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Saints of Salvation (2020, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

Sequel to Salvation Lost.

Humanity welcomed the Olyix and their utopian technology. However, mankind was …

Well done!

4 stars

I've been pondering this one for a few days. It's well done, as were the others in the series. However, I felt like it got more into science theory than the others, which is fine, but not my favorite. It was relevant to the actual interesting bits (to me) of the story, which is at least good, imo.

So, the story progressed in some interesting and unexpected ways, which is always cool. I liked the way Yi progressed from paranoid/unstable genius to paranoid/stable-ish/sneaky genius. I thought she had a great arc.

I did spend the last third of the book expecting a particular reveal to take place, BUT IT NEVER DID! The ending was a lovely uncertain thing, rather like the ending of La Femme Nikita (French movie) rather than the usual all wrapped up type ending of Point of No Return (American remake).

I felt the series overall was …

Ninefox Gambit (2016, Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing) 3 stars

Mixed bag

3 stars

I enjoyed this one overall. It was a fascinating dive into consciousness, magic, prejudice, rigidity, and also slices of life at times, all set in the simple framework of military scifi. You are dumped into the magic with no exposition. The author trusts that you'll follow along. And I loved that - being trusted that I could handle a foundational difference in the universe without needing my hand held was pretty cool. Unfortunately, there were some left turns in the narrative that could have used a little more hand-holding. I kept thinking I'd skipped a paragraph or so. I found this distracting enough that it detracted from the narrative. Still, it was quite a good effort by Lee, and I'd read more by him.

The Dance of Anger (1999, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd) 4 stars

The classic bestseller is now available -- instantly -- as an e-book.

Old but excellent

4 stars

Old but excellent. I picked it up because I couldn't figure out why I am always sniping and short with my mother. I do have some insights now, and it also made me think of ways to handle other situations in my life. It's a very good foundational piece with the teaching handled largely through storytelling.

If only there were a book like this that talked about how to identify stressors in our lives...

Ninefox Gambit (2016, Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing) 3 stars

Somme bad, more good

3 stars

I have mixed feelings about this one. Lee does not conform to the usual spoon-feeding of background info through long swathes of explanation or dialogue. In fact, he assumes you can figure it out and marches on with the story without explaining how the magic works. Kudos to him for skipping exposition. He also does a masterful job of presenting his factions as what they are. Additionally, there were lovely slice of life moments.

However, there are times when he jumos POV, and it's very difficult to keep up with what's going on during those jumps. I kept feeling like I had missed a paragraph or two.

Overall, the book is enjoyable, interesting, and has a solid universe. I could have wished for a tiny bit more hand-holding from Lee, as that's really where the book fell down, but it was definitely worth my time.

Salvation (2018) 4 stars

"Humanity's complex relationship with technology spirals out of control in this first book of an …


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I spent most of this book confused, but in a good way! Hamilton wove a complex, interesting story through time and various perspectives. He handled the varied genres well, too... gritty crime novel, spy mission, action-packed rescue, and military YA. Definitely kept me thinking about the book between the times I could read it. John Lee does a phenomenal job narrating, as always.

Fractal Noise (AudiobookFormat, 2023, Macmillan Audio) 4 stars

Out of the park again!

5 stars

I read this after reading To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. About halfway through, I looked Fractal Noise back up to be sure I was reading the book I thought I was. Indeed, I was. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a prequel. My library doesn't label things well.

Anyway! The two books could not have a more different feel and still be the same author in the same universe. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed the story on both storylines. The inner turmoil of the main character was so well written, and his journey was engrossing to me. The physical journey of the away team was also excellently told with very realistic representations of the kinds of stress that would take place in a group that was under such pressures and not carefully selected with psych evals and all. Paolini is firmly on my "always read" list.

Yeah! Normal sucks!

5 stars

I loved this book! Not least because he doesn't give small deviations from the norm as his examples. He dives into acceptance of all forms of difference, not saying "difference is normal," but rather that difference is what makes us interesting and successful in what we do. Then he challenges us to consider that being useful and successful is not the goal of life. No, he didn't start there, but he brings us along his journey from finding that he wasn't "normal" through acceptance into celebration.

When he talks about his graduating with honors from Brown, he doesn't say he overcame his challenges with learning, but rather that he found a place that supported his style of learning. It's a beautiful book with a wonderful message. You should read it.