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Review: Abaddon’s Gate

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Abaddon's Gate
Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was not expecting the story to get so much better. The Expanse series has been good up to now, but not exceptional. The TV conversion seemed strong and I wanted to get far ahead in the books before watching more of it – but I lost my enthusiasm in January after finishing the somewhat disappointing Caliban’s War (it’s still a good story, I gave it 4 stars!) which I didn’t feel had taken the story forward as much as I’d expected.

Abaddon’s Gate seems to meander around and about the story rather than dive in, but it’s necessary and the pay off is worth it. The authors manage to weave all those loose parts back into a thread which hammers home in the last section of the book – and it’s glorious. The characters fit together cohesively and believably, and the authors make you genuinely feel for them. (view spoiler)

I don’t think the book has much for new readers who don’t know the characters and the story but as a continuation of the saga it’s an excellent read.

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May

15

Review: Damia’s Children

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Damia's Children
Damia’s Children by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve gone back to reading the Tower and Hive series, a staple of my childhood, after maybe a decade. I’ve probably read all of these books at least 3 times before but I had forgotten most of the plot lines which is making this an enjoyable “first read” again.

McCaffrey is at her sexist, dubious best in this series. The Talent parents “leaning” on their children to help their minds develop properly always felt fishy to me and it’s no better now than it was when I last read them. I can see her point, these children are dangerous after all, but it’s quite hard to read at times. Every character is a caricature and whilst it makes for quick, light reading – it’s not very meaty!

(view spoiler)

A fun read, but not your true Sci Fi!

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