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October 25th, 2018

Skin and Bone by Stephen Moore
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Sequel to Tooth and Claw (which I reviewed two weeks ago), it followed the same characters, dogs and cats who had been left behind in a town when the humans were forced to evacuate.

While the writing itself was worse than in the first book (more typos/grammar issues -- how does that happen?), I still enjoyed the story a lot. The animals were completely believable as animals; even though they could talk, they had no more knowledge than any dog or cat would.

Unfortunately, like the first book, this one had a supernatural element. I wish the author had chosen to have his world be as realistic as his animal characters were. But, even with that element, I was quite happy with the story.

The Girl They Sold To The Moon by Chris Stevenson
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

What a bad book. Set in the near futures, parents could sell/rent/lease their kids. Some single father sold off his teenage daughter for gambling money. The company who bought her sent her to the moon to work as an exotic dancer. The kid, Tilly Breedlove (her birth name, not a stage name), was the most sexy exotic dancer that ever took to a stage. She literally caused riots at how sexual she was.

Not only was the book badly written and the story made no sense, it had a rather disturbing feel of sexualizing underage kids. Tilly was a teenager, but younger kids were sold as well.

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