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A Desolation Called Peace (Hardcover, 2021, Tor) 4 stars

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with …

Good sequel building on the first part

5 stars

Content warning Desolation Called Peace (sequel to Memory Called Empire) minor setting spoilers

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Too Like the Lightning (2016, Tor Books) No rating

From the winner of the 2017 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Ada …

Content warning Too like the lightning

Dune (1990, Ace Books) 3 stars

Contains appendices and extra material.

Content warning Dune Book spoilers from first chapter // Dune movie spoilers from the first part

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Shaman's Crossing (Mass Market Paperback, 2006, Eos) 4 stars

Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a …

Uncomforable, slow, book that is probably worth a read

4 stars

Content warning Mild spoilers for Shaman's Crossing

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An Unkindness of Ghosts (Paperback, 2017, Akashic Books) 4 stars

"Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her …

fantastical yet realistic

5 stars

the back of the book compares the Matilda to the antebellum southern US, in space, but that's far from being an adequate comparison. instead it seems to me an honest portrayal of a possible future—certainly unlikely or impossible in many respects, but in all important ways uncomfortably truthful.

it's not a cheerful story, but it never drags because of this; it is persistently lively. it doesn't inspire despair: there's always a core of resilience even when hope is scarce.

I look forward to reading more of their work.

Shaman's Crossing (Mass Market Paperback, 2006, Eos) 4 stars

Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a …

Uncomforable, slow, book that is probably worth a read

4 stars

Content warning Mild spoilers for Shaman's Crossing