I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I read, or I listen to. And this is what I managed to do in 2012, very few as real books, some as ebooks, most as audio books since unfortunately I spend a lot of time in the car. Yes, they are all science fiction :)
I managed to finally finish the two books which make the Commonwealth Saga, a prequel to the Void Trilogy I was talking about earlier: Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained. Really good books too, I am just sorry I haven’t read them before the Void Trilogy books. But it’s ok like this too I guess. Without posting spoilers, some bits and pieces :
- humans got wormhole technology before space flight, many planets were colonized, travel by train between them.
- interplanetary “internet”, called Unisphere. People interact with it via implants, which everyone have.
- advanced genetics, weapons implants, force fields.
- artificial intelligence.
- immortality via a process called “rejuvenation”. Done every 50 years or so, this 18-months process restores the body to an approximate age of 20.
- later on, ships with FTL capabilities are developed, which travel via onboard wormhole generators.
- OCTattoos (Organic Circuitry Tattoos), colorful or metallic tattoos which serve a multitude of purposes from bank transfers to various sensors.
All in all, two highly recommended science fiction books.
I finally managed to finish reading two of the books I bought some time ago. I mean “The Dreaming Void” and “The Temporal Void” books. Science fiction books with a touch of fantasy in them, very entertaining I would say. Highly recommended. They are part of the Void Trilogy but the last book, “The Evolutionary Void“, is not out yet. I have to pre-order it when I can. And I have to look up more books by Peter F. Hamilton ;-)
I ordered yesterday from Amazon Richard Morgan’s last book: The Steel Remains. In case you don’t know, Richard Morgan became famous for his Takeshi Kovacs science fiction trilogy: Altered Carbon, Broken Angels and Woken Furries. Three books which I read without stopping and then I did it again.
Now he started another trilogy called A Land Fit For Heroes and The Steel Remains is the first book. It’s not SF this time, but fantasy. I am very curious how the fantasy genre combines with Morgan’s brutal style but apparently, quite well. I recently read a review about this book and the bottom line sounded something like this:
“Bold, brutal, and making no compromises – Morgan doesn’t so much twist the cliches of fantasy as take an axe to them. Then set them on fire. Then put them out by pissing on them.”
Not bad, I can’t wait to read it ;-)