Category: Reviews

Review of The Snow Queen

Review of The Snow Queen

Supposed to be a classic, but I found the story to be rather disjointed and uninspired. The separate chapters have little connection to each other, there is little to no depth here, and as a fairytale, it doesn’t seem to really teach any moral or idea. There is some story… Read more »

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Review of The Adventures of Tom Stranger

This is a slapstick, science fiction in the likes of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that goes for absurd humor. I found the book entertaining and listened to the entire thing, but I felt like the humor was very juvenile so targeted to young teenagers, but it had a ton… Read more »

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Review of The Time That’s Given

Review of The Time That’s Given

This book was an adventure of a man straddling two worlds… a real one and a fantasy one. In the fantasy world, he seeks to learn the source of all despair, and to save a woman and her children. However, the two worlds tend to blend together and what he… Read more »

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Review of Ringworld

Review of Ringworld

This is a classic that holds up surprisingly well. I didn’t realize it was almost 50 years old as the technology is handled quite well. There is a lot of great imagination in this book about what other civilizations could be or do, and the plot was all about character… Read more »

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Review of Auberon (The Expanse)

Review of Auberon (The Expanse)

This is a short novella about a new Laconian governor on the colony world Auberon and how he must deal with and adapt with the corrupt culture of the colony and the challenges they face. It was a fine novella, and gave some insight into Laconian culture. It is well… Read more »

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Review of Orion Colony

Review of Orion Colony

This is a rather short story about a man embarking on a colony ship to another world. Mars (and Earth) are composed of two classes… the elite who are genetically-engineered to live forever, and the normal people who aren’t. In other to create opportunity for normal people, the elite have… Read more »

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Review of Winter World

Review of Winter World

This book is about the world quickly succumbing to an ice age, and one guy’s efforts to find the cause and stop it. Overall, the book was entertaining and had a good page-turner quality. The big mystery is slowly revealed throughout the book and the conclusion is a fitting one…. Read more »

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Review of Supernova (Renegades)

Review of Supernova (Renegades)

This final book of the Renegades series brings everything together, finally pitting Nova and Adrian against each other, revealing their secrets, and showing Ace Anarchy’s plan for the world. Overall, it was a fitting conclusion and resolved most everything the other novels began. It was a lot of action, a… Read more »

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Review of METAtropolis

Review of METAtropolis

This is an anthology about a future world where civilization has partly collapsed due to resource shortages, consumerism, etc. In the chaos, various parts of society are trying to soldier on through various “green” solutions to food, work, energy, etc. The first story, “In the Forests of the Night” is… Read more »

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Review of Dark Age (Red Rising)

Review of Dark Age (Red Rising)

This book really takes its title seriously. It was a very, very dark book and probably the darkest of the series. It was a bit depressing. There is very little good or hope that comes out of this book, but there are perhaps a few threads that can be picked… Read more »

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Review of Return of the Temujai (Brotherband)

Review of Return of the Temujai (Brotherband)

Another fine Brotherband book. The crew of the Heron take on the Temujai in a remote region and must work together to stop the Temujai from invading. The stakes here were definitely raised…so much to put the Heron itself in peril and several of the crew. There really aren’t any… Read more »

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Review of Children of Ruin

Review of Children of Ruin

This was a truly amazing sequel that not only continued the story of the humans and portids, but introduced two new alien species whose thinking was truly alien. These two parallels made the story very engaging…on one hand, seeing the humans and portids working together as a space-faring civilization, and… Read more »

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Review of The Worldship Humility

Review of The Worldship Humility

This was a pretty amazing story set aboard a colony ship headed for a new world after Earth was destroyed. It had pretty good characters and it kept my attention the entire time. The only drawback was over-the-top profanity, and the fact that it kindof ends with a cliffhanger. The… Read more »

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Review of Iron Gold (Red Rising)

Review of Iron Gold (Red Rising)

I have mixed feelings with this book. On the story of Darrow, this book is an absolute mess. Darrow turns into a complete idiot for the entire novel, and he makes as many bad decisions as he can. He always throws away his values (family, friends, etc.). In short, the… Read more »

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Review of Red Rising

Review of Red Rising

This is a great dystopia about a future multi-planet society ruled by genetically-enhanced humans called Golds. The rest of society is broken down into castes and colors. Darrow is a “red”, who is stuck mining gas under the surface of Mars. He is convinced by his wife to begin pursuing… Read more »

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Review of Golden Sun (Red Rising #2)

Review of Golden Sun (Red Rising #2)

This is a truly great followup to Red Rising. The action, world building, and characters are all great and I really enjoyed listening to this. Darrow continues to defy all odds and achieve great things. Overall, it is a great read/listen.

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Review of Morning Star (Red Rising #3)

Review of Morning Star (Red Rising #3)

I didn’t like this book quite as much as the first two. Things get really, really dark in this novel. And the main characters do some really dumb things (though there is an explanation for some of that). I did like the ending, however, and felt that it partially redeemed… Read more »

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Review of Broken Veil (Harbinger #5)

Review of Broken Veil (Harbinger #5)

This seems to conclude the Harbinger series and I liked this book so much more than the previous one. There are still some slow parts of imprisonment and of Cettie being stupid, as well as villains who long outlive their welcome. But the action does finally pick up in this… Read more »

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Review of Duel at Araluen (Ranger’s Apprentice)

Review of Duel at Araluen (Ranger’s Apprentice)

Another good Ranger’s Apprentice story and was quite enjoyable. I’m not giving it a five because of a few small things: it was missing a bit of fun of the previous stories (following two groups being constantly sieged is a bit draining), it wasn’t stand alone or a new adventure… Read more »

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Review of Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse)

Review of Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse)

This book was non-stop action that is a ton better than the previous books. The stakes are so much higher, and it really sets things up well for the ninth book. The whole Lanconian plot really advances forward and we’re back dealing with the Expanse and it’s mysteries.

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