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Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

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The Martian by Andy Weir

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: Standalone

Genre: Sci-fi

Pages: 384 pages (Hardcover)

Published: 11th February 2014 by Crown (US)


I have to admit, I didn’t expect I would have such a great time reading this book, but The Martian, somehow, became one of the most enjoyable sci-fi books I’ve ever read.

“I guess you could call it a “failure”, but I prefer the term “learning experience”.”

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Book Review: The Black Coast (The God-King Chronicles, #1) by Mike Brooks

Book Review: The Black Coast (The God-King Chronicles, #1) by Mike Brooks

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The Black Coast by Mike Brooks

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: The God-King Chronicle (Book #1)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Pages: 672 pages (Paperback)

Published: 25th February 2021 by Orbit (UK) and 16th February 2021 by Solaris (US)


The Black Coast is a good story about two different cultures trying their best to find peace.

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Book Review: Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4) by Brandon Sanderson

Book Review: Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4) by Brandon Sanderson

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Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Stormlight Archive (Book #4 of 10)

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Pages: 1232 pages (Hardcover)

Published: 17th November 2020 by Tor Books (US) and Gollancz (UK)


Brandon Sanderson is a storming genius. Rhythm of War is another scintillating masterpiece in The Stormlight Archive series—one of my top favorite series of all time, and easily the best ongoing series right now.

“Words on the page define men to future generations.”

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Book Review: The God King’s Legacy (God King Chronicles, #0.5) by Richard Nell

Book Review: The God King’s Legacy (God King Chronicles, #0.5) by Richard Nell

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The God King’s Legacy by Richard Nell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Series: God King Chronicles (Book #0.5)

Genre: Fantasy, Flintlock Fantasy

Pages: 294 pages (Paperback)

Published: 10th June 2019 by Richard Nell (Self-published/Indie)


The God King’s Legacy comprised of two flintlock fantasy novellas that provide glimpses into Nell’s future books.

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Book Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Book Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Series: Standalone

Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera

Pages: 176 pages (US Kindle edition)

Published: 8th August 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton (UK) & 3rd September 2019 Harper Voyager (US)


This may surprise you, but unlike The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, I actually enjoyed reading To Be Taught, If Fortunate.

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Book Review: Battle Ground (The Dresden Files, #17) by Jim Butcher

Book Review: Battle Ground (The Dresden Files, #17) by Jim Butcher

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Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Dresden Files (Book #17 of 25)

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 432 pages (UK Hardcover)

Published: 1st October 2020 by Orbit (UK) & 29th September 2020 Ace (US)


Epic, relentlessly action-packed, full of destruction, Battle Ground has transformed The Dresden Files into an epic urban fantasy.

“I’d never been in an epic mythology fight quite this epic before.”

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Book Review: Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16) by Jim Butcher

Book Review: Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16) by Jim Butcher

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Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Dresden Files (Book #16 of 25)

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 348 pages (US Kindle edition)

Published: 16th July 2020 by Orbit (UK) & 14th July 2020 Ace (US)


Stunning finish and setup for the next installment, but I’m not sure whether this should’ve been divided into two books or not.

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Book Review: Dawnshard (The Stormlight Archive, #3.5) by Brandon Sanderson

Book Review: Dawnshard (The Stormlight Archive, #3.5) by Brandon Sanderson

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Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Stormlight Archive (Book #3.5 of 10)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic fantasy

Pages: 272 pages (ebook)


Dawnshard is a magnificent warm-up to the upcoming Rhythm of War.

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Book Review: Hollow Empire (The Poison Wars, #2) by Sam Hawke

Book Review: Hollow Empire (The Poison Wars, #2) by Sam Hawke

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Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Poison Wars (Book #2)

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Mystery

Pages: 560 pages (US Hardcover)

Published: 26th November 2020 by Bantam Press (UK) & 1st December 2020 by Tor Books (US)


An incredibly well-polished and absorbing sequel; out of all the books and series I’ve read this year, Hollow Empire is quite likely THE sequel that has the most significant improvement in overall quality over its predecessor.

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Book Review: Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse, #8) by James S.A. Corey

Book Review: Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse, #8) by James S.A. Corey

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Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Expanse (Book #8 of 9)

Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera

Pages: 560 pages (UK paperback)

Published: 26th March 2019 by Orbit


Wow, I take back what I said before. Tiamat’s Wrath surpassed Caliban’s War and Nemesis Games as the best installment of the series so far.

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