Well I’ve been extremely behind on book reviews so I took the liberty of collecting all the fiction books I’ve read this year and compiled them into one comprehensive review. Below are the 10 fiction books I’ve read this year that exemplify the deep nerdiness of Star Wars and Star Trek I’ve suppressed deep in my being until now. Enjoy.
Star Trek Prey: Book One: Hell’s Heart, John Jackson Miller, 401 pages
I love The Next Generation. I’ve seen every episode and it has a special affinity because I remember the episodes coming out on television while growing up. This book revolves around Worf and the Klingon’s as they celebrate the House of Kruge. A Klingon named Korge wants revenge against the Federation for Captain Kirk’s murder of Kruge a century earlier. What transpires is a story of intrigue and mystery as Worf and others are transported to a planet with the outcasts of the House of Kruge who are ready for revenge. Not the best Star Trek book I’ve read but definitely interesting.
Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files), Slyvain Neuvel, 336 pages
This book has swept the nation. The plot centers around a girl named Rose who inadvertently uncovers a giant robotic hand. She spends her life working on assembling the pieces left by an unknown alien race. The narrative is written in a format of looking back over the entire record. It was as if an investigator fully knows the outcome of the events but is looking over all the various “diary” entries that compose the investigation. A very enjoyable work via the big cast on Audible.
Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force Book 1), Craig Alanson, 463 pages
The concept of this book really captivated me. An alien race invades planet earth and Joe has to react. The earth quickly gets caught up in an ancient feud between different factions. A well thought out alien invasion story worth your time.
SpecOps (Expeditionary Force Book 2), Craig Alason, 480 pages
The follow up to Columbus Day isn’t so worth your time. The story gets really bogged down as Joe and the gang get stuck on a planet after their pirate ship gets damaged. I don’t even know if I’ll finish the series due to lack of interest.
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, 417 pages
I listen to this masterpiece every year and it becomes more enjoyable with age. You begin to understand some of the underlying jokes and missed references as you refresh yourself with it. Reviews from previous years here and here.
Waking Gods (The Themis Files), Slyvain Neuvel, 336 pages
Part two of the Themis Files is as good as the first. Some of the drama is gone and the story goes a lot crazier, but the same concept continues. I will definitely be listening to the third installment when it comes out.
Bloodline (Star Wars), Claudia Gray, 353 pages
I’m a sucker for Star Wars. I loved reading the old novels but the newer ones have been somewhat disappointing. This was a rare gem in the midst of mediocrity. The story follows a young Leia Solo as a senator of the New Republic. It also gives some insight on the strained relationship of Han and some indicators of why they were separated in The Force Awakens. If you’re a fan of the series, definitely check this one out.
Thrawn (Star Wars), Timothy Zahn, 448 pages
This book is the now cannon edition of the Thrawn saga. It follows the ascent to Grand Admiral of the Chiss alien Thrawn. Zahn is a fantastic story teller and this does the story of Thrawn justice. I really enjoyed the audible edition with the different voices and sound effects. A great story!
Thrawn Triology (Star Wars): Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Timothy Zahn, 1382 pages
To me, Zahn is a master story teller. These books were the reason I got into Star Wars fiction. The trilogy is a brilliant story. It centers around the successor to the Galactic Empire, a Chiss alien named Thrawn. As the New Republic rebuilds from the reign of the Emperor, they still have to deal with the remnant Empire dealing harsh blows to earlier successes. Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy and others battle against Grand Admiral Thrawn in this excellent trilogy. The only unfortunate part about the series is that it is now a part of the “Star Wars Legends” collection, since it is no longer cannon. Oh well.
Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens, Chuck Wendig, 434 pages
This unfortunate book, however, IS a part of the cannon. It follows Nora, a young rebel pilot, and her son as they run from the smugglers now rampant around the galaxy with the collapse of the Galactic Empire. It’s uninspired writing and even worse storytelling. Avoid at all costs (unless you really want to know what happens in the cannon).
Star Trek Prey: Book Two: The Jackal’s Trick, John, Jackson Miller, 400 pages
This sequel is also pretty lame compared to the first. I normally liked this Star Trek books but this was a mess. The plot was lame and confusing. I’m not sure if I’ll come back to finish the series.
Star Trek: Hearts and Minds (The Next Generation), Dayton Ward, 400 pages
This also was a really terrible book. I would avoid it.