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Nessavamusic
A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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Pickpick

A beautifully written political sci-fi mystery epic. Initially I had some trouble absorbing everything in the world building, but as soon as the plot kicked in I was hooked. I‘m happy to have dived into this complex story, and I hope to continue the series at some point. 4.5⭐️

Dragon Great book 👍 💚🐉 1d
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Robotswithpersonality
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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Pickpick

Oh baby, Scalzi's done it again! I ripped through this one. I am overjoyed it's the first in a series. Perhaps it's a strange thing to find irksome, but I keep encountering blurbs on Scalzi's books that almost damn with faint praise regarding his 'accessibility'. It's a rotten thing to suggest that because something is easy to read and widely appealing that it's somehow lesser, I don't want to imply that, but 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? what gets me is that there doesn't seem to be an acknowledgement of how impressive it is to make such a smooth reading experience. Not that the reader isn't challenged by the ideas presented, that's what sci fi is for, not that there isn't dark or violent moments, because almost consistently yes, but, well, okay: 4d
Robotswithpersonality 3/? this book has multiple story lines, multiple characters playing their part in a larger tapestry, several of which we get to know well, and most of which culminate in the final action. The ending isn't quite a cliffhanger because while you can see how much might happen you also witnessed a number of completed story arcs. 4d
Robotswithpersonality 4/? It sounds like a simple thing, but the more I read in genres where world-building is also required, the more clear it becomes how difficult doing this while also giving good dialogue, and true humanity to the characters, actually is. 4d
Robotswithpersonality 5/? Further appreciation and notes:
Thank goodness for Kiva and her foul mouth and amorality, she provides these darkly refreshing bursts of humourous irrevence when things are getting tense. On a similar note, I sincerely hope we see more of Vrenna in the next book.
Stellar character on work Ghreni because by the time the Interlude rolls around, every bit of it has me chortling in schadenfreude.
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Robotswithpersonality 6/6 Bonus points for recognizing the 21st century way to write about fictional imperialism is to detail its downfall. 👏🏻
Always, always check your math, and get peer reviewed sources. 😉
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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

The drama!
Alex White is proficient in telling a sci fi action story, and bringing it back to a human level, but where as I enjoyed the characters and the interplay between them seen in August Kitko and the Mechas from Space, the level of interpersonal tension and exterior agitators in this book was a bit too much for me. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? I get acquainting the reader with the galactic high stakes by the loss of life, but killing off my faves (Didier and Ranger), didn't endear me to the story, either. 5d
Robotswithpersonality 3/? I did appreciate the mix of magic into the sci fi world, especially mechanists that can communicate/control tech with magic. That being said, it meant a steady level of world building, on top of the history and mystery the book was relaying.
I ended up needing to do a tandem read of physical book with double speed audio book to keep focused on the story, and I have to say the narrator didn't really work for me either. 🤷🏼‍♂️
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Robotswithpersonality 4/4 It's evident this crew will have future adver, but I don't think I'll be along for the ride.
⚠️ Enslavement, gore, veteran trauma, body horror
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willaful
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Just the perfect #URC category for this. Do keep reading... it is so worth it!

#QueerBooks

Faranae 😎 very nice to see one of my templates in use! And good to know the book gets better. 6d
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Robotswithpersonality
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OUCH. 🫢

Smrloomis 😂😂😂 7d
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Robotswithpersonality
The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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That's not an office, it's a museum! 🫣

Liatrek Loved this series ❤️ 7d
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CoffeeK8
Star Nomad | Lindsay Buroker
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So I finished all my #ReadYourKindle books for the month of May!

CBee Amazing!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
Read4life Fantastic 🎉🎉 1w
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CoffeeK8
Star Nomad | Lindsay Buroker
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Pickpick

Catching up on my reads from earlier in the month…. I loved this space opera, it‘s the first in a series and I‘m excited to read more!

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majkia
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A bit too romancy for my tastes. Otherwise a good start to a series. But I won't be continuing it.

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majkia
Diving Into the Wreck | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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Interesting start to a series. Pilots searching for lost tech and ancient artifacts. Beware of what you wish for.

#Roll100 @PuddleJumper