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bigethan

bigethan@sfba.club

Joined 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Love to read! All things!

Though sweet spots are Science Fiction and Fantasy and humorous Young Adult stuff. I generally read in bed, so my preference is for less stressful stories.

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reviewed Dust by Hugh Howey (Silo, #3)

Hugh Howey: Dust (Paperback) 5 stars

Ends the series wonderfully

5 stars

This book jumps right back into the action and keeps the plot-twist-heavy formula cooking. It was so good that I kind of ignored my family for a couple of evenings as I tore through it. But the real joy is that the conclusion was perfectly satisfying - a rare final book that gracefully wraps up a big idea.

John Scalzi: Starter Villain (2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

Inheriting your mysterious uncle's supervillain business is more complicated than you might imagine.

Sure, there …

I really wanted to like this book

2 stars

I mean, the blurb is amazing! But the plot lacks any nuance or tension whatsoever. I like fun shallow books, but this reads like a swear-y version of a Bond-like for 8 year olds.

reviewed Shift by Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey, Hugh Howey: Shift (Hardcover, 2016, John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harco, John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 4 stars

Adds depth to the plotline

4 stars

It's hard to say too much about this series without spoiling various plot twists and discoveries. Of which there are many.

This book feels like a great setup for the final book. It introduces more knowns, and unknowns, into the state of the world. It's a longer term view of the situation compared to the first book, which is critical backstory, but means less of that "discover the world through Juliettes eyes" thrill from the first book. Also, I wish I hadn't waited as long after reading the first book, there are some specific details that carry over and aren't re-contextualized.

Very much looking forward to the third book.

reviewed The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older (The Investigations of Mossa and Pleiti, #1)

Malka Older: The Mimicking of Known Successes (2023, Tordotcom) 3 stars

The Mimicking of Known Successes presents a cozy Holmesian murder mystery and sapphic romance, set …

Felt like a TV Show episode: unique universe with a shallow plotline

2 stars

It was interesting, but never compelling, with an ending felt like the author was trying to get out of the office on a Friday. Neat world though, would maybe like to see a sequel.