packetcat reads 2022 Week 48 – The Flight of the Aphrodite by S.J Morden

Pages: 347
Purchased from: Kobo

A rather depressing hard sci-fi novel. This one definitely leant into the psychological horror aspects of hard-scifi. I am not sure just how realistic the mental breakdowns depicted are but it certainly was a book where there’s no respite from the onslaught of the terror of being in deep space far away from any help.

I only recommend this one if you are up for a psychologically grueling read.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 46 – The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Pages: 391
Purchased from: Kobo

One of the review quotes for this book described it as a “powerfully disturbing space operas” and I agree with the disturbing bit but I don’t think I would describe it as powerful. To be quite honest I found most of it fairly tedious, especially the middle section of the book. The writer also seems obsessed with the concept of birthing in a way that felt just a tad bit weird (and not in a good way).

The premise/world of the book is interesting, the rest of it is…meh.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 45 – Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Pages: 398
Purchased from: Kobo

Definitely a very interesting look at contemporary Malaysian life. At times it felt a bit uncomfortably like I was reading from the depths of the author’s mind in a way that felt like I was intruding. But other than that I enjoyed the various aspects of the region’s mythology that were depicted in this. I will mention this, there is a scene in this book depicting sexual assault. It is not particularly graphic or long but it is present, just a heads up.