Grimspace (Sirantha Jax #1)
I've always said that I'm a honest reviewer, so to continue being truthful it has to be said that this review is late due to me being stranded in London overnight, after spending the day getting ever so slightly drunk and then going to see The Avengers in 3D. So yeah, now we've got that out of the way, I can't see any reasons not to like Grimspace. Apparently, some people found it difficult to connect with the characters, but I had no such problem. I would liken the love/hate relationships - fi ...more
A word of warning: I know most of you already have the popcorn handy but now would be a good time to grab a drink as well. And clear your schedule. This should take a while.
Oh who am I kidding anyway?! Let's try this again shall we?
Actual rating: 5.5
Now that's more like it.
First let's get something out of the way real quick:
There. That should take care of most of the problem. Then again maybe not. Oh well. Are you ready? Let's ...more
This book is cover to cover awesomeness. I actually need to recover from the awesomeness that is this book before I could sit down and actually write a coherent review. Simply put - I fell completely in love with this book. When I first heard about the buddy read planned by one of my Goodreads groups, I almost didn't join in. I am so far behind in my reading that I wasn't sure I had the time not to mention the fact that I had not heard of this ...more
MacHalo Girls (Some really cool chicks to read a book with) + Sirithura Jax (Anti-Heroinesk which is not the same thing as a bitch) + Oh Captain My Captain March (Theta Wave orgasm inducing OMG I want to try that semi asshole hero Um yes please, I think I love you) + Space Jumping (somewhat confusing but just go with it) + Off world clans and mad scientists
Let’s just say that Sirantha Jax is my kind of heroine. She doesn’t really whine or complain, she has compartments to sh ...more
Warning: I've finished this book about four days ago but I'm still freaking out a little. Bear with me.
Buddy Read with the dysfunctional MacHalo Family.
So, I'm not gonna write a review today because I've received a big number of messages these days asking me about Grimspace. If you don't believe me, ask my unicorn. So, I'll be answering the most interesting ones:
Q: Liz, what did you hate about this book?
A: Your question is stupid, I hate you.
Q: Dear Liz, love your hair. Can you tell me why are
Her brilliance unfurls like... uh, like, a flower. Yes. Read to the end. (Many things make more sense later.)
The relationships cement too quickly, but everything else is legit.
This would appeal to urban fantasy fans more than scifi fans. That is, do you like action, first person and a dark, gritty tone? We have the girl for you.
Sirantha's conflicts are actually pretty unique. Paranoia, corpora ...more
I've decided I'm not going to review this. There's no way for me to put the awesome-ness of this book into words. Basically, if the synopsis sounds even remotely interesting to you then do yourself a favor and read it.
Grimspace is an exciting book. There is a lot of action and adventure. There is a lot of running away from scary spac ...more
OH.MY.GOD. THAT WAS AMAZEBALLS!!!! Ann Aguirre... you wrote yourself a brilliant little gem here. I'm fangirling like a mo-fo.
Sirantha Jax is a Jumper. She has the J-gene, which means she can take a ship through grimspace. Grimspace is the "secondary space that bends distance beneath, between, two points in straight space." Once she jacks into the nav system, she and the pilot, who handles the nuts and bolts of flying the ship, can travel long distances through s ...more
Sirantha is "kick-ass?" Really? I have bunny slippers that are more fearsome.
Ahem, the review...
Sirantha Jax is a navigator, a human with a particular genome that gives her the ability to navigate the space in-between-space known as grimspace. Typically, the lifespan of navigators is short, since all that time in the nether reaches of space turns a person's mind to moosh. But Sirantha, now in her thirties, is a veritable ancient in her profession.
The novel begins with Sirantha in a hol ...more
I liked this book. I really liked the way it was written. There were some pacing problems though, especially towards the end, but it was a really interesting book that avoided a lot of cliches I've been reading lately, had a nice romance that didn't take over the whole book. I really liked it and just got the sequel, so yay! Urban-fantasy fans might want to check it out.
Grimspace is this novel's name for the hyperspace dimension used for FTL (faster than light) travel between star systems. Certain ...more
Grimspace, my friends, begins with a horrific shuttle disaster.
There’s only one survivor. She has a genetic anomaly that gives her rare space-jumping powers. And she’s a little crazy.
She escapes from the evil all-seeing government institution that controls who can fly where through space, and joins up with an unlikely band of cutthroats and ne’er-do-wells who aim to misbehave.
She’s particularly attached to one ne’er-do-well. The ne’er-do-wellest, if yo ...more
She's a jumper. Jumpers are people gifted with a special J-gene who can take entire spaceships from one place in space to another through Grimspace, something similar to the hyperspace in Star Wars et al., a dimension which allows you to travel light years in no time. When we meet Sirantha, she's in a really bad shape. Locked up in a cell, she's the sole survivor of the Sargasso shipwreck, a spaceship wh ...more
Still a favorite. What a magnificent book.
(From first read-through, Jan 4-6, 2011)
Quick Take: Yessir, now THIS is what I call a supremely entertaining SF/F romp. The story is intimate character-wise, yet epic plot-wise. The relatively unusual 1st-person-present was used to excellent effect, and resulted in a close connection with the protagonist. An excellent series start.
I've got to make a confession. Though historically science fiction h ...more
'The name’s misleading. Grimspace means inexorable, implacable. Not to be appeased. You see, grimspace will have its due from all who traverse it. But it’s beautiful there or we wouldn’t be drawn back, time and again, driven on by a jones stronger than anything mankind could devise. Jumpers burn out smiling for a reason.
My pretty poisonous mistress, I’m coming back.'
Grimspace is the first book of the Sirantha Jax series and, as is often the case with a new series, there’s a whole lot of world ...more
The short of it?
It's gritty, unapologetic, and fast-paced. Jax and her shipmates are thoroughly unhinged, but mostly pragmatic, with a biting humor that gets them through the dark. Worthwhile introduction to the series. Can also be read as a stand-alone.
The meandering version?
Not too long ago, I read a book where a character claimed he wasn't a good man. He was just a man, doing the best he could do with whatever life threw at him: trying to make a difference in those moments he coul ...more
Anyhow, this is pretty solid for a rollicking adventure in deep space and just the thing I was looking for. It's fast-paced and full of intrigue with fun characters and an intense plot to boot. I really like what I'm seeing so far and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
My only gripe, tho ...more
Rating: 4,5 stars.
That moment when you realize you've found a new favorite series:
"Can you really tell that after reading just 1 installment?", you ask...
You bet I can!
Even Sarah liked it. <--- Irrefutable proof that this book was amazing. (But really, EVERYONE in the BR group loved it.)
Reasons why this book is awesome and YOU should read it:
1) Jax and tropes. What tropes? Pfft! Forget about those annoying suck ...more
The main character is Sirantha Jax, stuck in a facility being mentally tortured for supposedly killing an entire ship ...more
Never gets old...
Ooor maybe it’s the coolness of Mass Effect. Good times being Commander Shepard...
Aaaanypoop let’s put an end to this useless jabbering! Back to our precious book!
Overall the story was very interesting. A sh*tload of action, a bunch of remarkable characters and some well-placed drama. I just mostly care about the action. And March. Mmmmmmmm…. I immediately got attached t ...more
Mother Mary of Anabolic Grace! What a book! When I started reading it - it was like: spaceships, aliens, other planets.......Ok, not really the things I usually read about. This book was my first read about space stuff. I didn't enjoy the fragging space, with the fragging space-things, but really loved the characters and their story. Full of romantic science fiction "Grimspace" offers a fun tale of kickasses, danger, adventure, love, friendship and rough-tough life. The action scenes are really ...more
Yep, that’s about right. :)
Intense and fast paced action-adventure sci-fi with mystery and romance. Although there is plenty of space travel, aliens, events on board of the spaceship and landing on various planets – this is not a hard sci-fi – and some readers may be disappointed with a lack of science or explanation of how the things work. I was happy to sacrifice it for the immersion a ...more
My one major gripe was with the description of the main characters. Obviously every character has flaws--I get it--but if you keep trying to make a character so ...more