otherwise I've been pretty lucky at getting into a series at Book 1.

LesleyW said...

Oooooo. And you intrigued me with the description of The Disappeared. And it seems to be completely out of print.

Will have to be one of those books I keep an eye out for.

Nalini Singh said...

The earlier books in this series are a little hard to get hold of. But I think you can pick up a later one and still be okay, as they are stand alone mysteries. I just finished Buried Deep (bk 4), and it was so good!

tvaddictgurl said...

The Retrieval Artist series is one of my favorite. I started reading it with the second book, not knowing that it was the second book and went from there and actually only read the first book last month.

MaryKate said...

My latest author crush is CL Wilson, who wrote Lord of the Fading Lands and Lady of Light & Shadow. Such amazing books! I wrote her a total gushy fangrrl letter.

If you haven't read the books, you should! They're amazing!

orannia said...

Just realised I misspelt glommed :(

marykate - Lord of the Fading Lands is next on my TBR pile :) I've heard great things but know next to nothing about it.

I've managed to source a copy of The Disappeared from my local library - they PHEW! have one copy! Lesley, if you don't mind secondhad books, I find Bookfinder ( very handy for out-of-print books.


Anonymous said...

The latest author I glommed was Lora Leigh. I ended up getting "Tanner's Scheme" through my library and I found out after I read it that it was the third in the lion breed series. I immediately tried to go out and buy "Megan's Mark" and "Harmony's Way." I only found the latter one, which I immediately picked up. I think that I am going to end up picking up a lot more of her other books though because I really like the whole breed concept of hers.


Kerry said...

No, no, no, no! Don't introduce me to another series. Please, please don't. I have too many things to read already and these sound good. I've looked at them before but never started the series.

My most recent glom was Kage Baker's Company series, which was fantastic. I hightly recommend it.

Jennifer K. said...

Iswari, you know ... Lora Leigh STARTED the breeds at Ellora's Cave, the epublishing house. That's where I first found her. She's got LOTS of breed books through there, plus other completely hot series ... just saying *looks innocent*

Courtney said...

My most recent glom is Suzanne Brockmann and her SEAL Team 16/Troubleshooter series. All Through The Night releases tomorrow, yay! Also, earlier this year I completely gorged on JD Robb. Can I have my own Roarke? If not, can I borrow Judd from Brenna?

And I got a random browser at my local Borders to buy all three of the Psy-Changeling books. Normally I pimp JR Ward, but this woman hated vampires *gasp* and wanted something fresh and original. Two minutes of gushing about Lucas, Vaughn, and Judd and she was hooked. :)

Nalini Singh said...

Courtney!! You are awesome!! :)

LesleyW said...

Orannia - thanks for the heads up. I don't mind second hand books as long as they're readable.

And glad to know they're more stand alone. I'm going to see if I can pick some of these up.

Sue said...

Well, first of all, let me say that I LOVE your books, Nalini!! They're my greatest find of the season. Having said that, I recently glommed onto Lilith Saintcrow's excellent Dante Valentine series (ooh! I love them!!) and onto Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series (such a fresh take on the weather and with the yummy Djinn David!!) Please keep the Psy series coming. You're on my must-buy and keepers lists!! Forgive the presumption, but I'd love to see more about the Caribbean angle in future books (hint, hint).