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The Discovery of Heaven (Hardcover, 1996, Viking) 4 stars

ONE OF THE MAJOR POST-WORLD WAR II EUROPEAN WORKS OF LITERATURE AND AN INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER …

Very nice

4 stars

This is quite different from what I usually read but I liked it a lot. It's just very funny in the beginning, later on it gets a little more dramatic. The only criticism that I have is that the book is ~700 pages of buildup for ~100 pages of payoff, but that seems to be by design.

The Faded Sun Trilogy (Kesrith, Shon'jir, Kutath) (2000, DAW Books) 5 stars

This is a story of diplomacy and warfare of conspiracy and betryal and of three …

A Better Dune

5 stars

I have to admit to picking this up because it looked quite similar to Dune, which I like quite a bit. On the surface, it is about a warrior tribe living in the desert (which seemed quite similar to the Fremen).

And indeed, there are quite some similarities when it comes to setting/general plot. However, one aspect that is handled more gracefully here is imperialism and colonialism. While a human enters the tribe (an unprecedented event) he is never made their leader but is rather just part of multiple extreme, unprecedented circumstances for the people of the mri. While Dune is also intended to be anti-imperialist, the actions taken by the characters really do not bear this out. In my opinion, this is done more skillfully here as well: While there always are empires in the mix, there are also always people resisting/circumventing the bureaucratic machine.

Overall, if you like …

Woken furies (2005, Del Rey/Ballantine Books) 4 stars

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding twenty-fifth-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, …

Exactly what I was looking for

4 stars

I was somewhat disappointed with the second book in this series because it didn't really deliver on what I wanted out of this. This is not at all a problem here; you are getting exactly what you expect: Lots of violence in interesting settings, involving interesting characters. If you liked the first one, you will also enjoy this one (you could actually skip the second one without much harm, I think).