The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

I loved The Consuming Fire! It's the middle book in a trilogy and do read #1 first. Galactic travel through the Flow is breaking down and human civilization is in grave danger. The Emperox of the Interdependency is convinced, but she’s surrounded by a lot of wealthy, powerful people who are actively conspiring against her. Grayland II is a tough lady. She's convinced her empire is in danger -and it totally is. She's doing everything she can to figure out how to save as many people as possible, but as always there are others who are in denial or simply trying to spin things so they come out on top. There's politics and adventure and even a sweet romance that doesn't take away from the story as a whole. The Interdependency is full of strong women, royalty, religious women, heads of merchant families, assassins, and everyday women whose common sense and unrestrained-ness make them just as valuable. I like that for the...
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Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi

Mystery and science fiction make a great pairing and Lock In by John Scalzi does it well. It's a police procedural set in a future where a portion of the population has been affected by Haden's syndrome, leaving some "locked in, " awake and aware, but unable to move or respond without computer/mechanical help. I find a read more sci-fi every year and really enjoy it. Lock In is light on the sci-fi side. It's near future and the tech is obviously more advance, allowing human brains to connect with "threeps" (named after C-3PO), the robots that allow locked Haden victims to move, talk, interact with the real world and with the Agora, a virtual world that allows Hadens to communicate with each other, to have their own "spaces" and communal areas. But it all feels distinctly possible and here. It's not space ships and AI robots. There are Hadens who never use a threep, who basically live and work in...
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So, I think I may be back from my unintended hiatus. There has a been a lot going on lately and I just haven't had much time for blogging. I got a new job in mid-May, which is going really well, but let's be honest, I used to blog while at my old job and haven't been able to do that during my training time. Amber graduated in the beginning of June and has been working on getting all the (on-line) paperwork done for Oberlin. I was out of town for work last week with spotty internet and Amber's graduation party is this Saturday at our house, so we've been spending LOTS of time getting ready for that. I have been getting a little reading done, though. For #SciFiJune, I finished Lock In by John Scalzi and read Unlocked, the short prequel. I also started Head On during the readathon and finished it the following weekend. My other readathon reads were...
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Sci-Fi Summer Readathon

Sci-Fi Summer Readathon

The Sci-Fi Summer Readathon starts today. Thanks, Michelle, for hosting again this year. From Season of Reading: Read-a-Thon dates: Friday, June 1 at 12:00am CDT until Thursday, June 14 at 11:59pm CDT. Since science fiction is a very specific genre, this will be strictly reading science fiction during the event. However, since fantasy is so closely related to the genre (often grouped together), if you feel more comfortable reading fantasy, that is also fine. To check in on social media, we'll use our new hashtag #SciFiJune As usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I'm going to try to keep my updates below, but I'm also on Twitter and Instagram. I'm starting off with Lock In by John Scalzi on audio and probably The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein in print. Friday: Listened to about an hour of Lock In (Sci-fi/Mystery). Read 10 pages of The Gray House...
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