Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review: Jam

Jam Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Interesting premise, but I didn't believe in or like any of the characters. The humorous tone also jars a bit with the stream of people dying. Yahtzee's other book was better.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Review: Abaddon's Gate

Abaddon's Gate Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Again gritty and well-written. Suffers a _little_ bit from that escalation syndrome common to space opera series, wherein every book has to up the stakes a bit until everything always has to end up with galaxies at stake. But in this case those galaxy-spanning events are squarely secondary to the story of the humans killing each other, as humans are wont to do, so that helps to keep it grounded.

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Review: Caliban's War

Caliban's War Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some brilliant new characters. Our main character - much though he is well-depicted and we like him - is kind of the archetypical rogue-hero, who does what he thinks is right and damn the consequences. So I like that, in this book, we get the acerbic politician who tells him that that is admirable but idiotic, and gets people killed.

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