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The Peace War (2003, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 stars

First in a quintessential hard-science fiction adventure, Hugo Award-winning author Vernor Vinge's The Peace War …

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4 stars

A solid sci-fi with good stakes, realistic characters, and a story that develops at just the right pace to keep you turning pages.

Now for light spoilers.

I had seen some reviews mentioning racism and sexism in this book, so I went into it with that in mind. Vinge definitely draws a lot of attention to the race and gender of the characters in the book, but I honestly appreciated that the young genius was a black Spanish-speaking kid. There were two strong female characters as well. Vinge is far from perfect in his treatment of these minorities, but he puts them in positions of authority, respect, and value and other characters react to this. Of course it's not a great look that the black kid is a thief and the female government agent is shrugged off or uses her gender to infiltrate a group with less suspicion. But there …

The Three-Body Problem (Hardcover, 2014, Tor Books) 4 stars

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien …

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Absolutely loved it, bought the second book in the trilogy before I finished this one. If you're a fan of a little hard sci-fi with some social commentary and aliens, I recommend it. Some parts of the book feel fantastical, but without losing the grounded "this could happen" feeling. The only "problem" I had (and it's not really a problem) is keeping up with some of the characters, just because I haven't had much exposure to Chinese culture and names. Still an amazing book.

The Midnight Library (Paperback, 2020, Penguin Publishing Group) 4 stars

"Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go …

Review of 'The Midnight Library' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

It's a good book. The ending was predictable, but that doesn't make it less wholesome or the message of the book less pure. An uplifting insight into the nature of regrets, potential, and the importance of perspective on any situation.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Hardcover, 2020, Tor Books) 4 stars

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in …

Review of 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Couldn't put it down (or in this case, stop listening). I'm a sucker for a book that follows a character through their life. Without too many spoilers, this isn't exactly that, but has the same feel of watching a character grow and develop over a long period of time. I'm not sure if I liked the ending, but I didn't hate it and it didn't make me love the book any less.

I also recommend the Audible audio book, the reader is fantastic.