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The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian by Andy Weir
5.0 out of 5 stars Grew on me, 28 Jun 2014
My initial impressions of this book were poor, in particular I found the main character pretty annoying and didn't find his witty teenager behavior all that convincing. As the book carries on though he grows on you and the story gets more and more interesting as he continually struggles for survival. Some of it was a bit technical but that's a small complaint.
Nexus by Ramez Naam
Nexus by Ramez Naam
3.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner, 27 Jun 2014
Its definitely a page turner and has a lot of the elements of early William Gibson books but I couldn't really connect to it (unintended pun). In part it was because the tech was silly and the main characters a bit drab and boring but I also didn't think it was really that well written. Its obviously done the job for other people though so I'm obviously in the minority.
Promise of Blood (Powder Mage Trilogy) by Brian McClellan
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, 11 Jun 2014
As others have said the book starts pretty poorly.

You're thrown right into the middle of the action and the author introduces character after character and idea after idea without giving you the context you need to make sense of it.

It gets slightly better as the book proceeds though, however there were three further problems through the entire book.

The first is that some explanations are poor and rushed, to the point where during key events I actually couldn't understand what was going on. That's a new one for me, I've read some poorly written books but very few where I felt the author was completely failing to explain the events.

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