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    The Books I Read: September – October 2020

    The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal A true sequel to the first–it’s a race against time to keep humanity alive after a meteor has crashed on Earth, giving it a much closer expiration date. The only solution is to travel to space. All of this was all in the first book. Now that the space program’s been established, it’s time to put a colony on Mars. And our hero protagonist is part of the team making the year-long journey to the future with 1960’s technology. It’s not a complicated plot, but it’s still very good. Better than the first. Since the majority of the book takes place on the…

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    The Books I Read: November – December 2018

    The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi So, like all second books in a series, I’m not sure why you’re reading this. If you haven’t read the first one, what’s this going to do. If you have read the first one, you already know if you want to read the second. Nonetheless, here are my thoughts. There is plenty here to sing praises about. The new world-building is fun and classic at the same time. It evokes the more sophisticated “low concept” stories of Heinlein and Asimov, using thick allegory and hard science to tell a story. One that’s not necessarily a happily ever after. It’s hard to tell he wrote…

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    The Books I Read: January – February 2016

    Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthorn & Kira Breed-Wrisley(unfinished) This is no Stephen King. I expected a new kind of horror story, one evolved from this new type of video game, but it’s just too boring. There are too many characters (probably so they can be killed off) and none of them have a strong personality. They all blend together generically. The plot didn’t really go anywhere. I think I got about 20% in and nothing happened. Mostly backstory, characters speaking, meaningless descriptions. It was too close to the source material — wandering through an abandoned Showbiz Pizza, waiting for something to happen. Like someone tried…