It feels like the months are flying by and I’m falling behind more and more. I didn’t even think about this post until I realized it was Pancake Day!
As with last month, I am behind with reviews and have a few outstanding, but at least I have been reading… a bit.
A great short story by Josie Jaffrey, driven by character-drama in a setting that is dystopian and controlling. Interesting lead characters whose differences bring them together nicely, with enough mystery to keep the reader guessing. A high-impact ending rounds off the novel nicely, if somewhat swiftly. I heard about this story via Josie Jaffreys newsletter and picked it up via Kindle Unlimited; it’s only a cheap book, so if you’re in the mood for something futuristic and dystopian, I highly recommend it.
This one didn’t really work for me. A main-character, pill-popping psychologist, that happens to be the daughter of a serial killer. With an ambling, multi-layered plot that doesn’t fill in the loopholes as it progresses. It was an average read that used some pretty vivid descriptions throughout but had a few too many issues. As this is a debut novel, I’d pick up a future book by the same author, but this one was a bit of a disappointment considering all the hype surrounding the book kicking about on social media.
A well-written, action-filled thriller. With enough mystery to keep the reader guessing. Strong characters that have a well-established history spanning 37 books, but require no additional reading as this is a well-rounded, complete book in its own right. A high level of expert description of both setting and emotion works a treat for understanding the main characters, but somehow leaves the side characters somewhat lacking. I thoroughly enjoy this series and I am eager to pick up some of the other ones I have kicking about the house.
Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlein
A classic in terms of Military Sci-Fi. Giving detailed insight to military of the future through the eyes of a solid main character throughout his career from boot-camp to veteran status. A little light on the ground in Aliens vs Human action. A very long and involved dive into the political status of the Terran Federation (Earth) of the setting. Opens the doors to deeper conversations in many ways if you want it to, but can also be enjoyed just as military science fiction. My favourite read of this month. I always like the books that open up a bit of discussion and deeper thinking in one way or another. The ideas, politically and fictional, are great talking points.
Books waiting full reviews
Another short story, I picked this one up from the local library during the school half-term – it feels wrong going to the library and not checking out a book or two! This is a thriller about an unnamed woman that makes a living as a Spiritual Fraud. She is contracted by Susan Burke, who tasks her with removing the spirits that haunt her step-son. This is a great short story that has a lot of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing – I was blind-sided by some of the tricks that this book took me on! If you have a spare hour or two, give this a try!
Fear to Tread – James Swallow
Book number 21 in the Horus Heresy series, featuring the Blood Angels and various nemeses to fight against. Another read along with Dave, but I powered through this one… mostly because I enjoyed the story and characters so much. I am hoping we get to read some more Warhammer and Horus Heresy together and they are as good as this one! It’s a fast-paced, action-filled book with drama in the sense of action and character-driven. Another highly recommended book, if you’re into Warhammer and Heresy stuff.
Claws of the Genestealer – Cavan Scott
The second in the Warhammer 40k Adventures series. I read this one through with BooshHammer on Instagram and what a story it is! I really like these books, you’d think for children’s stories they’d be toned down, but I got some real Aliens vibes from this book. They are suitable for children but somehow still authentic for the Warhammer 40k setting. They’re grim-dark without going overboard with the violence/desperation. I have the rest of the set now so I’m hoping to be able to read them all (And the AoS ones) this year.