September 15th, 2019

Book with cat 2

Book #65 of 2019: The Collapsing Empire | 2019 book: Magyk

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency Book 1) by John Scalzi
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

As much as I like Scalzi's writing, his books are very hit-and-miss for me.

Set in the far distant future, all of humanity lives in space. Spread across various worlds, they're all connected by the "Flow". Picture a river through space with a limited amount of locations you can enter/leave it, a river that flows to each of those worlds.

All that is well and good, I'd enjoy that much of the story, but the book was about political conflict between the Houses that control all the trade and stuff. Political intrigue, fighting, etc. Completely not my cup of tea. It was sort of like Game of Thrones set in space, but with 1000% more political correctness.

I finished this book, but I won't be continuing with the two others in the series. It wasn't at all a bad story, it just wasn't a good match for my tastes.

Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1) by Angie Sage
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This book did the most annoying thing ever. It bolded the important words. I guess so that there would be no chance you miss what was important. But it was so distracting to read.

The story, about a magical baby, seemed like it was okay, but the bolding made it impossible to read. I stopped reading at the 9% point. I only got that far because of how short the book was.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in this book: 9%
Previous abandoned book total: 565%
New total: 574% (5 books)