Delta-v by Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez is the favourite author of many geeks.

I’ve read all his books:

Delta-v is the weakest so far, I’d say.

Daemon the best.

Delta-v deals speculates on asteroid mining and the privatization of space in the year 2032.

As usual, the science was the best part. The technology seems believable.

How would we mine astroids?

But there were too many characters. I didn’t care much about any of them.




I’m giving up on Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is a BIG success.

Flynn has published three novels, Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl, all three of which have been adapted for film or television.

I’ve now read two of three. But her writing is simply too dark for me.

Sharp Objects is worst so far.

I’d concur that her work is misogyny. If she was male, there would be protests.


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone, set in the years after the¬†Vietnam War, is a coming-of-age story about a girl, Leni Allbright, who moves with her parents, Ernt and Cora, to a log cabin in the wilds of Alaska (really wild, as in no running water, deadly cold, lots of bears). It’s a quieter book, though it still offers a Kristin Hannah-style mix of tragedy and romance. ¬†…

Kristin Hannah¬†currently lives on¬†Bainbridge Island, Washington¬†with her husband and their son. …

It’s a lightweight book. Not literature. An easy read.

On the other hand, after initially considering giving up in the early going, for some reason I got hooked. Invested in what’s going to happen to the abusive PTSD broken father and his long-suffering family.

The young people in the story would be about the same age as me now.

Part of the attraction was reading about life in Alaska all those decades ago.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Very good.

Station Eleven is a 2014 novel by Emily St. John Mandel.

… The novel takes place in the Great Lakes region after a fictional swine flu pandemic, known as the “Georgia Flu”, has devastated the world, killing most of the population. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2015. …

Critics like the book for it’s unpretentious writing and unusual time-jumping plot line.

It works. Though most, like me, have many questions about this dystopia.

The only thing that ties characters together are two King Lear plays: one the day the plague arrives and another in the near future.

A film adaptation of the novel is in development.

related РNY Times review РO.K., Now It’s Time to Panic

Buried Secrets – Nick Heller book 2

I read this immediately after book 1.

It’s no better. Plot too unbelievable. The characters two dimensional.

Again, I enjoyed the technology used in the book.

I’d best give up on author Joseph Finder.

Nick has returned to his old home town of Boston to set up his own shop.

There he‚Äôs urgently summoned by an old family friend. Hedge fund titan Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick‚Äôs help. His teenaged daughter, Alexandra, has just been kidnapped. …

Vanished: A Nick Heller Novel

My Mom recommended this author so I downloaded book 1 (2010) in the Nick Heller series. The author is Joseph Finder.

…¬†Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator–exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He’s a guy you don’t want to mess with. He’s also the man you call when you need a problem fixed.

Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick’s nephew, Gabe makes that call one night. After being attacked in Georgetown, his mother, Lauren, lies in a coma, and his step-dad, Roger, Nick’s brother, has vanished without a trace. …


Though Nick Heller is compared with another fictional action hero Jack Reacher, my money is on Reacher. And Lee Childs is a much better author than Finder.

In fact, there’s a short story where Jack Reacher meets Nick Heller.

For me Vanished is too simplistic. Too two dimensional. I didn’t really get invested in any of the characters.

I do like Finder’s detailed understanding of TECH.

Still … I’ll try book 2 in the series to see if it improves.

Lethal White by JK Rowling

  1. Book 1 РThe Cuckoo’s Calling
  2. Book 2 –¬†The Silkworm
  3. Book 3 – Career of Evil (my favourite, so far)

Rowling is an excellent writer. Worth about $1 billion, she certainly keeps putting pen to paper only because she wants to.

I enjoyed this 4th book in her Cormoran Strike series. She writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Still, for me the plot was a bit too complicated. The book a bit long.

I just found out BBC had already turned the series into a TV series.

Robin Ellacott has a crush on her mentor and eventual business partner Cormoran Strike. Seems BBC has cast those two characters well.

Click PLAY or watch the season 1 trailer on YouTube.