Welcome to my first reviews of Sci-Fi Month 2018! By the way, Sci-Fi Month is a month long celebration of all things sci-fi and it's hosted by Imyril @ One More and Lisa @ Dear Geek Place (Image credit: Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash, Quote from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers).
Happy Sunday everyone! Today I'm sharing two ARC mini reviews with you that I read for Sci-Fi Month 2018: Limetown by Cote Smith (to be released on November 13th, 2018) and Head On (Lock In #2) by John Scalzi (April 17th, 2018). Both of these ARCs were provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Read on to see my thoughts on these two stories.
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Limetown is one of my favorite podcasts and I was absolutely thrilled to be approved for this prequel novel on NetGalley. While I liked the premise of the this story, it never managed to quite live up to the premise or my expectations. It tries to copy the style of the podcast, but here it comes off as too choppy for my tastes and it doesn't quite pull off the sense of unease as the original podcast. Plus, there seemed to be some differences in the timelines between the formats as well which got kind of frustrating. All this being said, this prequel still manages to be a compelling read regardless of its flaws. Even if you aren't familiar with the podcast, I have a feeling you'll be after to along without too much trouble. Personally, though, I recommend giving the podcast a try first.
I read this ARC on November 7, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.
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Head On is an awesome stand alone sequel to Lock In and it's a fantastic return to the world created by John Scalzi. I had the opportunity to read the first book in this series during Sci-Fi Month 2017 and I was pleased to have the opportunity to see Chris Shane and Leslie Vann again for Sci-Fi Month 2018. This return was just as good if not better than it's companion as I'm already familiar with the characters and the world they inhabit - plus, he expands on it in all the right ways. In all honesty, though, you wouldn't need to have read Lock In before tackling this story. This gives you just the right amount of world-building and look into the characters that it function as a standalone sci-fi mystery. Sports really aren't my thing, but with John Scalzi at the helm the epic sci-fi elements and the tech-y mystery involved turned it into my thing. Finally, I have my fingers crossed that we'll get to see more of Chris and Leslie in the future. If you haven't read John Scalzi, I can't recommend his style enough - and this series would make a great place to dive in whether you start here or with book one.
I read this ARC from November 5 - 7, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.
Have you read either of these books? Are you taking part in Sci-Fi Month this year? As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!