‘Nice That He’s Back’

Score: 4/5

I felt the Star Wars franchise missed a trick when it ignored this author’s Heir To The Empire trilogy, and Thrawn was the ‘big bad’ in those books.

Well, he’s back, and probably in a canon-approved format now.

But, in an effort to make him the central character and round out the backstory, it seems we’ve got a book of backstory. And it’s interesting enough... But even though it tries to move into ‘not everyone in the Empire was bad’ territory, it doesn’t really succeed.

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‘Characters Brought To Life’

Score: 5/5

Loved this book. Except for the painful bits.

I really felt for some of the characters and what they had to endure in this book. Even when I saw it coming, I still winced. It’s a rare book that brings characters this alive for me.

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‘But Why Didn’t They...?’

Score: 4/5

More time travel! I kinda have issues with some time travel stories, when the problem that time travel inevitably creates can be solved easily with time travel, but the protagonists insist on doing it the hard way.

There’s some of that in this book. If I had the technology and resources described here...

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‘Unknown In This Country’

Score: 4/5

Wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this. Apparently it’s well-regarded, well-known science fiction, but not in the UK. I’m told the publisher tried to sell this author’s work in the UK with terrible covers, nobody bought them, so they’re not really published in the UK. This paperback had to be shipped in especially for me!

And it’s good stuff!

One strange quirk. This is part of a series of books, but it’s the second. Starting at the second seems very strange to me, but it’s (apparently) the way the author thinks they should be read. (Timeline order rather than publishing order.) No idea if that’s a good idea or now, since I’ve only read one of the books...

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‘Second Half Was Worse’

Score: 2/5

This is the second part of the ‘Seven Rules of Time Travel’. I just started it immediately after finishing the first part.

Yes, it really annoys me when stories are split across multiple small books. I made an exception in this case because I got this book on a free Kindle Unlimited trial.

The bits that made the first book interesting just weren’t here, for me. There may be more books in the series after this but I’ve moved on.

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‘Another Half-Book Edition’

Score: 4/5

Interesting enough, but felt a bit let-down when the book ended before the story did.

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‘Enjoyable, But Kinda Forgettable’

Score: 3/5

I read this a few weeks ago, and I enjoyed it. But it didn’t really stay with me. I can remember more about Rabbits, from a week or two before I read this.

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‘Final Word On K8s’

Score: 4/5

Well, I guess this is the final word on k8s. It’s definitive enough, and complete enough. It’s good at explaining the concepts behind Kubernetes, and trying to reinforce the ‘cattle, not pets’ approach to containers. On the other hand, it might be best paired with a more practical how-to book with examples of how to configure specific scenarios.

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‘Complete Book Length Story’

Score: 4/5

Taken as a whole it’s a nice enough story. I’d resent having bought just the first book expecting, y’know, an actual book’s worth.

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‘Of A Longer, More’

Score: 4/5

This is Book 2 in the ‘How To Be Dead’ trilogy, but I just can’t see it (or any of the three ‘books’) actually being standalone. I got the trilogy in one digital pack and I didn’t even notice I’d moved on to from the first to a second book.

I don’t know why publishers split books up into chunks. Do they really get more money this way? And is it worth it?

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