Reiffen's Choice by S.C. Butler

Reiffen's Choice by S.C. Butler

Tolkien meets Harry Potter in the first of this three book series. Reiffen's Choice harkens back to the traditional fantasy tales of old. Fun and entertaining, it's a good read, albeit not entirely original....

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The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove

The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove

Alternate history with time travel? Sounds intriguing, but there wasn't enough of the things I always look for: rich worldbuilding, deep characters, and an interesting storyline. Not a bad book, but not one that's going to rise to the top, either....

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Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell

Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell

Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell is a "Caribbean style" science fiction novel with a little bit different style because of that. While I did enjoy the world building, I wasn't initially intrigued enough to jump into the next book in the series. Eventually I did, though, and I loved Buckell's other installments....

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Farthing by Jo Walton

Farthing by Jo Walton

Farthing has a style that is easy to read and holds the reader's attention fairly well, but ultimately I just didn't find enough going on here to give it a recommendation....

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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Spin isn’t necessarily bad, but it isn’t necessarily good, either. It's somewhere inbetween, which isn't good enough for me to want to continue with the series....

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

An ambitious story, plenty of twists and turns, and a unique magic system all come together to make Mistborn one of Sanderson's best....

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Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

A seventy-five year old widower, John Perry finds the Colonial Defense Force's offer of a new, youthful life intriguing. The CDF fulfills their end of the bargain, now he needs to fulfill his: ten years' commitment as a space marine, fighting the worst the universe has to offer. Funny, thoughtful, and packed with action, Old Man's War is a great read and one of Scalzi's seminal works....

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