Batman Earth One, Volume 3 was the best book I’ve read from Geoff Johns in quite some time! Maybe since Batman: Earth One, Volume 2. It’s been 6 years (!!!) since the second volume was published and almost a decade since the first. Sometimes I wish the Earth One books would come out more regularly, but I think it might lessen the novelty.
This is the prose novelization adaption of the Infinity storyline that ran in Avengers about a decade ago. I enjoyed that story so I gave this a shot in audiobook form. It’s one of the more faithful adaptations of a comic story that I’ve experienced. It’s comprehensive and preserves almost all of the original story. And it’s a good story for me.
Andy Weir is back and once again he’s putting the science in science fiction. Project Hail Mary is Weir’s third novel, after the literary and cinematic sensation The Martian and his second book, Artemis. I enjoyed The Martian about as much as anybody. Weir has a knack for writing hard science in a way that’s intriguing. I found Artemis to be a bit of a letdown. The science was there but the story wasn’t. That’s not a problem in Project Hail Mary. It’s not only a return to form, but I found it to be his best work to date by a comfortable margin.
Greater Good is the second book in the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy by Timothy Zahn. It’s a fairly unique entry in the greater Star Wars canon in that it exclusively explores Grand Admiral Thrawn’s past in the Chiss Ascendancy. The Ascendancy exists completely outside the realm of the Republic or Empire.
I feel like it’s not often that I’m genuinely shocked by a book the way I was by Sazan & Comet Girl. I read a lot of manga and comic books. Just an absolute ton of both. But I’d never heard of this before. Nor had I heard of the creator Yuriko Akase. I saw this on the “New Arrivals” shelf at the library and picked it up because it looked cool and went in with no other previous knowledge.