Abandoned Ship! – hot head (Simon Ings) – a 19 in 2019 book!

Ahoy there me mateys!  This be the thirteenth book in me Ports for Plunder – 19 Books in 2019 list.  When I went to read this book, I realized that there was a problem.  The library had unloaded this book from their catalogue!  Not a good sign.  I currently have a self-imposed rule that I can only buy books that I know I will reread (library book sales being the exception).  So I decided to download an Amazon sample to see if it be good enough to spend me loot.  Usually Amazon samples be dangerous because I read, fall in love, and immediately buy the book.  Sadly the answer was no to this book.  I didn’t like what I read at all.  In fact I am not even including this book in the tally of reads for the year.  The only reason this post is being written is because of it was on the 19 in 2019 list.  If this writing style is indicative of all of the author’s works then I likely won’t read any more of it.  Sorry Simon!  No offense meant.  The rest of the crew does seem to like this book though.  Arrrr!

Goodreads had this to say about the novel:

Malise has a problem. She’s come downwell to Earth, but years of space combat have ruined her: her muscles have wasted away, her past is a confused torture of events and her brain is wired to addictive military hardware that’s illegal on Earth. With an AI mining probe returning to Earth, having bred and grown until it is hundreds of miles across, she is in the firing line again. The probe is indestructible, it is insatiable for more metals and no one knows how to stop it. Malise doesn’t know she has a blueprint for humanity’s survival wired into her head.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Simon Ings – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

hot head – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Reviews for Me 19 in 2019 Books

the lie tree – Frances Hardinge (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

children of blood and bone – Tomi Adeyemi (Walk the Plank – YA Fantasy)

summerland – Hannu Rajaniemi (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

the ship – Antonia Honeywell (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi Dystopia)

rosewater – Tade Thompson (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

wild beauty – Anna-Marie McLemore (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

eleanor oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman (Off the Charts – Contemporary)

the rift – Nina Allen (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

the paladin of souls – Lois McMaster Bujold (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

the night circus – Erin Morganstern (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

to say nothing of the dog – Connie Willis (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

the falcons of fire and ice – Karen Maitland (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

19 thoughts on “Abandoned Ship! – hot head (Simon Ings) – a 19 in 2019 book!

    1. I really love it now that I thought about it. I mean of course I prefer the library but will continue to use it in the future for books that it doesn’t have. I like supporting authors and don’t mind paying for books that I know I will love.
      x The Captain

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    1. I know the concepts sound wonderful and I don’t think the writing is bad. I just can’t. So I am going to stop trying his work. I abandoned another one before as well. Sorry to hear ye be in the same boat. And yet it gratifies me a bit too 🙂
      x The Captain

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    1. Aye, got the idea from a crew member who reviews samples every Saturday. Ye may follow her: Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest. I try not to read too many samples because I will end up buying them. But it worked out here!
      x The Captain


      1. Ah, that makes sense! I only follow Kate’s #6degrees posts at this point, but I’ve been amused enough by them that I might start following all of her blog soon. Samples are a great idea, but I fear I would end up buying all of them, too.

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      2. I tend to skip the 6 degree ones! She and I don’t read tons of the same stuff but I love the sample posts. I likely knowing why she picks what she does. Or doesn’t for that matter.
        x The Captains


  1. Doesn’t sound like one I’d pick up only because it’s not a favorite genre. I suppose it’s never a good sign that it’s being discarded at the library; although I have found some gems from time to time at sales! Sorry this didn’t work out for you. 😉

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