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Secondary English teacher in Aus, with a personal interest in Sci-fi, crime, graphic novels, educational theory, novels worth teaching to students!

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2022 Reading Goal

16% complete! Duckus has read 2 of 12 books.

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Termination Shock (Hardcover, 2021, William Morrow) 4 stars

Termination Shock takes readers on a thrilling, chilling visit to our not-too-distant future – a …

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The School (Paperback, Picador) 4 stars

A good book, written in a very engaging and friendly voice. I feel like it’s a similar voice to my own when writing, which might be why I’ve enjoyed it.

The last half focuses on the medical issues faced by some students, which - yeah, sure. It’s important to understand context, and students as whole people. But it really disconnects from the daily school routine narrative and looking at the challenges of the institution itself.

Which is not to say these additional tales aren’t valuable or valid, just that they don’t really do what the book cover says it’ll do.

As the novel is organised into four sections - each term of the year - the final two ‘terms’ don’t actually look much at what’s happening in the school at that time.

Nevertheless, glad I read it. It certainly reminded me of the reasons I love being a teacher. Time …

Termination Shock (Hardcover, 2021, William Morrow) 4 stars

Termination Shock takes readers on a thrilling, chilling visit to our not-too-distant future – a …

Been a while since I read any Stephenson. I loved his early work but much of the recent stuff (looking at you, DODO) has been too obscure and obtuse even for me. And my wife says they have a lot of in jokes which she gets because she reads them all and I don’t.

So let’s see how this goes. So far I’m enjoying the somtory about the queen landing a plane which is about to explode.

The Last Emperox (2020, Tor) 4 stars

The weakest link. But some cool ideas.

2 stars

The weakest of the trilogy. Packed full of wonderful ideas and no time spent in any of them. It felt very rushed.

I’m glad I read it. I’m the trilogy was good, but fizzled out a bit.

Might try some other Scalzi books and see how they go.

The Last Emperox (2020, Tor) 4 stars

Well that’s finished. Look it wasn’t terrible but it surely wasn’t the best. The ending had some nice wry humour, but wasn’t really all that great. It was rushed. Like “I’ve got three chapters of material and only ten pages left” rushed.

Certainly the weakest of the trilogy. I’m glad I read it, and I regret nothing. I’ll try some more Scalzi books in the future and see if this is an aberration or the rule for his writing style.

The Last Emperox (2020, Tor) 4 stars

I’m halfway through and I’ve decided this book is nowhere near as good as the first two in the trilogy. This one is very repetitive, and constantly reminds us of things we already know. I’ve found myself grumbling “yes, you told us this already” a few times. And it’s not plot points, it’s reminding us of reminders we’ve had of reminders that were written to remind us of what happened previously in other books. Ok I’m exaggerating a bit there, but I made my point.

The politics and scheming and science are undermined by the recaps and reminders. I just don’t feel like very much has happened in this book.

The Last Emperox (2020, Tor) 4 stars

Been looking forward to this book - it’s started really well. By which I mean hilariously. I love Scalzi’s dripping sarcasm.

I don’t like that after setting up the Acting Duke of End for a redemption arc in the previous novel, we’ve skipped a few months and gone back to him being a dumbass, to the plan he had before talking to the Count. Ugh.

But Keva is always awesome.