Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Unmaking Engine - Book Review

The Unmaking Engine is the sequel to The World Walker - a fantasy/SF mix where magic is actually advanced alien tech.

There are magicians hidden all over the world. But Seb Varden has a 2000 year newer version of it. His enemies are hunting him down, though...

I liked the Mason reveal and background. The very end was a little frustrating, but fair enough, I guess.

Overall, I liked it a lot, and plan to continue reading the series.

The World Walker - Book Review

The World Walker, by Ian W. Sainsbury, is a cute fantasy/SF book about magic as a tech gift from advanced aliens.

Seb Varden, the main character, kills himself. But then he meets an alien...

Overall, very good, I mostly liked the way the tech was handled.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Infinity Born - Book Review

Infinity Born, by Douglas E. Richards is an SF novel that covers em drive, brain scanning and emulation, and AIs.

While the book was overall enjoyable, I felt there were some silly moments, and way too many explanations.

What was happening in the opening scene felt a little too obvious to me, but I expected something like DollHouse's brain control - audio/video as a way to get control when you have no other data access felt nicer. The "magic" way actually used in the novel feels a little cheap.

Major props for explaining all of the tech used and pointing to research (and even having excerpts). This is all too rare, and I feel it is very interesting to educate readers.

Monday, June 26, 2017

For We Are Many - Book Review

For We Are Many - by Dennis E. Taylor is the sequence for We Are Legion .

The story of Bob the replicant continues, as he spreads throughout the galaxy, and tries to save mankind.

Really liked the action and how things are going with the Others.

One thing that really bothered me is that Bob is clearly on a genius level, inventing all kinds of tech, but apparently he still didn't think about hitting their planet with a relativistic speed asteroid. I imagine this will come next novel, given the hints.

Overall, awesome and strongly recommended.

We are Legion - Book Review

We are Legion - by Dennis E. Taylor is a SF novel on brain uploads and interstellar travel.

On We are Legion, Bob Johansson gets killed - but awakes a century later after being uploaded to a computer. And now his only option to stay alive is to be the base of Von Neumann probe to another star.

I'm not sure why, but I really liked this. It has the regular hand-waving on the tech side (new propulsion tech, 3D printers to manufacture anything, not sure exactly how the materials are getting refined), but the (few) battles are nice and mostly seem to make sense.

I also like where the plot is going. Space exploration, VR,  colonizing planets, meeting new intelligent life, and saving the Earth.

Overall, strongly recommended. I already started reading the sequel.