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Steel World by B.V. Larson
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bookshelves: listened-via-audible, 2018-reads, published-201x

Reads like the companion novel to a first-person shooter video game, which is to say, very generic. Still, not completely unenjoyable either. If Old Man's War is prime rib, then Steel World is potato chips. And chips are pretty good. This is a book about a guy who enlists in the trashiest military outfit there is, and then goes to another planet and fights semi-intelligent space dinosaurs on their home world. Things like tyrannosaurus rex, raptors, etc., all armored and some bearing weapons. While somewhat forgettable and not award-winning, you can do a lot worse. Recommended for anyone looking for lean sci-fi that foregoes character development for straight action.

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Reading Progress

December 28, 2017 – Started Reading
December 28, 2017 – Shelved
December 28, 2017 –
25.0% "So far, it's not great, but it's also not bad. It's perfectly okay. I'm being reminded a lot of Mass Effect for some reason--I think it has something to do with the way the author explains away the guns. It's generic despite constantly subverting my expectations. The main character seems douchey."
December 30, 2017 –
50.0% "Generic, but enjoyable and easy to listen to while multitasking."
January 1, 2018 –
January 3, 2018 –
80.0% "Still very generic, still not unenjoyable."
January 7, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 11, 2019 – Shelved as: listened-via-audible
March 4, 2021 – Shelved as: 2018-reads
March 7, 2021 – Shelved as: published-201x

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