Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

waking-godsI loved Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel’s first Themis Files novel, though I was a little late getting to it. Waking Gods was, if anything, better. My full review is over at SFFWorld, but suffice to say this is one series I recommend!

Waking Gods is the second novel in Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files, a series that tells its story through the use of interviews, reports, diary entries, and recordings. I missed the first novel,Sleeping Giants, on its release last year, but when I read it in January it quickly became a favourite and one of the best books I’d read that was published in 2016 – certainly the most intriguing. With that said, and with Waking Gods on the horizon, I knuckled down to wait for its release in the hopes it would answer some questions and deliver more of its distinctive narrative.

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So, Waking Gods is not only a worthy sequel to Sleeping Giants, it’s a great novel in its own right. A good cast of characters that not only tell an interesting story, but one that is near-impossible to put down: this really is some stellar science fiction. I can’t wait to see where Neuvel goes with the next instalment. Highly recommended.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E Taylor

It’s not often that I come across a novel that manages to jump to the top of my to-read list based on few factors, but We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E Taylor (the first book in his Bobiverse) is certainly one of them. I heard about it over on the SFFWorld.com forums where some other members had read it an enjoyed it, and as I have similar tastes to them I knew it was right up my strreet. I decided that this would be an audiobook listen rather than a normal read after listening to the sample and liking what I heard, so off I went… and blasted through the 9 hours 30 minute length in what seemed like a tenth of that time. Continue reading “We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E Taylor”

The Hangman’s Daughter by Gavin Smith

the-hangmans-daughterThe Hangman’s Daughter by Gavin Smith is my latest review over at SFFWorld. Some really good mil-SF going on here, and a nice change to have such an interesting anti-heroine as the protagonist. Great stuff.

I remember when Gavin Smith’s debut novel, Veteran, hit the shelves, and with it came this confident and action-orientated voice that was much fun to read. For reasons that escape me, I never did get around to its sequel, War in Heaven, and while I did try Age of Scorpio, I just couldn’t quite get into it. However, Smith’s latest novel, The Hangman’s Daughter (the first book in theBastard Legion series) jumped out at me the moment I heard about it. Military SF with a twist and some very interesting characters to go along with a plot that begged to be read – this book has pretty much everything I could ask for. And it delivered the goods too…

The publisher touts The Hangman’s Daughter as one for lovers of Suicide Squad and Aliens, both of which ring true as the pages turn, and due to this it will appeal to many readers looking for that bit of SF action, while delivering more than is apparent at first glance. Some great worldbuilding, a varied cast of characters, and a take-no-nonsense anti-heroine make this a novel that is well worth checking out. Recommended.

The Complete Aliens Omnibus Volume 3 by Sandy Schofield and Stephani Perry

aliens-omnibus-vol-3I was a little behind in getting to the third Aliens Omnibus, but get to it I did! As you can see from my full review at SFFWorld, I did have issues with both novels, but especially with Labyrinth. I’m looking forward ot the next omnibus though, whatever it may bring!

The Complete Aliens Omnibus Volume 3 collects two novels from two different authors: Aliens: Rogueby Sandy Schofield, and Aliens: Labyrinth by S.D. Perry. I’m a big fan of the Aliens universe and have, on the whole, enjoyed the previous two omnibuses despite issues with the last novel. I had hoped that this third omnibus would deliver some great stories, but unfortunately that wasn’t entirely to be the case…

So, another mixed bag for this omnibus edition. Aliens: Rogue has issues, but it ultimately works well, yet Aliens: Labyrinth fails more or less consistently throughout its story. I’m glad I’ve read them both, and I’ll be eager to pick up the next omnibus regardless, but it’s hard not to be disappointed when one of your favourite fictional creations is mishandled.

The Long Road Home Omnibus

the-long-road-homeI’ve been somewhat lax in my Dark Tower re-read of late, mainly due to the operation and subsequent recovery. I’m only just starting to get up to speed on everything, and almost up-to-date on the backlog of reviews. As for this one, well, The Long Road Home was a good story, and a great first original comic run – you can check out my full review at SFFWorld. Looking forward to the next one.

The Long Road Home continues events immediately following The Gunslinger Born, with Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain heading back to Gilead with Maerlyn’s Grapefruit, a magical orb that can have very adverse effects on those who become obsessed with it. With the death of Susan Delgado, Roland is struggling to deal with this loss, and Maerlyn’s Grapefruit only adds to the woes of the ka-tet as Roland enters its depths, leaving his body in a coma while they are chased by a posse from Mejis. While within the realm of the Grapefruit, Roland must fight for his very sanity in order to return to the world of the living…

February & March 2017

I know these updates are supposed to be monthly, but you’ll have to forgive my radio silence since the end of January. I’d been waiting for an operation date since last June and it finally came through for Feb 23rd – suffice to say that preparation time and recovery time meant that any free time I hoped to have vanished. All went well and I’m well on the road to recovery now, but it’s been a combination of mega busy in the run up to the operation, then quiet and uncomfortable afterwards. I had expected to devour books as I recovered, but found that my concentration wasn’t up to it, so I’ve been gorging myself on films and games. Hopefully all is going to be back to normal soon! Continue reading “February & March 2017”

January 2017

I always look forward to January: new year, fresh start. It’s typically the month that I read lots of books while the dark nights continue to plague my energy and motivation. This January was no different, and I hope that some trends continue throughout 2017 while others die as the days get lighter and longer… Continue reading “January 2017”

Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson

last-yearThis week I reviewed Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson over at SFFWorld. Wilson is an author that I’ve not been reading for long, but one that has quickly become a favourite due to his character-focused take on SF – much like another of my favourite authors, Eric Brown. Last Year was a great read that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did…

Robert Charles Wilson’s latest novel, Last Year, is a strange one: a near future SF novel set in an Illinois of 1876. With the invention of quasi-time-travel and instigated through the use of a multi-storey high ‘mirror’, tourism to the late 19th century is open to 21st century inhabitants. An interesting idea, especially given that the past the mirror opens to is no longer the one of that world, instead an alternate history that diverges from the moment the mirror is opened. Set entirely in the 19th century, Last Year is an SF novel that shouldn’t work quite as well as it does.

I really like what Robert Charles Wilson has done here, giving a character focused SF story that works on many different levels. While the time-travel technology of the near future isn’t explained in any great detail, the world feels thoroughly fleshed out, and also surprisingly familiar. The finale of the novel won’t come as a particular shock, though how it all ties together to feel more intimate than events would suggest is a wonder. Highly recommended.

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