Tag: Sci-Fi

Kenneth Thomas – Vanwest: The Past | Review

Title: Vanwest: The Past

Author: Kenneth Thomas

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 197

Rating: 3.75/5

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a free copy of this book and was compensated for my time.

This book is interesting because it blends a bunch of different things together in a sort of YA-focussed sci-fi caper involving everything from time travel to a sort of Hunger Games/Triwizard Tournament style event right at the beginning that sets up the world and kicks us off.

The subject matter and the ideas here are pretty cool, but I personally would have loved to see something a little grittier. In particular, the constant “roaching hell” and “roachtardswear word substitutes kind of grated on me as being a little too twee. But if that’s the only complaint I have, it can’t be too bad, right?

Overall, it was an interesting little indie read with a lot to offer, and it hopped between genres as easily as the characters hopped between timelines. It also did a good job of worldbuilding and contrasting the differences between the future and the past, and sets up the series pretty well.

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Oli Jacobs – Kirk Sandblaster vs Protocol 9 | Review

Title: Kirk Sandblaster vs Protocol 9

Author: Oli Jacobs

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 136

Rating: 3.5/5

I’ve been following Oli’s career for a while now and so it was a pleasure to pick this up so close to its release, especially because I’ve read the rest of the series. And it didn’t disappoint, delivering further sci-fi comedy goodness.

What I particularly liked about this book was that it felt so topical and relevant. It basically deals with tech and artificial intelligence, as well as what might happen if it were to rebel against us. Elon Musk would be loving it.

So yeah, obviously I would recommend this one. I’d just recommend reading the rest of the series first if you can, though they also work okay as standalones.

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