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The Ghost Brigades (2007) 4 stars

The Ghost Brigades is a science fiction novel by American writer John Scalzi, the second …

Much better than the original

4 stars

What the first book lacked in character buildings, the sequel makes up for with room to spare. The world building expanded some, answering questions the first book left me asking. Looking forward to the next in the series.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Hardcover, 2015, Tor) 4 stars


Kell is one …

Incredible potential for the series

4 stars

The first of a series, but not the first publication of the author, I was a little disappointed. The third act wraps up so much in so few pages, it feels like there's something missing. I plan to continue the series, but this one felt rushed and a little haphazard at the end.

Old Man's War (Paperback, 2007, Tor) 4 stars

John Scalzi channels Robert Heinlein (including a wry sense of humor) in a novel about …

A very large world, a very limited protagonist

4 stars

I plan to keep reading the series, as it's very engaging and the pages go by fast. On top of that, the world feels massive with so much left to explore. With that said, the main character falls a bit flat. We don't see much of his life pre-war and as a result the affect it has on him isn't a very strong dichotomy.

An unkindness of ghosts (Paperback, 2017, Akashic Books) 4 stars

Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her …

Good but sad to say, not great

4 stars

The characters are brilliant, grabbing and dynamic. But as for the rest of the book... it leaves something to be desired. It can't quite decide if it's a fairytale story set in space, or a SciFi story with fairytale elements. It offers a very interesting perspective on gender constructs, power dynamics, and living with trauma.