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2015 in Books

It was an interesting reading year. I finally managed to read more than 100 books in a year. It was challenging to say the least. However, it kept me focused. From time to time, I didn’t read as much. I kept away from reading multiple books at once. I only did this from time to time when the book I was reading wasn’t that good.

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Books of Virga By Karl Schroeder 

For some reason, Sun of Suns popped up in my reading queue late last year. I wasn’t sure what to expect. While Sun of Suns started quite confusingly (it was hard to pin down the reason why it wasn’t gripping as the rest of the series), it matured quickly into a great book.

I managed to read four of the five Books of Virga late last year. I started this year by finishing Ashes of Candesce. All in all, it was a great series. I’m a bit sad that Schroeder didn’t write more books in this series. It just started getting really interesting towards the end, when more bubbles were discovered adjacent to Virga, some of which contained artificial life that existed outside of Artificial Nature.

I like the concept of AIs that are thinking whilst eschewing consciousness. It’s a theme that I’ve seen come up in a few different books that I read in 2015 (Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds).

Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Review

It has been years in the making, but finally, this Christmas another Star Wars movie hit theaters. Since George Lucas wasn’t in charge anymore, and that they had managed to snag JJ Abrams to direct, I had high hopes.

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Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds has been one of my favorite authors ever since I discovered him. In recent years, with his departure from the Revelation Space universe, his work hasn’t been as good. He was a master at hard science-fiction, creating intricate storylines that blew me aways.It was with high hopes that I anticipated his Poseidon’s Children series. I started the last book in the series, Poseidon’s Wake, a few days ago and finished it quite quickly.

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The Expanse Novels & TV Series

Syfy’s shows haven’t been earth shattering recently, but they haven’t been bad. When I learned about the TV adaptation of The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, I was intrigued. I was able to get through the first few books quickly enough to see what the TV series would compare to.

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Spectre Review – James Bond 24

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As I exited the IMAX theater, I left with mixed feelings about this James Bond movie. In my memory, Skyfall was a great James Bond movie, that I liked a lot. Casino Royale was also very good. Quantum of Solace was OK, but still not as bad as this.

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The Scarlet Gospels By Clive Barker

It’s been quite a few years since Clive Barker published a good book for adults. It’s been about 20 years since his heyday, Everville, The Great and Secret Show, Imajica, Sacrament, probably because he’s been active in other creative arts. The Abarat series has been ongoing for the last 13 years, and only three novels have been published so far, out of a predicted five. While I do not doubt the mass market appeal of the young adult market, Clive Barker was renowned for his horror writing in his beginnings, so it has been a while since I’ve seen anything like this in print from him.

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