Science Fiction | Book Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red

Novellas are a great way to get the feel of a future series. I love the idea of getting a taste of a series without reading 500 pages of the first book. Recently I have read a lot of good novellas which has convinced me that not all great stories need to be thicker than a brick. Martha Wells has done a bang-up job of getting me excited for her future books in the Murderbot series. If the name, Murderbot, wasn’t enough to excite you, the book definitely will.

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Science Fiction | Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis

Andy Weir’s second novel brings us to the lunar colony, Artemis. Artemis is a small colony which serves both as a tourist destination and a place to immigrate for some skilled workers who call it their home. The main plot of the book concerns a heist (of sorts) and a smart, witty protagonist called Jazz Bashara. Andy Weir brings his trademark ‘science’ styled writing here and explains in detail how a colony on the moon could survive on its own. Is the book any good? Let’s find out!

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Science Fiction | Book Review: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

starship troopers

It’s surprising that I never got around to reading this book earlier. Starship Troopers is one of the big controversial books about the subject of war. A lot of context for this book comes from Heinlein’s experiences during the Korean War. Heinlein puts a lot of ideas and philosophies in the book which you may not agree with. Still, the book can be enjoyed without subscribing to the author’s beliefs.

I read it because it was the subject of our podcast discussion. If you’re interested in listening to that podcast, it’s here – Starship Troopers podcast on Gadgets360

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Fantasy | Book Review: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char

tl:dr review: Wonderfully weird! Or weirdly wonderful! Either one works.

Long review: Yet another book recommended to me. The back cover makes this book sound almost like a normal thriller. There’s a psychopath who tortures children, a girl who was taken from her parents and has some delusions as to the identity of her abductor. The actual story is so weird, wonderful and touching that the blurb almost doesn’t do it just. Read on for a full review!

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Fantasy Sci-fi | Book Review: Legion by Brandon Sanderson

Legion

Having read some of Brandon Sanderson’s books before, I was excited at the prospect of another novella! The back cover painted a very exciting plot and it lives up to it. At about 80ish pages the book packs in quite a story; the protagonist has a well developed character. There’s hints in the book about events in past which I hope are explained in Skin Deep.

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Fantasy | Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

So my book club voted to read this and I have to say that I am quite disappointed. I got the audio book version for this and it was narrated by Jesse Bernstein. While reading about the book, it felt like this would definitely be something I would like if not love. The plot seemed excellent and there was a movie tie-in which led me to believe the book definitely has substance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t so.

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Sci-fi Fantasy | Book Review: The Hike by Drew Magary

The Hike

This book was recommended to me by a friend and I started reading it not knowing what it was about. The back cover was a bit vague and I had never read anything else from the author. I was skeptical but it turned to be quite an experience! Drew Magary has also written The Postmortal which seems just as quirky and it is now on my reading list.

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Epic Fantasy | Book Review: Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon Limited Edition

Ah how this journey started!

Before I got started with this book, I knew what I was getting into. But the way people described these books to me, that made up my mind. Even if it took ages, I’d finish reading all these books.Pretty much everyone who recommended the Malazan series said that the first book will be a bit confusing and I have to agree with them.

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