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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1020 on: March 25, 2019, 12:22:10 PM »
Just finished The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (thank you TOR book club for the free ebook).

Loved it.  Classic SF feel, in modern terms.  I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1021 on: March 25, 2019, 12:49:25 PM »
Just finished The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (thank you TOR book club for the free ebook).

Loved it.  Classic SF feel, in modern terms.  I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

The sequel "The Consuming Fire" is also a really fun read. I was disappointed that it left out the story line from a main character in Collapsing Empire who you would expect some follow-up on.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1022 on: March 26, 2019, 01:09:24 PM »
Just finished The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (thank you TOR book club for the free ebook).

Loved it.  Classic SF feel, in modern terms.  I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

The sequel "The Consuming Fire" is also a really fun read. I was disappointed that it left out the story line from a main character in Collapsing Empire who you would expect some follow-up on.

Oh wow I grabbed that one last night (well done free book club, you got some $$ out of me), and it's even better.  I haven't gotten so lost in a book that I stayed up that far beyond bedtime in years.

One of the things I am really appreciating about it is that it has a lot of female sexuality in it, but not from a "male gaze" sort of perspective.  Or at least it doesn't feel that way to me.  It feels different from something like Heinlein in that regard.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1023 on: March 26, 2019, 04:43:14 PM »
Just finished The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (thank you TOR book club for the free ebook).

Loved it.  Classic SF feel, in modern terms.  I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

The sequel "The Consuming Fire" is also a really fun read. I was disappointed that it left out the story line from a main character in Collapsing Empire who you would expect some follow-up on.

Oh wow I grabbed that one last night (well done free book club, you got some $$ out of me), and it's even better.  I haven't gotten so lost in a book that I stayed up that far beyond bedtime in years.

One of the things I am really appreciating about it is that it has a lot of female sexuality in it, but not from a "male gaze" sort of perspective.  Or at least it doesn't feel that way to me.  It feels different from something like Heinlein in that regard.

I'm mixed on if I like it more than the first. It's very close.

It's been a while but I recall John Scalzi was also good at writing female characters in The Old Mans War series as well. Although his characters are often sarcastic, foul mouthed sex addicts regardless of gender. The Emperox in Collapsing Empire is a really good change. She seems like a real person with more dimensions.

I do regret starting these books before more of them were released. Waiting is no fun.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1024 on: March 27, 2019, 03:51:33 PM »
Just finished The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (thank you TOR book club for the free ebook).

Loved it.  Classic SF feel, in modern terms.  I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

The sequel "The Consuming Fire" is also a really fun read. I was disappointed that it left out the story line from a main character in Collapsing Empire who you would expect some follow-up on.

Oh wow I grabbed that one last night (well done free book club, you got some $$ out of me), and it's even better.  I haven't gotten so lost in a book that I stayed up that far beyond bedtime in years.

One of the things I am really appreciating about it is that it has a lot of female sexuality in it, but not from a "male gaze" sort of perspective.  Or at least it doesn't feel that way to me.  It feels different from something like Heinlein in that regard.

I'm mixed on if I like it more than the first. It's very close.

It's been a while but I recall John Scalzi was also good at writing female characters in The Old Mans War series as well. Although his characters are often sarcastic, foul mouthed sex addicts regardless of gender. The Emperox in Collapsing Empire is a really good change. She seems like a real person with more dimensions.

I do regret starting these books before more of them were released. Waiting is no fun.

I enjoyed both books as well, but feel they would have been better as one single novel. Separate, they're so slight. They're barely over 300 pages (if I recall correctly, at work and don't have access to my copies) which is incredibly short for novels nowadays. Neither are as good as any of the Old Man's War series, in my opinion. Scalzi has posted on his blog that he wrote Consuming Fire in one or two weeks...and I hate to say it the book reads like it. Again, enjoyable but short and not a lot of description of places or people. Still, I'll buy the next book...but maybe  wait for it in paperback rather than hardcover.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1025 on: March 28, 2019, 08:34:12 PM »
about halfway through children of time by adrian Tchaikovsky.  It reminds me of Tolkien in that I respect the obvious hard work and care put into the world building but that doesn't mean the story is compelling.  Full review when I am done.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1026 on: March 28, 2019, 09:34:04 PM »
about halfway through children of time by adrian Tchaikovsky.  It reminds me of Tolkien in that I respect the obvious hard work and care put into the world building but that doesn't mean the story is compelling.  Full review when I am done.

Oh, Children of Time is EXCELLENT!! I knew nothing about it or the author but picked it up last summer using a Barnes & Noble coupon. Didn't make it out of my to-read pile until last December, but wow did I enjoy it! It's the best book I read all last year and I haven't read a book since that's been half as good.   I cannot recommend this one highly enough!! And good news: the sequel Children of Ruin comes out May 14th! I'm hoping it's a sequel that will measure up, will go the top of the pile immediately upon purchase! If you love stories of AI, colony ships, uplifted civilizations, vast histories, epic wars, and more.....read this book! I can't imagine you regretting it!! (in case I'm not being clear, I REALLY liked this book) 

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1027 on: March 29, 2019, 08:40:31 AM »
about halfway through children of time by adrian Tchaikovsky.  It reminds me of Tolkien in that I respect the obvious hard work and care put into the world building but that doesn't mean the story is compelling.  Full review when I am done.

Oh, Children of Time is EXCELLENT!! I knew nothing about it or the author but picked it up last summer using a Barnes & Noble coupon. Didn't make it out of my to-read pile until last December, but wow did I enjoy it! It's the best book I read all last year and I haven't read a book since that's been half as good.   I cannot recommend this one highly enough!! And good news: the sequel Children of Ruin comes out May 14th! I'm hoping it's a sequel that will measure up, will go the top of the pile immediately upon purchase! If you love stories of AI, colony ships, uplifted civilizations, vast histories, epic wars, and more.....read this book! I can't imagine you regretting it!! (in case I'm not being clear, I REALLY liked this book) 

Just um, arachnophobes may want to pass.....

I think you are going to be disappointed with my review...
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1028 on: April 03, 2019, 03:25:19 PM »
Children of Time Adrian Tchaikovsky.
7/10  I really wanted to like it more but there were some plot holes and really clumsy foreshadowing that were hard to get over.  I predicted the end pretty much spot on waaaay earlier in the book.  There was also a lot of shoddy science to the point where the tech is just magic.  This last bit doesn't usually bother me very much except that he seemed to really try to get the science right.  There were some pretty major problems with how evolution unfolded in the story and it was hard for me to get over the fact that the experiment that sets the whole plot in motion doesn't really make much sense.   

So the good, I thought the characters were interesting and strong and I liked the narrative devices that allowed us to follow the same characters for thousands of years.  There were interesting discussions of the nature of God and destiny, the  definitions of humanity, different kinds of intelligence, etc. 



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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1029 on: May 09, 2019, 05:10:03 AM »
"No is not enough" Naomi Klein, 7/10.  Good, but not her best effort.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1030 on: May 09, 2019, 05:14:22 AM »
Well into Pollan's latest, "How to Change Your Mind".  So far, 10/10.  MP is a great writer and it all makes me think about all those wonderful days and nights when perfectly clean LSD was 10 cents a blotter and a four way windowpane was 25 cents. 

I'd be quite keen to do it again.  I'm only 67...
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1031 on: June 06, 2019, 12:28:26 PM »
Been reading a bit more lately.

I read all 4 Hyperion books by Dan Simmons.  In addition to being very interestingly and capably put together and intricately plotted, they were VERY emotionally impactful for me.  I have no idea how I missed them when they were new - I was an active reader of everything SF I could get my hands on in the period in which they were released.

I read the second NK Jemisin book The Obelisk Gate, which also kicked me in the metaphorical balls, just like the first one did.

I re-read the Death Gate Cycle, a seven-book 90s fantasy series, to see how it held up.  It held up the way I remembered - a wonderful and fascinating premise, that starts out very strong, and ends with a whimper.  I can remember almost scene-by-scene how the first 3 books play out (and have been able to remember it vividly since the 90s when I first read it), but I can barely remember how it ends and I just finished it a couple months ago.  Basically everything beyond the introduction of the "dragon-snakes" is mostly forgettable.  One of the most prominent cases of "awesome idea/disappointing follow-through" in a genre full of that phenomenon.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1032 on: June 06, 2019, 01:50:55 PM »
Been reading a bit more lately.

I read all 4 Hyperion books by Dan Simmons.  In addition to being very interestingly and capably put together and intricately plotted, they were VERY emotionally impactful for me.  I have no idea how I missed them when they were new - I was an active reader of everything SF I could get my hands on in the period in which they were released.

I read the second NK Jemisin book The Obelisk Gate, which also kicked me in the metaphorical balls, just like the first one did.

I re-read the Death Gate Cycle, a seven-book 90s fantasy series, to see how it held up.  It held up the way I remembered - a wonderful and fascinating premise, that starts out very strong, and ends with a whimper.  I can remember almost scene-by-scene how the first 3 books play out (and have been able to remember it vividly since the 90s when I first read it), but I can barely remember how it ends and I just finished it a couple months ago.  Basically everything beyond the introduction of the "dragon-snakes" is mostly forgettable.  One of the most prominent cases of "awesome idea/disappointing follow-through" in a genre full of that phenomenon.

I'm on the second one (Fall of Hyperion) right now.  It took a while to get into the first one, but I ended up really enjoying it.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1033 on: June 06, 2019, 02:14:12 PM »
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. 9/10

Normally I want more action out of my novels but I decided to dive into it after reading the countless reviews giving it praise. I really enjoyed it. It's extremely character driven and the story does not include much in the way of travelling to new places or action with high stakes. It still sucked me in. My mass produced paperback copy was over 700 pages and I didn't skim through any of them. I finished it last week and I'm already about 100 pages into the sequel.

Unfortunately the author seems to have hit a wall with the third and final novel as fans have been waiting 8 years for it and the author still hasn't committed to a release year. So I expect to be frustrated by that assuming I enjoy the second novel as much as the first.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #1034 on: June 06, 2019, 02:24:18 PM »
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. 9/10

Normally I want more action out of my novels but I decided to dive into it after reading the countless reviews giving it praise. I really enjoyed it. It's extremely character driven and the story does not include much in the way of travelling to new places or action with high stakes. It still sucked me in. My mass produced paperback copy was over 700 pages and I didn't skim through any of them. I finished it last week and I'm already about 100 pages into the sequel.

Unfortunately the author seems to have hit a wall with the third and final novel as fans have been waiting 8 years for it and the author still hasn't committed to a release year. So I expect to be frustrated by that assuming I enjoy the second novel as much as the first.

LOL, buckle up! ETA:  There is "The Slow Regard of Silent Things," which is listed as book 2.5.  I have not read it, but my son has, and he enjoyed it.  It concerns the character, Auri.
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