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Police Quote on Book

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Blindsight review

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Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since?until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn’t want to meet?

Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can’t feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they’ve been sent to find?but you’d give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . .

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I felt like I was duped by the synopsis that amazon shows, and unfortunately my opinion of the book is built on what I was incorrectly expecting from the book.  This isn’t science fiction, it’s speculative philosophy with some science fantasy through in for flavor.  There’s no part of this story that the science fiction/fantasy actually plays a major role in the story’s progress or conclusion and it could have been set in a bar instead of in deep space.  I wish I had known that going in, because I wouldn’t have read it, I abhor philosophical fiction, it’s all running in circles making grand proclamations and ultimately ends up just being a boring speech on what the author’s current feelings on the matter are.

Chains of Command review

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The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens’ seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers—all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

Knowing Earth’s uneasy respite won’t last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Russian allies hurtle toward two dangerous options: hit the Lanky forces on Mars or go after deserters who stole a fleet of invaluable warships critical to winning the war. Assigned to a small special ops recon mission to scout out the renegades’ stronghold on a distant moon, Grayson and his wife, dropship pilot Halley, again find themselves headed for the crucible of combat—and a shattering new campaign in the war for humanity’s future.

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I love what Marko Kloos is doing with this universe, and after a slow start to give the rest of the book a firm foundation and give the readers a chance to catch, the action really gets moving with some well written human on human action during a time when it’s the last thing that they need to be focusing on.  It has a satisfying resolution, but there’s clearly more books coming in this series, which is awesome.  It’s obvious Kloos doesn’t feel pressured to wrap everything up, or to tell the story in tiny little chunks (looking at you Scalzi!).

There’s four books in this series so far:

  1. Terms of Enlistment
  2. Lines of Departure
  3. Angles of Attack
  4. Chains of Command

Side note : All of these books are included in Amazon Kindle Unlimited, which is only $9.99 a month.  They’re currently doing a 30 day free trial, so you can actually read this entire series for free if you jump through a couple hoops : Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial Chains of Command review Books Book Reviews

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The Windup Girl review

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Anderson Lake is AgriGen’s Calorie Man, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand while combing Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories.

Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in this chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits and forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly-acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.

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Written by Paolo Bacigalupi

A great premise absolutely ruined by the author’s inability to stay with a single narrative thread for more than a chapter or two.  Should we be interested in the calorie man?  the windup girl?  How about the leader of the White Shirts, or the fight they’re having with the Ministry, or the unseen Queen that’s out there, or the guy they have locked up that’s diseased from some self made plague? Or perhaps the Yellow Card guys or the character named “dog fucker”?

I really had my expectations dashed by this book.  It’s got a great hook, but Bacigalupi can’t decide which direction to go with it, and ultimately it goes no where.

Ex-Isle review

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“It is an easy thing to rule by fear.”

It’s been years since the tidal wave of ex-humans washed over the world. Since then, thanks to St George and his fellow heroes, the community known as the Mount has been the last known outpost of safety, sanity, and freedom left to humanity.

But even for the Mount, survival still balances on a razor’s edge—and after a disaster decimates the town’s food supply, the heroes must make a risky gamble to keep its citizens from starving.

And then the news arrives of a strange, man-made island in the middle of the Pacific. An island populated not just by survivors, but by people who seem to be farming, raising children, living—people who, like the heroes, have somehow managed to keep the spark of civilization alive.

Paying this place a visit should be a simple goodwill mission, but as the island reveals itself to be a sinister mirror-image of what the heroes have built at the Mount, the cost of their good intentions becomes dangerously high.

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Author: Peter Clines

I’ve mentioned this series before and have loved every chapter of this one.  There were a few sad developments, but they were in line with the character development that I’ve come to expect.  Bottom line : if you like zombies and comic book level superheroes, this is a great series to pick up.

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Under The Dome review

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517IZbwWorL Under The Dome review Books Book Reviews On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens—town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing—even murder—to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

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I’m not sure if it’s Stephen King I don’t like, or if it’s the style of writing that he chose for this novel.  It was a big book, about 3 times as large as most of the others that I’ve read and in all that time the story never once really got into what I wanted to know, or managed anything in the way I would have done it.  I’m going to try another King book one day, but this really wasn’t what I was expecting.

The World Without Us review

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In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity’s impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us.In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe.
The World Without Us reveals how, just days after humans disappear, floods in New York’s subways would start eroding the city’s foundations, and how, as the world’s cities crumble, asphalt jungles would give way to real ones. It describes the distinct ways that organic and chemically treated farms would revert to wild, how billions more birds would flourish, and how cockroaches in unheated cities would perish without us. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dali Lama, and paleontologists—who describe a prehuman world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammoths—Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us.
From places already devoid of humans (a last fragment of primeval European forest; the Korean DMZ; Chernobyl), Weisman reveals Earth’s tremendous capacity for self-healing. As he shows which human devastations are indelible, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, Weisman’s narrative ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that needn’t depend on our demise. It is narrative nonfiction at its finest, and in posing an irresistible concept with both gravity and a highly readable touch, it looks deeply at our effects on the planet in a way that no other book has.

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Author: Alan Weisman
A perfect read for a typical American consumerist laden holiday, he talks about the near future in relation to the far future and how the world will completely fall apart and do just fine without humanity.  What will survive the longest?  Hint, it’s plastics.

Also, word to the wise, in a short term apocalypse get the hell away from Texas where all the petroleum refineries are (miles and miles of interconnected systems full of flammable materials) and get as far away from all nuclear power plants as possible, cause it’s all going to blow up eventually.

I really enjoyed this read, but man was it depressing to thing about what we’re doing to ourselves.

The End Of All Things review

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Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man’s War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013’s The Human Division
Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement…for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time-a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there’s another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other-and against their own kind -for their own unknown reasons.

In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity’s union intact…or else risk oblivion, and extinction-and the end of all things.

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Author : John Scalzi

Finished this over the christmas holiday and thought it was pretty good.  Not the best book by Scalzi, but a good middle of the road story hampered by his new found desire to write short stories only, and nothing longer than a few chapters.


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