The Deed of Paksenarrion

The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 5 of 5 stars A reread of a reread of a reread; I’ve probably read this trilogy (individual volumes, originally, and then the bound set) five times in the last 15 years. Sometimes I read it for the journey of self-discovery; …

Limits of Power

Limits of Power by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 3 of 5 stars I made the mistake of picking up an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this a few months ago, and plowed through it in about three nights. I say “mistake” because it occurred to me close to the end that …

The Guns of Avalon

The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny My rating: 5 of 5 stars More of the first (political and family intrigue, machinations, revenge, plotting, and power) but also less (the amnesia line having been completely resolved). This book will confuse you if you haven’t read the first, because there’s not …

Dust

Dust by Elizabeth Bear My rating: 1 of 5 stars I tried, I really did. I’ve read other things by this author and loved them, and I’m not quite sure why I couldn’t get into this book. Especially because I love the idea of a lost generation ship – I …

On Basilisk Station

On Basilisk Station by David Weber My rating: 4 of 5 stars While I did see a few phrases (mostly about Honor’s eye color) repeated to the point of wanting to hand the author a thesaurus, I found that by the end of the book I liked it a lot …

Cetaganda

Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 3 of 5 stars What Barrayar was thinking, sending Miles and Ivan to represent them at the funeral of the Empress of a long-standing but currently quiet empire, I will never know. If you had an uneasy truce with a planet with which …

The Vor Game

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 3 of 5 stars Our hero, Miles, is shuffled off to an Arctic station where his assignment is to keep his nose clean and learn how to get along with superiors. If he manages to do that for six months without …

Barrayar

Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 4 of 5 stars I finished the first one and cracked open (well, if you can “crack open” on the Nook) the second book on the same night, so it really felt more like I was reading one looooong book. One long, good …

Shards of Honor

Shards of Honour by Lois McMaster Bujold My rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked what another reviewer said – “What are these sensible, mature adults doing in the middle of my space opera?” Over the Christmas holidays last year, Aunt Gay recommended this series to me. She said it …

Kings of the North

Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 4 of 5 stars A good middle book for the series (although other reviews seem to be mixed). The cover of the book is a bit unfortunate, leading an unaware reader to think it’s some sort of cheesy romance novel. It’s …

Oath of Fealty

Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had listened to this on audio when it first came out, and didn’t really like it as much as I liked the original three Paks books; turned out I just didn’t really like the person reading the …

Snow Crash

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson My rating: 3 of 5 stars The book started off fun, derailed into snooze-fest explanatory land every time the Librarian made an appearance, but got itself together and ended with a good blend of action and thought. However, I did keep getting confused as to …

Redshirts

Redshirts by John Scalzi My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the sort of thing you think must have been really, really fun to write, sort of a nerdy love-letter to the genre. I was expecting silly (check); expecting magic science (check); expecting over-the-top characters (check). And as a …

Streets of Laredo

Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry My rating: 1 of 5 stars I wish I had not read this book. Every character I liked from the first book has either died – horribly – or has made an inexplicable life choice. This book is primarily torture porn; everyone has something …

Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been listening to the audio book in the car, and I have to start off with what many people over on Audible have said — it was really, really hard to warm up to this …

Worldwired

Worldwired by Elizabeth Bear My rating: 3 of 5 stars While this was a satisfying ending to the series, it wasn’t my favorite book of the three. I think that may be because a handful of characters were killed off and new characters brought in, and the new characters were …

Scardown

Scardown by Elizabeth Bear My rating: 4 of 5 stars Second in the series, this book did not disappoint either. The main character, some of her parts rebuilt, does not lose any of her irritability. (Best of both worlds! Not in pain, but still with bite!) There’s not much for …

Hammered

Hammered by Elizabeth Bear My rating: 4 of 5 stars My first pick-up of a Goodreads recommendation based on my science fiction shelf, liberally peppered with women authors and/or strong female characters. This book did not disappoint! I do love me a cranky, achy older female main character with an …

13 1/2

13¬Ĺ by Nevada Barr My rating: 3 of 5 stars A woman with a past she’d like to forget meets a man with a past he can’t remember, and hovering around the edges is a man who’d like to keep one of them to himself. This is the darkest book …

Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry My rating: 5 of 5 stars In spite of this being one of my father’s favorite books, and having a hardcover copy of it myself, I had never actually read it until catching the mini-series on TV a few months ago. I decided to opt …