Audiobook Review: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
4.5 Stars , Reviews / December 8, 2015

Ancillary Mercy brings the Imperial Radch trilogy to a close with a good dose of its infamous tea. It did amuse me, I have heard so many people talk about how much tea there is in these books, but for some reason it never registered until this third book. Perhaps because I had heard it mentioned so often in reviews and comments, or maybe it was because I switched formats from print to audiobook for this one and for some reason it was more noticeable in audio. Either way, it lends a bit of a “sit and relax a bit, maybe contemplate the current situation” feel to all the things going on. This book further delved into Breq coming to terms with being more of an individual. It’s amazing really to think back to what her character was like in the first book to the end of this. Each book, she has become a bit less of the impersonal AI and a bit more of an individual person. She continues with her plan of vengeance, to destroy the Lord of the Radchaai. Ah, the good old crazy Lord of Radchaai, at war with herself. Always a intriguing antagonist. This book also further explores…

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
5 Stars , Reviews / October 6, 2014

So, after all the (much deserved) buzz and awards for Ancillary Justice, can Ancillary Sword live up to expectations? Can Leckie follow through with a book just as compelling? Yes. She absolutely can and does. Ancillary Sword is the continued pay off for time invested in Ancillary Justice. It is a highly intelligent, fast paced and intriguing story that I just could not put down. It has all of the strengths of Ancillary Justice but honestly, I found this to be a much easier and quicker read than Ancillary Justice. That’s not to say that it is a lighter book. I think Ancillary Justice introduced us to many concepts that just took a little bit of time to adjust to and learn about. That adjustment has been made, I honestly did not even think about gender in this book. The pronouns all still default to female, in the first book I started out trying to determine if a character fell into the male or female bucket. By the end I learned to let go of my desire to figure out, realizing a large part of the point it to really underscore that GENDER DOES NOT MATTER! What better way to address…

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
5 Stars , Reviews / November 29, 2013

  Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is a very well crafted debut novel. I think the major component that sets it apart is the truly alien feel that you get from Breq’s perspective. Who is Breq? Well, that is immediately where the story gets interesting. Breq is not used to being an individual as we think of individuals. Rather she is just one component, called an ancillary, of a larger functioning ship that serves the Radchaai Empire. The ancillaries have implants that allow thought communication with each other and the ship’s AI, which is so advanced it seems almost sentient. This essentially creates a hive mind where ancillaries share thoughts, memories, motivations, commands and pretty much anything else you can think of with each other and the AI. They are not individuals, but rather components of the larger whole, the ship they serve. The story follows two timelines. In the current one Breq is alone, no longer a part of her ship. And because of that she must cope with having just one pair of eyes and just one body and mind. It’s as if she is adjusting to a missing limb, or rather becoming a detached limb that must somehow find…