The Collapsing Empire begins a galaxy spanning story full of political backstabbing and shaky alliances. Scalzi's always colorful cast of characters and punchy writing kept me engaged throughout the reading experience. Needless to say, this one doesn't disappoint.
If you’re looking for something beyond the traditional Dickens to read this holiday season, A Lot Like Christmas may fit the bill for you. Despite a couple of the stories feeling like duds to me, I’m giving it four rockets because there are many more stories I enjoyed than not, and even a few which stand out as holiday gems.
Honor Harrington, newly appointed commander in the Royal Manticoran Navy, sees her bright future turn dull almost immediately as she is reassigned to the most distant outpost imaginable. Through her own resourcefulness and wit, though, Honor discovers a plot to destabilize the region that may have consequences far beyond just Basilisk Station.
The Eyes of the Overworld's matter-of-fact narration is easy to follow and the adventures of our "hero" are engaging. Cugel may look out for himself first and foremost, but his knack for getting himself into one ridiculous predicament after another is both endearing, laughable, and, most importantly, kept me turning the pages.
Seeds of Change attempts to confront many of the pivotal issues facing our society, such as racism, global warming, peak oil, technological advancement, and political revolution. How well it does this I will leave up to the reader to decide. What the anthology does deliver on for sure is a thought-provoking array of fiction that I enjoyed reading.