Books: Sci-Fi

book review | Salvage Marines by Sean-Michael Argo | Necrospace 1

savalga marines necrospace sean-michael argo.jpgAuthor: Sean-Michael Argo
Title: Salvage Marines
Series: Necrospace 1
Genre: Sci-fi; Military Fiction
Pages: 232
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Hmm… “Salvage Marines” by Sean-Michael Argo had a great base, but the general story wasn’t so well told.

About the Book: Tired of slaving for a debt designed to never get out of it, one his father served, one he serves, and one his own son will serve too, Samuel Hyst joins space salvage operations as a soldier for hire. It pays well to stroll around abandoned, destroyed planets, wrecked drifting space ships, and alike. But Necrospace hides more dangers than empty hulls and dusty landscapes…

My Opinion: Have you ever read book “Sten” by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole? It is similar with the whole debt designed to keep you trapped and working stuff. But the characters were written poorly. Unmemorable, and hard to like or even sympathize with, they took down the story too. It might be the problem of the first book, so I’m okay with trying another one to see.

Well, 3 out of 5 is the best I can give it.

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book review | Exit Strategy by Martha Wells | sci-fi

exit strategy martha wells the murderbot diariesAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: Exit Strategy
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 4
Genre: Sci-fi
Pages: 176
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Damn. The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, especially with “Exit Strategy” are definitely up there, in my favorite sci-fi series now. Just below such grand things as Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson.

About the Book: Murderbot’s not very happy about his new sense of caring. Upon learning that Dr. Mensah got in trouble due to it, and then possibly got kidnapped, definitely due to it, Murderbot is jumping all kinds of security hoops in attempts to reach her and find a way to save her. It’s good humans are so very bad at security.

My Opinion: Murderbot’s becoming a serious badass. I’ve happily re-read all of the fight scenes, and a few thought process paragraphs. Do yourself a favor and if you didn’t like first or even the second book – try to power through it, it really gets better and better.

Masterfully simple short books that are an easy pleasure to read. A 5 out of 5 from me, and a torment as I wait for the 5th one to be published. Eh.

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book review | Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | sci-fi lit.

blake crouch dark matter book coverAuthor: Blake Crouch
Title: Dark Matter
Series: –
Genre: Sci-Fi; Thriller
Pages: 342
Rate: – | Goodreads

I didn’t rate “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch due to the story theme itself. I simply dislike such topics in general, any repeated need to jump over hoops in a game-like reality to reach the goal or find the right one gets on my nerves for no known reason. It doesn’t reflect the quality of the book though.

About the Book: We all make choices, and live with consequences. Rarely, we get to take second chances at life, if we did indeed fail at something not wholly finite. One dark night Jason gets kidnapped. He wakes up in a lab. In a world where he never married the girl who said she’s pregnant with his child, his now teenage son. He pursued his career as a scientist, and the breakthrough in research is what got him all the way here. To his second chance at life. The life that isn’t his.

My Opinion: The choices we make lead us further. But the choices we don’t make… They lead a version of us further. A version who made that choice. Then, just after choosing eggs or toast for breakfast, we’re faced with another choice – bike or bus to work? And so reality branches out again. And again. Infinitely. We get this trope in time travel most commonly, I feel, where a character goes back, chances something, and then tries to go back again, and again, because their reality isn’t theirs anymore. Until they do it right, and it is. And I absolutely hate it.

Which says nothing about the book itself. The story is very well written, and if you like stories like this, I can absolutely recommend it to you. But I myself will refrain from rating, for I simply can’t apply one here.

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book review | Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells | sci-fi

rogue protocol martha wells the murderbot diaries sci-fiAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: Rogue Protocol
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 3
Genre: Sci-fi
Pages: 158
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Alright, since I have a fourth book to read, let’s get on with this. Finished “Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells, third book in The Murderbot Diaries. So far – so good.

About the Book: Dr. Mensah has bought Murderbot’s contract for herself, thus becoming his owner under what I understand are laws that androids can’t be ownerless. And since Murderbot didn’t feel like being property on some farm or what was it, it escaped, and Dr. Mensa didn’t seemed too concerned about it. But people are getting concerned for her: where’s this SecUnit rogue, responsible for mass murder? Is it murdering?? So to help itself and the kind Dr., Murderbot decides to gather some data that would point them all away from her, to the real problem. And of course, as its luck would have it, things ought to be buried under layers of corrupt corps who want to kill all kinds of witnesses, innocent people. Why it cares? It doesn’t know.

My Opinion: I like how the structure of events seems to be the same or at least similar, but the actions are so very completely different. Yes, there’s always enemies to be fought, and metaphorical soiling of the pants that comes with the too strong robots threatening to make it personal. But the reasons, the places, and the fights are always different and require plans, finesse, thinking on your feet. I also appreciate the relatively easy world-building. While I love the long-winded high-fantasy realms, it’s nice to rest from it by getting information in bits related to the story for a change.

So far I really like it. A 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Artificial Condition by Martha Wells | sci-fi

artificial condition by martha wells murderbot diariesAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: Artificial Condition
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 2
Genre: Sci-fi; Fiction
Pages: 158
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

While there’s many series I started that await continuation, I couldn’t help myself and grabbed Artificial Condition by Martha Wells, second book in The Murderbot Diaries.

About the Book: Murderbot has hitched a ride on a Research Transport, ART. Together, not having enough things to do to keep themselves busy, they watched series and discussed Murderbot’s possible past, the reason why his memory got purged. ART came up with a brilliant idea of Murderbot needing to pursue this further. You know, like humans do in series. And to do that it might as well pretend to be more human, and maybe start working with them as a private Security Consultant or something. Also, like in the series. So here’s Murderbot, uncomfortable in his modified appearance, once again guarding humans from their own suicidal plans, while they attempt to extract their stolen data, naively expecting it to be handed to them, just because it’s theirs… So very much like in the series.

My Opinion: I don’t know why it’s so mightily amusing to read about AI’s who are so much like human toddlers attempting to adult and getting frustrated when they can’t, but it is. Loved the new dynamics between ART and Murderbot, and loved Murderbot’s evolution of “I can say no, they don’t own me“, even if it failed most the time anyway.

It’s a very fun and interesting book. So far I’m really enjoying the series. A 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | All Systems Red by Martha Wells | sci-fi

all systems red murderbot diaries martha wellsAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: All Systems Red
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 1
Genre: Sci-Fi; Humor
Pages: 144
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

There’s something magical about humorous sci-fi books and AI’s that develop personality. Such is, more or less, “All Systems Red” by Martha Wells, first book in The Murderbot Diaries series that I intend to consume whole. The dash of horror it contained really helped too.

About the Book: Murderbot is a security android for rent at the Company that gives permits to research groups to go and dig around on certain planets for research. The only difference between it and the rest is that it hacked its systems a while ago, and doesn’t technically have to obey all the commands. Especially not ones that demand it defend Company’s good name if anyone wants to tarnish it. Lucky for the humans Murderbot is protecting, it prefers watching series, alone. But this damned planet they landed on could not be peaceful now, could it?…

My Opinion: The story got a great balance of humorous android diary who refers to self as Murderbot due to certain aspects of its job; and horror when they have to flee the danger that’s coming for them, and Murderbot is humans only chance of survival. Murderbot is awkward, funny, strange, and very likable. The plot is told in such a way that reader gets to figure things out as the rest of the crew does, and nothing’s made too complex to follow if you’re not into sci-fi per say.

This was a very fun and light read. A very strong 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist | The Glass Books 1

x the glass books of the dream eaters gordon dahlquistAuthor: Gordon Dahlquist
Title: The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
Series: The Glass Books 1
Genre: Mystery, Steampunk
Pages: 760
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Good grief. “The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters” by Gordon Dahlquist, first in the Glass Books series, is very excessive. And while not a bad example of Steampunk Mystery, it ain’t a very good one either.

About the Book: A dark and secret cabal is performing unearthly rituals. They’re stealing minds, knowledge, experiences, condensing them into their blue glass books to be used by others. This process enslaves people, transforms them. Or outright kills them. And it’s a tad hard to tell which is worse.

Miss Temple truly did not expect to find all this when she decided to follow her former fiance in attempts to find out if there were any other reasons for why he broke off the engagement. Nor did she expect to find allies such as foreign doctor Svenson, with his masterful ability to not only heal and cure, but make allies out of enemies; or the infamous assassin nick named Cardinal Cheng. For reasons of their own, united they fight against the evil forces, giving it all to survive.

My Opinion: Fantasy doesn’t need iron logic. It only needs it to hold water and have everything work. Here, while we get to spend most the chapters in one or another head of the character, we barely get these vague outlines of why are they doing what they’re doing. For instance, Miss Temple has these ridiculous outbursts of violence that there and here sort of were hinted to as coming from what her father used to be like. Other times she does or thinks the strangest things which then leaves me, as a reader, wonder why the hell was I subject to this. Then there’s the assassin in bright red coat. I imagine he enjoys chasing victims, for I can’t imagine people recognizing the coat to not dash.

It’s not bad, it’s just not good either. 3 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Winter by Marissa Meyer | The Lunar Chronicles 4

winter by marissa meyer the lunar chroniclesAuthor: Marissa Meyer
Title: Winter
Series: The Lunar Chronicles 4
Genre: Fantasy; Sci-Fi
Pages: 827
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Ah, finished The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer with the last book in it: Winter. It was magical, wonderful, and oh the atmosphere. Author really knows how to write a good atmosphere.

About the Book: A common worker in an iron grip of the evil step mother Queen Levana, bombarded with constant illusions that Queen herself is delusional enough to believe, constant surveillance and threat of death, has no means to fight against oppression. But a rumor spreads like wildfire, a rumor of a long lost hope, long lost princess Selene. Rumor claims she’s here, among them. This is enough to bring a time of revolution about. This hope is enough to get them fighting. It is time for the Queen Levana to fall.

My Opinion: It’s a great book, truly. Due to everyone receiving their happy endings, story got a little long winded. But when characters are so nice and well written, it’s a pleasure to read, not a chore. There’s battles, there’s tension, there’s dangerous mind-controlling mages of sorts, and genetically engineered werewolves, and a crazy girl whose kindness melted even their savage hearts. The only true con I have for this book is the lack of motivation behind Cinder’s actions. She doesn’t remember Luna as her home, she doesn’t feel at home there, she wants to go back to Earth and not be a princess. So why did she fight so hard? Just because she wanted Levana off the throne?

Great book, great series. I highly recommend, and give it a 5 out of 5. 

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book review | Fairest by Marissa Meyer | The Lunar Chronicles 3.5

fairest marissa meyer book coverAuthor: Marissa Meyer
Title: Fairest
Series: The Lunar Chronicles 3.5
Genre: Sci-Fi; Fantasy
Pages: 222
Rate: 5-5 | Goodreads

Fairest by Marissa Meyer is a half book from The Lunar Chronicles series, and tells the story of Queen Levana. How a delusional girl who believed in her own lies finally became the Queen.

About the Book: Levana has learned to use glamour due to necessity. Tricked and hurt by her older sister as a child, she barely survived the fire, and was left deformed. Lonely, mocked by her older sister, secondary daughter and not the crown princess, she grew up in a world where illusion was everything, and faked emotion was as good as true. Thus, if illusion face, clear skin, is her reality, why isn’t it reality, period? Who is going to deny her that right? And if they did dare, well… She had glamour powerful enough to force their hearts to love her, and their hands to cut their own throats if she had to.

And so, stepping over broken dreams, dead bodies, and wrecked minds, she made her way up.

My Opinion: Oof, the last time I was so disgusted by a character was when I was reading fifth Harry Potter book, you guessed it, with Umbridge. Yes, there are many reasons why she grew ever crueler, but in all honesty, I think nothing broke her harder than her own lies she spun for herself. Anyway, the book serves not only to steel our hearts against the Lunar Queen Levana, but also introduces us to her stepdaughter, Winter, who is apparently going to be the hero of our next book in The Lunar Chronicles.

Marissa Meyer is unbelievably good. Truly. So this book, as many before, get a 5 out of 5 from me. Damn it was good.

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book review | Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor | Strange the Dreamer 2

muse of nightmares laini taylor book coverAuthor: Laini Taylor
Title: Muse of Nightmares
Series: Strange the Dreamer 2
Genre: High Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Pages: 522
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I loved the first book in Laini Taylor‘s duology Strange the Dreamer, by the same title. And I am very happy to say that this book, second book, Muse of Nightmares, is just as good if not even better.

About: After Lazlo has taken control of the fortress that has once belonged the to blue skinned gods, people of Weep were forced to remember that nightmare of a life they led under the rule of the Empire, the blue skinned Gods. For they have not expected survivors. But there they were, those young children, teenagers, young adults, with their blue skin and horror in their eyes. For why wouldn’t they be scared, met by a horde of armed people they only knew as godslayers, killers. And so it was time to reopen old scars, tell old secrets, find the truth, and see where it leads.

Mine: This book tells an origin tale of who were those blue skinned gods, where their power came from, why they required children born by humans. Why they took them, where they took them, and what happened to them. This is woven absolutely perfectly with current events. And it all is then gilded by a turn of events I couldn’t even dream of, but here it was. Truly, this is the most brilliant tale I’ve read in a very long time. The only other tale I can lightly compare it to would be “The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin, due to unimaginable story, world, magic within it, and that mixture of high fantasy and sci-fi. But this one’s lighter to absorb, consume, so I’d very much recommend starting with Strange the Dreamer duology, to have a taste of what it could be like, these colossal tales of worlds, dreams, and unimaginable things imagined.

It’s an amazing book, and an amazing duology. Laini Taylor ends it with a hint for a spin-off, which I’m excited for beyond words. It could be great. It could be just as great. And it absolutely could be even greater. Laini Taylor has a mind unlike any other. 5 out of 5, and it barely gives it justice.

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