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Book Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate is Becky Chambers’ fourth book and the first not to be linked to her Wayfarer series in any way, and if you’re a fan of her earlier work then I think you’re almost certainly going to enjoy this one.

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Book Review: The Big Time

The Big TimeThe Big Time by Fritz Leiber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s a war taking place, between the forces of the Spiders and the Snakes, that is changing history around us and stretching the fabric of reality to breaking point. This is the Change War, and this short novel tells the story of one small part of that war and how it affects the participants involved.

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Book Review: Atlas Alone

Atlas AloneAtlas Alone by Emma Newman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourth of Emma Newman’s Planetfall series, and as far as I’m concerned they just keep getting better. Narratively speaking, it seems to follow on more-or-less directly from the end of After Atlas, and while you don’t necessarily have to have read that or any of the other previous books to enjoy this one, I would strongly recommend reading at least After Atlas and Before Mars before this one.

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Book Review: Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murderbot is back in their last (for now) adventure and damn, is it a good one. In this novella Murderbot heads home to help rescue Dr. Mensah, their companion and friend from book one. On the way they run up against their old enemy GreyCris Corporation and all sorts of fun and games ensue.

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Book Review: Ancestral Night

Ancestral NightAncestral Night by Elizabeth Bear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Warning: there may be spoilers in this review.

I really enjoyed this one. It’s a modern space opera with a lot of big ideas, all filtered down through the eyes of the central protagonist, Haimey Dz. Haimey is the engineer on a salvage vessel, along with her crewmates Connla (the pilot), Singer (the shipmind), and Mephistopheles and Bushyasta (the ship’s cats), and together they bounce around the galaxy in search of hard-to-salvage wrecks. Oh, and there are space pirates and giant space seahorses. At least, I imagine them as giant space seahorses.

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Book Review: Fleet of Knives

Fleet of KnivesFleet of Knives by Gareth L. Powell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another fantastic outing for the Trouble Dog and her crew.

Fleet of Knives is the sequel to last year’s Embers of War and follows on from roughly where the last one left off. A year has passed and following a debriefing and some repairs Trouble Dog and her crew are off on a shakedown cruise, ostensibly to make sure everything’s running smoothly but also to give the crew a chance to patch up any psychological wounds they might still be suffering, when they’re called on to rescue some merchants stuck on a derelict generation ship. Meanwhile, the former Butcher of Pelepatarn, Ona Sudak, is facing death by firing squad for her past crimes only to find herself being whisked away to act as the biological controller of the titular fleet of knives, the Marble Armada.

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