Category: Reviews

Review of Cress

Review of Cress

A great third book of the Lunar Chronicles series. Lots of good action, great characters, and a great ending. Cress starts as a sheltered, somewhat naive girl who grows into a major thorn for Queen Lavana. While the book is about Cress, there is plenty of story for Cinder, Wolf,… Read more »

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Review of Interference (Semiosis)

Review of Interference (Semiosis)

When I first started listening to this, I did not realize it was a sequel to Semiosis. It starts off on a future Earth when they are preparing to send a new expedition to Pax. It was a nice viewpoint to see how Earth is in this universe, but I… Read more »

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Review of Eon

Review of Eon

This is an interesting science fiction story about a mysterious carved-out asteroid that shows up on Earth’s doorstep right before a catastrophe is about to decimate the Earth. Right off the bat, the book has dated itself because it was written so long ago. There is a running thread through… Read more »

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Review of Creation Machine

Review of Creation Machine

I listened to several hours of this book, and nothing interesting really happened. The profanity is over the top, the two main characters so far have not been very likeable, and the plot is slow and boring. The world building is kindof interesting, but nothing is really explained very well… Read more »

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Review of Rebelborn

Review of Rebelborn

So this book took a completely different turn from the other two. I was expecting more of a book about how they rebuild society and put Roselle in charge, but instead it goes off into a wild science fiction direction about mind-controlled humans (introduced at the end of book 2),… Read more »

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Review of The Fifth Doll

Review of The Fifth Doll

At first I found it hard to get into this novel, which was set in a historical Russian village and seemed to have a rather weak premise. But as the story unfolded, I came to enjoy Matrona’s character and the magic of the world she was dealing with. I will… Read more »

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Review of Traitor Born

Review of Traitor Born

The second book of this series was more of the same. The stakes are raised significantly during the book, and for the most part, added some good tension. The ending though kindof comes out of nowhere and really throws the believability out the window, not to mention make plot holes… Read more »

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Review of Secondborn

Review of Secondborn

Secondborn is a dystopia with the concept that people would be oppressed based on their birth order. If someone was first-born, they are privileged, but second-born are property of the state upon maturity, and third-borns are killed. The main character in the novel is Roselle, who is second-born and is… Read more »

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Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles)

Review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles)

This was a pretty good followup to Cinder. The characters were pretty well-done and the plot was non-stop. I enjoyed both Cinder’s story and Scarlet’s. However, Scarlet acted recklessly and naively throughout most of the novel, and the whole human-wolf hybrid thing is kindof strange. Emperor Kai is a bit… Read more »

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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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