The Technician (Polity #11)

The Technician

Polity #11

Neal Asher

4 Stars

 

Blood, guts, Jain tech and Atheters!

Another excellent addition to the Polity Universe.

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Departure (Owner #1)

Departure

Owner #1

Neal Asher

3 Stars

 

Non-polity universe.
But blood and guts GALORE! I kind of found it over the top. And the whole mental “aha, I found a new trick that I can use until you figure out how to counter it” was used enough that it detracted from my enjoyment.

Would certainly not recommend as a first Neal Asher book. hardcore fans only.

The Sea Watch (Shadows of the Apt #6)

The Sea Watch

Shadows of the Apt #6

Adrian Tchaikovsky

4 Stars

 

It seems like it is Stenwold Maker against the entire Kinden world. I feel pretty bad for the poor guy. Everything seems to go wrong for him.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Not quite as much as the previous books, but I think the Wasp Empire makes a fantastic antagonist, and the underwater kinden made me feel kind of creepy/crawly and Tchaikovsky’s descriptions made ME feel claustrophobic.

I have to say, it sure would be nice if somebody besides Stenwold became the major character. I just have this image of an 80 year old tottering around. I know that isn’t accurate, but from the descriptions in previous books, that is how I see him.

Looking forward, with great anticipation, to the next book, Heirs to the Blade[I think that is the name].

The Hobbit

The Hobbit or There and Back AgainThe Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings Prequel
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fantasy
5 Stars

 

 

Fan-frakking-tastic!

I grew up on the Hobbit. I read it on trips, wrote a lengthy [for a highschooler] paper on the Hobbit and Tolkien, had it read to our class by a college professor and just generally loved it.

So when I saw a goodreads friend doing his annual LotR read, I thought to myself, “Derrick, it has been over a decade and you need to read Tolkien again”.

This was aimed at children, and the little authorial asides reflect that, but with such gentle wit and clever wording, that it didn’t feel “little kid’ish”, or even young adult. But those groups, and adults, could both fully get into the story and love it.

There was adventure, action, thrills, quiet reflective moments, moralizing and a happy ending. And it was well written. At no time did I have to reread a sentence or a paragraph to try to figure out what the author was saying. It was clear, concise and straight-forward.

Completely and highly recommended to anyone who likes fantasy.

 

The Hobbit 2000 “Review”

Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns

The Broken Empire #1

Mark Lawrence

Fantasy

2 Stars

 

Complete and utter over the top brutality and selfishness. The main character simply does things to spite others. While you might have felt sympathy for him because of the horrible history he had, he uses that history to grow his hate and rage to commit as great, or even greater atrocities, thus becoming a ravening beast inspiring hatred and rage in others, and thus continuing an ever-downward spiral.

I will not be reading any more by this author.