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The Terraformers (Hardcover, 2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

From science fiction visionary Annalee Newitz comes The Terraformers, a sweeping, uplifting, and illuminating exploration …

Review of 'Terraformers' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

My library loan ran out at about 70% and I'm okay with it. I was struggling to keep going. The whole terraforming using modified "normal" systems was kinda neat, but all the characters and events felt flat and kinda boring.

I'm still getting used to authors using they as a singular in writing (I'm fine in casual convo but writing throws me off), but the inconsistentness of having characters sometimes share their pronouns and sometimes not was a little jarring.

As I said, just flat, there were so many characters even before the first time jump that I really didn't get invested in any, and nobody really got developed.

I'm sure it's a great story but I recommend passing.

The Kaiju Preservation Society (Hardcover, 2022, Tor Books) 4 stars

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver …

Review of 'The Kaiju Preservation Society' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It was a fun book. I don't think its his best book, which to me is Androids Dream, Old Mans War, or Agent to the stars. But its a fun book.

It defiantly has a bit of a Cory Doctorow feel, with the random modern technology thrown in. Plex. Discord. NFC. Local Wifi. Etc. Not a bad thing, just not what I really expected so much.

The whole thing about the first person narrator having no gender at all was really interesting. A couple places felt off, like the character had a gender in the first draft, but only like two places. Using Jaime instead of a pronoun in some locations felt awkward, but rarely and easy to overlook.

I would absolutely recommend to other people, especially since I essentially read it in one day.

The Consultant (Hardcover, 2015, Cemetery Dance Pubns) 3 stars

CompWare is in serious trouble after a promised merger falls through, so they do what …

Review of 'The Consultant' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Well written but I found the over the top sexual comments not only disgusting but completely unnecessary. The premise was interesting and for someone going though corporate shakeups it hit close to home. I essentially read it on one day which says something about the writing style but I also found it disgusting with a non satisfying ending.

"Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the …

Review of 'The 5th Wave' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I remember seeing the movie trailer and going hrmmm. Remember starting the movie and not much else. So when I spotted this book at the library I got super curious. What actually happened. What's the 5th wave. Etc

Now it had a lot of the tropes. Badass girl. Girl not being noticed. Girl falling for pretty boy. And honestly none of them felt too much or overwhelming. I got super curious about things, and enough time was spent on the main characters that I got invested. Only had one real moment near the start of "huh. That's an odd choice for a male writer of a female character to do".

Was it the best thing ever? Not by a long shot. But it kept me interested and I may even pick up the sequels sometime

Ps. Tried watching the movie again tonight. It was absolutely aweful.

The Last Magician (2017, Simon Pulse) 3 stars

Review of 'The Last Magician' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Starting off, I generally don't like fantasy books, I love urban fantasy, but fantasy just doesn't get me. This sorta straddles the line. Its set in 1900 with some stuff in modern times.

I found the characters that the author chose to focus on were really fun and exciting and interesting. The rest I had trouble following.

I don't know what else to say. I enjoyed the whole experience, got lost a few times with all the characters, but it was an interesting story and felt different than normal. I might check out the next ones in the series, but it does feel like its going to be a long adventure.

Review of 'Terminal Peace' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It was interesting. The tone changed from the early book, not drastically, but enough. I still really enjoyed it, and there was still silly shenanigans, but as the author mentioned at the end, he changed, both due to covid, and family health issues.

I enjoyed it for different reasons I enjoyed the earlier books. And it does feel like a kinda satifying ending, but be warned, its not as silly.

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (2005, Hodder & Stoughton Paperbacks) 4 stars

It is the late 21st Century and the Moon has been colonized -- as a …

Review of 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Was really neat. Liked and disliked the choice of using a new language. Lots of characters, but only really needed to know a few, so wasn't overwhelming. Super progressive for being written in the 60s, but also sometimes some very weird and archaic views of women (or fems).

Not bad

In Marissa Meyer's young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability …

Review of 'Instant Karma' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected I would. Reading a sample from the library, I kinda expected it to be a fairly generic teen romance novel, maybe with a bit of urban fantasy thrown in. I was really surprised. The two main characters grow in a way I'd never expected teenagers to do. Most adults I know won't internalize anger, stop, listen, think, and grow. They really should though. Every main milestone prudence had, every win in her life, I teared up and was excited. I am still shocked how invested I was.

I was first introduced to Meyer's books with the Cinder series. I really enjoyed them and recommended them to my friends. As with those ones, she's able to take a little twist to the existing formula and turn it into something special.

Grave Reservations (2021, Atria Books) 4 stars

Review of 'Grave Reservations' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Its fine. It's not a bad book. It's not a good book, but it's a fun simple light weight read. And often that's what I want.

I had some trouble with the editing, some phrases or words that not only don't add anything, but are kinda jarring. Something like "he reminds me of Joe Biden. But without the hair sniffing".

It is very clearly set in Seattle, and the author likes the city, but some of the name dropping was a little weird. Everyone else worked at made up companies, except one who worked at Amazon, and one at Starbucks. Again. Not bad just felt jarring.

Loved all the characters except for the main. I tolerated her to get more of the rest.

Had a few moments with "shouldn't a cop know that?" But I think that's more of a me problem rather than the books problem.

Overall I wouldn't …

A Discovery of Witches (2011, Viking) 3 stars

An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical …

Review of 'A Discovery of Witches' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

Very firmly in the did not like. I did finish it, but I grumbled and complained throughout. The other reviewers did a great job at highlighting the very toxic items. It's also a very long book with little payoff. I'm glad I got it from the library instead of buying it.