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'm gonna go ahead and DNF this and feel like I need to give it 1 star as a result. It is a TOUGH read. The summary describes a series of "terrible events" and that is a HARD undersell. This was absolutely brutal.
First Person Singular is a new collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami. In typical Murakami fashion, all of the stories are told in first person by narrators that are never given names. Also in typical Murakami fashion, most of what is written here blurs the line between reality and fiction.
Ooooof. Like the first two books in the Poppy War trilogy, The Burning God is an absolutely gut-wrenching affair. A riveting, well-written, creative book, but nonetheless absolutely gut-wrenching.
This is the second book in the From a Certain Point of View series of anthologies that take place in the Star Wars universe. The books follow the events of the movies (here Empire Strikes Back) from the point of view of characters in the background. For example, here you get to experience Hoth through the eyes of a tauntaun, Cloud City through the eyes of an ugnaut, the escape from Hoth through the eyes of the Millenium Falcon's computer (L3), etc...
★★★ There is a moment in Ready Player Two where one of the primary antagonists mutters the phrase "Don't you kids ever get tired of picking through the wreckage of a past generation's nostalgia." when addressing the heroes of the story. I'm still not sure if it's an attempt at self-satire or a show of... Continue Reading →
★★★★★ Transcendent Kingdom is the second book from acclaimed author Yaa Gyasi. The book traces the life of a woman named Gifty, who is a neuroscience grad student at Stanford. Gifty's family immigrated from Ghana to Huntsville, Alabama and Transcendent Kingdom follows her family through trials of love, faith, addiction, and mental illness. Gyasi has... Continue Reading →