Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Leviathan Wakes

I just finished reading Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey.
Wow. This was really good. Oh my god. I don't want to give out spoilers, but; Vomit. Zombies. In space.
Also, my favourite quote "Something out there has a comm array that'll put a dot the size of your anus on us from over three AU away".
Much of what I enjoyed through this novel was the plausibility of the tech, the economics and the politics. A very solid picture of how communities work day to day in the mid solar system was detailed over the course of the novel, which as a backdrop to the action and drama made it all the more enjoyable. I notice now it was nominated for a Hugo in 2012, and I can certainly agree with that.
I also enjoyed the main characters, particularly Miller the cop who gets far too attached to the girl he's looking for, even though all he's ever done is look at pictures and read her email. Gritty and flawed, but consistent in his approach and world view, and certainly driven from his experience on the Ceres outpost in the Belt.
Definitely read this one, and there are more to come too.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Trilisk Revolution

I just finished The Trilisk Revolution by Michael McCloskey.
If you've been reading this series, keep going! Sometimes while reading a series of more than three, I tire of the concepts and characters and don't come back to it. Not so here. It does help that its a nice short novel, but still, tightly written and full of new turns and developments.
This one has the same tech and the same characters, but they open up their mission and take some serious risks, and of course things don't go to plan. I think you have to expect that from McCloskey at this point, and I like that.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Feast for Crows

I just finished A Feast for Crows, but due to its sensitivity on spoilers, I can't actually say much. A Song of Ice and Fire continues to be awesome.