Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing. It started out a tiny bit slow, but it is now up there with kingkiller chronicle as one of my favorite fiction books I have read in recent memory.

This gritty fiction book about young thieves in the underworld of something similar to an Italian city-state contains levels of drama, social commentary, and action par excellence. I would definitely recommend this book and can't wait to start reading the sequal.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Abaddon's Gate

Abaddon's Gate Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book far more than I did the second one in the series. The new characters were far more versatile and seemed more human and relatable in their motivations and in dealing with issues like tragedy and loss. It begins where the story left off, a few months later with a weird alien created ring nestled nearby Uranus. Human ships curiously probe in, not knowing what is coming next.

While it is not as good as the first book, I felt that the climax at the end was executed much better and the build up was definitely worth it. This is definitely a must read series and I have been powering through it.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: Caliban's War

Caliban's War Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book is definitely a good read. However it was not as good as either the first or the third (I am currently almost done with it.) I felt that the new characters were a little difficult to really empathize with and there was a huge build up to a less than satisfying climax. The book is important in that it sets up the 3rd book, but the additional characters have not made any additional presence so far in the series.

It does introduce and explain ganymede and marine expeditionary armor. Also more captain Holden being Holden.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Review: Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My brother suggested I read this book a few days ago when I was in a bit of a mental health crisis and it was the perfect medicine. I was hooked from the first chapter. Recently I have not been able to find a science fiction story that could be on a similar level to the fantasy series I have read through, but this one is a must pick up. It is a gritty story which takes place in the not to distant future as humans have expanded through the solar system in an age of discovery and settlement.

The story is extremely gripping and fluid, with turns and surprises which I respect. While the dialogue and character development are alright, the story really shines with its action sequences and description which makes you feel like you are in the heat of it. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who is looking to pick up a new science fiction saga and am already well into the second book.

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