Monthly Archives April 2016

Review: Sunbolt

Sunbolt
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow this seemingly self-pub book was actually better than bad (it’s good!).

It’s not without problems, some I’ve mentioned in my musings. Namely how Hitomi is described.
It’s got it’s tropes, (looks 25, black hair… violet eyes!). Note however that there isn’t any romance in this book. There are maybe hints of it, but overall Hitomi refeshingly doesn’t pick up a dude.


HOWEVER
, it seems she needs a dudes help to get out of a few of her battles, namely after Kol catches her, namely Val.
Which is something I hated about the book.
“Oh we are running awa– NOPE captured!”
“OK this time FOR REALS runni– NOPE!”
“Alright third times a charm righ– NO!”
Though after the last time she basically (view spoiler)

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Review: Falling Free

Falling Free
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a pretty good book. It still sad to see in the future that sexism and misogyny is still alive in the casual asides leveled at some of the women, the fact the creche people are all women and wear pink and the fact that Van Atta exists at all.
The sad fact is that the men in the book do most of the heavy lifting. Leo has the plan, Ti is the one to pilot the jumper, Pramod and crew are the ones to redo the configuration etc. Silver and Claire are the only two women that really feature prominently. Claire being a baby clutcher at that.
Also in the end there was no reason for Andy to be male. SO once again we have the “all babies are male” coming into play...

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Review: Storm God: Part One

Storm God: Part One
Storm God: Part One by Sarah Cohan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The main problem I have with this book is that really nothing happens, then it ends. We spend a lot of time and words meeting characters, but we never really know much about them.
We spend a good deal with Carl, then he disappears. The rest of the character are somewhat indistinguishable from the others. Like Tia and Sadhina just feel about the same to me, even though they are two different people. We see Sethnakte a few times but past the fact he’s the asshole Pharaoh that’s all there is to him. Even Adrienne suffers from this to a degree.
The progress of the book is, find tablet, translate tablet, go to Brazil, end. That’s… all that happens...

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Review: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn
Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The rating here is for the TRANSLATION as I read a fan translation of the novel before.
For that review go here.

However ViZ/Haikasoru decided to treat us all like we are kids and give it the “Let’s modernize old sci-fi and make it modern cuz people r dum!” or something.
I’m sure the people reading this book all know that it was written in the 80s and that the anime is from the 80s, so changing the fact that Julian was reading republished books to “e-copies” is kind of a slap in the face to our intelligence. They don’t even stay consistent with the changes as 3D television was changed to… something else, however later in the book we are back to 3D displays.
Also suddenly we have to VERY SPECIFICALLY poin...

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