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The Three-Body Problem (Paperback, 2016, Head of Zeus) 4 stars

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. …

Expected more.

3 stars

I really expected more given all the enthusiasm I've heard. It's a bit of a mish-mash, some great sections, but too much going on, not that engaging characters... uh... it's pretty good, but was work to get through.

The  Sandman (1991, Titan) 3 stars

Preludes and Nocturnes collects the first eight issues of The Sandman comic by Neil Gaiman …

Interesting start, but not completely sold yet.

3 stars

I've feel like I've heard forever about about how great this is. The first volume was fine, I guess! The foreword suggests that the first few issues are really figuring out what to be, and that series really finds its voice later. I'll read more and see how I get on. The last issue was by the most interesting, which is a good sign. (Now I just need to figure out how to find them.)

Autonomous (2018, Tor Books) 3 stars

Autonomous features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her …

Strange and enjoyable

4 stars

Fun action packed story, lots happening, but also a very dark dystopia. The way tech is woven into the story is really interesting, well researched and full of accurate little details. The structure of the story is cool, with the two main focal characters in direct opposition. It creates empathy with the "villains" - who have a very weird plot.

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Hardcover, 2021, Hodder & Stoughton) 5 stars

With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The …


5 stars

I'm a huge of fan of Becky Chamber's work, and this absolutely lives up to expectations. It's exactly what I've grown to expect and love. On one level it's got a slow and meandering pace and not a lot happens, and on another level there's so much going on. Small personal stories woven together beautifully. Characters who approach the world with love and kindness even when bad things are happening. Rich and thoughtful world building and alien cultures. This is a story about home: missing it, building it, choosing it, and not having it. I'm so sad to this series come to an end, but I'll come back to these books.

The Once and Future Witches (Hardcover, 2020, Redhook) 5 stars

Excellent, but a bit much in places.

4 stars

There is a huge amount going on this book, probably a bit too much. It's a wonderful story about three sisters, witchcraft, and a fight against injustice. I love the half fantasy, half real world, the snippets of re-told fairy tales, the magic. The three sisters are all great characters, with very different approaches and views on the world. On the other hand this is a big book, with a bit too much going on. There's so many side stories and characters who appear and disappear that it's kind of hard to stay engaged with it all. I think there was a desire to show all the different sides of the struggle, but it's just a bit too much for one book. This is really good, but The Ten Thousand Doors of January is better.