Archive for category Sci Fi
What you need to know about it:
This isn’t the book if you’re looking for a stand-alone fantasy/sci-fi novel, but if you’re willing to put in your time this is probably going to turn out to be a wise investment. Admittedly, I had to restart after the first 30 pages and a few days because I was partially distracted and it just seemed very dry; dirt farm dry. I was unfamiliar with Wendig and his style so I took a second, more deliberate crack at it and I’m glad I took the time. Read the rest of this entry »
Some Thoughts on The Alloy of Law:
I have to say up front this is a brittle product compared to the original Mistborn storyline, but Sanderson takes a pretty good whack at blending a good western mystery with a remarkable fantasy world of his making. Some thematic elements from the original series subtly tie future to the past, adding a unique level of interest for Mistborn fans. At the base of the conflict between his new hero Wax, and the mysterious forces he’s fighting, are the very ideals that drove his original cast of characters; freedom, choice, and corruption.
This book was on my very short absolutely must read list, but it disappointed and lacked the original story’s excitement. I enjoyed the industrial-age, turn of the century setting, with its classic lexicon and style, but I didn’t care for the pace and plot, which felt forced at many points. The mystery aspect Mistborn fans loved in the originals fizzled a bit in this cowboy follow up. It feels like the victim of an over-taxed author, and there are likely few with as many top-tier projects as Sanderson. If you’re already a Mistborn fan it’s worth a read, but newbies should probably pass. Only 3 stars because there are far more and better Sanderson works to whet your appetite for fantasy.
Tom Clementson (Motley Chronicles)
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Inhuman by Kat Falls. This review is based on an advanced reader copy; the finished novel is scheduled for release in October, 2013.
Some Thoughts on Inhuman:
This is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi designed for young adults but very enjoyable for the older readers. Set a little over a decade after a pandemic lays waste to the North American population, the Titan wall, which runs along the Mississippi River, is all that separates the healthy survivors on the west from the mutated Ferae carriers east of the river. Read the rest of this entry »
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This review is based on an advanced proof; the finished novel is scheduled for release on September 24, 2013.
Some Thoughts on Steelheart:
The earth as we know it changes forever when the great Calamity imbues some people with the very super powers we’ve grown accustomed to in our fictional heroes, and penchant for cruelty far surpassing the worst comic-book villains. Known as Epics, these transformed super-powered beings destroy governmental institutions and each other to divide control every region of the earth and nearly all its inhabitants. Steelheart rises to the top of the Epics, in power and ruthlessness, claiming dominion over what used to be Chicago and beyond. All fear Steelheart and believe him to be invincible to any attack, except the Reckoners, who believe they may have a clue to Steelheart’s weakness. Read the rest of this entry »
Wool Omnibus by Hugh C. Howey
My rating: 5 of 5
Hugh Howey clearly dedicated tremendous time and passion in writing the Wool Omnibus, presenting a unique story with the flavor and depth you would expect to find in great works by authors like Orwell and Bradbury. He challenges the reader with timeless, gripping questions that stress our ethics and morals. Read the rest of this entry »