Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

I’m honestly not sure if I liked that or not. I think overall I did but there were definitely parts that I struggled through. The book is narrated by an unnamed woman who just calls herself Jane Smith. She lives a fairly normal life with her husband and teenage daughter, and works for a cybersecurity …

Star Wars: Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn

It was obvious where the series was going with the Rule of Two and all but it was still well done and threw up a few unexpected developments. This book is set another ten years after the first book, with Bane and Zannah still in the same master/apprentice relationship, though splits are beginning to show. …

Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn

So this starts off immediately after the events of the first book, at least for the first third, then there is a ten year time jump. Bane has his apprentice and is starting his new philosophy of the ‘Rule of Two’ for the Sith going forward. He has planted enough seeds that the Jedi think …

Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn

So this is the first part of a trilogy of books set around one thousand years before the main Star Wars timeline. It follows the story of Dessel, born and raised a miner in a world where the workers are basically indentured slaves to a corporation. It is on the fringes of the Republic and …

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Not quite sure what to make of that. Guy Montag is a firefighter, but in this world it means starting fires rather than putting them out. In this dystopian future, all novels are banned and anyone found with books are taken away and their house and all their possessions are set on fire. He seems …

Demon in White by Christopher Ruocchio

This is quickly becoming one of my favourite series. Like the previous book, there’s a big jump in years between this one and the last one, with the reputation of Hadrian and his crew has grown even stronger in the years. After the events of the last book, as well as others in the intervening …

Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio

So it’s been around fifty years in universe since the last book, though Hadrian is only around fifteen years older due to the having to go into the equivalent of cryogenic freezing while travelling between planets. His new mercenary ‘company’ have been building up their reputation over the years, all in the search for Vorgossos. …

Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

After initially disliking it a bit at the start I ended up really enjoying it. Out main protagonist and only POV is Hadrian Marlowe, the first son of a ruler of a planet. The planet is one of thousands, if not more, that is part of the Sollan Empire which originated on our earth but …

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Not quite as brilliant as the first one but still very good. This takes the thread from the epilogue of the last book and weaves a new story from it. It follows a similar pattern to the last book in that it alternates from the ‘present day’ timeline to events in the past. The joint …

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