(5/5 stars) This is a great sci-fi romp with colorful characters, lots of adventure and intrigue. The world-building is intricate without getting too nerdy and even though there’s a strong element of “social justice” throughout, I didn’t feel like it got too preachy. I also appreciate that although this is very clearly a first book in a series, it feels complete. I could read just this one and not feel like I’m missing anything. But I enjoyed the characters and the universe, so I will very likely come back to the other books in the series.
I was traveling for business for about a week recently and fell behind in my book reviews. Sorry!! So, here are a bunch of quick reviews of books I’ve read recently. I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but I can’t make any promises.
Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan
Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole
The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess: How to Raise a Girl Who’s Authentic, Joyful, and Fearless–Even If She Refuses to Wear Anything But a Pink Tutu by Devorah Blachor
Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout
The Power by Naomi Alderman
American Housewife by Helen Ellis
Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
(3 of 5 stars) I picked this one up after reading the description of it from Stephen King himself in On Writing. The basic idea was to create a sympathetic political assassin. The thing is: a lot of King’s descriptions of the politician reminded me a lot of today’s political climate and Trump. Trump is no where NEAR as evil as the politician in this book, but there were aspects of his campaign that reminded me of Trump. So, I wanted to see how he told this story. His approach is interesting, but I found it ultimately dissatisfying. I understand that this book is a character study, but the ending still felt rushed and wasn’t a sufficient pay off for everything I’d invested in the book up to that point.
(4 of 5 stars) I picked this one up because it’s the Sword & Laser Book of the Month and because I was in the mood for an urban fantasy. I was so tickled to discover that not only does this book have an interesting magic system, but it’s also a heist novel. Even if it’s slightly cliched at points, it’s lightweight, fast paced, and very fun. Recommended reading for the beach, pool, or if you’re up late trying to keep a fussy baby sleeping.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous two. A big part of the sense of wonder and discovery from those book is lost as the characters deal with all the problems that have popped up. There’s some weird character stuff going on in this one and ultimately I didn’t really enjoy the heroes as much as I did in the previous books… except for Lift. She is always awesome.
SUMMARY: (5 of 5 stars) I’d never even heard of this book until a friend mentioned it on Facebook as an example of dystopian fiction, but apparently all of my friends have and they loved it. I did not enjoy reading this book because it’s horrifying and painful to read, but it’s a good book and a very quick read.
It’s the story of a boy who is born into a society of near-perfect equality, but is assigned the role of “Receiver” for his community. And in training for his life’s work, he starts to understand all sorts of horrible things about life there.