Books: Sci-Fi

book review | Sungrazer by Jay Posey | Outriders 2

jay posey sungrazet book review night mode readingAuthor: Jay Posey
Title: Sungrazer
Series: Outriders 2
Genre: Sci-Fi; Military Fiction
Pages: 448
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Read Sungrazer by Jay Posey, second, and luckily, last book in the Outriders series, despite it having ended with direct line into the next one. It’s not out yet, and I feel no obligations to continue if it ever is.

About the Book: An autonomous AI warship, no crew, capable to commit chirurgical precision orbital strikes, basically a weapon in itself, disappears. And as it’s made to be untraceable – it’s the Outriders who’ll get the honors to find it. Following up on any lead, no matter how cold, unlikely, or dangerous. As, once again, planets worth of people are on the line.

My Opinion: Reads like American teenagers who loved their football and were about to join collage, but are now somehow adults in space military. That very specific and annoying stereotype, so very common in YA books, at least the older ones… Add that to the fact that there’s really not that much going on on the page as you read it, even someone, again, kidnapped is mostly just sitting there and thinking, trying to convey discomfort, poorly. Impossible made easy. Extraordinary made dull. It just lacked personality all through out.

At least it’s over, a 2 out of 5.

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book review | Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi | Old Man’s War 4

zoes tale by john scalzi book review night mode reading library nosferatuAuthor: John Scalzi
Title: Zoe’s Tale
Series: Old Man’s War
Genre: Sci-Fi; Space Opera
Pages: 335
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi is the same tale as the book before, but told from the perspective of main characters’ adopted teenage daughter Zoe. And I almost regret reading it.

About the Book: Colony of many different races, humans included, are slowly nearing a new planet, where they’ll live and try to make it hospitable enough for second batch of people. All the fun stuff, from home building, to infrastructure, to domesticating animals, and planting whatever possibly grows there. It’s just that someone changed the plans in secret, and it’s no longer the previously decided upon planet. Nor can they use any technology, all to protect them from a threat greater than they’ll face out here, in an unknown wilderness…

My Opinion: Tale of a primitive living on an alien planet full of sentient beings, told from perspective of high-school students, by an adult author who is not, in fact, a teenager, and likely hasn’t been for a lil while now. As these are shallow, stereotypical characters that were hard to read due to just how stereotypical. You met them in every young adult series ever, from Vampire Diaries, to Sabrina, to whatever else there is. Could predict dialogues from the start of the scene, how lacking it felt. The only saving grace is that the book provides an additional perspective on the previous one. If you do not feel a burning need for such, just skip it.

A wobbly 3 out of 5.

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book review | Roadkill by Dennis E. Taylor

roadkill by dennis e taylor book review night mode readingAuthor: Dennis E. Taylor
Title: Roadkill
Series: –
Genre: Science Fiction; Humor
Pages: 333
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Dennis E. Taylor has marked himself in my shelves with the Bobiverse series (trilogy+). So, I took a shot with the new release called Roadkill. Good decision, lemme tell you.

About the Book: When it rains, it pours. Jack, who already had a fairly bad streak, totals his delivery van into… Well, into something on the road. Something big, invisible, and… furry? Having gropped around a little, he does the one logical thing: calls his friends to come help him figure this shit out. One thing leads to another, and here they are, trying to disrupt the evil plans of evil aliens to take over the Earth!
My Opinion: Superbly written book, smooth, and so very easy to read. Characters might not become your favorites, but they fit this story perfect. Young, curious, and with moral compass still on ride or die. Through the book they get to build on themselves, their friendship, and the new found friend too, sassy asshole of an alien AI who got conscious, and is now banking on these kids to win the day so they, yes, they can protect him from getting reset. Great humor, and great story.
Solid 5 out of 5.
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book review | Outriders by Jay Posey | Outriders 1

jay posey outriders night mode reading nosferatu reads book reviewAuthor: Jay Posey
Title: Outriders
Series: Outriders 1
Genre: Science Fiction; Space Opera
Pages: 444
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

One of those dusty books from the back that I try to get through, Outriders by Jay Posey, tried to bore me to death.

About the Book: Killed and revived, the final challenge, Lincoln was ready to ace the test and join an elite unit. Just to be plucked out of said test, and get planted into a far more secretive one, one that operates in missions no one ever hears about if they’re successful. The one he’ll test his mettle in will be no different, with entire planets worth of lives at stake.

My Opinion: No sense of tension, urgency, all while stakes are very high. Conflicting descriptions of events, where bad guys are only bad in a sense that author told you they do bad things, all while being very morally classy for no damn reason that we know of (e.g. treating one person nicely while trying to kill two planets full of people doesn’t make you a good guy either). It’s a very slow, dull spy thriller in spaceships, with mechs for decor.

I have one more book, will read it to see if anything improves. This one gets a 2 out of 5.

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book review | The Egg and Other Stories by Andy Weir

andy weir the egg and other stories book reviewAuthor: Andy Weir
Title: The Egg and Other Stories
Series: –
Genre: Short Stories; Fiction
Pages: 1.15h
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I really like Andy Weir. Some books more than others, but all of quality. So, in need for light and short content, I picked up The Egg and Other Stories to listen to. Did not disappoint.

About the Book: A handful of absolutely stunning tales, with plot twists written to blow your mind. From mental illness to trauma. From aliens to meaning of life. And, of course, from serial killers, to cats.

My Opinion: Extremely good writing. Each tale packs a punch, some still better than others, but each one – memorable, because it’s just, wow, at every ending of it. Do yourself a favor, pick it up too.

Solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Failure Mode by Craig Alanson | Expeditionary Force 15

failure mode by craig alanson nightmode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: Craig Alanson
Title: Failure Mode
Series: Expeditionary Force 15
Genre: Sci-fi; Space Opera
Pages: 697
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Another year, and seemingly the last one, that I start with Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson. Fifteenth book, Failure Mode, ends the series and it’s just too bittersweet.

About the Book: Elder Ones, seemingly the first or among the first races of the Universe, have ascended into a different kind of existence, abandoning their bodies. But not before they put together technology that was meant to keep this corner of Space – clean of life. This way they planned to protect their power source and the barrier built against someone or something that scared even them. Said plan, of course, didn’t wholly work, as is proven by Joe Bishop and his Merry Band of Pirates, entire humanity, and many other races, and species, who got into quarrels with them over the past several books. But, as Skippy thought, for as long as Elders aren’t aware of it all, it’s as good as perfect. And then he had to kill that other damned Elder AI, who sent out a distress call, one that can only be sent by their kind. Worse still, Elders acknowledged the call. Now, Skippy can’t see any scenario in which Elders would just go back to sleep and ignore everything, instead of, you know, waking up and committing some genocide to tidy up the mess, fixing their rogue AI on their way out so, his, and Universe’s best hope are us, the monkeys. Joe Bishop at the helm, with such insane and impossible plans that, hehe, no one’s going to like them…

My Opinion: It’s hard to resist the greed when tales of your favorite characters are so very well finalized, because they might just be the last ones. Turned pages through high-strung action on the edge of my seat, the fights, the escapes, the impossible, the momentary lapses of judgement, and perfect ideas from people in the book, rather than universal luck by author’s divinity. Every character, even the side-side had their own firm personality, characteristics that made them – them. Basically, quality is so superb that 15 books later I wish there were more in the future. Because while I couldn’t ask for more, got my open ending to daydream about, got a glimpse into things that were forbidden through the previous books, and so on, I’d still have more, happily.

A wonderful start of the year, 5 out of 5.

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book review | Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 6

vampire hunter D piligrimage of the sacred and the profane by hideyuki kikuchi book review by reading nosferatu read like a villain reading in night modeAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane
Series: Vampire Hunter D 6
Genre: Sci-fi; Vampires
Pages: 206
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

The last Vampire Hunter D book that I had, Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane by Hideyuki Kikuchi is still going strong with great ideas and mediocre execution.

About the Book: Granny Viper is known for her ability to deliver things, even through pretty dangerous places. But the value of the merchandise, and the looming desert ahead make her take precautions and hire extra hands. Among whom is a vampire hunter known only as D. It’s not really a job he’d normally take, no. But the curiosity, and direction too, won the damphir over, as the merchandise in question is a young woman who has been held captive in an infamous castle of the few remaining vampires…

My Opinion: Same old cons. Dull, sometimes even shallow writing, with too high an emphasis on the protagonist looks. But everything else is pretty great. There’s more of the unusual adventures, in unusual place, with some more story on how changed the world is, reminding the reader it’s definitely a science fiction book, as strange and unique as Warhammer 40k, but incomparable even then. D was very, very slightly better written too, as he showed more proper curiosity, and, gasp, almost humanity. Basically, these books are definitely not bad. They’re just not good either.

Will definitely read more when I have more. For now, 4 out of 5.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: The Stuff of Dreams by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 5

vampire hunter d 5 the stuff of dreams read like a villain nosferatu reads night mode reading book reviewAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: The Stuff of Dreams
Series: Vampire Hunter D 5
Genre: Sci-Fi; Vampires
Pages: 204
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Read Vampire Hunter D: The Stuff of Dreams by Hideyuki Kikuchi, fifth book in the Vampire Hunter D series. While the plots are woven a bit dully, story itself is always different, always interesting, strange, unusual.

About the Book: D is called into a town that is like a haven of safety in an otherwise dreary and dangerous world. Once even Nobility, the vampires, lived here in peace with humans. Once. Now the townsfolk are on their own, and aren’t harboring the best of feelings for the nobility due to one young woman, who, bitten, fell asleep, and slept like this, not aging, for decades. The fact that everyone here dreamed of D at least once makes the hunter wonder if it’s not the sleeping woman herself who called him here, as no one seems to know who else could it have been, or even why.

My Opinion: It’s not an easy read as it’s pretty dull plot-wise. But I do like the strange ideas, all the unusual visuals written. In this book it’s hard to tell what’s real, and what’s a dream, for the tale is a dream within a dream. So you read and try to keep all of the strings in mind, connecting their ends as someone somewhere wakes up or falls asleep. Pretty good if it wasn’t for the horribly gorgeous D who bothers everyone with his mere presence. I’m really looking forwards to his own history crumbs though, as it seems he’ll be related to Dracula.

A mediocre 4 out of 5 that isn’t yet three.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: Tale of the Dead Town by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 4

vampire hunter d 4 tale of the dead town by hideyuki kikuchi book review read like a villain night mode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Tale of the Dead Town
Series: Vampire Hunter D 4
Genre: Sci-fi; Vampires
Pages: 201
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

There is only a handful of novels in Vampire Hunter D series by Hideyuki Kikuchi that I can get, so, yes, I am determined to read them all. Finished the fourth one, called Vampire Hunter D: Tale of the Dead Town.

About the Book: A traveling city, entire metropolis, on an unknown course, and a very strict policy for boarding it or leaving, that almost left D on the other side of the door, except… Against all odds, they have found themselves in need of a vampire hunter, better still if one’s as skilled as D, for who or what could possibly hide here, where every citizen can easily be accounted for?

My Opinion: If I haven’t warned you yet, let me do so now: do not play a drinking game where you take a shot every time D’s described as gorgeous, you will end up in the hospital. Other than this annoying flaw that continues through all of the books, the story was pretty good. An interesting concept of a traveling town, where motion and walls were meant to keep everyone safe from what’s outside. But a single threat on the inside of the walls has turned it into a death trap.

Solid one, a 4 out of 5.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 2

vampire hunter d raiser of gales hideyuki kikuchi book review night mode readingAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Raiser of Gales
Series: Vampire Hunter D 2
Genre: Horror Books; Sci-fi
Pages: 250
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Continuing October reads with Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales by Hideyuki Kikuchi, second book in the Vampire Hunter D series. Definitely feeling that dystopian sci-fi vibe.

About the Book: Vampires known as nobility, the peak of science and evolution, have vanished, leaving behind their relicts, and experiments. One of such starts terrorizing village of Tepes (yep) D’s passing by, where he gets hired to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late…

My Opinion: Almost strained my eyes rolling, due to every D’s description, even when he’s only mentioned as a rider, starting with “gorgeous youth“. Gorgeous, gorgeous youth that makes even the hearts of straight men beat faster. You know, I have a suspicion D might be handsome. Anyway, other than that the story was alright. Felt a bit unfinished or lacking logic at times, but was interesting visually and action-wise.

A medium 3 out of 5.

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