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review 2018-06-05 15:12
Space Opera Made Simple: "Embers of War" by Gareth L. Powell
Embers of War - Gareth L. Powell

Space Opera Made Simple: " Embers of War" by Gareth L. Powell

I can't believe all the people who want to see the SF establishment have a hack at Iain M. Bank's Culture novels. If ever there were novels that I hope Hollywood will never be let anywhere near it's those ones. The books are usually quite long and always involve considerable subtlety. Seeing that rendered down to a brainless action movie would just be heart breaking. Worse would be the fact that no screen-writer seems capable of restraining themselves from fucking around with stories. So that something totally out of character for the Culture World would be bound to intrude. For me the Culture is alive and well in my imagination. I can visit it any time I want by picking up one of the books. Why would I want some Hollywood Muppet wreck? Ideally any space opera movies will be original stories. The best movies are always written as movies, with the media and format in mind. Novels work best as novels. Almost without exception novel adaptations are terrible. Some are so terrible as to be whispered about, on full moon nights, surrounded by pentagrams... *Dune*...
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


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review 2018-04-03 11:06
Embers of War - Gareth L Powell
Embers of War - Gareth L. Powell

After all the books I've read and reviewed, it feels as though reviewing this kind of book ought to be easier than it is, but what's the shorthand for 'I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it either, still I'm probably not going to pick up any more in the series'?


So, Embers of War. A book that promised so much but, for me at least, didn't really deliver. First off, it's written in first person and that is never a good sign - in fact, I think there are reviews I've written where I've talked about how much I enjoyed a book despite it being written in the first person! First person from a number of different characters' points of view, including the sentient warship who first got me interested in reading this book.


Essentially the premise of the book is that in the aftermath of a war, which was ended as a result of a genocidal attack (killing soldiers of both sides and the sentient lifeforms from the planet where they were fighting), one of the warships involved has now changed its allegiance to an altruistic organisation that spends its time rescuing everyone. Said organisation is, of course, dramatically underfunded and overstretched. Our former warship gets sent to the sight of a space liner crash, hot on the heels of a mission where one of the crew has been killed and the captain is now, as a result, on borrowed time. 


Of course, since otherwise this would be a damn short book, nothing here is quite as it seems. Alongside the humanitarian mission is a more covert one, as one of the liner's surviving passengers is later revealed to be the officer who gave the order for the genocide in question. Likewise, the liner in question and the ship that was the subject of the previous unsuccessful rescue both turn out to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. All of which feels like a very long set-up for the book that comes next in this series, where all the chickens come home to roost, not that I'm going to be reading it...

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url 2017-08-12 20:02
"A Sentient Warship Takes Flight on the Cover of Gareth L. Powell’s Embers of War"

"Sentient warship." Oh, I want it. Parts of the premise remind me of Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch books.


Unfortunately, this doesn't come out until February 20, 2018.

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text 2015-12-22 17:03
TBR update!

Some new ebooks (bought cheaply of course, or free)


Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral - Mary Doria Russell  Hive Monkey - Gareth L. Powell  Ack-Ack Macaque - Gareth L. Powell  Deck the Halls: A Christmas Horror: War on Christmas #2 - Edward Lorn  The Edge of Life - Joe Hart  The Line Unseen - Joe Hart  And The Sea Called Her Name - Joe Hart  




First Touch - Laurelin Page 



Blogging for books


The Quality of Silence - Rosamund Lupton 



All Waiting Is Long - Barbara J. Taylor 



I think that's it! :)


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review 2014-12-30 18:34
Macaque Attack!
Macaque Attack! (Ack-Ack Macaque) - Gareth L. Powell

The monkey Ack-Ack Macaque and former journalist Victoria Valois is out to save the world. Also Victoria must finally face the fact that she has to say goodbye to Paul and Ack-Ack learns that he is to be a father...

This is the third and last book in the Ack-Ack Macaque series and even though I looked forward reading this book did I have some trepidations about reading the last book in a series without reading the first two. But it went well, surprisingly well actually. I mean sure there was stuff from the first two books like the mentioning of the hive mind Gestalt, but it was very good explained in this book so I never really felt left out of the story. I actually got more interested in reading the first two books.

It was a action filled book, a fast read with great characters and I recommend this to everyone that likes monke...lol and people that like action and adventure and a really well written story!

4 stars

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

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