NASA finds an alien ship in space and for the next decades they start creating a recon mission to visit the ship and find information about this alienNASA finds an alien ship in space and for the next decades they start creating a recon mission to visit the ship and find information about this alien society and why they left the ship abandoned. They decide to send a group of six people, one of them world renowned linguist Jane Halloway to figure out the alien language. They travel for several months toward the location of the ship and despite believing to be abandoned when they are about to dock everything lit up. And there's a voice in Jane's head when she steps into the ship.
This book started really strongly for me. It had basically everything I loved Aliens, NASA and secret languages. I loved the first half so much, I read it basically in a a couple of hours because I was so excited. I loved the flashbacks of how Jane was recruited, and of her early life. And I loved the tension when they got in the ship and they were hesitant because they didn't know what they would find. I also really like those first explorations, but after that everything went downhill for me.
The presence in the ship, Ei'Brai, speaks through the mind and I just wasn't into the mind games that followed.
Overall, Fluency it's a great sci fi book with a lot of suspense and tension. If you are into that kind of stuff, go ahead you'll love it. Unfortunately, not exactly my cup of tea.
For those who are unaware of this series: Miles Vorkosigan is a short officer who usually is looked down uponThis series just keeps on getting better!
For those who are unaware of this series: Miles Vorkosigan is a short officer who usually is looked down upon because of his appearance, but what people don't know is that he also accidentally became a mercenary captain and goes along with his fleet to war torn planets to save the day. He is hilarious and his quest in life is to be appreciated for the brilliant mind that he knows he is. That is a very simplified plot to get you on the series. If you want to start from the beginning I recommend: The Warrior's Apprentice
The series as any great sci-fi book has great technology and there are a lot of space traveling involve.
If this doesn't make you want to start the series right away I don't know what will. ...more
This started as the most ambiguous of the novellas. It starts strangely with Miles been thrown into prison, but it quickly unravels into this engagingThis started as the most ambiguous of the novellas. It starts strangely with Miles been thrown into prison, but it quickly unravels into this engaging story.
Sadly, unlike Labyrinth there are no genetically modified teenage werewolves, but there is an overzealous prophet and a Chosen one. ...more
Ethan of Athos is a non-Vorkosigan book that is severely lacking with the absence of Miles Naismith, but tried to mimic his spirit with the audaciousEthan of Athos is a non-Vorkosigan book that is severely lacking with the absence of Miles Naismith, but tried to mimic his spirit with the audacious Ellie Quinn.
So the idea behind this book is that a group of people took an uterine replicator, a contraption simulates an uterus, to create an all men planet and make them believe women are evil and that they have entrapped men from all over the universe so they must never leave the planet to not contaminate themselves with women.
I really liked Athos and the idea behind it, it was really interesting to see how they fended for themselves without a feminine influence. I wasn't entirely sold in Ethan as a main character. He was too passive most of the book, there were very few and far between moments where he shined.
Elli, on the other hand, is a great character, especially when you realize she is only pretending to be this bold, adventurous mercenary because she keeps picturing Admiral Naismith and what he would do.
I also loved how it all turned out, I was definitely not expecting Terrence Cee.
It was entertaining. More thriller aspect, but still really good.
But despite its great story, something was missing. And we all know who that is.