Tag: Books: Science Fiction


Review: Dune Messiah

Posted 22 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Dune Messiah (Dune #2)
By: Frank Herbert
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known – and feared – as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne – and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.

And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul is directed against his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty…

Like Dune (review), I had read this book in high school and greatly enjoyed it. In an effort to finally finish reading the series–and having picked up The Great Dune Trilogy published by Gollanz–I decided I would re-read the book again 🙂 I’ve been busy, but after reading an article on Tor.com about the miniseries) I was struck with nostalgia and decided to re-read it recently 🙂

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Review: Six Wakes

Posted 13 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Six Wakes
By: Mur Lafferty
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…

I have been curious about this book ever since another book blogger mentioned it in passing earlier this year. A murder mystery set on a starship deep in space? Yes, count me in, I am intrigued 😛

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Review: The Fall of Hyperion

Posted 10 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing–nothing anywhere in the universe–will ever be the same.

After reading Hyperion (review), I knew I had to pick up the next book 😛

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Review: Hyperion

Posted 9 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

At long last, I am getting around to reading this book. Hyperion was one of those classics I long heard about but of course I’m notoriously behind when it comes to reading science fiction classics (despite loving the genre). I had picked it up early this year with the aim to actually get around to reading it, which I finally did over the summer.

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Review: The Inverted World

Posted 3 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Inverted World
By: Christopher Priest
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

The city is winched along tracks through a devastated land full of hostile tribes. Rails must be freshly laid ahead of the city and carefully removed in its wake. Rivers and mountains present nearly insurmountable challenges to the ingenuity of the city’s engineers. But if the city does not move, it will fall farther and farther behind the “optimum” into the crushing gravitational field that has transformed life on Earth. The only alternative to progress is death.

The secret directorate that governs the city makes sure that its inhabitants know nothing of this. Raised in common in crèches, nurtured on synthetic food, prevented above all from venturing outside the closed circuit of the city, they are carefully sheltered from the dire necessities that have come to define human existence. And yet the city is in crisis. The people are growing restive, the population is dwindling, and the rulers know that, for all their efforts, slowly but surely the city is slipping ever farther behind the optimum.

Helward Mann is a member of the city’s elite. Better than anyone, he knows how tenuous is the city’s continued existence. But the world—he is about to discover—is infinitely stranger than the strange world he believes he knows so well.

I’d been eyeing this novel for some time; the premise sounded really interesting and different, and it’s considered a science fiction classic. I picked it up in a semi-whim early this year (trying to hit the minimum for free shipping, you know how it is) and got around to reading it last summer at long last as a break from what I had been reading to date.

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