I love it! It's a great genres crossover. I got hooked at "plasma tommy guns"! Multiple times during my reading of the book, I wanted to quote new favI love it! It's a great genres crossover. I got hooked at "plasma tommy guns"! Multiple times during my reading of the book, I wanted to quote new favourite lines I stumbld upon. The characters are interesting, the universe is interesting, the plot is interesting. I think I noticed a few typos o maybe, being french canadian, I just have a sucky english. The ending was satisfying but somewhat quick. Other than that, I can't recommend this book enough!...more
As was pointed out by some reviews of the book here on GoodReads, the premise is really interesting but where the book falls short is on characters anAs was pointed out by some reviews of the book here on GoodReads, the premise is really interesting but where the book falls short is on characters and characters development. I felt that Hektor Sambianco, the "vilain", was the most adequate character along with Manny Black, a secondary character. It's kind of disapointing when the main character can't get you invested in him because of boring dialogues or out-of-character moments. I also didn't believe in the love story between Justin and Neela.
What WAS great about the book though was the really interesting society and explanations about what's what in a world where incorporation has given men everything they want, short of their freedom. I like how the book challenges you on wether or not that freedom is preferable to a peaceful, happy and long lived society as well.
I'm not one for long reviews so all in all I'll just say that the book was a good sci-fi story with sub-par character development embedded in it. I'll probably read the next one to see where it goes from there and would recommend it anyway but clearly, the book's weaknesses could probably be much more of an obstacle for other readers than they were for me....more
As a zombie novel I thought this book was average, but as a superhero / zombie mash up it was pretty good. What kept me interested in the book is theAs a zombie novel I thought this book was average, but as a superhero / zombie mash up it was pretty good. What kept me interested in the book is the varied crew of superheroes, their backstory, revealed in a sequence of "then" chapters, and their relationships with together. Some dialogues were somewhat silly (the main vilain just sound so ... ugh) and at some point I was wondering why Zzzap wasn't just burning up every zombie at the end of the book. Apparently all the superheroes had to have a "moment" in the final stand so he just let the other guys do stuff he could've done better.
Beside these few things that bugged me, I enjoyed the book a lot. I'd recommend it to anyone that is interested in superhero fiction as this is the part of the mash up that is the strongest in this book. And for the low price of 2.88$ on Amazon (kindle edition), it's definitely worth the buy....more
I didn't think I'd get into Dead of Night as much as I did with the Joe Ledger novels from Jonathan Maberry but honestly, this is a really surprisingI didn't think I'd get into Dead of Night as much as I did with the Joe Ledger novels from Jonathan Maberry but honestly, this is a really surprising and awesome output from the author.
This is a nice take on the zombie virus that is just enough different from the classic zombie to sound fresh but not so much as to alienate people that WANT to read about classic zombies. Characters were interesting (loved Desdemona Fox) and while I've read reviews mentioning the slow pace of the first part of the story, I have to say I didn't see it that way. I thought the pace was just perfect in setting up the outbreak and then raising hell.
I want to give this book 4 stars but ultimately I decided that even if some parts of this book I loved, some things bothered me enough to warrant a 3I want to give this book 4 stars but ultimately I decided that even if some parts of this book I loved, some things bothered me enough to warrant a 3 stars.
The premise is great. A bunch of longhaulers come back to their planet after a 30 year trade mission to find it devastated by a mysterious plague. This setting has the potential to allow for a great mix of sci-fi, post-apocalypse and horror mash-up. And for themost part this is what this book delivers.
The book is well written and the scope of the story is engaging. While the plot evolves and goes from plague survival to secret 500 years spanning mission, all the scenery involved is great and the events are interesting. Where the story falls short is on believable characters. I don't think it's even that the characters are bad or uninteresting but mostly, they don't seem to "work". Their conflicts with each other seemed really stupid to me when survval is at stake, to the point where I didn't feel like their actions made sense. This also gave me the feeling that they were really bland characters with a single defining characeristic. Liis is in love with a guy that doesn't care for her. Sav is a good guy. And fat. Hebuiza is a schemer without a heart. Josua seeks revenge. That's it. You don't feel sympathy for any of them because that's all there is to these characters.
I gotta say though that the resolution to the plotline was satisfying. It somewhat leaves you in the dark about what happens to the characters but the plotline itself is resolved.
All in all I want to love this book because I think the premise is awesome and Robert Boyczuk is a good writer but I could'nt help feeling annoyed by the characters. 3 stars. ...more
Consider Phlebas is just awesome. I love just about everything about it. The first half of the book sees our protagonist, Bora Horza Gobuchul, deviateConsider Phlebas is just awesome. I love just about everything about it. The first half of the book sees our protagonist, Bora Horza Gobuchul, deviated from his main mission due to an attack by a Culture ship. I thought that it was great fun to watch Horza deal with the situation and try to get back on his mission.
The universe in which the story takes place is a fun one, with deadly card games played on asteroids on their way to the center of a star, sentient drones, the Culture and their genofixing for transpecies mating and orbitals.
I felt like this book read like an adventure story set in a large and interesting world but ultimately, it's a story about Horza's issues with the Culture. It is well written and the pacing is perfect. One of the praises printed on the book's first pages says 'Poetic, humorous, baffling, terrifying, sexy - the books of Iain M. Banks are all these things and more' and I couldn't agree more. Banks write a story that is a mixture of many genres.
I'd recommend it to anyone. Really I loved it....more
Sometimes this book is a bit confusing regarding the pattern magic and the trance like state of the characters but this didn't happen that often. It iSometimes this book is a bit confusing regarding the pattern magic and the trance like state of the characters but this didn't happen that often. It is written really well, I enjoyed a lot the style of this author. Sometimes the story reminded me more of a folktale than fantasy but really I'm not really familiar with fantasy books outside of a few Dragonlance I read in my youth. The Emperor's knife reminded me more of a middle-eastern Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon than anything else.
The middle-eastern vibe is really present in the book and it's a nice change from the usual settings I've been used to in this kind of story. It has magic but not a lot and there are no goblins or dragons. That's what I wanted to read in the first place because heroic-fantasy does not interest me that much.
Also, the ending is somewhat abrupt and not really satisfying in my opinion but the story continues in Knife-Sworn, which I do not know if it is released yet. I'll definitely give Mazarkis Williams the chance to make up for the ending with his other book because I felt reading The Emperor's Knife was a fun experience despite the ending....more
I feel like this 4th Joe Ledger book is not nearly as good as Patient Zero or The Dragon Factory (my personnal favourite) but is definitely a step aboI feel like this 4th Joe Ledger book is not nearly as good as Patient Zero or The Dragon Factory (my personnal favourite) but is definitely a step above King of Plagues, which had left me with mixed feelings.
The action scenes were, as usual, thoroughly good. Joe Ledger is even more lethal than usual. What I feel is lacking in Assassin's Code is the science that made Patient Zero and Dragon Factory so good. In AC, the science that explains the presence of vampires is only skimmed over. I wish it there was more to it than "genetic freaks".The ending was satifsying (with character deaths :O) but I felt it was a bit quick.
All in all, this is mostly the only bones I have to pick with this book. The new characters were a lot of fun, the pacing was good, the threat of the vampires could be felt from the writting. I'm a huge fan of Joe Ledger, Echo Team, Grace Courtland (R.I.P. :( ) and Mr.Church (possibly the best thing about those books) and I'll also be buying the next one. ...more
Maelstrom is a bleak exploration of the apocalypse, which is wearing the face of an all-powerful virus who just might end all life on Earth. It's alsoMaelstrom is a bleak exploration of the apocalypse, which is wearing the face of an all-powerful virus who just might end all life on Earth. It's also getting a little help from Maelstrom (read:internet of the future)'s wildlife.
First of all, you really should read Starfish first. It's a better book in itself and also Maelstrom sometimes refers to events of the first book and I thought this second book could be confusing as a stand-alone read. I don't really see this as a negative thing though.
My problem with Maelstrom is that it's a book about big ideas and big catastrophes. It contains a lot of stuff but I've found at some point that it was redundant. Things are bad, I get it. Can we get more Lenie Clarke?
But I gotta say the ending was very satisfying and Peter Watts was keeping a few surprises for the end of the book. That's also something I enjoyed out of Starfish but in the end Maelstrom was not as good which is why I gave it 3 stars. ...more
This is a challenging read but a rewarding one as well. I loved everything about it, the characters and their backstory, the pacing, the aliens, evenThis is a challenging read but a rewarding one as well. I loved everything about it, the characters and their backstory, the pacing, the aliens, even that damn vampire, a monster I usually do not care about in fiction. I'm not sure I can add anything to the reviews that are already written about it but I'd like to say to anyone that picks this book up and find the science overwhelming, keep reading anyway. It's worth it.
Obviously, I'm now a Peter Watts fan. I'll be picking up Starfish shortly....more
This book was not what I was expecting. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world and this world is full of various things related to sci-fi like geneticaThis book was not what I was expecting. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world and this world is full of various things related to sci-fi like genetically engineered soldiers and genocidal AIs. But it is not a sci-fi book per se. Nor is it a post-apocalyptic book. It really comes down to an adventure book about 2 con men trying to get their hands on Russia's treasures after grafting themselves to a Byzantium governement caravan. It has good dialogues, it has interesting events and characters but all in all, i thought I was gonna read a science-fiction story and it wasn't that. It hurt my appreciation of the book.
I'd recommend this book to people that are more interested in non-medieval fantasty adventures....more
I think what I enjoyed the most about this book is that while most of my recent reads are centered around the plot, Starfish is centered around it's cI think what I enjoyed the most about this book is that while most of my recent reads are centered around the plot, Starfish is centered around it's characters. Reading this book, you feel like you're peeking into these outcasts's life in and around Beebe's station. Most of the events in the first half of the book are only accessory to the main plot, which really just unfolds in the last 75 pages or so.
It's not really what I expected from Starfish but it ended up being the thing I liked the most about it. I would'nt say it's as good as Watts's Blindsight which is why I gave Starfish 4 stars. I would recommend it to any sci-fi fan who enjoys deep characters and deep sea exploration. Really a great book!...more
Overall, I liked this book, which is the third Iain Banks book I've read (the firts two were Consider Phlebas and Player of Games). It was "wordy", asOverall, I liked this book, which is the third Iain Banks book I've read (the firts two were Consider Phlebas and Player of Games). It was "wordy", as expected, and offered a wide range of concepts and jumped easily from action to world building to comedy. Ultimately though, I didn't care much for Vyr Cossont and Banstegeyn. I thought the world and story were more interesting than the actual flow of events and characters. ...more
Somewhat similar to Harry Potter but absolutely not childish. I thought this book was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone, interestedSomewhat similar to Harry Potter but absolutely not childish. I thought this book was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone, interested or not in fantasy. It is diverse in it's themes but always relevant, it's touching, it's also a book that stay away from fantasy's clichés. ...more