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Michael Haider

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Just another IT guy in the financial services industry, living in Connecticut, USA. I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy mostly, but will give just about anything a try.

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2023 Reading Goal

25% complete! Michael Haider has read 3 of 12 books.

Throne of Glass (Paperback, 2023, Bloomsbury USA) No rating

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin …

I'm trying to not only read more in 2023 but read books from genres I wouldn't normally venture into. When the Story Darlings podcast announced their readalong of this series to coincide with #FaRoFeb, I decided I'd follow along.

Much to my surprise, I'm really enjoying this one so far. The characters are interesting, the setting is captivating, and while I had my concerns about the romance part of this fantasy romance tale, it hasn't been heavy-handed at all. More than I'm used to for sure, but nothing that has taken away from the story or made me want to put the book down.

Throne of Glass has been a pleasant surprise thus far, and I'm looking forward to the second half.

Hall of Smoke (2021, Titan Books) 4 stars

An epic fantasy featuring warrior priestesses and fickle gods at war

Hessa is an Eangi: …

My Review of Hall of Smoke

4 stars

Viking-inspired fantasy is right up my alley, so I was excited to jump into this one. It started a bit slow, but once it got going it really got going, and became harder to put down the closer I got to finishing it.

Through the first half of the book, I found myself actively disliking the main character, Hessa, and often found myself frustrated at the situations she found herself in. That changed quickly in the second half of the book, however, as she grew by leaps and bounds. She didn’t just become more powerful in battle, but she also grew as a woman, making incredibly hard decisions and pivoting in a completely different direction.

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys vikings, fantasy, strong female protagonists, and awesome dogs.

Children of Ruin (Paperback, 2020, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival …

A Phenomenal Sequel

5 stars

What a great book. In my last update, I mentioned not being surprised about where the story was at that point, but almost immediately after writing that the story took a wild turn that I didn't see coming at all. The last half of the book took so many twists and turns, making for some very exciting reading. The past couple of days I had a hard time using my free time for anything other than reading this book, it was that captivating.

Children of Ruin builds off its predecessor, Children of Time, and takes the saga to new heights. I can't wait to dive into the final book of the series, Children of Memory, and see how it all wraps up.

Children of Ruin (Paperback, 2020, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival …

What a great book. I'll write up a review for it tomorrow.

That's book #2 down so far this year, which I'm excited about. I'm sure my pace will slow some once it gets nice out again, but until then I'm going to keep riding the momentum.

Children of Ruin (Paperback, 2020, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival …

I'm just under halfway through this one and am loving it so far. I'm not surprised at the big events that have taken place so far, but the details that have lead to this point in the story have been incredible. Reading this one has given me an appreciation for the first novel, Children of Time, as Tchaikovsky did such a great job of world building and character development, which is paying off in spades.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out, and how it connects to the finale, Children of Memory.

Racing with Rich Energy (2022, McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers) 3 stars

A Race to the Bottom

3 stars

Unfortunately, the book didn't get any better since I made my last update about it on the 12th. I came into this one with high hopes, as I enjoy the motorsports coverage and social media presence of both authors and thought they would come together to make a great book about what I feel is one of the most interesting teams in F1, Haas. Unfortunately, the book is plagued by the fact that aside from William Storey, none of the other major players in the Rich Energy x Haas F1 fiasco cooperated with the authors, leaving large gaps that simply couldn't be answered by the handful of anonymous sources that did provide quotes for the book. Aside from the quotes from those sources, the authors relied on quotes from past interviews, team statements, blurbs from lawsuits, etc. to fill out the story, which made for a dull read overall.

This …