The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
2005, Night Shade Books
Review Summary: Overall The Algebraist is disappointing in that it fails to live up to the effort it took to continue reading on, and on, and on through the lack of any interesting forward progress, but there are a handful of ideas throughout the novel that keep it from being a complete waste of energy.
Seeker by Jack McDevitt
Review Summary: Seeker is a clearly-written, fast-paced sci-fi mystery novel very much in the same vein as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.
Hellboy: On Earth As It Is In Hell by Brian Hodge
2005, Pocket Star
Review Summary: Although not a horror novel fan, I think I will be checking out some of Hodge’s other, original works, since I definitely liked the potential I saw in his writing and characterization.
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Review Summary: Its hard to say, and hard to justify why I enjoyed this novel so much, despite the unimaginative use of Heinlein’s formula (right down to the weak, vague ending). The elements, I suppose, really fired off my imagination as I was reading it, and the main character’s dry sense of humor appealed to me more than Heinlein’s – these two things make it a good read, whereas it could have – with some work – become a great read.
Olympos by Dan Simmons
2005, Harper Voyager
Review Summary: Overall, there are a couple of high points and amusements in the book, but not enough to save it from its tedious length.