3 scifi books I’ve DNF’d lately

A lot of the reason my ratings are so high (usually 3 stars or more) is because I’ve gotten REALLY GOOD at giving up on books that are only giving me “meh” feelings. I have no time to waste with books that don’t make me happy, y’all, and that means I’ve been Did Not Finishing a lot lately. Here’s three books I’ve recently given up on (for now, anyway):


God’s War by Kameron Hurley at 60%
What it’s about: Holy wars, bounty hunters, family and more on a futuristic planet.
Why I DNF’d it: So many terrible things happen in this book, physically, emotionally, mentally– I had to take a break. I can’t take unrelenting violence and mental anguish; I’m just not that kind of reader. However, I totally recommend it if you CAN take that sort of thing, especially since it’s a scifi story set on a very interesting world with great characters. Also, there are aliens! Aliens with psychic powers, I think? And lots of diversity, including PoC and GLBTQ characters. Oh, and I almost forgot the shapeshifters!

Midshipman’s Hope by David Feintuch at 4%
What it’s about: Hornblower in Space, basically.
Why I DNF’d it: I picked it up because I would LOVE a Hornblower in space novel. This is not that novel, not really. It’s got the trappings of Hornblower, including terrible ships and bullies and captains going crazy. But it didn’t have the heart (although, to be fair, I may have missed out on the heart because I quit it so quickly). Also, tbh, the protagonist was VERY annoying, and he gave off some creep vibes regarding a female passenger. Yuck.

Moxyland by Lauren Beukes at 16%
What it’s about: There’s so much going on I can’t even try to do this myself, so:

A frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable, this novel follows the lives of four narrators living in an alternative futuristic Cape Town, South Africa. Kendra, an art-school dropout, brands herself for a nanotech marketing program; Lerato, an ambitious AIDS baby, plots to defect from her corporate employers; Tendeka, a hot-headed activist, is becoming increasingly rabid; and Toby, a roguish blogger, discovers that the video games he plays for cash are much more than they seem. On a collision course that will rewire their lives, this story crackles with bold and infectious ideas, connecting a ruthless corporate-apartheid government with video games, biotech attack dogs, slippery online identities, a township soccer school, shocking cell phones, addictive branding, and genetically modified art. Taking hedonistic trends in society to their ultimate conclusions, this tale paints anything but a forecasted utopia, satirically undermining the reified idea of progress as society’s white knight.

Why I DNF’d it: I did not WANT to DNF this, but it disappeared from Scribd before I could finish it. I will definitely pick it back up again in the future.

Have you DNF’d any books lately? Recommendations for non-brutal scifi with a chromatic cast welcome, btw!

6 thoughts on “3 scifi books I’ve DNF’d lately”

  1. Oh, wow! Yes, if you get a chance to finish Moxyland, definitely do! It’s a fantastic story and has a wild ending. I still think about the implications of that novel.

  2. True facts, I couldn’t get through the Kameron Hurley book I was reading. It was really violent also, and I think because I was writing it in dribs and drabs, rather than giving it sustained hours of attention, I kept getting muddled about the characters and the world. She maaaaay not be my jam.

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