packetcat reads 2022 Week 18 – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Pages: 533
Purchased from: Kobo

I see why this particular book won all the awards it did but for me by the time I was 3/4 through the book, it felt like the premise was dragging on for far too long. The writing wasn’t the issue, it was good all the way through but the writing can carry me only so far through a story I’m not enjoying.

This book had a similar problem to week 9’s book in that while I appreciate the writing on its technical merit, the particular narrative it was telling left me wishing the book was over 300 pages in.

I don’t regret reading this one but at the same time I am not planning on reading any of the author’s other books.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 17 – Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse

Pages: 411
Purchased from: Kobo

The word I would describe this book would be…anticlimactic. After reading the first book of the series last year I was looking forward to reading this second book so I had it preordered. I don’t think I disliked the experience of reading this book but my high expectations coming in left me mildly disappointed.

The book’s plot felt like it was meandering until the last quarter of the book or so. Most of it felt like setting up events for the next book in the series. Some of that set up was important character development but a lot of it felt extraneous.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 16 – The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Pages: 318
Purchased from: Kobo

This is the first time I’ve read a book by John Scalzi and I gotta say I’m a fan of his style already. Fast paced space opera that doesn’t meander with interesting characters had left me thirsting for more by the end of it. Also I gotta mention this, Scalzi has the highest amount of characters swearing in a book that I’ve seen in a good while. It never feels overdone however so it only serves to make the characters feel more human.

Definitely placed the sequel in the wishlist for later!

packetcat reads 2022 Week 15 – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Pages: 432
Purchased from: Kobo

This book feels like a spiritual predecessor to A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine which is quite possibly one of my most favourite sci-fi books of all time. This book deals with the themes of colonialism/imperialism, identity and empire just like Martine’s book does. The books are obviously not 1-to-1 copies but if you liked Martine’s book you really should check this one out.

I found the way the book deal with the concept of split personalities particularly interesting. I am very curious how the concept is further developed in the sequels to this which I have added to my wishlist.