Sunday, June 23, 2013

Reading list (and RIP Mr. Iain Banks)

Here's my list of books I read these past few months:

  • RIP - Mr. Iain Banks
  • Seeker by Jack McDevitt -Watered down scifi. Like a direct-to-DVD sci-fi movie. If you can stay awake through the chapter after chapter of filler - like one long, boring episode of Star Trek
  • Mirror Dance Miles Vorkosigan Adventures - Smart, clever, crisp. Surprisingly interesting story and great character development
  • Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold - A beautifully written fantasy novel. Engrossing and scary. At the same level as China and Dan Simmons
  • Night Watch by Terry Pratchett - my first Pratchett novel. Not bad at all, light and funny
  • Planesrunner by Ian McDonald - Interesting but definitely young adult sci-fi. Story and the worlds had a lot of promise but lacks the sophistication of hard core sci-fi. Kiddie stuff
  • Terry Pratchett - Small gods. Typical irreverential Pratchett style. Funny and not too bad
  • The Emperor's Soul: Brandon Sanderson. Novella. Makes for a nice, light, quick reading
  • The Martian by Andy Weir - Amazing piece of near sci-fi, survival. You'll love the detail especially if you are an engineer. Kindle only
  • Crystal sphere - Short story. Short but nice
  • Gabble - Some stories are great fun. Where it comes to Polity, it's uncomfortably close to the great Iain Banks' Culture. Neal Asher should've tried something original and not rip off Banks. Still, worth reading
  • Six directions of space - Alistair Reynolds. Multiple time lines. Abrupt ending. Short story. Should've gone with a longer, novel format
Until next time!