User Profile

bigethan

bigethan@sfba.club

Joined 5 months 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. My favorite stories that ones that are both Quirky and Unexpected.

Due to book experiences being very dependent on the reader, I belive that reviews should be short.

This link opens in a pop-up window

bigethan's books

To Read

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.

reviewed The World We Make by N. K. Jemisin (The Great Cities, #2)

N. K. Jemisin: The World We Make (Hardcover, 2022, Little, Brown Book Group Limited) 4 stars

Pulls the series together

4 stars

Cool things happen in this book! It's not mind-blowing, but it's much more unpredictable than the first book and has some compelling character development. Though wouldn't really recommend the series unless you're someone who likes thinking about cities.

reviewed The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin (Great Cities, #1)

N. K. Jemisin: The City We Became (Paperback, 2020, Little, Brown Book Group Limited) 4 stars

In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn't remember …

Cool premise, but only the first half

3 stars

This book has a cool core idea, but it doesn't do too much with it and the plotline is a little too predictable and brief. I'm still in for the second book (it's a duology), but mostly because it's N.K. Jemisin