Monday, November 23, 2020

Quick reviews - November 2020

The Vanished BirdsThe Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Whimsical first chapter that draws you in (almost more like a short story), slightly more formulaic second chapter that tries to build mystery, and a tangential third chapter that pummels you with telling, telling, telling. I lost the will to keep going.



Incursion (The Necromancer's Key, #1)Incursion by Mitchell Hogan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great start to a new series with lots of wtf moments and solid worldbuilding.





RecursionRecursion by Blake Crouch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Breakneck pacing, obsessive extrapolation but kind of pulpy for all that so the emotional impact was perhaps less than it could have been.



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Review - Utopia Avenue - David Mitchell

 

Utopia AvenueUtopia Avenue by David Mitchell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Mostly harmless. Mitchell leaves no cliche or (rolling) stone unturned while mining his past works for ever-diminishing returns.

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