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 …

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The book starts off with Katniss recovering in District 13 from the events in book two. And then nothing else really happens, at least with her involvement. She fired a couple of arrows, shot some propaganda videos, sang a few songs, made a speech and then was part of a team that went through some …

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

A massive downgrade on the first book. Katniss and Peeta are adapting to life after the games, dealing with the trauma they endured and the consequences of it in their relationships and their life in general. There are more hints of rebellion and President Snow says the blame lies with Katniss so she mush convince …

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Another book that most people are probably very aware of, especially through the movies. I’m a big fan of the movies so was curious how close the book was. The answer: pretty close. It moves fast and does a good job of setting up the world. A few more characters than the movies, mostly back …

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