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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

In the Bleak Midwinter: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alsyne Novel
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Ninefox Gambit
Yoon Ha Lee, Emily Woo Zeller
The Black Tides of Heaven
JY Yang
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

The Red by Linda Nagata

First Light - Linda Nagata

Series: The Red #1


This felt like a pretty standard military SF novel. It takes place on Earth, not in space, but we have soldiers in exoskeletons ("dead sisters" because they look like bones, sort of) fighting far from home and they have skullcaps that help them manage their emotional states (useful in a warzone).


Part of the conflict in the novel comes from corrupt defence contractors and part comes from a possible marketing AI that's evolved in the cloud and is manipulating people. It was interesting but I wasn't enthralled, and I found the sense of fatalism to be tiresome. It kind of felt like the AI was just making stuff happen. I also found the scenes with Shelley's girlfriend, Lissa, to be somewhat annoying; I'm not sure why. Maybe she was too flat of a character? Shrug.


Anyway, I read this for a buddy read but I'm not sure if I'll read the next books.


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