Caturday Reads: Cyberpunk Badassry, Space Marine Sci-Fi, Greek Psychological Thriller

Happy Saturday, chums! It’s been one hectic week for me as Uni started up on Monday. I’m in classes Monday through Thursday, from nine in the morning to about four in the afternoon. I’m so incredibly thankful for Zoom accessibility right now. With my current health illnesses, I would not have been able to return to college without it. Plus, it’s been eliminating about 90% of my anxiety. Being able to focus on my classes without anxiety is such an unusual feeling, but as strange as it is, it’s also really comforting. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that the rest of the semester shall unfold as well as this first week.

Aside from finagling all the things that come with starting a new semester (schedules, homework, etc.), I’ve been trying to find a nice rhythm for blogging. I’ve realised that I’ll only be able to do a couple of blog posts a week, and I’m one-thousand-percent okay with that. It’s all about finding a good balance and I’m getting a good sense of mine. All I’m going to ask for is some patience as the posting shall slow down somewhat for other more vital priorities.

Anyhoo, with the weekend comes the need to unwind and rejuvenate my mental health. I’m going to spend today reading and sleeping as the latter is not something I get to do much of during the weekdays. Aside from that, I also began a replay of the Uncharted games on my PlayStation 4, which has been super fun. I love Nathan Drake’s humour and fantastic knack for getting his arse in loads of trouble.

Reading-wise, I’m turning to owned books from my personal library. One is a re-read of a favourite cyberpunk novel, which I have previously reviewed here on BiblioNyan. The other two are books I’ve owned for about six months to a year, and they felt like they’d be a good fit to pick at in-between classes and homework to-dos. Check ‘em all out below. As per usual, GoodReads pages are linked via titles, for anyone curious to learn more, and I’ve included links to any pertinent reviews as well.

Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea: A cyberpunk novel that’s the first in a series about a young lady criminal named Koko Martstellar. She retires on an island that basically offers a theme park experience for shady people. She owns a business and has retired from her blood-soaking activities. But when an old acquaintance sends a team of assassins after Martstellar, her retirement hopes and dreams get blown to bits just like her brothel.

Reading this is akin to watching a high-octane, action-packed, vulgarity-infested film of awesomeness. I decided to re-read this because I finally got my hand on the third and final book in the series. I wanted to refresh my memory of the story thus far before diving into that final instalment. If you like fun, fast-paced cyberpunk badassry, then you should definitely check out this book. Here’s my full review.

Outriders by Jay Posey: A space marine/exploration book that’s the first in a duology. It is about a dude who gets pulled out of a special ops mission and tossed into a unit with unpredictable teammates, where he’s now the leader. On his first day on the job, he gets slapped with a gig that has the highest possible stakes that involves a woman who’s supposed to be dead. Instead, she’s back and she’s got some seriously questionable motives up her sleeves.

I’m only twenty pages into this, but I love that the main character has dry wit and sarcasm in the way he talks about authority figures. I’m hoping there will be plenty of space action and exploration because that’s what initially drew me to this title, and I also feel it will have some Murderbot vibes in that respect as well.

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides: A psychological thriller about a renown professor of Greek studies at a fancy shmancy college who may be involved in some dark, creepy cult shite involving beautiful young women known as Maidens. (That’s all I know and wanted to know; I don’t like having a lot of information about the story going into a thriller; please check out the GoodReads link for a fuller snippet if you’d like.)

I really enjoyed Alex Michaelides debut novel, The Silent Patient, so I’m curious to see what this sophomore book shall bring to the genre. His writing style is effortless yet tight and vastly intriguing. Toss that with a premise that involves a college professor into cultish, ritualistic shenanigans, then my full attention is hooked. I haven’t started The Maidens yet, but I hope to get to it tonight. (My review for The Silent Patient.)

With that, I’m going to leave you with my dearest Kiki kitty, and a small reminder to stay hydrated! Also, please do remember to take some time for yourself as well. Your mental health is super important, even if all you can do are some simple breathing exercises to catch your breath on a busy day. Much love to you, until next time!

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5 thoughts on “Caturday Reads: Cyberpunk Badassry, Space Marine Sci-Fi, Greek Psychological Thriller

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  2. Yep, I just bought Koko Takes A Holiday for my Kindle. I’ve been reading the Maggie Sullivan series and only have one book left. Switching from a good, well researched and realistic gumshoe detective series set in 1940s to cyberpunk sounds like a good change 😀 I got a ton of dumb stuff done early this morning, so I’m definately hydrating and relaxing the rest of today, doing what I wanna do which boils down to gaming and reading. 😀 I’ll look forward to reviews!

  3. Koko takes a holiday sounds pretty interesting. I absolutely murderbot – I pretty much read the whole series even though the author keeps publishing book after book.
    Also the maidens seems pretty popular! Although I saw a few bad reviews. The whole Greek book craze has started hasn’t it? Haha

    • I’ve really enjoyed The Maidens. I feel the author’s debut was a tad bit better, but there are many good qualities to this book that has kept it sufficiently interesting, at least for me. Koko Takes a Holiday is a fantastic and unapologetically vulgar romp. I love it.

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