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Review: Persepolis Rising

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Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one has been on my unofficial want-to-read list for a while. It's been a busy year, both personally and professionally, but I finally got to it and now I wish it hadn't taken so long.

The crew of the Roci face many changes in Persepolis Rising. Thirty years have passed since the previous book in this amazing series and the universe is a different place. The expansion to the colony worlds beyond the ring gates have changed the face of politics and technology--opening a whole new realm of possibilities and threats.

It's impossible to go into more detail without spoilers, but suffice it to say that Persepolis Rising does not disappoint the reader. The changing landscape offers fresh new challenges for a crew who has already faced nearly everything we thought they could.

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Review: Planetside

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Planetside by Michael Mammay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Planetside by Michael Mammay is solid military science fiction that provides the reader with a likable soldier, in the form of Carl Butler, who simply has a job to do. His job seems simple enough in the beginning, just a cut a dry case of a missing soldier - but not just any missing soldier, a politician's son.
Mystery in the guise of science fiction, much like Isaac Asimov's Elijah Bailey mysteries, unfolds through Butler's veteran military officer's perspective. The rabbit hole goes deeper than the reader expects as we follow Butler and his junior officers deeper into Mammay's rich world.
Full of wit, appreciable cynicism, and snarky remarks, Butler's point-of-view experience makes for an easy and fun read that leaves the reader craving more. Highly recommended!



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Review: The World Awakening

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The World Awakening by Dan Koboldt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The World Awakening is the third (and hopefully not final novel) in the Gateways to Alissia by Dan Koboldt. Koboldt draws the reader into the world of Alissia though his likable characters and provides you with a healthy mix of modern tech alongside the ingenuity of a medieval society that's hell-bent on protecting its way of life from outside invaders. (Oh! and there's magic too!) Highly Recommended!

Royce Sears

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Review: A Red Peace

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A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As I said on Twitter, A Red Peace is what Star Wars wishes it could grow up to become. A Red Peace presents the reader with a well-developed cast of characters and draws you into their lives. Ellsworth creates a rich and dark universe for his characters to grow into and discover their potential. Highly recommended space opera!

Royce Sears

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Review: Galápagos

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Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Galapagos as a recommendation by a close friend. I thoroughly enjoyed this Vonnegut novel. The perspective from which it is written is unique and fun...A ghost, telling a story over a million years? Fascinating read and highly recommended.

Royce Sears

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Life Happens... I've been away for a little bit...

For anyone following my blog or requesting book reviews, I've been out of the loop recently due to life changes.

Since early December I have changed jobs, bought a house, and moved into that new house. Since early January we have been trying to get internet access to the aforementioned new house. Thanks to a communications snafu between the power company and the cable company over the viability of a utility pole, red-tagged and slated for replacement on a normal, periodic schedule, the cable company would not climb the pole to activate our cable internet service. Last week, we finally got internet access to our new home...

Some good news from all of this: it provided fewer interruptions to getting moved into the new house, performing maintenance, and outfitting my office/writing space.

I'm back to writing... currently 53k words into this work in progress... and am slowly getting back to reading more as time permits.

Royce.