The Mountains of Tomorrow – A Review

Mercury Rapids: The Mountains of TomorrowMercury Rapids: The Mountains of Tomorrow by Steven Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alas, the Mercury Rapids trilogy has come to an end but what an exciting, action packed ending it was. I’ve said it before but it’s worth saying again, Steven Johnson is brilliant in the art of storytelling. He has a flair for characterisation and dialogue and a knack for keeping the reader engaged. This series has been an absolute joy to read and I certainly hope this is not the last we hear from such a talented author.

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The Thoth Imperative – A Review

Mercury Rapids: The Thoth ImperativeMercury Rapids: The Thoth Imperative by Steven Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Thoth Imperative, the second book in the Mercury Rapids trilogy, is an excellent follow-up. It’s an action packed, exciting ride full of double-dealing aliens, conniving characters, twists and turns, and the humour I’ve come to love from the protagonist, Bill Lewis. A great read that I highly recommend.

There are a few typos here and there, but this doesn’t detract from the story at all. I’ve come across this with e-books before and with the quality of Steven Johnson’s writing, it’s something I’m happy to overlook.

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Mercury Rapids – A Review

Mercury RapidsMercury Rapids by Steven Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mercury Rapids takes me back to the old days when sci-fi was my preferred genre. I would devour book after book from masters such as Wells, Bradbury, Asimov and E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith. I just couldn’t get enough!
And now, for me, Steven Johnson is up there with the best of them. I don’t know how I’ve missed such an incredible talent. He is brilliant in the art of storytelling.
Mercury Rapids is a compelling, humorous and well written book with a perfect balance of science fiction and science fact. It has an interesting, thought-provoking plot that will undoubtedly keep you entertained until the end. The characters are extremely likeable. I particularly favoured the protagonist, Bill Lewis. He’s witty, intelligent, at times fickle, but lovable all the same.
It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a science fiction tale as much as this one. It’s a fun, lighthearted read that I can’t recommend enough.

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Artemis – A Review

ArtemisArtemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jazz Bashara is a criminal

Jazz Bashara is a pain in the butt.

And Artemis is 305 pages of disappointment. I was close to giving up several times but I hate to leave a book unfinished. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad, just mostly. The plot had such potential but the pace was far too slow. To be honest, I think I was about a third of the way through before I even started to pay attention. The most annoying aspect for me though was having a female protagonist behave like an adolescent boy. Weir could have done so much more with such an obviously intelligent character. It’s a shame really as I had such high hopes for this novel. Oh well.

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Deadly Partnership – A Review

Deadly Partnership: Murder, Blackmail and Voices from the Spirit WorldDeadly Partnership: Murder, Blackmail and Voices from the Spirit World by Richard Gardner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many thanks to Richard for providing me with a free PDF copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

Deadly Partnership is not a book I would ordinarily buy as I’m a sceptic where spiritualism is concerned. Having said that, it is only a minor part of this book and fits in well with the storyline.
Scepticism aside, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The first chapter had me hooked and I found myself unable to put it down. The story flows well and is a very easy read that took me roughly eight hours to finish.
The characters were likeable. I found myself particularly endeared to Paul despite the revelations throughout the book. Gary, Paul’s son, didn’t sit too well with me though, given his easy acceptance and complicity in the unfolding events. Then again considering his father’s propensities I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Overall it has an interesting plot with enough twists to keep the reader engaged right through to the end. It’s not often that a book will grip me enough that I will read it in one sitting, but this one certainly did. If you enjoy a good thriller this one is most definitely for you. I can’t recommend it enough.

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