Book Log – Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (The Bern Saga Book 1)

Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (The Bern Saga Book 1) by Hugh C. Howey

I don’t remember why I had this book on my wish list… could be I came across it as a recommended book for young girls, and I wanted to keep track of it for my daughter, Scout.

As many, many folks have lamented before me, there is a dearth of good literature, movies, video games, etc with girl role models. You can only read Pippi Longstocking so many times. There are a lot of attempts, but rarely does the quality of the writing pass muster.

So, here’s Molly Fyde, space pilot. She’s an orphan, training in the naval space academy. She’s been shifted onto the navigator track, largely because she’s a woman, though she’s really a good pilot. She’s pretty tough, but gooey eyed for one of her companions in the navy.

She’s got a lot to admire, with some flaws thrown in to give her some realism. The world and entanglements therein she encounters are clever, with some good action sequences.

All that said, it is a young adult novel. I think I’ll leave the rest of the series to the young adults. Scout can let me know how they turn out, once she learns to read.

Book Log – A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) by George R.R. Martin

A lot of the reviews of books 4 and 5 complain that these books are “uneventful” compared to the first three, and they often center around new areas of the world, far from the areas where most of the first three books take place.

I don’t know what these folks are talking about.

Four and five were just as good as the first three. And sure, Martin is piling on more characters and cities and complicated storylines. But really, that’s part of what’s so great about these books: the richness, depth and variety of storytelling going on. There are dozens of protagonists and antagonists, and often times both in the same character. You can never count on your favorite character to survive, because Martin kills off so many and introduces new ones all the time, and there are half a dozen different ways to die but not be dead (though many of them are not enviable).

Really good writing, breathtaking scope of world-building, super complicated political intrigue and cool action sequences… what’s not to like?

It’s going to be a long three years or so until Book 6 comes out.