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Tomasino

tomasino@bookwyrm.tilde.zone

Joined 1 year, 6 months ago

I love to read and sometimes write. I'm active on fedi mostly as @tomasino@tilde.zone. I've been using Goodreads for the past bajillion years and will try to transition here. I run cosmic.voyage and a bunch of fun projects like @SolarpunkPrompts@podcast.tomasino.org

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Fonda Lee: Jade City (2018, Orbit) 4 stars

"Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is an epic …

Review of 'Jade City' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A brilliant start to an epic series. Set in a near-present alternate world in an East-meets-West city filled with warring clans and the shadow of colonialism all around, this is a truly massive undertaking. Sporting complex world building and a vibrant cast this first book does an incredible job taking us through thrilling action and the depths of despair as felt through family legacy. It's some of the best low-fantasy I've read in years.

Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Tini Howard, Leinil Francis Yu: Dawn of X Vol. 1 (2020, Marvel Worldwide, Incorporated) 2 stars

Review of 'Dawn of X Vol. 1' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I haven't read X-Men in a long time and I heard good things about this series. It's just as disjointed and cryptic as I remember. If you don't follow every storyline of every character for decades then you're left guessing at key moments, references fail to land, and everything just feels like noise. We're two decades into the twenty-first century and these characters have a new homeland where they can be themselves and at peace, but they still wear their costumes and uniforms. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed.

Brandon Sanderson: Edgedancer (Hardcover, 2017, Tor Books) 5 stars

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, a special gift edition of Edgedancer, …

Review of 'Edgedancer' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A whole novella of one of my favorite side characters in the series! YES PLEASE.

Lift is such a fun (awesome) character but her role in the main plot is just in passing. Here we get to explore some of her backstory, meet one of the cultures of Roshar which has been left in the background until now, and spend some time with a herald. It's a really fun story with plenty of humor, action, and insight.

As I mentioned with Dawnshard, the novellas to the Stormlight Archive are all worth reading. Do yourself the favor of checking this one out.

Brandon Sanderson: Dawnshard (2020, Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC) 5 stars

When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the …

Review of 'Dawnshard' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I'm going to reread this series as I prepare for the next book. It's too big and complex to continue after these long breaks. To that end, Dawnshard was an excellent primer for the reread. It brought me back into the world and reminded me of all the excellent things that are happening.

Its own story was quite good too. The characters were clearly defined with their own struggles. Sanderson's depiction of disablility and the way it influenced action and internal struggle was wonderful. I understand he had quite a team to consult with on those aspects and it really showed. The character journey was the strongest force in the novella, overshadowing the plot developments and ending revelations. This is particularly impressive since there were quite a few new developments in the cosmere worldbuilding here.

If you're reading the Stormlight Archive, don't skip these novellas. They're as worthy as the …

Nnedi Okorafor: Noor (Hardcover, 2021, DAW) 4 stars

From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful …

Review of 'Noor' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

There's a lot packed into this short novel. It managers to blend a positivistic Afrofuturism with the gritty realities of prejudice, monopoly, and corruption. Really well done.

Michael Ray: Imaginary Lines (Paperback, 2003, American Book Publishing) 1 star

I have attached the Prologue of the book

Review of 'Imaginary Lines' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

My misgivings about book one were confirmed here and in greater display. The excuse of backstory bought the series summer leeway with wish fulfillment badass mcgoo but the character is irredeemable. His choices mature no sense even internally. His actions win the day without risk and the rewards are meaningless. I could rant more (and I did to my wife) but all this is to say... DNF.

Kurt Vonnegut: Breakfast of Champions (1999, Dial Press Trade Paperback) 3 stars

Breakfast Of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, …

Review of 'Breakfast of Champions' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I can see why it's a successful book and I can understand why people would have eaten it up in the same way Robert Crumb captured minds. Despite this I felt a great distance from it. The humor and absurdities didn't break the shell of society to reveal cracks of honest truth, they felt like a cartoonist's caricature work. The themes were explored, but without heart.

Review of 'Reincarnation' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Here we have a cultivation series showing what would happen if the main character had cheat codes. It's Mary Sue through and through, but it doesn't pretend to be otherwise. The adventure is pretty fun regardless and I picked up the next two books for next to nothing in a sale so I'll keep going.

Lilith Saintcrow: Redemption alley (2009, Orbit) 4 stars

Jill Kismet, an exorcist and Hunter trained as a demon slayer, may be in over …

Review of 'Redemption alley' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The third book in the Jill Kismet series went to some gross places. When a friend asks Jill to look into a mundane crime she's not thrilled but takes it on reluctantly. When things on the nightside heat up suddenly the combo has people trying to kill her multiple times a day, and nearly succeeding. The action follows the spider web and not everything turns out okay in the end. It's the gritty reality of a hunter, and part of the charm of the series.

J. S. Dewes: The Last Watch (Paperback, 2021, Tor Books) 3 stars

The Divide.

It’s the edge of the universe.

Now it’s collapsing—and taking everyone and everything …

Review of 'The Last Watch' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This started really strong with vibrant characters and world-building. The second half of the story started to drag, though. It invested more in character development than action, which is a fair choice, but it lost a lot of momentum in doing so. There's a lot left open at the end that promises at an interesting series. I'll probably get around to them eventually.