Review: The God Engines by John Scalzi

The God Engines by John Scalzi

Enslaving gods to power space ships. O Scalzi, how you delight me with your stories. This book did indeed delight. It was wonderfully different in flavor from his other books, which tend to be much more light-hearted even though they talk about war. This book was dark, and at points, I felt like an evil cheshire cat was grinning at me. I crave more of this story but unfortunately it was a novella.

I liked the characters and felt like I got to know them even thought it was a short book! There is so much more to explore in this universe that you've now created for me, Scalzi. Alas, there is no more, and Scalzi has stated that the story doesn't lend itself to anything following. Really, the lack of a sequel or hope of a sequel is the only reason why I wouldn't rate it at 5 stars. The story is a truly wonderful read.

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Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

There was lots to like since I always find heists to be great fun (/begin long aside not that you would have known from the fact that I don't review very many but I do in fact enjoy heist books just that there don't seem to be a whole lot in the fantasy genre perhaps or I haven't actively sought them out or some such thing /end long aside).

Locke is a splashy character and the learning to be a special kind of thief is reminiscent of Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey but more for adults, and the storyline in some ways are quite similar. Jean is great to follow as well, and I like that he names his weapons. The reveals are lots of fun.

This is the author's first offering, and it is quite good. There is a second book out already. This series is meant to be 7 books long although there has been a very long hang-up for the writing of book 3 due to depression issues of the author.

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Review: Metatropolis by John Scalzi (editor& author), Karl Schroeder, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, and Tobias S. Buckell

Metatropolis by John Scalzi (editor& author), Karl Schroeder, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, and Tobias S. Buckell

Most compilations of short stories are hit and miss because while there is an overarching theme, the individual stories are of variable quality. Metatropolis tackles this problem by having all the writers writing in the same world (and of course having good writers and the amazing John Scalzi on the team I'm sure helped). They swapped ideas over how to build this world while they were each writing. The result is really good.

The near-future post-apocalyptic feeling is built into every detail in these stories, and the ideas that are created are amazing. I really wish this collection could be expanded into a full series to further explore the world these authors built.

I love that MMO's have been taken to a new level, and things like Amazon's mechanical turk are twisted slightly to show what could happen.

As with most post-apocalyptic novels, the tone of the stories are somewhat gritty and have a sense of removal of emotion in the wake of disaster. I loved it.

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Review: The Desert Spear (Demon #2) by Peter V. Brett

The Desert Spear (Demon #2) by Peter V. Brett

In many ways, this second book is quite different from the first book. It spends a lot of time exploring the backstory of Jardir, which is nice to know about since it explains his actions in the first book. It also builds some nice depth to his character and Abban's, but the exploring is done without clear indication markers of the fact that we're going back into the past. The first time this happens, the reader spends a few moments going "What just happened?" which is not a good thing.

The pacing for this second book is not as fast as the first since it does spend a lot of time building up the backstory and adds more viewpoints so that there is less time for each one. (In this one there were 7 viewpoints compared with the 3 in the previous) I hope the latter books don't succumb to more viewpoints creeping in because it quickly becomes difficult to keep track of.

This book is still excellent though. The coming war and the build-up of anticipation as well as the development of the characters emotionally and power-wise is excellent. I really do hope that the third book gets written in time for publication next year although it is pretty clear at this point that this can't possibly be a trilogy.

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Review: Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

In this last book of the Hunger Games trilogy, everything comes flying apart. The book feels like a spiraling descent into chaos and madness, but it's done oh so skillfully. You can feel the danger, fear, pain, and loss of sanity. This is a world that is cruel with the sing-song nature of an insane child murderer.

I would say that this book really deserves a "This shit is not for kids" sticker. I'm not even sure it is at all appropriate for young adults much more so than even the previous two books.

I had a minor issues with Gale. In the previous books we really don't see much of Gale because he's not a contestant. Now that there are no more games, he can play a more prominent role, but I'm not sure the way his character turned out gels well with how he was portrayed previously. This may be because I missed out on characterization cues before or perhaps because there just wasn't enough room to give him much depth, but I just don't feel like Gale was really Gale.

All that being said, it was still an excellent book and a fitting ending for a powerful trilogy.

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Review: Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Loved it. Definitely a fitting second book to what is apparently a trilogy. Prior to other people telling me that it was wonderful, I had worried that it would fizzle as the premise of the second book seemed somewhat weak, but it turned out to be good!

Unfortunately, it left us again with a mostly cliff-hangover. Granted, it was one that made sense since the main story for that book was over, but oh the agony of the wait.

When I read this book, I eagerly awaited the third and cursed Cindy (while hugging her of course for recommending the books in the first place) for having suggested the series before it was fully published.

I'm doing all three reviews in quick succession since I've finished the series, but you may want to hold off on reading all three reviews at once. Despite their not being spoilers the last one gives a sense of how the third book is which you may or may not want to know about until after you read the second book. The series as a whole is great, and I definitely recommend reading it.

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Review: The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

So I said I would post a review of The Hunger Games because it was an excellent book (beginning of a trilogy actually), and here it is:

After much persuasion from a friend, I picked this book up to read. The cover is not all that great, and the author's other series was not particularly well known. What lay inside that uninspiring cover though was the first part of an excellent story. No wonder my friend was so adamant that I pick this up.

Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take part in a fight to the death, which is put on every year for the amusement of those living in the Capitol. The grueling fight to survive, the ever present government, and the stark contrast between those who were born lucky and those who weren't are some of the main elements which makes this such a thrilling ride.

You are lucky to be starting this now because all 3 books in this trilogy are out. This is another one of those break-out books that is an enjoyable read for readers of all ages despite being billed as young adult.

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Review: Old Man's War (Old Man's War #1) by John Scalzi

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

This is one of the few books/series with war as a prominent theme that I truly enjoy. Scalzi writes witty amusing characters, who are an absolute joy to read.

John Perry is old, and he is being recruited for war in outer space. In this first book, you get to learn about this new world where it's better to have old people fighting than young people. It's not your typical space opera especially with Scalzi at the helm.

The action is interspersed nicely with character development, and the depth, richness, and mild sarcasm of the author's imagination makes this book a great read.

If you like sci-fi, you should read this. If you don't like sci-fi, you still might find yourself enjoying this book.

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Review: True Season of Love

True Season of Love by Urenna Sander

I didn't like this book much at first, the beginning seemed rather improbable with its whole love at first sight deal and having the main character auctioned off for a one night stand in the 60's. Now, my knowledge of the 60's isn't particularly complete especially in France so perhaps this was at least to some extent normal then.

Now, after the suspension of belief for the first part of the book, the book went along more probably, and was pleasant to read. The characters develop and there's a good amount of conflict and obstacles for the lovers to overcome.

There are a lot of "other people" that pursue Olivia (the female in the pair) which seemed somewhat contrived but excusable.

The middle of the book was quite long, and was filled with a lot of dithering on the part of Olivia. In addition, the temper of Ptolemy (the male half) was somewhat overbearing although it was supposed to reflect the fact that men were domineering. This, however, is in contrast to Olivia's seemingly much more modern desire for career over family and her inability to see that there are plenty of people who seem to think otherwise (again perhaps I didn't quite understand the era, but her attitude towards it didn't seem time consistent).

The ending is somewhat disappointing as the book is quite long, and there seemed to be ample time to tie up loose story ends without rushing all of it in the last 15-20 pages or so. The ending, like the beginning seems to require a bit of suspension of belief, but hey it's supposed to be a love story, romance novel so as is, it's not too bad.

Disclaimer: I won this book for free from First Reads.

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Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

While I certainly liked this book better than the main books from Lord of the Rings, I wouldn't say I am in love with it. Bilbo is somewhat of a cuddly character in his perpetual confusion and general being swept along-ness. It is certainly a different feel than the character we briefly see in Lord of the Rings.

The whole adventure feels quite lighthearted without much doom and gloom or portents floating around. There is still perhaps a bit too much description of natural features, but hey lots of people love that stuff even if I find it ho-hum.

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Review: Kushiel's Dart (Kushiels Legacy #1) by Jacqueling Carey

Kushiel's Dart (Kushiels Legacy #1) by Jacqueling Carey

I got this book originally as a present. I hadn't heard of the author nor the book before, and I wasn't sure it was going to be any good although the cover did promise sex if nothing else (which is did have in abundance). Once I cracked it open, however, I simply couldn't stop reading it.

Some may say that the author makes too much out of each gesture, but I love the shades of meaning she packs into each character's thoughts and actions. There is a sort of enchantment that the characters have, which makes me love them.

While the Carey does draw a lot of details of the different cultures from existing ones, it's a lot of fun to discover each "new" one through the eyes of Phedre (the main character).

Terre d'Ange is made magnificent and gorgeous through Carey's descriptions, and the political intrigue throughout the kingdom is great to follow.

Basically, I really loved this book. I think people who are into romantic fantasy should pick this one up. Do be forewarned, that there is S&M.

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Review: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A very interesting journey Ayaan takes from ignorance to devout Muslim to infidel(aetheist). It is an autobiography so the journey takes a long time and the revelation comes at the very end. The point the book makes doesn't actually require the entire sum of her experiences to drive home but definitely worth reading.

It gives a glimpse into the culture and daily life of some places in the Muslim countries. In some ways it is frightening with its poverty and restriction on freedoms. The power dynamic within families and the society which are backed up by constant quotations from the Quran gives the people within the extremist feel of New Earthers with a militant bent.

The author's life has been threatened many time after publishing her story, and I am grateful that she had the courage to write it. It's a great autobiography/story to read.

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Review: Sheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion #1) by Elizabeth Moon

After the series of YA books I've reviewed, it is perhaps time I showed that I read more adult books on occasion. Granted, because of the Harry Potter craze, a lot more fantasy is being published for YA than ever before even if some of it is of poor quality. Some of it is fabulous though, like Hunger Games which I have yet to post a review on but will do so at some point.

Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon

It started off quite promising: girl goes off to join a mercenary company to avoid marriage. Unfortunately, it devolves into long sequences of battle maneuvering rather than focusing much on the story. I feel so cheated out of character development. I also didn't like the amount of characters that died, but I suppose that's to be expected in a war book.

I'm not sure that I want to read the next in the series as I became less and less enamored with the book as it went on. I am sure that some people will like the battle sequences although I don't have enough military experience/theoretical background (read as none) to determine whether the fighting is realistic or not.

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Review: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I thought a lot of the intro scenes were somewhat needless although that might not have been the case if I had been reading it in book form rather than listening to the audiobook version (since I read a bit faster).

Granted, this is probably at a younger age level than I am suited for reading and would have earned a higher rating if I was younger. Nonetheless, I did like a lot of the weird twisted logic, and hats off to Sanderson for the absurdity level. Sanderson's world-building powers are still on display in this book with very well though-out "curses" that are actually great abilities which are revered in a different world. (If you can't tell, I love Sanderson's world-building/magic systems)

I like that this somehow manages to talk about librarians as "Big Brother" in a fantasy setting and makes swords more powerful than guns.

This is a good read for those who want a bit of lightheartedness and don't mind that this is written for kids.

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Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

I am really confused as to why this is such a popular book. The tone and writing style in general was not very pretty and rather annoying at intervals. I wanted to bash the main character (and some side characters) over the head for most of the book, and many of the elements felt very contrived. The twisted Greek Myth stuff was kinda fun and saved the book from being an utter wash.

I suspect many people read this as a way to continue the Harry Potter binge (with publisher's cashing in) although this book utterly fails to bring the sort of charm, wonder, and depth that the HP series had.

Please don't spend time reading this book. There are better ones out there.

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Project - DnD/Pathfinder

I've been working on a project, which I'd like to share briefly the details of. I've been picking up C in part because my mentor knows it fairly well and also because I've briefly used C++ in the past so C is in some respects easier to understand.

I am making a DnD(Pathfinder rules) encounter builder type thing, which I'm still in the process of deciding what I want it to do while writing some parts of it to learn C. Since it is meant to be used by anyone, I'm learning GLUT stuff in order to have a UI of some sort. I also need to pick up some perl to pull the information of Anyway, I just wanted to share this project. When I've actually got some semblance of a useable program, I'll post it here (or I might post it somewhere else and link to it here.... something like that).

Review: Homeland (The Legend of Drizzt #1) by R.A. Salvatore

Homeland by R.A. Salvatore

I rather liked the fact that this book focused primarily on a race which is not essentially good as so many fantasy novels seem to do. Granted, because of this focus, I was a bit unready for the first parts of the book. The political intrigue in the novel though drew me in. It's an interesting look at how shades of gray can seem stark white in a world of deep black. I also liked the commentary on indoctrination, and how it can reinforce a society's beliefs and make the inconsistencies go away in the minds of the indoctrinated (thinks of a segment of a certain political party).

I did not, however, love the first book perhaps because I dislike, to a certain extent, how dark the society is. The ending though is fitting for the novel. What is nice after the book ends is that 1) there are more books in the series and 2) if you play D&D this is tied into the game to some extent and now you know the story of what happened to Drizzt.

I recommend it as a read for fantasy lovers (but not for those romantic fantasy lovers for sure) and D&D players.

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Review: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Dystopian present, alternate reality games, characters I can relate to, and a plot that's well written what's not to love? It is also somewhat alarming how easily this might take place today. It almost seems cyberpunk, but it's not extended into the future enough perhaps to be called cyberpunk.

The main characters are your slightly anti-authority pretty intelligent kids, who are caught up in a plausible scenario with the US government. What happens to them and their quest to fight back is just a great read. I think plenty of nerds/geeks will like this although the references in the book will become dated in a few years.

This is my first Cory Doctorow read, and I don't think it will be my last.

Star Rating: 5.0/5.0

For an explanation of the Star Rating go here.

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Review: Must've Done Something Good

Must've Done Something Good by Cheryl Cory

To be fair, this is book is not typical of what I usually read. Thus, perhaps, to begin with it had a disadvantage.

The main thing about this book is that the main character, Sylvie, bothers me. Her inner prose seems shallow, and her habits simply annoy me. Her sisters seem too much like plot devices and don't really have distinct personalities in my mind.

Sylvie has these great interactions with the kids she is teaching (really the best part of this novel are the scenes where Sylvie has dialogue with her students). She seems to be able to provide them with insights to make them ponder, but she can't figure out anything about the people around her. Her perceptiveness and utter lack of it confuses me at least and doesn't seem to be that believable.

Disclaimer: I won this for free from First Reads.

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Review: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

I kinda liked it. I wanted to like it more. I know it's supposed to be "THE BOOK" for cyberpunk, but I just didn't like it as much as I would have liked. The world was interesting. The characters were weird, but the development wasn't bad. The random virtual swordplay was a lot of fun.

I think part of the problem was that I had a hard time visualizing some of the things which happened in the novel, which is probably due to my lack of visualization skills. The parts that I could imagine were fun though. The conception of the virtual world, its inhabitants, and its detailed history were really well done.

I also really didn't like the ending. I felt cheated, and this is probably my biggest problem with the book. I love my endings, and my perceptions of the ending are a big part of my overall perception of the book. Thus, the mediocre, somewhat unresolved ending was meeh.

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Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I was disappointed by the book. I think I prefer my fantasy to be a little bit happier. There was just so much disaster in the book. It was as if the author thought well, how could this go bad, ok put that in. I didn't feel like there was ever a let up of the doom and gloom in the book. The main character was never happy for longer than 2 pages, and had happy moments maybe 2 times in the entire book. The end felt empty... I just didn't like it as much as I hoped I would.

Also, I was really bothered by the fact that the "fantasy world" the main character always seems to dream about is in fact a knock-off of Narnia. The author also makes a rather random nod to Terry Pratchett.

I'm sure this book would be great for people who like gritty books, but I read fantasy for escape and for me this wasn't an escape so much as whining about the way reality spoils everything.

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Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

At the beginning of the book, I really thought this might be a book I could like. The character might just be sassy enough to be fun without being overly annoying, and then the author started to consistently point out how dumb many of Kate's decisions were which was really irritating.

As with many paranormal romance novels, this book moved too fast. It has that annoying feel of I'm just going to move characters from dire straits to worse dire straits because if there's no action, there's nothing else.

Aside from the annoying characters and the pacing, it was actually a somewhat interesting story with some decent romantic dialogue. The thing that might make me read another book is for the unsolved mystery of Kate's past although it's likely to consist of me flipping through pages rather than a thorough read-through.

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Review: The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

Heart-wrenching, seat-clenching, and beautifully written. This is really a must read for epic fantasy lovers. The only thing that is in the same league as this, which I've read recently, is Name of the Wind. This may even slightly edge it out although that may be because I am still high on the adrenaline from this book.

The magic does not take center stage so much as the characters' stories magnify the mechanics the author has put in place. Despite there being quite a few characters, they are all distinctive enough to remember and add to the story.

It's not really what I expected and in many ways, so much more than I expected. I can't wait to read Desert Spear, and I lament the fact that the third book is still being written.

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Review: Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede

Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede

I loved the Dragon series by Wrede, and I was hoping the same kind of wit and charm those books had would be brought to this novel. Unfortunately, this is a somewhat forgettable book (as a few days after reading it I can no longer recall much detail.

The main character Kim dresses as a boy and does various odd jobs to earn money. It was somewhat amusing to follow this character albeit only in a somewhat superficial manner. Mairelon, the other "main" character seemed a bit perfect but at least had witticisms which redeemed him a little.

The constant amount of secrets and odd matter of fact-ness about things which didn't seem altogether clear in the story though, detracted from my liking the book quite a bit. Also, the fact that the same characters kept popping up in the same places at the same time was more suspension of belief than I could handle.

This book is only available in an omnibus of this book and its sequel called A Matter of Magic.

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Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

This new book by Snyder ventures deep into the territory of science-fiction while Snyder's previous books were all fantasy. I enjoyed this foray and look forward to the second book. I do feel that the book moved perhaps a tad too fast.

Maria's forte of society building is apparent in this novel. I say society building because the world that this is set in isn't necessarily new, but the way the society gels together in this book is very well done. The different social types are described and feel nicely thought out.

I give it 4 stars mostly because I would have really enjoyed this book had I read it some years ago as a young adult for which the book is written. I do feel that there are some young adult books which are well-suited to reading by older people (notable Harry Potter and Hunger Games), but this might not have the depth and perhaps sophistication of language to be in that set.

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Review: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Heist involving magic? YES! Plot to overthrow a ruler? YES! Combine for uber-ness.

The magic system is really interesting in this book, and I really enjoyed reading through all the intricacies. The character development is also excellent. The pacing was good... All in all I liked it a lot (hence the rating obviously). It's an epic fantasy type so it's definitely not one of those easy read type things, but definitely a good read.

A bonus is that the author has annotations on his website for every chapter (kind of like director's commentary except for the fact that it's a book). I definitely don't recommend reading the annotations until after you read the 3rd book since he keeps hinting at things in the 3rd book in the annotations.

Star Rating: 5.0/5.0

For an explanation of the Star Rating go here.

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Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I like a lot of this book. The characters are likeable and the concept is quite novel (without giving away too much about the plot itself - zombies that think!). The magic system is classic Sanderson in its ingenuity and detail.

The twists at the end though, I don't feel are clearly explained, and I think the book could have been a good 50 pages longer perhaps. The ending was not paced correctly for how much Brandon seems to care about pacing. It was, however, his first published novel so allowances should be made. Still, it pales in comparison to his Mistborn series. I think he would be better off writing series after reading this novel.

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Review: Unfinished Business by Lee Kravitz

Unfinished Business by Lee Kravitz

This was a pretty good account of Lee's one year journey to tie up regrets in his life. They range from the mundane to the more interesting as the author seems to be acquainted with a number of fairly interesting people. This book serves as a reminder of what is important in life, and I'm likely to recommend this book to a couple of my friends who might need the reminder.

It waxes quite spiritual in some parts although not overwhelmingly so. Kravitz's financial circumstances let him complete a lot of his regrets without what would seem too much worry to the cost of some of the adventures he went on. Granted any in-depth discussion of finances would have detracted from the story itself, and his brief mention is sufficient for the purposes of the book. I would hesitate to say that such jet-setting would be available to everyone seeking to settle their debts and regrets. The spirit of the book though is a good lesson.

Disclaimer: I won this from First Reads.

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Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick

I can tell why many people like this book. The world setting of this book is very well thought out and the characters have a good amount of development. I, however, am not usually a great fan of events that happen just because (or at least to me, they happen just because). I also prefer conclusions that are more conclusive rather than open-ended. Granted, the genre of cyberpunk, at least the novels I have read, seem to like ending rather ambiguously. It is a general commentary that cyberpunk tends to make, I imagine, that leads to such endings. I can't say, however, that I particularly enjoy such endings.

The overall story of the ever decreasing line between humans and androids is shown through the relationships between humans and androids on earth. The somewhat confusing plot line jumps from event to event and leaves the reader with a sort of empty listless feeling (again something I seem to find in all the cyberpunk I read) while at the same time the scenes themselves are interesting.

So, while I did not enjoy the novel per se, I think I will continue to read the genre as the events in the novels themselves are interesting.

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Reviews for books

I am an avid user of goodreads which I believe I have mentioned at some point, and I post some reviews of books over there. I feel I should keep a copy of those reviews over here for recording purposes so over the course of the next few days/weeks there will be a series of book reviews posted.

Review: Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger

Changeless by Gail Carriger

Granted I never wrote a review on the first book but nevertheless I continue to enjoy the witticisms of Alexia and the addition of the character Madame Lefoux, who is quite a scandalous character for the Victorian era, was a great complement. The plot overall was enjoyable although not amazing.

In this book Carriger seems to have made Ivy even sillier which is great for comic relief, but is remarked upon so often as to be quite a bit heavy handed. The plot overall was enjoyable although not amazing.

I'm a bit disappointed in the ending, and the reaction of Lord Maccon at the end of the book. It seems in character but only mostly.

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