I apologize, but I’m afraid this is going to be a male-heavy list this week. But then again, maybe there’s a reason for that. Anyway, I present you with some books I read, that were part of series, but which I never felt compelled to read, or didn’t finish, the next book.
- Blindsight, by Peter Watts
This book was something about investigating an alien species, and there was a pseudo-vampire on board, brought for his super-human physical abilities. The aliens were more than they bargained for. Maybe some of the crew got home safe? Anyway, it wasn’t bad, just not compelling beyond the one reading.
2. Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson
You know, the premise and actual plot of this novel were pretty good, but I tried starting the next book in the series (both on audiobook, btw), Robogenesis, and I just couldn’t get into it. I guess it was just decent as a standalone. I would like to seek him out in future though, as he’s of Native American descent and has some interesting ideas.
3. The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen
There are slow burns, and then there are novels with a hodge-podge of things happening, but really no idea what they want to actually be. This was one of the second. Some brutality, a princess who’s “not like all the other girls,” and brief mention of a not so pseudo-medieval past in which ebooks and sundry other technology were in use. Boring.
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
Alright, I admit I read a SJM book. But in my defense, I didn’t know who she was, and there was an ARC just sitting on a shelf at my local indie, so I gave it a try. Writing was pretty bland, and the faery story felt more like author insertion that actual plotting. But now I know what I’m missing so, uh, I feel good about that, right?
5. The Summoner, by Gail Z. Martin
Also picked this up as an ARC a long, long time ago. It, and stories like it, actually inspired a novel I started working on for NaNo this year, the first time I tried it, in response to stories that feature the noble protagonist, wrongfully accused/deposed, who must venture into the wilderness, overcome superficial challenges, and for whom the plot basically builds a step-by-step to his goal. Boring.