I Spy: Spot the Space Marine

Spots the Space Marine is a cute story about an ex-military mom who gets reactivated. She served her country in the reserves, but when the battle against crab-like aliens goes sour, she is shipped to war. The post should have been easy as it lies far from the front line. What could possibly go wrong?

(courtesy of the author)

Spots the Space Marine

Unlike Aphorisms of Kerishdar (which was also written by the capable M.C.A. Hogarth) this is “simply” a delightful romp in a sci-fi novel featuring a female protagonist. I like the way this story plays stereotypes against archetypes. Spots is a tough mother who refuses to let her marines settle for anything less than their best. She does so, however, by reaching out to the battle-hardened troops. I love the contrast between her method and what you’d expect from military leaders.

M.C.A. Hogarth has an updated and edited version of this story available on Amazon, Nook, and Smashwords, but has very graciously given me the ok to direct you to the free version, which is no longer linked to her site. Here’s the link. Enjoy!

One thing that might interest you, oh gentle reader, is that the publication of this story is a story in its own right: the author overcame a trademark infringement claim made by Games Workshop. For those who are unfamiliar with Games Workshop, they produce some of the biggest known names in table top miniatures, including the Warhammer series. Since it’s in the best interest of indie writers that companies become more careful with their copyright claims, I hope that all of you consider getting this book. You won’t be sorry!

Spots does not contain any swearwords but it does have a lot of asterisks showing where swearwords are meant. Personally, I found the constant censoring one of the biggest annoyances of the story, but your mileage may vary. As you can imagine, this story does involve violence, though it never becomes graphic. With a little effort at ignoring the self-censoring, this story is appropriate for all ages.

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Aphorisms of Kerishdar: A Review of M. C. A. Hogarth’s Kerishdar Series

Photos of the covers of Aphorisms and Admonishments from Pintrest

Wikipedia has this to say about aphorisms: “In modern usage an aphorism is generally understood to be a concise statement containing a subjective truth or observation cleverly and pithily written.”

I say that the vignettes in this book definitely fit that definition. I consider this story a “must read” because the author (M.C.A Hogarth) shows a keen understanding of the human condition and a spooky ability to present new words that in retrospect you have to wonder why they weren’t words before. If you’re hankering for something meditative that can be digested in small chunks, then this is perfect for you. This is also perfect if you’re looking for a way to expand your mind and think in ways that you might not be used to doing.

The author herself explains that Aphorisms is “sociological science fiction… about society, civilization and the balance between individual and community.”

This is the first book in a three book collection. The entirety of the series and many more of Hogarth’s books can be found at her website, Stardancer.org