John Scalzi makes his return to Space Opera with 'The Collapsing Empire', the first in the Interdependency series (set to run through 2027... Just a decade, no biggie). Not having read his Old Man's War series, but having heard plenty of great things about it, I knew I could trust what reviewers are saying about this one and not be disappointed.
Promise of Blood is my first foray into McClellan's writing and I have to say he now has a new reader for life. Though Sins of Empire was going to be the first, I was convinced by friends that I just HAD to read the Powder Mage trilogy first or Sins would spoil everything. Having gotten to about 25% into Sins and then starting Promise, I have to say that my friends were right. Do what I did, and don't forget about the novellas.
After some deliberation and the fact that there are 2 more books to go in the trilogy that I have yet to read/listen to, I decided to give Aftermath another go. The first time around, I found myself back in nerd heaven. I mean come on, its Star Wars. What more do you need? It starts where Return of the Jedi ends and ends where The Force Awakens begins. It has Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia Organa, Wedge Antilles, AND Admiral Akbar, just to name a few. It has to bring back all the feels and get people pumped for the new Star Wars movies and canon, right? Well, it didn't. For A TON of people. And there are. A few reasons. Why. (Sorry, Chuck. I, in particular, like the way you write).
One of NPR's Best Books of 2016
Winner of the 2016 This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year
Finalist for the 2016 Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards
I received Lone Wolf Anthology: A dark fantasy story collection from the publisher and am now leaving my honest review.
First off, I love me some Nick Cole. When I heard he wrote a novel similar to RPO, I was on it like white on rice. He creates worlds that you will fall in love with, characters you will laugh and cry with, and plots with just enough twists and turns that will keep you coming back for more. Cole also writes at a fast pace with tons of action so there is plenty here for everyone.
Let me begin by saying that Michael R. Fletcher is the best thing to happen to my Kindle/bookshelf in the past 5 months. Beyond Redemption was my top read of 2016 and the sequel, The Mirror's Truth, is 1000 times better. Not sure how he pulled that off, but I can't put anything past him. Now, with Ghosts of Tomorrow, Fletcher has moved away from Fantasy/Grimdark and ventured into Science Fiction. When I heard this news, I thought he had gone out binge drinking and had forgotten that he was a fantasy writer. I decided to give it a shot (get it, shot?) and was pleasantly surprised that IT WASN'T SHITE!