Genre: Science Fiction

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Review of The Fall of Terradox

Review of The Fall of Terradox

This book very much continues in the same vein as the original book. It is action-based with some well-developed, but static characters who have to save Terradox from destruction. It really is similar to the first book in every way. There is a bit too-much profanity for me, and the… Read more »

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Review of Sovereign

Review of Sovereign

This is a book about a boy who crash lands on an alien planet and must try to survive while waiting for his parents to rescue him. Overall, I found the book fairly boring with little plot and a convoluted premise (i.e. why his parents would put him on an… Read more »

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Review of Terradox Audiobook

Review of Terradox Audiobook

This story had a somewhat unique premise and it did well explaining it. I enjoyed finding out more about the planet they landed on and why it was there. The main characters were fairly well developed (Holly, Viola, and Grav), and there were a few minor twists I didn’t initially… Read more »

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