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book blog | Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells | The Murderbot Diaries 6

martha wells fugitive telemetry book review murderbot diariesAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: Fugitive Telemetry
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 6
Genre: Sci-Fi; Space Opera
Pages: 176
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells is one of my all time most favorite sci-fi series. So, of course, I was very excited when I spotted 6th one, “Fugitive Telemetry” is out.

About the Book: A dead human dumped in the mall, no traces, no evidence, no leads, other than the fact there’s no leads itself, meaning someone took care to clean it all up. Incompetent, infuriatingly slow humans, insisting there are no security breaches, as if there was no dead body on the floor. And all the damned social hoops for Murderbot to jump just to, once again, protect the humans. Salt to proverbial wound – most likely from themselves too.

My Opinion: I’m not sure if I forgot something or if there’s a gap between 5th and 6th books. This one sort of just starts, disregarding possible ending of the previous book. But then, I might be mistaken. What I do know is that this is a great book. A slow-paced but not boring detective, leading towards a lot of great banter and impressive action.

Easy to read, short, interesting. What more could one want? A 5 out of 5.

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book review | Old Man’s War by John Scalzi | 1

John Scalzi Old Mans War sci fi book reviewAuthor: John Scalzi
Title: Old Man’s War
Series: Old Man’s War 1
Genre: Sci-fi; Military Fantasy
Pages: 332
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Books feel difficult these days. I’m beyond unmotivated. Resources of it drained in a year of quarantine. But, if slowly, I got through “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi, first in the series.

About the Book: Humans are slowly but surely putting their roots into the soil of the great universe. Some get to go as colonists. Others as those who’ll defend humanity, those said colonies, and make room for more. But here’s a catch… Those who can only enlist into military, can only do so when they’re 75, knowing nothing about anything out there, not even how a war is fought with such old soldiers.

My Opinion: It began a bit slow, but steadily picked up and then kept a good pace through and through. There’s action, but not too much. There’s gore, but not too much either. There’s good humor and a mediocre love story. All in all, if Expeditionary Force is too much, then this will be just right. A good book, easy to read, with a nice new view on how humans could begin their life as part of the Universe.

A very fine book. Solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | The Great Martian War: Invasion by Scott Washburn | 1

the great martian war invasion scott washburn book review coerAuthor: Scott Washburn
Title: The Great Martian War: Invasion
Series: The Great Martian War
Genre: Sci-fi; Alternative History
Pages: 325
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Got through “The Great Martian War: Invasion” by Scott Washburn. It’s good for what it is, but probably not for me.

About the Book: The first alien invasion ended almost as soon as it began. Pathogens, sickness. Martians had to run or die. Some died even though they ran. But their position is too desperate, they must try again, and soon.

Humans are getting ready for it, at least those who know it’ll happen again, for you can’t convince the masses that neither saw nor heard anything other than tales about some weird aliens in Europe. First airplanes are being built, first tanks, for there’s not much you can do with a shotgun off a horse’s back.

My Opinion: It’s definitely a good book for what it is. But in general, I didn’t enjoy it much. Too much riding, walking, and thinking where to ride or walk next.

It’s worth the time, and so, worth the 4 out of 5.

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book review | Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky

Roadside Picnic Arkady Strugatsky book cover reviewAuthor: Arkady Strugatsky
Title: Roadside Picnic
Series: –
Genre: Sci-fi; Dystopia
Pages: 213
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Reading “Roadside Picnic” by Arkady Strugatsky I remembered vividly all the best bits from Metro 2033 series. Everyone who loves the genre should read this book.

About the Book: No one expected an alien visit like this one. With absolute chaos left behind, alien trash that makes no sense to anyone, yet might just propel humanity into the future. But it’s a very risky job, so scientists working on it are slow and few, for often, too often, they have to rely on almost mythological type of people known as Stalkers. Stalkers go into the zone, permit or no permit, and bring back whatever they can or whatever you’re willing to pay the most for. If they return alive – they’re forever changed, and even their children often no longer resemble humans. Is this in itself a form of invasion?…

My Opinion: The book is just too short. It’s very good, perfectly balancing sci-fi and philosophy, its most humbling and most baffling questions of what our part is in the Universe. And the fantastical part of it is like a fever dream. From terms like “rattling napkins” or “full empty”, to goo that dissolves bones but not soft tissues, invisible death that just happens, and dead who return.

It’s brilliant. 5 out of 5.

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book review | Brushfire by Craig Alanson | Expeditionary Force 11

expeditionary force brushfire craig alanson audiobook book coverAuthor: Craig Alanson
Title: Brushfire
Series: Expeditionary Force 11
Genre: Sci-fi; Aliens
Pages: 392
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Is there anything better than a jigsaw puzzle with an audiobook on a snowy day? Nothing’s better if said book is also “Brushfire” by Craig Alanson, 11th in the Expeditionary Force series, and the puzzle is of Maelstrom (cyberpunk 2077).

About the Book: Joe Bishop used the elder weapons card on the hostile aliens that would wipe out any life in the universe, this way everyone loses, so everyone has incentive to behave. Doing so he assumed Earth would be safe. Well… Safe-ish. They’re still going with the beta site plan, just in case. And… Well, he he, you’re not going to like where this is going.

My Opinion: Of course it’s good. By now, does anyone expect any less? The book is packed with tension, explosions, more tension, some hope to keep you reading, great humor, and utter dread for every character ever.

Damn, I dread the day there is no more. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson

perfect state brandon sanderson book coverAuthor: Brandon Sanderson
Title: Perfect State
Series: –
Genre: Cyberpunk; Sci-Fi
Pages: 87
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

A friend asked for some recommendations in cyberpunk genre and while searching through what I’ve read and what I haven’t, I’ve unexpectedly discovered Brandon Sanderson has a very short little story in the said topic. “Perfect State“, a strange one.

About the Book: A perfect world to become a hero in and then rule it as a sole god-emperor, just to be summoned like a commoner to, what, procreate? Kairominas is reluctant. Not just because someone has power even above him. It’s the forbidden knowledge. The knowledge that outside his kingdom’s construct walls he might just be one of many, an ordinary, powerless man…

My Opinion: This is a tale of overpopulated planet trying to give everyone a chance to be whatever they wish to be, to reach the peak of their lives. And what happens when you pull these best of the best into one place where they’re less than good. Not the best I’ve read by Sanderson, but it was so short that it’s still worth it. Wouldn’t mind a sequel either, to be honest, for the way it ended was intriguing, and the worldbuilding, as little as there was, was superb.

Masterful writing, unique story, 90s cyberpunk anime vibes, a firm 4 out of 5.

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book review | Heaven’s River by Dennis E. Taylor | Bobiverse 4

heavens river dennis e taylor book cover audibleAuthor: Dennis E. Taylor
Title: Heaven’s River
Series: Bobiverse 4
Genre: Sci-fi; Humor
Pages: 17h
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Bobiverse by Dennis E. Taylor was a great sci-fi trilogy I truly loved. And so I eagerly awaited it’s sequel “Heaven’s River“. Let me tell you, it was so worth it.

About the Book: A Bob replicant named Bender has disappeared and some are honestly concerned about it. So a group of Bobs sets out to an expedition, following Bender’s tracks all the way to a very strange planet called Quinland by the natives. Upon getting on its soil, Bobs realize strange pattern of the planet isn’t the only strange thing. And how much trouble can the strange things mean.

While this is happening other Bobs are having troubles of their own. Politics with humans and amongst themselves. Apparently, the farther the clone generation from original Bob, the… Farther is the Bob from Bob.

My Opinion: Those of you who have read Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson will be very happy. Those of you who haven’t – will still be happy, because this is a great book. A brand new spanking weird planet to explore, lots of humorous situations, daring escapes, Lord of the Rings worthy friendships, and moral dilemas.

A great book. 5 out of 5 with great hopes to get more.

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book review | Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 2

harrow the ninth tamsyn muir locked tomb necromancer book reviewAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Harrow the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 2
Genre: Fantasy; Sci-fi
Pages: 512
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Holy… I’ve noticed there’s “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir, second book in The Locked Tomb, already out, so I grabbed it. Remember in the last review I said I love me a good book on necromancy? Well, score two.

About the Book: When Deathless Emperor beckons – you come. Even if he’s drafting you into a war you could only win in your dreams, and even then – unlikely. And it absolutely does not matter that you barely just rose above being the last necromancer of your house, that your body is failing and trying to fall apart, that you’re nauseated and can’t trust any of your tools, even your damn eyes. Nor does it matter that you’re possessed by an angry spirit. Or several. Death is everywhere at all times. So what’s a few more crumbs to the tar of demise? The only true question here is, should you let go or must you fight?…

My Opinion: I don’t even know where to begin. Harrowhark is barely keeping her head above the water. Even in the previous book she put all her efforts into survival – small house, little power, not enough of anything new, not yet chewed up or sucked dry, with other houses trying to swallow you whole at all times, no one to trust. And now it’s a voyage to unwinnable war with the Deathless Emperor, Teacher. Imagine a gothic tale full of decadent nobles in haunted surroundings full of spirits and walking skeletons alike. And now put that into space, spaceship. All while hopping around, killing planets, fighting monsters, entities. Insane.

It’s a colossal tale. The only thing I didn’t like was the way it was told. But when such things are being told – I’m prepared to suffer. A 5 out of 5, firm.

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book review | Critical Mass by Craig Alanson | Expeditionary Force 10

craig alanson critical mass expeditionary force book reviewAuthor: Craig Alanson
Title: Critical Mass
Series: Expeditionary Force 10
Genre: Sci-Fi; AI
Pages: 500
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Oh, I have waited so long and so patiently for “Critical Mass” by Craig Alanson, tenth book in the Expeditionary Force series. And it was worth it.

About the Book: Joe Bishop is in mortal danger. His crew is in mortal danger. Heck, the whole of human kind is in, you guessed it, mortal danger. With Skippy’s help humans, the Merry Band of Pirates, have caused havoc. From this mysterious ghost-ship that kicks alien ass. To hacking, breaking, masking, leaking super secret and impossible information, and manufacturing things that no one should ever be able to manufacture. To a terrible mess they made out of wormholes by moving them, opening them, closing them… Aliens are pissed, and because at the center of these events there’s this annoying little human called Joe Bishop, whom Universe hates a lot already, they’ve decided to go visit that damned Earth he came from. And unite at doing so, just to be sure. But if you think that this is all Joe’s problems – save the Earth or evacuate the humanity – he he, you’re not going to like this…

My Opinion: The book is amazingly good. SPOILERS: Yes, yes, Skippy has returned, groveling and apologizing. He regrets not only the decision to betray his friends, but his whole damn life, for how could he, how could he ever? After profound promises he’d never do such a horrible thing again, Skippy goes ahead to prove his words with actions by helping Merry Band of Pirates kick even more alien ass all while stringing together and duct-taping a plan of how to save the rest of the humans. END OF SPOILERS: Book started with an epic proportions action. Proceeded to slow down, but banter and jokes kept it going well, and then exploded once again. And this time the explosion was actually hopeful.

A great book. Amazing series. 5/5.

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book review | Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan | Altered Carbon 3

altered carbon takeshi kovacs richard k morgan woken furies cyberpunk literatureAuthor: Richard K. Morgan
Title: Woken Furies
Series: Takeshi Kovacs 3
Genre: Cyberpunk; Sci-Fi
Pages: 464
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Long books are rarely exciting cover to cover. Often they’re full of subplots that add nothing to the main idea. Or long voyages with unnecessary things happening, often poorly masquerading as development of sorts: world building, character development, character building. All while it’s so much empty words and sentences that if cut out of the book would take nothing away from the good story hidden in it. In fact, it might just very well help, making the book more approachable, unlike a wall of words, especially those that aren’t exactly necessary. Much like this text you so patiently read, disguised as an example, but really, pointless. So. I’ve finished the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy, the Altered Carbon trilogy with Richard K. Morgan’s book “Woken Furies“. And it was in equal parts good and bad.

About the Book: Harlan’s World. A land of unpredictable oceans and deadly skies filled with Orbitals – Martian technology that shoots down anything more complex in tech than a helicopter that dares rise above the clouds below. It’s called Angel Fire thus. And if that’s not enough danger for you, what land there is on this awful planet is ruled by the First Families, Yakuza, Corporations, new age perverted old religions that are ready to remind you what sinner you are, and so on. And on this native planet Takeshi begins his final voyage, and his final battle.

My Opinion: Depending on your perspective as you pick up this book, and possibly even your mood, it will either be the best thing you’ve ever read: cyberpunk genre with noir vibe to it, action-packed, hard to predict, full of sex, flying bullets, and crime; or the worst thing you’ve ever read: with lots of text that leads no where, mediocre written characters, sense of superiority in everyone you meet, fake bodies with too old minds in them that spew this axe body spray flavored pseudo-philosophy at you, and so on.

I’m glad I’ve read this trilogy. So while this book gets a 3 out of 5, the whole of it is worth 4 out of 5 for sure. Was worth the trip, no matter how long, dull, and splattered with T it sometimes got.

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