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Elizabeth George: Edge of Nowhere (2013, Hodder & Stoughton) 4 stars

Review of 'Edge of Nowhere' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Very smoothly written. Good mix of description, characters, plot. I usually don't read popular fiction or murder mystery, etc. This is my first Elizabeth George book, so I'm not sure if all her books are this well crafted. Nothing super thought-provoking here, just a good yarn with empathetic characters. The author's ability to bring characters to life with a small amount of words allows her to have a bunch of characters that all seem real and alive.

Ann Leckie: Ancillary Justice (Paperback, 2013, Orbit Books) 4 stars

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing …

Review of 'Ancillary Justice' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

In today's world, everyone should be thinking deeply about issues of identity. Gender identity, national identity, identifying with a group, etc. And anyone who thinks deeply about issues of identity needs to read this book.

The book is set in the far future, and it has all the kinds of technology you'd expect, but it's all downplayed and in the background. No science details are discussed. That seems to put it into the "Space Opera" category of science fiction.