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Market forces (2005, Del Rey/Ballentine Books) 4 stars

From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels--a turbocharged new thriller set in …

Absurd but fun

4 stars

The most enjoyable aspect of this book is that it takes place in a world where all aspects of corporate culture have been taken to absurd extremes. Apart from that, it is Richard Morgan's usual bleak and violent vision of the future that I have come to love.

Revenger (Hardcover) 4 stars

Tens of millions of years in the future, sisters Adrana and Arafura ('Fura') Ness are …

Weirdly British

4 stars

The book is quite fun. Sailing in space is a shockingly sound concept. The most surprising aspect of this book is that it is very British, both in the language the characters use but especially the made up future slang. Very fun!

The Outside (2019, Angry Robot) 4 stars

Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the …

Nice surprise!

4 stars

I originally picked this up because the tag-line looked like this book would be about Roko's basilisk. While this is technically not wrong, the concept really just plays a world building role (like FTL travel and ansible communication) rather being the focal point of the story. It is not even explained, just implied and the reader is expected to know about it already.

The main theme of the story are cosmic horrors and the relationship between science and spiritualism, done in a very interesting way. It should be noted that although this is about cosmic horrors, it is not at all scary. Overall, it was not at all what I was expecting but nonetheless very nice!