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Book Chat #43 – Mary Robinette Kowal, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Richard K. Morgan, and John Scalzi

I haven't done a Book Chat since the beginning of September! And unfortunately I don't have a lot of books to show for two months of reading, mostly because I was writing a lot, but also because I had quite a few did-not-finish books that I won't go into here.

THE FATED SKY by Mary Robinette Kowal

Guys, this series is AMAZING. I was so excited to get back into this universe after THE CALCULATING STARS and this book did not disappoint. I loved every moment of this trip to Mars. It was so well thought out and plausible, human and touching. I did not want it to end. It's official, I'm a Lady Astronaut fan! And I'm super excited to learn there'll be a lot more books in this series. Yay!

UNEARTHED by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I mentioned this book once or twice in my sci-fi tropes post a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed the Starbound Trilogy by this author duo, so I had to pick this one up. It was just what I needed after trying to read two failed books in a row. (Let's not get into that.) If I had to describe this book I'd say it was Indiana Jones on a faraway planet with a great little romance and lots of surprises. The ending was quite the cliffhanger! I have pre-ordered Book 2 and I hope it's just as fun.

ALTERED CARBON by Richard K. Morgan

It took me a VERY long time to get through this audiobook. VERY. And I ended up having to fast-forward through the sex scenes. Maybe it's just me, but I can't read sex written by men anymore. It's just not at all appealing. This story, though, is just as great as the TV show it's based upon.


As soon as I was done with ALTERED CARBON, I jumped right on THE CONSUMING FIRE and was rewarded with another fast-paced, funny, and intriguing John Scalzi book. There's a reason why John Scalzi is my favorite author, and you can see it in this series. A wide-sweeping story! Funny and interesting characters! (Kiva Lagos in my official favorite.) Lots of surprises and twists! This book and series has it all. I caught myself laughing out loud while walking in the park, mainly because Wil Wheaton's delivery was so on-point. This series is a joy in audio. I highly recommend it.

And that's it for this Book Chat! There were other books read (one beta read for a friend and lots of re-reading my own work) and plenty I didn't finish or like, but these were the best of the bunch. Hope they give you some ideas of what to try next!

S. J. Pajonas