Book reviews for July 2020

The Long Sunset (The Academy) by Jack McDevitt

The Long Sunset (The Academy) by Jack McDevitt

3/5

 

Near Dark (Scot Harvath #19) by Brad Thor

Near Dark (Scot Harvath #19) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

The Night Fire (Renée Ballard, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #32) by Michael Connelly

The Night Fire (Renée Ballard, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #32) by Michael Connelly

3/5

 

The Cormorant (Miriam Black, #3) by Chuck Wendig

The Cormorant (Miriam Black, #3) by Chuck Wendig

4/5

 

Mockingbird (Miriam Black, #2) by Chuck Wendig

Mockingbird (Miriam Black, #2) by Chuck Wendig

4/5

 

Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why by Alexandra Petri

Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why by Alexandra Petri

3/5

 

Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) by Martha Wells

Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) by Martha Wells

4/5

 

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) by Martha Wells

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) by Martha Wells

4/5

 

Book reviews for June 2020

Spymaster (Scot Harvath, #18) by Brad Thor

Spymaster (Scot Harvath, #18) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) by Martha Wells

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) by Martha Wells

4/5

 

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) by Martha Wells

4/5

 

Backlash (Scot Harvath #19) by Brad Thor

Backlash (Scot Harvath #19) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

Agency (The Peripheral #2) by William Gibson

Agency (The Peripheral #2) by William Gibson

4/5

 

Book reviews for May 2020

Use of Force (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor

Use of Force (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor

3/5

I've been trying to put my finger on why Scot Harvath is only OK and I think it's because he's so awesome that he never really suffers from any setbacks. Everything kind of clicks into place for him and he always remembered to bring the right tactical dodad for the job. Nearly there...

 

Bone Silence (Revenger, #3) by Alastair Reynolds

Bone Silence (Revenger, #3) by Alastair Reynolds

4/5

The Revenger series comes to a close and my only regret is reading the books when published - with a sizable gap in between it can be a challenge to come back up to speed. It's a thrilling swashbuckling ride and wraps up the mystery of the quoins and the occupations. I hope he comes back to this universe at some point.

 

Book reviews for April 2020

Updated on Saturday, May 16, 2020
Code of Conduct (Scot Harvath #15) by Brad Thor

Code of Conduct (Scot Harvath #15) by Brad Thor

3/5

For some reason I have set myself the task of completing the Scot Harvath series. They are OK thrillers lessened by reading back to back as fundamentally they're very similar. This one is about a deliberate pandemic so it's a good time to read it. Nearly there...

 

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

4/5

I picked this up because I listen to the no such thing as a fish podcast, co-hosted by the author. I wasn't expecting much but it's really quite good (and not at all funny, more tense and melancholy). I want to find out what happens next.

 

Book reviews for March 2020

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro

5/5

Mostly read this in a deserted nightclub on the roof of a hotel in India with a warm but dirty breeze and some trippy chilled out music. It's the only way to read this strange book. Anywhere else I might not have enjoyed it quite a much after the first few chapters, but in the setting it was transcendental.

 

Book reviews for February 2020

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

3/5

 

Hidden Order (Scot Harvath #13) by Brad Thor

Hidden Order (Scot Harvath #13) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

Black List (Scot Harvath #12) by Brad Thor

Black List (Scot Harvath #12) by Brad Thor

2/5

 

Book reviews for January 2020

Updated on Sunday, February 9, 2020
A Small Town: A Novel of Crime by Thomas Perry

A Small Town: A Novel of Crime by Thomas Perry

4/5

 

Full Black (Scot Harvath, #10) by Brad Thor

Full Black (Scot Harvath, #10) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

Book reviews for November 2019

The Last Patriot (Scot Harvath, #7) by Brad Thor

The Last Patriot (Scot Harvath, #7) by Brad Thor

2/5

 

The Apostle (Scot Harvath, #8) by Brad Thor

The Apostle (Scot Harvath, #8) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath, #9) by Brad Thor

Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath, #9) by Brad Thor

2/5

 

The Athena Project (Athena, #1) by Brad Thor

The Athena Project (Athena, #1) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

The First Commandment (Scot Harvath, #6) by Brad Thor

The First Commandment (Scot Harvath, #6) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

Blue Moon (Jack Reacher, #24) by Lee Child

Blue Moon (Jack Reacher, #24) by Lee Child

5/5

Reacher perfection.

 

Supernova Era by Liu Cixin

Supernova Era by Liu Cixin

3/5

Great concept but disappointing writing.

 

Book reviews for September 2019

Blowback (Scot Harvath, #4) by Brad Thor

Blowback (Scot Harvath, #4) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

Takedown (Scot Harvath, #5) by Brad Thor

Takedown (Scot Harvath, #5) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

5/5

 

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

3/5

 

Blackbirds (Miriam Black, #1) by Chuck Wendig

Blackbirds (Miriam Black, #1) by Chuck Wendig

4/5

 

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

3/5

 

Book reviews for August 2019

C# Machine Learning Projects: Nine real-world projects to build robust and high-performing machine learning models with C# by Yoon Hyup Hwang

C# Machine Learning Projects: Nine real-world projects to build robust and high-performing machine learning models with C# by Yoon Hyup Hwang

5/5

 

Digital Marketing in an AI World: Futureproofing Your PPC Agency by Frederick Vallaeys

Digital Marketing in an AI World: Futureproofing Your PPC Agency by Frederick Vallaeys

4/5

 

The Redemption of Time: A Three-Body Problem Novel by Baoshu

The Redemption of Time: A Three-Body Problem Novel by Baoshu

3/5

Not bad, a few moments that are a little too fan fic but overall has the tone and scope of the original.

 

The Expert System's Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Expert System's Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

3/5

 

The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath, #1) by Brad Thor

The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath, #1) by Brad Thor

3/5

 

The Possession (The Anomaly Files #2) by Michael Rutger

The Possession (The Anomaly Files #2) by Michael Rutger

4/5

 

Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath, #2) by Brad Thor

Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath, #2) by Brad Thor

3/5