Space Opera at its best

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan, #1)A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very, very good. Great concepts, excellent character development, great dialogues, humour, emotional depth…

“Ambassador Dzmare,“ he said, „welcome to the Jewel of the World. A pleasure.“

Mahit, a very green-behind-the-ears ambassador, comes to the capital of the empire that might have designs on her home, Lsel Station. This is what she yearned for, but it‘s not entirely what it was supposed to be. And things don‘t go as planned.

After the first two chapters this made me think of Ann Leckie‘s Imperial Radch and Cherryh‘s Foreigner. Loved the first, was bored silly by the second and never got past the first book. I am reconsidering that now.

I like Mahit and how this world is slowly revealed to her and the reader. The character building is excellent. The imago lines are a fascinating concept.

There is a lot more talking and showing than doing, which normally results in me not liking a book much. But this was excellent. It took me quite a while to get through this, because it was pretty dense, but in the end I truly loved it. I can‘t wait to find out what will happen to my new best friends in the next book, A Desolation Called Peace.

You can call me ThirtyOne Adaptation!…

P.S.: This could be fun for poetry lovers. And Sarah Gailey, Ann Leckie and Martha Wells 5-starred it on Goodreads. High praise indeed. Recommended.

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Great stuff!

Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse, #8)Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To quote one of my reading buddies: Wow. Just wow. That needs to settle for a bit. And I agree about the spoiler thing. Can‘t tell you a thing, you‘ll have to find out for yourself.

I was happy to meet Elvie again. And the whole of Timothy‘s story, as it was, was just delicious. I love him. Jim‘s long game was long. And… get your own copy!

I was mostly grinning happily, when I wasn‘t crying. Some great plot developments that make me look forward to the next and last book.

And that thing that I am not mentioning—no, really—I got spoiled (my own damn fault). I was mad. But you know what? It did not help one little bit. It was still horrible when it happened. Actually, expecting it probably made it worse. And better somehow. And worse, oh my.

This book was close to perfect, especially the last two hours or so.

Good audio as well. Jason Mays has grown on me. He did a good job with giving them all their own, distinct and believable voices.

When will the next (last!!!) one be out?

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