A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the KingA Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t hate this book, nor did I love it. It was kind of short at a little over 300 pages. It read quickly because all the separate thoughts and plot points were broken up by a double space. The story was kind of quirky and sometimes funny, I thought some of the best bits were between Alan and the doctor.

Anyway, I wouldn’t normally keep this book, but it was signed by Dave Eggers so I feel like I should hang onto it.

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Captain’s Fury

Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, #4)Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where to start? Tavi finds out who he really is as his fury’s develop further. He also learns that he’s no longer safe because of his true identity, he should be used to that considering he’s never been far from danger. The puppet Senator Arnos is frankly a douche and does his best to displace Tavi as the captain of the First Aleran Legion. To save lives Tavi makes difficult decisions including a Juris Macto, in turn his trusted advisor Valiar Marcus must decide who he’ll truly follow. During all of this Amara, Bernard, and First Lord Sextus confront Kalare.

Quite a lot is packed into the forth book of this series. I read this one very quickly, that’s what happens when you’ve got too much free time on a flight. The book was filled with treachery, but in the society Jim Butcher has created, that’s to be expected. Again I love the writing style Butcher’s been using throughout this series. I can’t wait to move on to the Princep’s Fury.

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Endymion (Hyperion, #3)Endymion by Dan Simmons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been almost 300 years since the end of The Fall of Hyperion. The Hegemony has collapsed and the Catholic Church has come into power during the collapses’ vacuum. The One Who Teaches is soon to appear and the Church wants her captured at all costs.

The continuation of the Hyperion Cantos in book three of the series, was pretty awesome. We learned the motivation of the Church and the truth about the cruciform. A handful of characters were introduced, Aenea (The One Who Teaches), Raul Endymion (her protector), A. Bettik (their android companion), and Father De Soya (their pursuer). The story was really good, we have a fanatical Catholic Church, artificial intelligence, Earth’s and the universes future state, the deadly Shrike, Time Tombs, and a handful of other things.

I’m looking forward to The Rise of Endymion, the fourth and last book in the series. I hope the architect that’s alluded to in this book is who I think it is. Time will tell.

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Saga, Volume 2

Saga, Volume 2Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I borrowed Saga Volume 1 from my local library. I decided to buy copies of Volumes 1 and 2 while I was in a comic shop of sorts over the weekend. Volume 2 was just as good as Volume 1, it picked up essentially where Volume 1 left off.

The story is narrated by Hazel, Marco and Alana’s daughter. She’s only a baby in the story, but her narration is full of smart humor and sarcasm. Marco and his mother leave the ship to find their disembodied baby-sitter, while Alana and Marco’s dad get to know each other. Gwendolyn, Marco’s ex-fiancee meets up with The Will and Lying Cat all the while Prince Robot IV lurks in the background tracking the couple.

I’m looking forward to volume 3, I will be picking it up so soon as it’s available on Amazon.

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Fool Moon

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this second book of the Dresden Files series, Murphy brings Harry in to consult on a series of brutal murders. Craziness ensues when he realizes that the killings are the work of werewolves, add the FBI and mob connections and you get a roller coaster of a ride.

The book was nice and quick, I’m looking forward to see how Harry, Karrin, and Marcone’s relationships progress. It should offer a lot of entertainment in future books.

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A Crown of Swords

A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can officially say that I’m halfway through the Wheel of Time series. I don’t want to think about how many pages I’ve turned anymore than I want to figure how many I have yet to read.

The story continues to get more complex. Slowly questions are being answer, while others are just forming. With the amount of characters now in the series, I almost need a map to remember who they are and how they fit. It was nice to see Lan, I hope doesn’t get lost in the story again. Mat’s involvement added some excited, but the ending of the book seemed rushed. Shadar Logoth is such an interesting place in the over story with such rich history that I wish we were taken there for more than a few pages.

I believe Path of Daggers is next. I’m hoping that momentum of the story starts to pick up. The many plot arcs have to merge at some point and when they do it’s going to be exciting. If not, it’s going to be tedious for a while. No matter, I’ll keep reading.

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