This series by David Bruns still continues to hold my attention. It is definitely something different and whilst it is not aimed at a young adult audiThis series by David Bruns still continues to hold my attention. It is definitely something different and whilst it is not aimed at a young adult audience I can see it being popular in that age bracket. In saying that, I think there is plenty in the story for the rest of us.
Sight is a continuation of the story of the family that fled their homeworld in book one 'Irradiance'. That was a very much a Scifi Novel, but in books two 'Sight' and three the story takes a much different approach. The plots of these two are based on the two children finding their own way on a planet, whilst trying to integrate themselves with the locals.
Sacrifice is very similar to Sight in its storyline, but there are some key differences and they are all character driven. The main character in this story is torn between doing what is right and moral, but has started to develop an unhealthy obsession with the Orb that he is carrying. The title of the book is very relevant to the story and you can begin to see how the brother and sister of these stories are being changed by the what is happening around them and it is not necessarily all for the good. I still feel that we need more understanding of how the mind and dream talking is working on these planets, it was fully explained in book one with the inserting of a chip in your head, but dreaming is becoming a key part of the story and I still have no idea how it is supposed to work and I'd love to be enlightened somewhat on that.
Book 4 should be really interesting as I can imagine that there is going to be a bit of a homecoming on the homeworld. Looking forward to it.
If there was 6 stars I'd be going there. There isn't much to be said about this except:
1. A wonderfully engrossing adventure story 2. A wonderfulWell.
If there was 6 stars I'd be going there. There isn't much to be said about this except:
1. A wonderfully engrossing adventure story 2. A wonderfully narrated story 3. A book I failed to put down (until batteries went flat) 4. A favorite of this year by far 5. Y'all should read it (or listen to it)....more
Not going to be able to listen to this in the week that the library gave me. I have too many other audios to listen to first. So back to the library fNot going to be able to listen to this in the week that the library gave me. I have too many other audios to listen to first. So back to the library for now....more
Parabolis is one of those gems that come up every now and then and reminds me why I love Goodreads. Without this site, I would have never found this bParabolis is one of those gems that come up every now and then and reminds me why I love Goodreads. Without this site, I would have never found this book. One day I was reading some status updates and I saw a friend was reading this and their status update seemed interesting. A quick trip to Amazon and I was on board and ready to go.
The story is pretty standard at the beginning as Han sets the scene and characters. Going off to war, retiring from army, coming home to settle down, shit hits the fan, underground movements, fops, airships, resistance fighters, the 'mob' and your nice auntie running the local bakery. What more can you ask for? Submarines? Yup, has those.
This is definitely a first book, a lot of this story is setting up the characters and the world and whose who in the 'us versus them' zoo. There is much more to come from this series i think.
So thanks Athena for pointing me at this book, a throughly enjoyable read and I can't wait for the next....more
Unfortunately I finished this book a few weeks back now and with a lot of travel and work commitments I have been a bit slack in writing reviews. So tUnfortunately I finished this book a few weeks back now and with a lot of travel and work commitments I have been a bit slack in writing reviews. So this is no longer as fresh in my mind as it was.
Regardless though, it was a read that I enjoyed and I am definitely signing up for book two in the series.
The book is set in medieval times, but Plague Jack takes some liberties with his story by having his characters be very inventive with newer technologies than you'd expect. On one hand you have your standard Elf, Knight and dwarf story, then suddenly we have chemical warfare and guns. at first I was a little sceptical that he'd be able to pull that off, but as I became more involved in the story I started to warm to the concept and it grew on me. The book at times can be a little rough as the story piles through at a tremendous rate, there are a few moments of eye rolling and sighs at the use of convenient moments to solve issues, but overall, there is a really fun enjoyable story here.
The characters are very solid. Certainly the main characters have plenty to offer and their personalities certainly add to the story and are very believeable.
So...... if you fancy a fun fantasy story with a bit of crazy stuff going on, then this is well worth a read.
Great work Plague Jack. A very enjoyable debut. ...more
This was a pretty big change to the normal story. It did feel like more of a standalone book, rather than book a 4.
I did enjoy it, I did give it 4 staThis was a pretty big change to the normal story. It did feel like more of a standalone book, rather than book a 4.
I did enjoy it, I did give it 4 stars, but after the first 3 books, my expectations were very high.
Rather than a continuation of the crazy shit going down in space, we go planet side for a bit of a colonial first landing storyline. There really wasn't any stand out characters (apart from our usual team of hero's), although Murtry as annoying as he was by being completely inflexible was one of those characters you hate, but appreciate the effort in writing. I think this is what lost a star for me; I couldn't care less about any of the other cast, they did nothing to inspire any empathy or interest, except Elvie. Without doubt, my least liked female character I have read in a long while. Everytime she spoke, or even thought anything I cringed. Considering she was supposedly a brilliant scientist, on a new planet, most of her story was her school girl crush on Holden. Maybe a change in narrator made it worse, I don't know. But if I never hear from this character again, I will be most happy. She is definitely the JarJAr Binks of Expanse.
My other complaint was their seemed to be quite a high level of stupidity in this book. Given the characters were chosen because of their excellence in their field, ie Scientists and Engineers, they made some really, really bad decisions you usually associate with a lower pack mentality.
The Engineers particularly became dumb and almost hive mind like, which was opposing their individual brilliance for which they were picked for. I thought that when they were trying to shoot guns and calculate mass, parabola's, vectors etc for aiming it was great writing. Then..........well that would be a spoiler.
The story meandered for a while. But I have to say that the last third was great fun. Probably because we got back into space and had some space action.
I am still loving this series and I so much look forward to the next book. The team of Alex, Amos, Holden and Naomi are firm favourites of mine, can't wait to see what comes next.
Can't get enough of this series. It has continued to capture my attention. My involvement with the main characters couldn't be stronger. It reminds meCan't get enough of this series. It has continued to capture my attention. My involvement with the main characters couldn't be stronger. It reminds me greatly of how I felt reading about Royce and Haydrian in the Riyia series. Total immersion.
I am getting on a plane, so not going to write anymore. Needless to say, starting book four as i cruise above Australia. ...more
I am way to busy listening to book two in this series to write a detailed review, so that in itself should give you a clue as to my thoughts.
WonderfulI am way to busy listening to book two in this series to write a detailed review, so that in itself should give you a clue as to my thoughts.
Wonderful being back in some real scifi stuff after many many grimdark, fantasy stories over the last year. This book had me completely engaged right from the beginning and I have loved the easy writing style. There is something about the interaction between characters that is very special to this/these authors and I can't quite put my finger on it. At times I feel like I am listening in on a conversation, the dialogue is so personal and realistic. I think maybe it is all the little extra bits added, that a lot of writes leave out as superfluous to the story, a grunt here or a 'huh' or...ooh I don't know. I just love the character interaction.
Characters Holden and Miller are great fun and I am enjoying their respective growth.
The BEST thing is, I don't have to wait to carry on with the series. ...more
I have to say that book two in this series did not live up to my expectation. I would rate this about the same as I rated The Emperor's Blades, AboutI have to say that book two in this series did not live up to my expectation. I would rate this about the same as I rated The Emperor's Blades, About 3.8 but expectation plays a lot in determining to use the 3 or 4 star rating. This is like a Wall St mystery. Company A makes 4 billion profit after expecting to make $6 billion and its share price plummets by 10%. Company B makes a $100 million loss instead of $200 million loss and its share prices increase by 10%.
Well, my expectation for this book was much higher than Emperor's blades because was already invested in the story and characters and knew what I would be getting myself into. In reality I got something different. I am being a little harsh on Anthony Ryan with this, because really, it is still a great story and he used book two to develop the characters and the intrigue and the whole world story. All this info that was wonderful and relevant. The problem is/was, book one was like getting a ride in a racing car and book two felt like catching the number 17 bus, stopping all stops.
So in a nut shell, the dramatic change in pace through me, it struggled to keep my attention at times as events seemed to drag out.
I have to say that it finished very strongly and the last quarter had me remembering what I like so much about Ryan's writing. He also has me looking forward to book 3, but overall I am still a little disappointed with this one. ...more
This was a surprise read for me. I picked it up either cheap or free from Amazon to fill my Kindle with back up books should I ever find the day withThis was a surprise read for me. I picked it up either cheap or free from Amazon to fill my Kindle with back up books should I ever find the day with nothing to read. So I sent it to my phone kindle app for those rare times where my Kindle isn't with me, like eating breakfast in a hotel. From 'backup' up book status, this soon moved to 'I wonder what is going to happen next' status.
The book's genre is hard to pick, not quite dystopian, is probably the best one I can come up with. Based in the very near future, the world is a pretty shitty place, but Norwood cleverly doesn't change a lot, it is easy to envisage this future in 30 or 50 years from now. Basically as global warming kicks on and sea levels rise, life becomes tough for us homo sapiens. Based in Melbourne,Australia, Norwood tells a scientific tale of woe. As food runs low, cities set up de-reg zones for the poor and corporations take over the running of countries. The main topics for discussion are global warming and stem cell or gene modification. Our main character is a scientist who is trying to produce super babies that will allow the human race to carry on whilst disease starts to wipe out the 'normal' homo sapiens.
Norwood must be a specialist in the field of genetics, because he tells a very believable story or gene modifying that is detailed yet doesn't lose the reader in ridiculously long unpronounceable words. I have to say, there is 'some' soap boxing with political statements, but it isn't over the top.
I think what I enjoyed the most is the telling of a story about a human condition that affects most of us. The ability to 'not see' those suffering more than us. The irony was not lost on me as I walked past a woman sitting on the footpath begging for money as I entered the coffee shop for my latte and caramel cake. Whilst I comprehended the scene, homeless woman begging, I had no emotional response to it and somehow the irony only came to me like a fist to the gut, when I felt emotion as I read parts of the book where those that 'have' justify the extermination of those that 'have not' to ensure that they still survive in relative comfort. Like latte and caramel cake.
Back to the book. I was pleasantly surprised at the easy written style of this story and whilst there are a couple of rough patches, Norwood is brilliant with lab scenes, but his courtroom or interrogation scene writing needs some hard edgeness added. Overall it was a good read and one that definitely has me wanting to read the next installment.
So i was expecting a 2.5 - 3 star read and I am happy to report 3.5 - 4 star rating.