The Employees by Olga Ravn

This was really not my style of book. The basic premise is that of a series of employee interviews after an incident aboard a spaceship set sometime in the next century. You gradually learn that there are human and humanoid interviews though it can be very difficult to tell the difference in some cases. Honestly …

Star Wars: Victory’s Price by Alexander Freed

Great end to the series. I won’t go into too much details here for fear of spoilers but we’ve come to the endgame and events are setting up for the Battle of Jakku and end of the Empire. We know how it plays out, kind of, and most of our protagonists know it too. The …

Star Wars: Shadow Fall by Alexander Freed

Dragged a bit in places but definitely continued with the premise of the first book (in a good way). Set not too longer after the events of the first book, Alphabet Squadron are now in proper fighting shape and working as a team. The New Republic is engaged with Imperial forces over the planet of …

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

More of a fairytale than a science fiction book but entertaining. Set in Ghana in the near future, it tells the story of Sankofa who gains mysterious powers that can cause massive destruction and death. We find out how she came to get the powers and her wanderings around Ghana, first trying to find a …

Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Forrest Gump meets Romeo and Juliet in Star Wars, shouldn’t work but it does. Set around the events of the original trilogy, this is the story of Ciena and Thane who grow up together and join the Imperial Academy until the events they see happening around them cause them to go down very different paths. …

Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed

Probably the closest to a grimdark Star Wars book I’ve read. Set shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi, the Empire is in collapse, fragmenting, but orders have been put in place for ‘Operation Cinder’ which tells Imperial forces to start destroying planets. Some dedicated units are doing this, and it’s one of …

Star Wars: Dooku: Jedi Lost by Cavan Scott

Would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had been novelized. So this story is framed as if told by Ventress’s POV during, or just before, the Clone Wars. She is tasked with finding Dooku’s sister who has been kidnapped and in the course of it, she finds journal entries which detail his life …

Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

Interesting story exploring the relationship between the two of them. Set a few years before the events of Episode I, it’s primarily focused on the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan is chaffing under the tutelage of Qui-Gon and he is starting to doubt whether he is the correct master for his padawan. From this …

of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu

A decent read but the style made it difficult to invest. This is an imagined history of the Cretaceous Period where Ants and Dinosaurs set up a kind of symbiotic civilization based on mutual needs. It covers around two thousand years of history and details how the relationship between the two species started and developed …

The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall by Anne McCaffrey

Not bad, some stories better than others. So there are five short stories contained in here, though a couple of them are quite long. They range from way before the landing at Pern to a few decades after. The first is the initial Pern survey and though it is mildly interesting there is not much …

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