Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

So I’ve gotten around to finishing a book after my hard attempt at getting through Lord of the Rings and today I’m going to give you my thoughts on The Martian by Andy Weir.

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Putting a Book Down for Good

In my last update post I said I was going to write a book review but I can’t really write a review as I haven’t finished the book I was reading.

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Book Review: Against a Dark Background

Against a Dark BackgroundTitle: Against a Dark Background

Author: Ian M.Banks

Genre: Sci-fi

Published: 1993

Review Copy: Purchased Paperback

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Synopses; Taken from GoodReads

She came from one of the more disreputable aristocratic families.

Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilization based around the planet Golter. On an island with a glass shore – relic of some even more ancient conflict – she discovers she is to be hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes she is the last obstacle before their faith’s apotheosis. She has to run, knowing her only hope of finally escaping the Huhsz is to find the last of the ancient, apocalyptically powerful but seemingly cursed Lazy Guns. But that is just the first as well as the final step on a search that takes her on an odyssey through the exotic Golterian system and results in both a trail of destruction and a journey into her own past, as well as that of her family and the system itself; a journey that changes everything.

The book is based around a make believe universe but the characters and story only explore the Golterian system. The system has a wealth of history and a complexity that brings ancient and future weapons into use with civil wars that have destroyed and shaped the planets of the system to what they are today.

Sharrow, our main character, comes from a disreputable aristocratic family but has seen most of her families wealth lost due to her grandfather’s actions that has placed her on a death list. Sharrow has to search the location of the Universal Principles, a book that has been missing for centuries and with the help from her remaining members of her squad they set out to look for the missing book so they can find the last remaining lazy gun. But they are met at each and every turn by religious cults, hired mercenaries and her families past and a jealous cousin.

The book itself is very enjoyable and has a great scientific theme behind it and also has a dark nature throughout. The character’s where really well built and continued to grow as the story unfolded. Our main character Sharrow already had a dark past what with her mother being assassinated beside her when she was little but it also seems that she suffered during the last civil war. The loss of her fallen war friends and future losses of her crew plays a big part on her emotional state throughout the book.

I really liked how Ian M Banks wrote a deep and dark history into this novel and throughout the book he used ancient and future weapons for most of his battles.

I got the feeling that the universe was a fragile as Shorrow and that the last civil war that had broken out by the end of the novel could be its last. What I didn’t like about the novel was how the ending was left. We don’t get to read the Last Lazy Gun being used other than it destroying the keep and we don’t get enough information on the war that is happening outside. We are left with a happy ever after feeling with Shorrow riding off into the sunset and that’s it. Finished and I was left feeling what happens next? What is happening outside with the world; who is fight who?

I give this book 3 out of 5 but I do recommend that you give it a read.

Book Review: Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000Title: Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

Author: L.Ron Hubbard

Genre: Sci-fi

Published: 1982

Review Copy: Purchased Paperback

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopses; Taken from GoodReads

Suspense, politics, war, humour and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance.

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Review: “The Mist”, by Stephen King

The Mist has to be one of my favourite short stories of all time and I find myself picking it up and rereading it more times than any other book in my library.

The Mist was first published within a collection of stories in the book called Skeleton Crew and later in 2007 it was published as a standalone book. The book that I read for this review is the later one.

The reason why I like this book and the only reason why I picked it up is due to a game a called Half-Life. I was and still am a big fan of the Half-Life franchise and when I researched about its origins I found out the story was based on this book.

We start off with our main character, David Drayton, and his wife looking out over a big lake from the porch of their home. The weather has been humid and David informs his wife that a storm is on its way.

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Review: “11.22.63”, by Stephen King

11.22.63

Stephen King is known as one of the best short-story writers of our time and I for one like his work. This review is on a novel called 11.22.63 about the assassination on J.F.K.; John F Kennedy.

In the book a school teacher from Maine in the United States is given the opportunity to change history. The chance is given to him by an owner of a semi-popular diner in Maine who sells burgers at 1950s prices. The owner who is named Al shows Jake Epping a portal called a “Rabbit-Hole” that allows him to go back to 1958 a year without mobiles, computers and the internet but the catch is when he returns to the future and then re-enters the portal all of the changes that he made in the past get reset.

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