Mini book series reviews

Hunters of Dune: After reading several reviews, and hearing a lot of word-of-mouth opinions in general, I was expecting this novel to be really awful. But I thought the transition from Frank Herbert’s (one of the authors, Brian Herbert’s, father) Chapterhouse: Dune was pretty smooth. I didn’t feel there was a big shift in tone or style going from one book to the other, considering that the new books were written by entirely different authors. I quit about halfway through, though, because I was getting burned-out, having just binged the six original novels in a few months. (I listened to the audiobooks, which take longer to listen to than to read the actual novels.)

Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Black Company, The Dagger and the Coin, The First Law, The Age of Madness series: I like the sort of dry and bleak socioeconomic/political landscapes, gray morality, etc. of these series. They are a lot like A Song of Ice and Fire. I am looking forward to future titles being released in the series that so far remain unfinished.

The Murderbot Diaries, The Wayfarers, Binti, Imperial Radch, The Vorkosigan Saga series: I really like the characters in these novels. They really give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. I like that these are Space Opera, but that the emphasis is not on tech, and that the characters are relatable on a personal level. (When compared to a lot of science fiction.)

The Scholomance, The Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead, Borne series: The first two are YA series in the vein of “Wizard School” novels like Harry Potter, except deadlier. The latter is a very strange, weird series reminiscent of China MiĆ©ville’s Perdido Street Station and The Scar, except with bioluminescent fish-fungi hybrids instead of flying monsters or living trains. I actually prefer VanderMeer’s Borne to MiĆ©ville’s Bas-Lag, but both series are enjoyable.

The Book of the New Sun series: I’m reading these for the third time, now. I’m not quite as blown away as I was the first two times (as well by as the Long Sun and Short Sun series), but they are still pretty great.

The Fall, Agency: I’m getting kind of… tired of reading about how awesome tech entrepreneurs are. I am starting to also get tired of listening to TED Talks. I increasingly would rather read about topics that are (relatively speaking) more mundane, and that don’t involve the newest and latest real-world digital gadgets. (They are not bad books, however. It’s just my current preference. Young “hip” people might prefer these books.)


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