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Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy WeirArtemis by Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 14th November 2017
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz's problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

Along with everyone else in the world, I had been waiting for something new from Andy Weir with bated breath. I was completely ready to read more about Mark Watney because after reading The Martian he became one of my all time favourite characters. But Artemis is actually about a young woman called Jazz.

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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The Republic of Thieves by Scott LynchThe Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Series: Gentleman Bastard #3
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: October 3, 2013
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison that no alchemist or physiker can cure. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all.

Magi political elections are imminent, and the factions are in need of a pawn. If Locke agrees to play the role, sorcery will be used to purge the venom from his body - though the process will be so excruciating he may well wish for death. Locke is opposed, but two factors cause his will to crumble: Jean's imploring - and the Bondsmage's mention of a woman from Locke's past: Sabetha. She is the love of his life, his equal in skill and wit, and now, his greatest rival.

Locke was smitten with Sabetha from his first glimpse of her as a young fellow orphan and thief-in-training. But after a tumultuous courtship, Sabetha broke away. Now they will reunite in yet another clash of wills. For faced with his one and only match in both love and trickery, Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha - or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.

Even though The Republic of Thieves is my least favourite and, in my opinion, the weakest book in the series so far, I still bloody enjoyed it. You can’t beat a bit of Locke and Jean.

I want to get my feelings for Sabetha out of the way first, because that was probably the biggest let down in all of history unless you count Ashes to Ashes. Because that was also pretty bad. Anyway, Sabetha was not what I was expecting at all. I do wonder if Lynch’s whole plan was to overhype her in the first two books so that when we meet her, we realise she’s just a normal (and somewhat dull… oops) woman that Locke has placed on a pedestal. If that’s the case, then Lynch did a marvellous job. If he wanted to show us what a goddess Sabetha is, however, he really should have worked on that. Continue reading

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy WeirThe Martian by Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: August 28, 2014
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Goodbye, my friends, I have been killed by a book.

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