Book Review: Artemis

Artemis
By Andy Weir

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 320 pages
2017, Crown
ISBN: 9780553448122 (hardcover)

Jazz Bashara grew up in the moon colony of Artemis – scheming and smuggling her way through life, hoping for that big break that will make her rich. When one of her loyal customers offers her a huge sum of money to sabotage a company he wants to take over, Jazz agrees. When her plans begin to go awry, Jazz realizes she’s in over her head and that her “simple” crime is at the center of a much larger conspiracy to control all of Artemis.

Artemis was a load of fun to read.

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Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love
By Elizabeth Gilbert

My Edition:
Paperback, 334 pages
2006, Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780143038412

If you don’t already know, this is a memoir of Gilbert’s year-long journey across Italy, India and Indonesia to find happiness, heal after her divorce and discover her spirituality.

Many people have recommended I read this book, most especially my Mum. She bought it for me last year while we were on vacation together and I promised to read it and then totally didn’t. I have a habit of putting off non-fiction because I’m always worried it’ll be boring – this book didn’t seem like it would be an exception, despite the praise. Well, like an ass, I was totally wrong.

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Book Review: The Color Purple

The Color Purple
By Alice Walker

My Edition:
Paperback, 295 pages
1982, Pocket Books
ISBN: 0671617028

Celie grows up in the home of her abusive father and ailing mother, desperate to save her younger sister Nettie from the same fate. The girls move out after their mother’s death, but when Nettie leaves town, Celie finds herself married to a man she barely knows and tasked with raising his children from a previous marriage. Celie is resigned to her fate, simply hoping to hear from her sister, until her husband’s lover, Shug Avery, comes to stay during an illness. Rather than becoming rivals, the two women become friends and Celie finds a bravery in herself she never knew she possessed.

This isn’t an easy book to read, content-wise, but I read it in a handful of hours.

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Book Review: Barbary Station

Originally posted on Geek Girl Authority

Barbary Station
By R.E. Stearns

My Edition:
Hardcover, 435 pages
2017, Saga Press
ISBN: 9781481476867

Iridian and Adda have a plan – they’ll hijack an interstellar space station en route to Io and deliver it to a band of pirates living in luxury on the fabled Barbary Station, then get paid enough to live their own luxurious lives and pay off Adda’s student loans. Hijacking the ship goes smoothly enough, but when the women arrive at Barbary, rather than find themselves lauded and initiated into a pirate crew, they’re met with suspicion and immediately tasked to rescue the crew (and now themselves) from the insane AI holding the station hostage. 

Lesbian space pirates versus a murderous AI? Sign me the hell up! The result left me feeling conflicted, however. Buckle up!

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Book Review: Treasure Island

Treasure Island
By Robert Louis Stevenson

My Edition:
Hardcover, 336 pages
2015, Puffin Pixels
ISBN: 9780147517142

If you don’t already know the plot: young Jim Hawkins and his mother happen upon a treasure map when a resident of their inn dies abruptly. Jim ends up on a voyage to discover the fabled treasure of the infamous Captain Flint thanks to an impulsive squire. Unknowingly, they’ve set sail with a crew manned almost entirely by pirates, the cook, Long John Silver, being the most clever and notorious of the bunch. Adventures ensue.

This is one of the classics I’ve wanted to read for a long time, but have put it off because I wanted to like it and wasn’t sure I would. Turns out, I liked it!

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Book Review: An Unkindness of Ghosts

An Unkindness of Ghosts
By Rivers Solomon

My Editon:
Paperback, 349 pages
2017, Akashic Books
ISBN: 9781617755880

The HSS Matilda has been ferrying the last of mankind away from the Great Lighthouse in search of a safe haven – for centuries. Tensions have been rising among the residents of the upper and lower decks in a feud much like that of the Civil War. Aster, raised on Q deck by her aunt, is often harassed and abused by the guards, like all her fellow low-deck workers, despite the privileges working with The Surgeon has given her. As the living conditions for those in the lower decks worsen, Aster finds herself returning to her mother’s strange journals, which could give her insight into how to save the ship, but only if she’s willing to risk everything.

An Unkindness of Ghosts is the book that arrived in my (first!) October PageHabit box. I’d seen it as a suggestion on my Amazon feed the very day before my box arrived and in reading the description made a note to check out the book – I’m so happy this was the book I received. This is sci-fi that takes relevant social commentary and weaves it into the history of a colony possibly lost in space.

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Book Review: A Man of Shadows

A Man of Shadows
By Jeff Noon

My Edition:
E-book, 352 pages
2017, Angry Robot
ISBN: 9780857666703 (paperback)

In Dayzone, the night never comes and lights burn bright and hot at all times. The other side of the coin is Nocturna, home of permanent darkness and man-made constellations. A killer called Quicksilver is terrorizing residents of both zones, killing faster than the eye can see. Down-on-his-luck detective, John Nyquist, finds himself caught up in the mystery of Quicksilver when his case to find a missing girl leads him to the shadowy, dangerous realm of Dusk.

I don’t know how to describe this book because I feel there are two potential stories here and the way they were blended together left me confused and a little underwhelmed.

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Book Review: The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
By Leigh Bardugo
Illustrated by Sara Kipin

My Edition:
Hardcover, 274 pages
2017, Imprint
ISBN: 9781250167095

Do you enjoy tales of horned beasts, sentient wooden soldiers and mermaids who can cause mass destruction with a song? Do you also enjoy tales of unlikely friendship, tormented families, and betrayal? How about fantastic illustrations and full-color text?

Then, like me, you’ll realize this is the book for you!

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Book Review: The Fireman

The Fireman
By Joe Hill

My Edition:
Paperback, 752 pages
2016, William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062565334

A plague, commonly referred to as Dragonscale, has swept the world, leaving victims covered swirling patterns of scales that will eventually ignite, burning the host alive. Harper Grayson is a nurse, working in a hospital to assist the afflicted when she catches the ‘Scale herself. Initially, she’d make a death pact with her husband, should they become infected, but when she realizes she’s pregnant she decides she wants to live. When her crazed husband tries to kill her, Harper is saved by a man who can set himself on fire at will and she follows him to a camp of refugees who embrace the ‘Scale and seek to survive the end of the world.

Whoa. I figured I’d like this beast of a book, but I never expected it to be so damn addicting!

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