Tag: Books: Science Fiction


Review: Made to Kill

Posted 13 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Made to Kill (LA Trilogy #1)
By: Adam Christopher
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office–young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra. And who am I? I’m Ray, the world’s last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine–after all, the last place you’d expect to find a Hollywood’s best hit man is in the plain light of day.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency–except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen–and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.

I saw this book pop up over at GoodReads and on NetGalley recently and I thought it sounded rather interesting, a mix of science fiction and a noir and old-school Hollywod glam. I got approved an eARC of this book to read just in time as I recently was going through a number of mystery novels, haha. This book will be available on 03 November 2015.

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Review: Ancillary Sword

Posted 9 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch #2)
By: Ann Leckie
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

The Lord of the Radch has given Breq command of the ship Mercy of Kalr and sent her to the only place she would have agreed to go — to Athoek Station, where Lieutenant Awn’s sister works in Horticulture.

Athoek was annexed some six hundred years ago, and by now everyone is fully civilized — or should be. But everything is not as tranquil as it appears. Old divisions are still troublesome, Athoek Station’s AI is unhappy with the situation, and it looks like the alien Presger might have taken an interest in what’s going on. With no guarantees that interest is benevolent.

Alrighty, second book in the Imperial Radch trilogy! I read Ancillary Justice (review) last year and absolutely enjoyed it, so I was curious to see how Breq’s ventures fared in the second book.

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Review: Old Man’s War

Posted 6 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1)
By: John Scalzi
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What’s known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.

The only book by John Scalzi that I read to date was Redshirts (review) which I really enjoyed. This book by him has been on my want-to-read list for a very long time so I was quite thrilled when I finally got my hands on it 🙂 I’ve heard so much about it that I wanted to read it for myself.

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Review: The Martian

Posted 2 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 10 Comments

The Martian
By: Mark Weir
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

This book has been on my radar since I heard of it. When it hit big last year, I ended up a bit on the fence whether or not to pick it up because I had read some mixed reviews on it; or, at the very least, I wasn’t in any rush to pick it up. It was only after I saw the trailer to the upcoming movie adaptation starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastin that I got excited again and decided to read it.

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Review: Brave New Girls

Posted 11 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets
Edited By: Paige Daniels
Format/Source: Review eBook courtesy of the editors/promotional team

This collection of sci-fi stories features brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Girls who fix robots and construct superhero suits, hack interstellar corporations and build virtual reality platforms. Who experiment with alien chemicals and tinker with time machines. Who defy expectations and tap into their know-how—in the depths of space, or the bounds of dystopia, or the not-too-distant future—to solve despicable crimes, talk to extraterrestrials, and take down powerful villains.

All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more.

STORIES BY:

Martin Berman-Gorvine, Paige Daniels, George Ebey, Mary Fan, Kimberly G. Giarratano, Valerie Hunter, Evangeline Jennings, Stephen Kozeniewski, Jason Kucharik, Kate Lansing, Tash McAdam, Kate Moretti, Ursula Osborne, Josh Pritchett, Aimie K. Runyan, Davien Thomas, Lisa Toohey, and Leandra Wallace

With a foreword by Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy and author of Designing for Performance

Featuring artwork by Hazel Butler, Ken Dawson, Adrian DeFuria, Evelinn Enoksen, Mary Fan, Christopher Godsoe, Kayla Keeton, Jason Kucharik, Jennifer L. Lopez, Tash McAdam, and Josh Pritchett.

I learned about this anthology from Ula, book blogger of Blog of Erised (now closed). The premise of what this anthology was all about was interesting, and what’s also really cool about this collection is that all revenues from sales will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Had I been more patient with math and physics growing up, I would’ve stuck through with astronomy, but anyway the focus of this book is really cool. I was provided a review copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review. This book was published on 2 June 2015.

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