If nothing else, this year was decent for reading. Even though I took time off of reviewing, I remained a pretty strict rater. Not a lot of books made 5 stars for me this past year. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading more by not forcing myself to do any challenges, not pushing myself to review anything, and just going with whatever my mood called for. I am a mood reader and I must accept that and stop forcing myself to into any reading boxes.
In no particular order, here are my favorites from 2020:
I’m almost done with Dune Messiah, I plan to finish it tomorrow night, and I am just going to go ahead and name my top two books of 2020 as such:
My little black Christmas tree went up yesterday. It’s prelit with white lights but I added green to give it a Type O Negative kind of vibe. 😀
This past week has been very rocky. My coworker tested positive with Covid-19. He feels okay other than getting tired very easily. The rest of us tested negative at this time, but we’re all worried that it’s just the incubation period. We will see what this next week brings.
5 out of 5 stars – I went into this with little expectation given things I had heard and came out on the other end absolutely loving this book. If you don’t like political intrigue, I could see how you would say that this is boring or drawn out. However, if you’re like me and you dig that sort of thing, baby dive on in!
4 out of 5 stars – One of my favorite space opera series. The character building is always so great and the world encompassing those characters is always original. I feel like it may have been overshadowed by Dune but I still had a good time reading it.
Science Fiction unrelated to books:
Mr. C&M and I endulged in HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Other than there being plenty of horror, there was also quite a bit of science fiction. This series is incredibly brutal and gorey for anyone not into that sort of thing. We found it absolutely fascinating.
How was your November? Science fiction related or otherwise.
It’s a new glorious day folks. We spent last night having a very small going away party for a friend and celebrating the results of the election. So I come to you this morning, slightly hungover and slowly sipping this coffee. Oh, the wonders that are coffee. I was sick this last week (not covid, I was tested), and threw up coffee. It only put me off for one day. My love of coffee knows no bounds.
Okay well, I don’t see myself ever getting into coffee enemas, so I guess there are SOME bounds.
As many of you are already fully celebrating, November is Science Fiction Month. Usually, I hop on board another blog’s hosting of a sci-fi extravaganza, but not this year. I’m just not feeling the commitment this go-around. If you wish to join in those festivities however, check out Imyril’s blog. It is a great time.
I did decide to take on a sci-fi giant and since it’s a thicker book, I didn’t want to feel rushed reading to make blog content.
I’m already 344 pages in and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I look forward to a lazy Sunday and getting more of this in.
Evening folks! I tried to make this post a few days ago but I apparently choose a time when WP decided it would not be working. This, of course, was after I had written the entire post and then could not save it for later. Good times!
I read ONE WHOLE book all of July!
I would like to pretend that it was a whopper to make myself feel better, HOWEVER, I’ve read much bigger so lying to myself doesn’t do me any good. :3
He he he.
4 out of 5 stars – Sentient spiders versus the last of humanity. Does one really need more of a description? If you’re looking for light and fluffy, feel good reads to help get you through current times, don’t read this. This is dark and makes you contemplate your own death numerous times. Or at least it did for me.
August plans: In general, I’m looking to lay low and not do a whole lot. One of the girls at work is leaving and we haven’t hired a replacement yet. Plus, multiple other people are going on vacation so it’s looking to be QUITE busy at the pharmacy for the next month.
New Year’s Eve was spent with our best friends, Ignited Moth and Mr. Moth at a mutual friend’s (from book club!) wedding. We had a nice dinner out, attended the party, celebrated midnight together and then promptly opened presents because we couldn’t wait until the morning. (That was followed by a Mario Kart tournament and us not going to bed until 4 am.) It was a fantastic way to bring in a new year and the Moths truly spoiled us.
Here’s my book/comic haul from the both of them:
I am so pumped about all of these and don’t know where to begin. I did start the new year with a different book from any of these for my first read of the year because I had been planning that for about a month but I’m sure that I’ll hit up one of these beauties next.
Travel between planets is relatively easy. Therefore, aliens, werewolves, vampires, and all manner of creatures and humanoids can show up at anytime, anywhere, on any planet.
Dina Demille is an innkeeper on Earth. Inns are neutral territories. Innkeepers do their best to remain neutral so long as it doesn’t threaten their clientele. People come to them for sanctuary and protection.
Dina’s inn was once abandoned and almost decayed beyond repair. She’s been nurturing it back to health for awhile now but with only one resident, the process is slow going. With limited money coming in, she can’t provide it with all the materials it needs to rebuild itself. (The inns themselves are considered sentient by some. They have a symbiotic relationship with their keepers.) So, when trouble comes in the form of creatures killing neighborhood dogs, the local werewolf giving her attitude and warrior vampires showing up, demanding to be let in, Dina must decide whether to get involved. If she doesn’t, her inn may never earn a higher rating from the Council, which means more business, or she does and ruins the reputation herself. A bit of a catch 22. Piss off a faction of beings who can report her or have the secrecy of her inn exposed before she can make something substantial of the inn?
I enjoyed the hell out of this. It’s short, yet full of world building and action packed. I liked Dina and her little dog creature, Beast. I loved the concepts of the inns and the healthy helping of science fiction thrown in with magic. There is a possible love triangle beginning but even that cannot deter my enjoyment.
There have been many times that I have said, “The more actual science in science fiction, the better the book,” but, I have met my match it seems. This is the first book that I encountered where I can say that there was too much science and it really dragged me down.
Red Mars explores the possibilities of what will happen when the human race has finally destroyed Earth beyond repair and how they might attempt to terraform and colonize Mars. We follow this idea as they send the first 100 scientists to the planet and they begin the dangerous adventure of building a world that humans can come to. The story is told from the perspective of several different scientists who’s expertise varies and opinions on how things should be done, varies even more. There is conflict but also love and friendship, but preparing a planet for the arrival of a whole other planet, weighs heavy on shoulders on a planet with less gravity.
This book tread the line of being horribly boring and then quickly turning around and being terribly fascinating.
After almost a month and 572 pages of reading, that’s all I really have to say about the book. It was an okay read but not a series that I will be continuing.
Sorry for a lack of updates folks but this little blogger caught herself a nasty upper respiratory infection that caused her ear drum to rupture. So whenever I am not at work, I’m wandering around my house responding with a “HUH?!?!” to everything my husband says OR sleeping. I’ve slept SO much but it really does help.
I knew I was coming down with something when we left for our trip north a week and a half ago. I did not foresee becoming THIS sick. I was trucking along fine until my ear drum ruptured and then I was just down for the count.
Samus has done her best to help me recoup. Maximum snuggles while reading or sleeping.
As you can see, I’ve been working my way along Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. It appears to be equal parts slightly boring and absolutely fascinating. I’m fairly certain it’s the terraforming the planet that is keeping me going. The characters are okay but the transformation to make the planet habitable for humans is the best part. It’s long though, highly detailed, so it will take me probably to the end of the month to finish it.
Alas, we’re heading back north this week for Thanksgiving. Every year we rotate where we spend Thanksgiving and it hasn’t been at my dad’s house in quite some time. So expect another small hiatus from me.
Speaking of my dad AND science fiction month, I guess it never really registered until I made the list of movies and TV shows but my dad has been my greatest influence into science fiction. It’s funny the things you never realize until it is very obviously pointed out in random fashion.
Even after a time jump this comic is still running strong. I may be so head over heels in love with it that they can do no wrong. If you’re a Sci-FI fan who enjoys a little romance and family drama with their space fun, I cannot recommend this series enough.
Stop staring at this screen. Git off yer butt and go pick up this series NAOW.
Three different antagonists take on the Dutch, in secret, to bring
down their empire of mechanical servitude.
The Dutch empire rules much of the world. They invented mechanical
slaves called Clakkers, and use them to control everything. They use
them for household service, they make up much of the military and
others yet, are used to subdue anyone violating the laws.
One thing the empire cannot abide to let the public become aware of
is, rogue Clakkers. Clakkers granted Free Will. They are to be hunted
down and destroyed at all costs. Their enemies cannot know that their
Clakkers have any kind of soul, it would unravel all they have built
if people knew that these weren’t just mindless robots.
Jax is a rogue. Accidentally granted Free Will in a mishap, Jax flees
before his secret is found out. Unfortunately for Jax, other Clakkers
can sense his difference if he slips up even a little. One command
ingrained in all Clakkers, is to do everything to take out a rogue
when detected. He’ll need the help of humans if he’s to get out
of the Dutch grasp.
Only one country resists the Dutch, they’ve been at war for years
and recently had a cease fire. New France. Their draw is precarious.
One wrong step and war can begin again in an instant. Berenice is in
the business of knowing everything about the enemy. When given a
chance to study the inside of a military Clakker, she will risk
everything to unwind the Dutch’s secrets. She’ll even risk the
King’s wrath if he finds out she went against his wishes.
Pastor Visser works in secret through the church. He’s apart of a
network of people working to bring about the destruction of the
Dutch, free Clakkers that they believe are sentient and bring back
the Catholic church, currently outlawed as heresy. He’s willing to
martyr himself to do so but the price may be more than he expected,
for the Dutch are especially cruel.
This was a decent read for ¾ of the book. I wasn’t really
connecting with any of the characters but the premise was interesting
enough. It began to really come together in the last quarter when a
couple of the antagonists joined forces.
My lingering question is, how can robots taste or smell? It was
mentioned briefly in the beginning of the book and I’m left
wondering if it was a mistake. Or, are these sciences really THAT