WARNING: SPOILERS! Well, I cried at the end, so there goes my argument that this wasn’t a particularly feely story. Before I get going, a quick nod to Scalzi for some of the awesome ship names. A few of my especial favourites being the Tell Me Another One, the Yes Sir, That’s My Baby and the No, Sir, I Don’t Mean Maybe, the The Princess is in Another Castle and the That’s Just Your Opinion, Sir. Nearly every time a new ship was introduced I enjoyed a little chuckle over its name. Anyhow, moving on … This was a … Continue reading The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS My only half-hearted complaint about The Collapsing Empire was that I didn’t feel the reader was given time to become emotionally attached to anyone as the story zipped along, and yet here I am at the end of the second book caring plenty about what has happened to Cardenia and Kiva, and about what their ultimate fates are likely to be. So it seems, whether I noticed it or not, that Scalzi gave me enough in that first book to form a connection with these two awesome ladies at least. Whether it’s because of this increased feeling … Continue reading The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
Humanity has moved out into the universe, lost Earth and formed the Interdependency. We now live mostly on space habitats and lifeless planets, scattered across space and joined only by the Flow – the bit of science that allows space travel to happen in weeks and months instead of decades and centuries. The theory behind the Interdependency is that all pockets of humanity survive by relying upon one another, and so various guilds hold monopolies on different products like, say, citrus fruits, a particular breed of animal and all its associated products, or weapons manufacture, just to give three examples … Continue reading The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
Next week, over the bank holiday weekend (2nd to 5th April), I’ll be taking part in the All Systems Read mini event, a readathon of all things sci-fi about which you can find out more from imyril over at There’s Always Room For One More. And I am absolutely in the mood for some science fiction at the moment, although I’m still leaning towards the light and comforting (which is making for less interesting posts, but a happier healthy me at present, so #sorrynotsorry). Here’s what I’m planning to read and post about: John Scalzi’s Interdependency trilogy has … Continue reading All Systems Read: I have plans!
I’m not quite following the rules for this tag as set out by the literaryelephant because it was too hard to complete the sentences using only titles of books I’ve read this year, so I broadened it out to any books I’ve read. This was a lot of fun to do though, can I tempt anyone else to have a go? In high school I was: one of the Redshirts i.e. no name and no speaking part I will never be: Half a King … or half a queen either People might be surprised that: … Continue reading Fun for Monday: My Life in Books Tag
The lovely Sam over at The Book in Hand does a fun thing most weekends called Sunday’s Seven and a couple of weeks ago she chose seven favourite openings from SFF books she’s read. Because sometimes you really are in or out depending on those first few sentences. As Sam has kindly given me permission to play along, here are my seven awesome opening lines, all from books I have yet to read: The Redemption of Althalus by David & Leigh Eddings “In defense of Althalus, it should be noted that he was in very tight financial circumstances and … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 7 SFF Books with Incredible Openings
Book Bingo – a sci-fi from the bottom of the TBR pile = Achieved! Redshirts was the first John Scalzi book I read a couple of years ago, and having been a massive Trekkie all my life I loved it. I found it funny and clever, and I assumed Scalzi must have been writing for years. It’s only very recently that I’ve started to get any idea of where various authors sit on the great timeline of SFF, and I was convinced Scalzi must be one of those late-seventies early-eighties writers making a comeback. Convinced. When I first found Old … Continue reading Old Man’s War by John Scalzi