Author: Benedict Jacka
Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Fated. That’s Alex Verus. His fate should be in his own hands but mages dark and light are trying to pull his fate in their hands. And it gets quite crowded with those mage types. Alex runs a shop in London and tries to keep a low profile but events (and indeed mages) decide differently for him. He’s ‘recruited’ to locate a special artefact hidden inside a special place which can only be opened and accessed through special means.
This is the start of an exciting and at times hilarious journey that took me through ‘Fated’ at high speed, simply because the book was so good I didn’t want to put it down.
Title: Leviathan Wakes
Series: The Expanse, book 1
Author: James S.A. Corey
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating 5 stars
Leviathan Wakes is the first book in a science fiction series. It’s on television as a series called ‘The Expanse’. As usual if there is a book I don’t watch it on television.
So what’s this book about?
We are in an age where Mars is colonised and also many rocks in space, known as The Belt, sustain life in some form or other. A detective, a space ship commander and a man who is involved in a rebel organisation called OPA meet in circumstances that are able to plunge all inhabited places in a war. The discovery of a strange matter makes everything even more complicated as there are parties who want it and who will go to extremes to have and keep it.
The book was a fascinating read, nicely detailed and all the people in the story really came to life for me. That’s the best kind of reading. It’s as if I watched on television, only better.
Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction.
Stars: 5 out of 5.
This book deserves all its praise. I had heard a lot about it, all good, from people I trust in their taste of books. So I bought it and read it.
What an amazing trip to and on Mars. What a lot of cleverness. As a friend said, this is MacGyver on an interplanetary scale. A fabulous read, for certain. I loved the log entries and the fuss on Earth. I can recommend this book to anyone who loves SciFi and hasn’t read it yet.
The only thing I wonder about are all those potatoes.
Title: Captain Nemo – The Fantastic History of a Dark Genius
Author: K.J Anderson
Genre: historic, steampunk
I discovered this book by accident as I was browsing for Jules Verne stories. This book is a wonderful ‘biography’ of Jules Verne and his friend, André Nemo. The two spend a lot of time together but at one point in their lives they get separated.
It’s difficult to write more about this book without spoiling its contents so I’ll leave it at this.
Title: The hidden goddess
Author: M.K. Hobson
This book was a gift which I enjoyed. A bit of a bummer was to find that it is book 2 in a set so I missed some background from book 1. The Hidden Goddess has a lot of interesting twists. The author added some nice effects to the mental imagery and brought in some remarkable people (and non-people).
There were a few odd jumps in the flow of the story that I couldn’t explain. Perhaps it felt like that because I didn’t read book 1 first.
Despite that, the Hidden Goddess is an interesting and fascinating read and I’m definitely going to read book 1.
Author: Katya Mills
Genre: Urban fantasy
Rating: (Note that 4 stars is good.)
Maze is the sequel to Daughter of Darkness. Maze is written in the same fast, powerful style. Ame, the main person from Daughter of Darkness, gives the reader her look on life, humans (because she is different) and what they do to each other. Her life hasn’t been easy and in book two things have changed for Ame, but not always for the better.
Join Ame in the next stage in her life. Learn about the way she looks at everything and the ways in which she tries to help others.
Title: Jihadi – A love story
Author: Yusuf Toropov
Rating: out of 5 stars
Jihadi. What can I say about it? It’s complicated. Really, it is. A deep book on many levels. Many layers. Complicated to read in the first chapters as well, because of the form the book has been created.
I must first say that I travelled part of the journey to completion of the book together with the author after meeting him online. He shared bits of it, asked the opinion of friends, even from me a few times. And he worked hard and long on it.
Jihadi tells about governments, political play and the way how people can get influenced. The story is not easy to read, as I said. It’s demanding. It keeps you on your toes. A US intelligence man is accused of terrorism and held in a prison that no one knows about. There he writes his memoirs, and through those slowly the story comes to life. A story that kicks, bites and screams, and makes you feel sorry for people who get mixed up in so much crap. If you feel up to it, follow Thelonius Lidell. See how he ended up where he is now.
Again, this is a hard read, but very worth the time.
Well done, Yusuf.
Note to the reader of this review: after reading Jihadi you’ll get this.
Title: The unfinished song, book one. Initiate.
Author: Tara Maya
Rating: out of 5 books.
Honesty makes me tell that I acquired this book when it was free. No arms were twisted for a favourable review though.
The book surprised me. It is well written and keeps a great pace. The characters in the book become well developed and the change from point of view to point of view is easy enough as the name of the character ‘in charge’ is announced clearly.
We meet Dindi, who wants to become a famous dancer. Good dancers in this world cast magic, and there is a good deal of dancing which proves that in this story. We meet lots of other people as well, all with their good and bad traits. The end of this book is very open, leaving the readers to guess what will happen – unless they get book #2. Which is what I plan to do. (And I shan’t wait for it to be free.)
Title: A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities
Author: Ray Bradbury
Rating: 5 of 5
Fantastic read by Ray Bradbury. Of course I am biased; I love everything I’ve read by him. This story takes the reader into the innards of a film studio where long time ago one of the leaders of that industry died. At least, everyone knows he did. But did he? More and more details about this man come to life after death.
Title: Terminal World
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Terminal World is classified as a steampunk book. I agree with that but it has a large amount of future in it so it also is science fiction for me.
Terminal World was worth reading. We meet all kinds of fascinating people and not-people in the story, which starts in a very complicated, high structure called Spearpoint. As the story progresses, steampunk becomes more prominent (steam, airships etc). The pace of the story is good, I like how it flowed along, and also the way Mr Reynolds managed to express himself in descriptions is very nice. At some point in the story I feared that things would turn into a ‘Mad Max’ environment as the Skullboys made their appearance but that proved to be not so. Such a relief.
The end of this book was very good, amazing in some places even (I name Tulwar and Nimcha in particular). And I definitely liked the Mad Machines.
If you are in search of a great story to read, I can recommend Terminal World.