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 …

Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Like many Star Wars novels, this wasn’t bad but it also kind of disappointed. I quite enjoyed the first Thrawn book so was looking forward to him teaming up with Darth Vader. The story is divided over two timelines, back in the Clone Wars when we have Anakin and Padme teaming up with Thrawn for …

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

This was a book of contrasts. It started cold and distant but as the story got bleaker, the warmth increased. The story is unlike anything I had read before. A single envoy of an alliance of planets, Genly, is on Gethen (an ice world that was informally called Winter), trying to sell the country, indeed …

Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

I had high hopes going into this novel. I’ve always liked Obi-Wan Kenobi and the idea of a novel about him set just after Revenge of the Sith sounded really interesting. Unfortunately it wasn’t. I was bored from the start to the finish. Okay there were some bits near the end that were alright but …

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

This was such an intriguing book. It starts off with a girl, Rose, who falls down a hole while out cycling her bike but then lands on what looks like a giant hand made out of some unknown material. The story then continues some 20 odd years later with Rose as an adult and lead …

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Well that was a very enjoyable read. I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk for a while now so to get totally immersed in a book again was nice. It’s set in a pretty depressing future about 30 years from now. Due to a global energy and environmental crisis the world is a …

Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

So part three in the adventures of the Roci. We are introduced again to a new set of characters, though Holden is still around. We have Anna a preacher, Bull an Earther working for the OPA and Melba/Clarissa who I won’t say too much about. I think an issue I had was that I didn’t …

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

The second installment is just as good as the first, if not better. We get a few more viewpoints in addition to Holden. Prax, a botanist whose search for his daughter is the driver for the plot. Bobby, a Martian marine and Avasarala, a major UN figure. Avasarala is an amazing character, a foul-mouthed, no …

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

This is the first proper space opera I’ve read for a long time apart from Star Wars novels and I really enjoyed it. It’s set in the not too distant future and I have to say that the world that is shown strikes me as very believable. OK maybe not the ‘Epstein Drive’ (though you …

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