Category: Books Completed

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Starplex

Human space exploration has expanded quickly over the last twenty years as they have made use of newly discovered artificial worm-holes. No one knows who created them, and they bring the far-reaches of the galaxy tantalizingly close.Discovery, however, is outstripping understanding, and when an unknown vessel – a ship with no windows, seams or visible means of propulsion – arrives, the already battle-scarred Starplex could be the starting point of an interstellar war… Another great book from Sawyer, though this story is an odd sort of Mary Sue wish fulfillment type of thing that’s more of a fun ride than...

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Century Rain

300 years in the future, Verity Auger is a specialist in the archaeological exploration of Earth, rendered uninhabitable after the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. After a field-trip goes badly wrong, Verity is forced to redeem herself by particpating in a dangerous mission. A pretty fun story that I really hope Alastair Reynolds gets back to one day. I found myself enjoying the stuff in the ‘past’ to be more interesting than the scifi side of the story, but was very happy when they finally intersected and all the different story elements came together in a pretty spectacular fashion....

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Zima Blue and Other Stories

Zima Blue and Other Stories is the first collection of short works by Alastair Reynolds. It was published in September 2006, by Night Shade Books. It includes ten stories, most of them long out of print. None of the stories in it are set in Reynolds’s well-known Revelation Space universe, although Galactic North, a collection of most of Reynolds’s Revelation Space short stories, was released soon after. Absolutely amazing work, and it turns out the short stories were just long enough that I was able to read one completely before I went to sleep every night for the last couple...

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Eat Stop Eat

Lose weight by fasting The authors have taken the above basic premise and stretched it to be a 78 page book. There’s some references that I didn’t bother to look up, I was only reading this to see what exactly their arguments were for fasting, which took about half of the book to get to that answer. There’s good points made here, but I’m not sure I’d be happy without eating for a full 24 hour period, several time a week as they suggest in the final quarter of the book.

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Use of Weapons

The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances’ foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action.The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman’s life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine...

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Omega Sub: 4 Blood Tide

The ambition and folly that destroyed three-quarters of humanity lives on in the radioactive rubble of nuclear holocaust. In the South Pacific, an insane fanatic and his army of bloodthirsty killers have begun obliterating the last scattered outposts of civilization. The madman’s goal: to rule what remains of the shattered Earth. For that, he needs the awesome power of the U.S.S. Liberator…and he holds captive the one man who can make his demented dream a reality. For unless the crew surrenders the mighty submarine intact…Captain Tom Donovan will die! Amazon says I bought this August 4, 2013, so it’s only...

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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,...