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A Thousand Li: The First War (EBook, 2020, Starlit Publishing) 4 stars

Review of 'A Thousand Li: The First War' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This was a really frustrating read. Wu Ying spent the entire novel repeatedly going on about how he shouldn't do X, Y, or Z for many, many reasons, then 3 seconds later going ahead and doing X, Y, and Z for the flimsiest of reasons.

Despite being older in this book, he acts like he's actually gotten younger, or somehow lost a few dozen IQ points. This adversely affected his relationships with those around him, not that they were well fleshed out to begin with. The war portion came across as kinda boring, and there was a lack of motivation for a lot of the actions taken by the secondary characters - or by the main cast for that matter.

All in all this was pretty disappointing, I'll give the next book a chance, I like the series and the concept, so hopefully the next book is better.

Weird Theology (Paperback, 2018, Independently Published, Independently published) 4 stars

Review of 'Weird Theology' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I liked the book. There is a lot going for it and worth a read. It does have a number of flaws however. I looked past them to enjoy the book, but they did ultimately diminish my enjoyment of the novel.

On the plus side, the use of the nanoverses and gods was something new that I haven't come across before. Finding something new is pretty rare these days! There is a huge amount of potential here. There was a good amount of action, and generally the pacing was pretty tight. The book was also relatively free of grammatical and spelling mistakes (something you can't take for granted anymore!).

The downsides. I thought our protagonist, Ryan, lacked agency. He constantly just "rolled with it", getting dragged along by whichever of his companions he was with at the time. This made sense to some extent, given context in the novel, but …