Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Slow Bullets

Slow BulletsSlow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher.

Alastair Reynolds has easily become one of those authors that I've taken an interest in, ever since I read Revelation Space last year. That was a novel that I like quite a bit, even though many parts of it were above my comprehension level. So even though I enjoyed it overall, I became leery of reading more.

Then I saw that this was coming out, a short novel with an interesting premise: a soldier dealing with the aftermath of a war that's just had a ceasefire and not everyone's been told. I was quickly engaged with Scur and her story, and better yet, I understood what was happening! This was some seriously cool space opera as it should be.

I like my science fiction to be heavy on the fiction, with a dash of the science. Or even more than a dash if it's told in such a way that I can follow it. That's what this was, and I would definitely grab up more stories/novels occurring in Scur's universe.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review: Golden Fool

The Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here we are again, the middle book of a Hobb trilogy. I really think she hits her stride in these second books. The pace has built up a bit from the first, and it sets up the third one nicely.

There were a couple of emotional scenes in this that are certainly appreciated by a long time reader of this overall series. I won't go into it, but they alone made this book something special. I hope they are a good preview of what's to come in Book #3, which I'll be starting soon.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Review: Pines

Pines (Wayward Pines, #1)Pines by Blake Crouch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley.

3.5 stars, for being a great page-turner. The characters and plot lines were solid, but nothing that grabbed me and wouldn't let go in and of themselves. The pacing was excellent, and I do like where Crouch seemed to be going. The end game was worth a half star all on its own; where there wasn't a lot of surprise along the way, there was as it wrapped up. I really didn't see that coming.

I'll be continuing with this series, for sure. And I'll be watching it on Fox in a couple of weeks.

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