There’s far less Carol vs Ms Marvel too-ing and fro-ing which was soooo nice. There’s no real story arc though to keep everything together, just random fights and villains. We also get a new Ms Marvel costume (which is the more iconic lightening bolt that we’re used to).
It’s an odd mixture of trying to be right on feminist (because its a female super hero) and just kind of outrageously sexist. If I’m being charitable, I would consider it comic effect. If I’m not being charitable, some of the characterisation of some of the male characters are awful.
he setting is one we’ve seen before. It’s a word with time travel, however because history is a fickle thing, there are specially trained historians who get to do all the time travel. So far, so Doomsday Book.
I don’t like the word ‘fresh’ but perhaps that’s a good way of describing it. It’s just different than a lot of fantasy/urban fantasy which works really well in its favour.
This is the third (maybe final?) novel in the Machineries of Empire series. It follows on roughly 10 years after the events in Raven Stratagem. Cheris-Jedao has disappeared, leaving Brezan and Mikodez to create a new structure to their society. However, Kujen has other tricks up his sleeve, including another Jedao!
There were elements of Space Unicorn Blues I liked, but unfortunately it couldn’t make up for some of the clunky world-building and general hatefulness of some of the characters (or their past).
Honestly, when there are no more instalments of the Murderbot Diaries, I’m going to be so very sad. I basically want to be Murderbot’s friend at this point, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be uncomfortable with that. So this is the third in the series after All Systems Red and Artificial Condition. And it is still …