Category: Books Completed

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Omega Sub 1-3

  This book series is about a futuristic submarine filled to the brim with the manliest men that all men wish they could be and all women would give anything to be with. It’s your typical early 90’s post apocalyptic story with every character acting as some form of Mary Sue, which was great for teenage me.   I read the first couple books back in my youth when they were first coming out and lost track of the series, which unfortunately there were only six books written.  According to GoodReads, JD Cameron is a pseudonym used by Michael Jahn with...

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The Collapsing Empire

Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible―until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war―and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.The Flow is eternal―but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare...

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The Player of Games

The Culture – a human/machine symbiotic society – has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game…a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life – and very possibly his death. Easy to get through, but it had a pretty heavy ending....

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Scratch Monkey

The novel is set in the distant future, when humans have spread through the galaxy, physically and virtually. We are not alone; we have created a race of AIs, the Superbrights, to administer and expand the virtual side of our presence in the Milky Way. Oshi Adjani works for a Superbright, traveling to worlds where her Boss cannot go, and solving the problems he has set her. One success reveals a secret of the Superbrights, so the Boss forces her into one last, deadly mission, with her freedom as her reward for doing the impossible. Pretty boring and unevenly paced,...

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The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, “Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York.” Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto’s planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning author and director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto’s demotion, and consequently Plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with...

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The Girl With All the Gifts

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. They don’t laugh because she’s a zombie, I just saved you an entire chapter of the book! This was a quick book to read over the holiday and I wasn’t especially wowed by any particular thing, it...

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The Black Hole

A spectacular descent into nature’s ultimate mystery – The Black Hole. Have you seen the most excellent The Black Hole from Disney? If not, I highly suggest it, it’s an awesome film that completely captivated me as a youth and still sticks out in my mind as one of the best science fiction movies I’ve ever seen. Anyone viewing it for the first time in a modern setting may think differently, but my nostalgia allows me to see it through these rose colored glasses, so kindly shut your mouth about it. This is the novellization of that movie and for...

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Glasshouse

In the twenty-seventh century, accelerated technology dictates the memories and personalities of people. With most of his own memories deleted, Robin enters The Glasshouse-an experimental polity where he finds himself at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche. Mind bogglingly good, I was initially disappointed when they shifted the story’s location, but got over that when I realized that the world building in the first couple chapters was being put to excellent use in the new location. It was weird to see a character change their genders as often as it happened in this book, but completely understandable in the...

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Extinction Point: Exodus

Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly.With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily’s only hope is to flee toward distant Alaska where she can unite with the survivors who have reached out to her from a remote science facility. The journey from New York will be long and painstaking, and Emily has only her faithful dog and whatever she can carry....

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Extinction Point

Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly.With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily’s only hope is to flee toward distant Alaska where she can unite with the survivors who have reached out to her from a remote science facility. The journey from New York will be long and painstaking, and Emily has only her faithful dog and whatever she can carry....