Reading Frenzy

Largely thanks to the awful connectivity I’ve been experiencing, I’ve probably read through something like a dozen books in the past couple of weeks and still have a sizeable stack to digest (see the “Bookshelf” sidebar on the homepage for more), but have yet to find the time and inclination to post about all of them.

As an extension of my last post on the topic, most of what I’ve wolfed down on the beach has been Sci-Fi, but there is something to be said for all books, so here are some notes (I’ll probably post another set of three books soon, once I have the time and patience to do so):

Cryptum Citizen of the Galaxy Final Days
★★★★ ★★★ ★★★★
I’ve been hoarding Greg Bear books ever since I got hold of Hull Zero Three, and although I found Forge of God and Anvil of Stars somewhat plodding and staid and been generally more amused than sated by the Halo franchise, this turned out to be a surprisingly engrossing read in more ways than one. Heinlein was always one for spinning complex yarns, and Citizen of the Galaxy is no exception – it soon becomes intriguing and convoluted, and although it clearly isn’t in the same league as The Door Into Summer (one of my favorite books of all time), it is nevertheless entertaining enough as a summer read. I don’t go in for doomsday tales, but after going through Gary Gibson’s Shoal saga (1, 2 and 3), I decided to grab the rest of his books, and as it turns out it was worth it – in fact, it has a quite a few original twists, and I thumbed through it wanting more.

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