Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Wrap Up, Mini Reviews, & Giveaway (US Only)


Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to my final post of 2019's Sci-Fi Month! (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone).  As usual, I loved taking part in this awesome sci-fi extravaganza and I can't wait to come back next year.  I managed to complete all ten books on my tbr.  For the most part, I got in a lot of great reading!  Read on to see my thoughts on the books I've knocked off my tbr mountain, a listing of the Sci-Fi Month posts I've published this year, and a giveaway (US Only):




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The Illuminae Files is a favorite series of mine and somehow Amie Kafman and Jay Kristoff have done it again with Aurora Rising. This new series opener is a lot of fun and exactly the romp I was looking for. I particularly enjoyed getting to know the diverse cast of characters and everyone really has their own moments to shine, but my favorites hands down are Kal (who is referred to as Elrond and Legolas due to his elf-like appearance) and Finian. This ragtag group are definitely squad goals. The world building is also quite fantastic to explore along with the crew of Squad 312. I highly recommend it to fans of Kaufman and Kristoff's previous collaboration The Illuminae FilesGuardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars. I can't wait to see where this series goes next.


My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs #2) by Richard K. Morgan is a much different novel in comparison to its predecessor Altered Carbon.  Either way, it's still a pretty great sequel.  As it turns out, this is definitely much more of a military sci-fi novel compared to the cyberpunk sci-fi noir of its predecessor.  You could probably go into this novel with minimal knowledge of book one and still follow it.  I'm looking forward to see Tak again in the future in Woken Furies (and season two of the tv series).

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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I didn't quite love A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers as much as the first Wayfarers book.  I still enjoyed coming back into this world a whole lot but just not as much.  Perhaps I set my expectations a little too high, but there was still a lot to love. Either way, though, I still can't wait to revisit this them again in the future with Record of a Spaceborn Few.

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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Cross Fire (Exo #2) by Fonda Lee is an excellent follow up to Exo.  It's close, but I might have actually preferred it actually.  I do know one thing for sure though: Fonda Lee is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  Her characters, world-building, and action scenes are all very vivid and the pacing is  just right.  This series deserves all the love it can get.

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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I feel like I don't talk about how much I love Gail Carriger's brand of steampunk and her sense of humor.  I just can't resist Gail Carriger's world and Imprudence (The Custard Protocol #2) by Gail Carriger is wonderful installment.  Rue has quickly become one of my all time favorite characters.  Plus, it's always delightful to see Lord Akeldama.  If you enjoy high-flying adventure, laugh out loud humor, and a dash of romance, you'll need to pick up Gail Carriger's novels.  I can't wait to read Competence, the next installment of the The Custard Protocol.

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey isn't my usual brand of sci-fi novel, but I really enjoyed this.  James S.A. Corey's style is quite addictiing and it's easy to get sucked in.  The world-building totally makes the story in my opinion.  I'm going to have to continue this massive series and start in on the tv show adaptation, The Expanse.

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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Night of the Humans (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #38) by David Llewellyn was a fun Doctor Who story set during series five which features Amy Pond and the 11th Doctor.  I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Arthur Darvill and the production is excellent.  I think he's quickly becoming one of my favorite audiobook narrators.  The only way this story could be better would be if his character from the tv series, Rory, appeared in this story.


My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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Recursion by Blake Crouch is trippy in the best possible way.  I love Crouch's brand of sci-fi thriller with time travel, alternate timelines, and just a dash of romance.  Even though I wanted to savor my time in his newest novel, I couldn't put it down because it's so compulsively readable with it's brain-bending twists and turns.  I just had to find out what happens to our narrators Helena and Barry.  If you're looking for a unique experience, I highly recommend giving this a try - and going in with as little foreknowledge as possible.  I can't wait to see what will happen with the forthcoming Netflix adaptation.

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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Max is a great addition to Stranger Things in season two, so I was really looking forward to this prequel/ companion YA novel from her perspective, Stranger Things: Runaway Max (Stranger Things Novels #3) by Brenna Yovanoff.  The best part of this novel are the flashbacks set shortly before she comes into the show.  It's pretty great getting to see all of her strengths and internal feelings about what's going on in her life and her family.  The weakest points of the book are scenes that happen during the course of the show involving the main characters and plot instead of sticking with her and her family.  The main reason for that is because the writing really glosses over it, so basically if you haven't watched the tv series you would really out of the loop.  Otherwise, though, the writing's quite good and we get some nice character insight on Max.  I definitely want to rewatch season two again.

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol, 1. Revolutions of Terror by Nick Abadzis, Elena Casagrande, and Arianna Florian is very cool! I'm going tho have to read more of these Tenth Doctor comics.  I have to admit it, the cover art initially drew me to them, but the author does a great job of channeling the Doctor's tone and style.  Plus, Gabby is a pretty good companion.  It could have been cool to see a live action iteration of her character on screen.


My review can also be found on Goodreads.


My Sci-Fi Month 2019 Posts:

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff + 50/50 Friday

Sci-Fi TV Shows and Movies I Want to Watch

Music Monday: The Phantom Empire (1935)

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Space Ships

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Cross Fire (Exo #2) by Fonda Lee + 50/50 Friday

5 Star Books in 5 Words

Music Monday: Echosmith & Icon for Hire

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite AI Characters

5 Stunning Debuts

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey + 50/50 Friday

Music Monday: Altered Carbon & Fringe

Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Sci-Fi Books I Need to Read

Science Fiction A-Z

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Recursion by Blake Crouch + 50/50 Friday

Awesome Longcoats

Music Monday: Avengers; Endgame

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Sci-Fi Books I'm Excited to Read




And now for the main event: A GIVEAWAY (US Only - Sorry)!


One lucky winner will win my copy of Recursion by Blake Crouch!  This giveaway will last until Midnight (ET) on Saturday, December 7th, 201.  I will alert the winner via email and they will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to select another winner.  Good luck!


Have you been participating in Sci-Fi Month 2019?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting and perhaps even commenting down below!

Friday, November 29, 2019

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.



This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black.  It's one of my most anticipated books of the year and I have to say that so far it's living up to my expectations.


Beginning:

The Royal Astrologer, Baphen, squinted at the star chart and tried not to flinch when it seemed sure the youngest prince of Elfhame was about to be dropped on his royal head.

56:

I fix myself with a look in the mirror, trying to summon the correct expression of deference, trying not to scowl.  "Greetings, Your Majesty, you betraying toad.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/Least Favorite YA Paranormal Book


Favorite - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School is Hell by Jordie Bellaire & Dan Mora - I gave up on the comic book continuation of the iconic tv series ages ago, but this updated graphic novel take on the story was absolutely delightful!


Least Favorite - Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate - I only read the first two chapters of this before I called it quits.  I can't just how irritating this was.


What are you reading this weekend?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Sci-Fi Books I'm Excited To Read




Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week I'm doing something a bit different for Sci-Fi Month 2019 (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone).  In the spirit of the month, I'm sharing ten Upcoming Sci-Fi Books I'm Excited To Read.  Without further ado, here we go in order by release date:


The God Game by Danny Tobey - Release date: January 7th, 2020 - A video game run by an AI that believes it's God?  I'm so excited to have been approved for this ARC on NetGalley!


A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen - Release date: January 14, 2020 - After loving Here and Now and Then I'm really excited for pretty much anything this author decides to write.


The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez- Release date: January 14, 2019 - Have you read the description?  It sounds like it'll be amazing.


Finna by Nino Cipri - Release date: February 25, 2020 - A portal to the multiverse in a big box furniture store?  Yes, please!


The First 7 (The Last 8 #2) by Larua Pohl - Release date: March 2020 - I loved the first book in this series and I'm dying to see what happens next!


The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home (Welcome To Night Vale #3) by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor - Release date: March 24, 2020 - I love the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and so far the tie-in novels have been pretty great.  Needless to say, I can't wait to learn more about the Faceless Old Woman.


Bubblegum by Adam Levin - Release date: April 14, 2020 - An alternate present day set book where the internet doesn't exist?  Sign me up!


Master Class by Christina Dalcher - Release date: April 21, 2020 - I haven't tried anything by this author yet, but I think this sounds like it could be a great dystopian sci-fi.

Court of Lions (Mirage #2) by Somaiya Daud - Release date: May 5, 2020 (No cover yet) - Mirage, the first book in the series, was a pleasant surprise and I can't wait to see what comes next for Amani and company.


Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air (The Frost Files #2) by Jackson Ford - Release date: June 2020 - Book one was so much fun and I can't wait to see Teagan again!


Are you looking forward to any of these upcoming releases?  Are you participating in Sci-Fi Month this year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Music Monday: Avengers: Endgame


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


Welcome to my first Music Monday post of Sci-Fi Month 2019 (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone)!  This week I'm spotlighting my two favorite tracks from the Avengers: Endgame soundtrack.  The first is The How Works which is featured during the time heist and I love just how jazzy it is.  I didn't know how much I needed a jazzy version of the Avengers theme before this!  Second is Portals which is the most impressive sequence in the movie and the music completely reflects that.  What are you favorite songs from this movie?  Are you taking part in Sci-Fi Month this year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting (and linking up) down below!



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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Awesome Longcoats


Happy Sunday everyone!  Today, in honor of Sci-Fi Month 2019 (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone), I am taking part in the prompt challenge (with my own spin on yesterdays topic: trenchcoats and mirrorshades) and am sharing my favorite characters in sci-fi tv shows and movies that wear awesome longcoats.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by name:


Doctor Emmett Brown from Back to the Future Part III


Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood


Mal Reynolds from Firefly


Neo from The Matrix


Nick Fury from The Avengers


The Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who

Who are some of your favorite longcoat wearing characters in sci-fi?



Friday, November 22, 2019

Sci-Fi 2019 - The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Recursion by Blake Crouch + 50/50 Friday


This week I'm spotlighting one of my Sci-Fi Month 2019 reads (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone), Recursion by Blake Crouch.  I'm so excited to pick this up just because Dark Matter was so amazing.  Plus, I've heard only good things about this as well.

Beginning:

Barry Sutton pulls over into the fire lane at the main entrance of the Poe Building, an Art Deco tower glowing white in the illumination of its exterior sconces.

56:

For a moment, the man just breathes heavily into the phone.  Barry thinks he hears a woman also crying in the background, but he isn't sure.

50/50 Friday: Book You Read In A Day/ Book You DNF'd


Read In One Day The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles - I feel like I haven't mentioned just how much I loved this when I read it back in October.


Book You DNF'd - Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman - I wanted to love this, but I ended up giving it up at 25% through it.


What are you reading this weekend?  Are you taking part in Sci-Fi Month this year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Science Fiction A-Z


Happy Thursday everyone!  Today in honor of Sci-Fi Month I'm sharing my own take on the Science Fiction A-Z list which I spotted over on Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy's blog (originally from Annemieke @ A Dance with Books with her own great take on the classic A-Z list).  (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone).  Without further ado, here are some sci-fi novels that I've loved:


A - Apocalypse Five (Archive of the Fives #1) by Stacey Rourke


B- Basilisk (The Korsak Brothers #2) by Rob Thurman


C - City of Savages by Lee Kelly


D - DEV1AT3 (LIFEL1K3 #2) by Jay Kristoff


E - Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger


F - The Fold by Peter Clines


G - Grace Year by Kim Liggett


H - Hawkeye, Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction


I - Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine


J - Joan the Made (Throwbacks #1) by Kristen Pham


K - Karen Memory (Karen Memory #1) by Elizabeth Bear


L - The Last 8 (The Last 8 #1) by Laura Pohl


M - Ms. Marvel, Vol. 10: Time and Again


N - Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis


O - Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


P - Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda


Q - The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur #1) by Hannu Rajaniemi


R - The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) by Daniel O'Malley




T- The Trial (Pulse #1) by R. A. Crawford


U - Unwind (Unwind #1) by Neal Shusterman


V - Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab


W - William Shakespeare's Get Thee... Back to the Future! by Ian Doescher

X - No Book


Y - Yellow Locust (Yellow Locust #1) by Justin Joschko


Z - Zero World by Jason M. Hough


Have you read any of these books?  What are some of your favorite sci-fi books?  Are you participating in Sci-Fi Month this year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commending down below!