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.
I'm sure everyone is ready to turn the page to 2021 for a number of reasons related to how bad 2020 was. In addition to hope for a better year, there's a ton of books slated to come out next year that I'm looking forward to! I've picked ten of my most anticipated books below. I've added the release dates as they are today, but these things can sometimes change or get delayed so here's hoping they all hit the shelves!
Now that I've already made lists covering my picks for the best books and comics that were released in 2020, I figured I'd put together a list of my favorite reads from the year regardless of release year. I decided to exclude things in my other two lists (if only to make it easier to fit more things!). Check out my favorite books, comics, and manga reads below.