Friday, April 8, 2016

10. Soft Apocolypse

By Will McIntosh (281 ebook)

I don't know what to tell you about this book. It's not a bad book but the story is so grim. It's about the world slowly falling into collapse but from the point of view of regular people just trying to carve out something resembling a decent life. This collapsing world is similar to the Margaret Atwood books that started with Oryx and Crake. There is still basic infrastructure for the fortunate few. But lots of people are homeless and struggle to get food. There are terrible viruses and various forces struggling for control. The protagonist is an every day guy trying to stay safe and fed and find a little love for his life.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

9. Caliban's War

By James S.A. Corey (595 pp)

This is book #2 in the Expanse series and it is really good. Tough to summarize quickly - all kinds of crazy stuff happens in space. Amos is one of my favorite fictional characters in recent memory followed closely by Avasarala. I've been joking about switching over to writing fan fiction. Anyone interested in reading a story about Prax and Amos opening a B&B in space? It took me forever to read it because it's such a lump and I'm still nervous about my backpack being too heavy after the back debacle of last summer. I was going to buy the rest of the books as ebooks but I want to be able to pass them on so I bought paperbacks. I'm going to pick them up tomorrow.