Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

A bit disappointing really, nothing added to the story. There’s no point really going into details of the story here as you won’t be reading this book unless you’re a Star Wars fan so I’m sure you’ve seen it. I like reading the novelisations as long as they add something to the film. The prequel …

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

A strange but compelling book. Set in Nigeria in 2066 this follows our only POV Kaaro as he goes about his daily routines working for a bank, and his other job as an agent for a secret government group called Section 45. Kaaro is a sensitive who can find things and people by basically reading …

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A good book but somewhat lacking in urgency. Set in a dystopian alternate North America, the US as we know it has been subsumed by a new fundamental religious country called Gilead. Due to a declining birth rate, any women who had a child out of a traditional first marriage are designated as handmaidens and …

Star Wars: Last Shot by Daniel Jose Older

A slightly disappointing read. Mostly set a couple of years after Return of the Jedi, Lando turns up at Han and Leia’s doorstop with some questions for Han after one of his droids tried to kill him. There’s a macguffin that has the potential to have far reaching consequences for the whole galaxy and it’s …

Kindred by Octavia Butler

This book is labelled as science fiction but it’s not really. Yes there is time travel but it is only there for plot device, it is not explained and isn’t explored really at all, just taken as a fact from the characters. What this book is really is an exploration of slavery in America in …

Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

Well if the last book was spectacular this book is tense and beautiful. It is equally as good. The story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way. A little slow at the beginning but it was needed and in no way takes anything from the story. There were some unintentionally lovely …

Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey

Well that was pretty spectacular. It’s hard to review a fifth book in a series so I won’t go into the plot too much. After the fairly ‘local’ events of the fourth book we are thrown back into the reach of the solar system where the effects of the gates on humanity is starting to …

Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey

After the events of book three I was expecting the scope of what is already a solar wide setting to really blow up and that didn’t really happen. The whole book basically takes place either on or in orbit around one of the new worlds that opened up; Ilus or New Terra. That is not …

Places in the Darkness by Christopher Brookmyre

An interesting premise with certain aspects of it letting it down. Set on a space station where humanity is building the worlds first generational ship, the story is basically a thriller/murder mystery. The space station is advertised as almost a utopia, there’s never been a murder, where everybody is happy to work to help humanity …

A Brilliant Void by Jack Fennell

Most of the stories were ok but there was a few I actually disliked. Interesting to read about what Irish people thought future technology might be like. Very few of the stories are actually set in Ireland, most seem to be in the US or England. I wouldn’t class most of them as SF as …

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