Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dawn of the Singularity - Book Review

Dawn of the Singularity, by David Simpson, is a pretty good SF book about humans interfacing with computers, and AIs.

I enjoyed the tech descriptions and the story line.

Overall, recommended if you like the topics.

The Iron Tactician - Book Review

The Iron Tactician, by Alastair Reynolds, is another SF novella with Merlin, which I have previously seen in Merlin's Gun.

Merlin encounters a frozen swallowship, goes to investigate and finds a lone survivor. From her, he learns that he might get something he needs at another system, and gets in the middle of a war.

The supposed big surprise is the Iron Tactician and its nature. Of course, if I had not seen this elsewhere (I particularly remember a few Anne Mccaffrey novels, but I won't specify which to avoid spoilers), it might be surprising. As it was, I saw the twist coming a lot early.

Still worth checking out.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Stars are Legion - Book Review

I just finished The Stars are Legion, by Kameron Hurley. It is a very good, unconventional SF novel.

The action takes place on a series of worlds/organic ships where the Legion lives. They have been fighting between families for generations. The main protagonist, Zan, wakes up without her memory and soon has to fight for a family she doesn't know.

Obviously, nothing is what it seems.

The reveal of who Zan is shouldn't come as a big surprise, but the story still feel nicely wrapped up.

There is only women in the book, but that feels very much right in the stories' context.

Overall, well worth the time checking out.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein:The New Order is a FPS where you kill nazis.

I imagine it would feel more innovative if I didn't just play Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. The game is quite similar, but feels bigger and has some nice guns and upgrades.

I also like that there is the same stealth approach as an option, and that there are plenty of perks and unlocks available.

One thing I really don't like is how slow restarting from checkpoint is. Literally several times slower than the same in The Old Blood. Annoying when you re-run parts to unlock perks.

Overall, strongly recommended.

Update: Finished the game with 19 hours, after replaying a part after you choose between two characters to die. The split feels a bit artificial as a way to expand time played - the difference is in some dialogues with the characters, and in some places you can get different power-ups (you mostly can get life upgrades on one timeline, and armor upgrades in another).

Nice ending, with appropriate fight and bosses.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Fourth Wall - Book Review

The Fourth Wall, by Walter Jon Williams, is the third book in the Dagmar series.

The book is about Sean - a washed up child actor. But now there is a new, major movie that wants him. But nothing is what it seems, and soon people start getting killed...

Overall, very nice. I really liked the flow of the book, and some of the details into show biz.