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Half a Book Review: Eric Flint’s Worlds

Eric Flint is an author I’ve enjoyed in the past, but haven’t read in a long time. Back when I was in high school, I absolutely devoured his collaborations with Dave Freer– Rats, Bats, and Vats being a wonderfully mayhem-filled sci-fi adventure, and The Philosophical Strangler was an even crazier fantasy. And so, when I …

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I Can’t Believe it’s not Baen: Rick Shelley’s Lieutenant Colonel

Hey look, it’s time to dip back into THE BOX! Because there’s nothing like getting a book at random for basically 34 cents. Today’s offering? Rick Shelley’s Lieutenant Colonel. If you didn’t figure it out from the title, or the cover, Lieutenant Colonel is Military Sci-Fi (Mil-SF for short), a genre devoted to chronicling how …

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Book Review: Sandy Mitchell’s The Emperor’s Finest

Oh-kay! Back into the swing of things. Apart from my occasional musings on the Hugos, I try to keep this blog mostly apolitical, so I’m not gonna delve into the obligatory “what the fuck, America?” kind of post. Instead, I shall press on and review another book. A book about a self-admitted fraud with an …

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Book Review: Peacekeeper by Laura E. Reeve

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That’s what countless educational specials told you when you were a kid. There’s a lesson there about how it’s not what’s outside a person, but inside that’s important. Maybe the special episode squeezed in some other life-lessons as well. But, now that you’re a grown-ass adult (or at …

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Transformers vs. GI Joe is the best comic book ever.

Oh hey, it’s been a week, hasn’t it! Unfortunately, this whole ‘being an adult’ thing has kept me busy this last week or so– though I’ve almost finished a Mil Sci-Fi book of … dubious quality, which should make for a fun review. Also, I’ve got the script written for another YouTube episode of AnArmchairAcademic, …

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Book Review: Stephen Leigh’s The Secret of the Lona

Awhile back, I read and reviewed a Dr. Bones novel based on the cheesy cover, and the fact that it was only a dollar. Fast forward to the present day, where I found another Dr. Bones book, with an equally cheesy cover. Score! Only this time it was a buck seventy five … but there …

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Book Review: Tanya Huff’s The Truth of Valor

And it’s back to science fiction here on Dial H. For Houston! Because this blog might have started to qualify as educational or something if I kept up with all the non-fiction. Which, well, I’ve got at least two or three more non-fiction books in my to-read pile, but sometimes you just want to mix …

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Another go-round with Commissar Cain: Sandy Mitchell’s The Last Ditch.

Science fiction is a wonderful genre. At its best, it’s forward thinking and imaginative, asking the sort of “what if” questions to comment and criticize our own culture, or even to lay out ideas for new ideas and technologies that become reality some years later. Other times, sci-fi is a delivery vehicle for flashy action …

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Book Review: The City Who Fought by Anne McCaffrey and S.M. Stirling

What do you call someone else’s nostalgia? As, to be honest, I never read much McCaffrey when I was a kid. Like, maybe one or two of the Pern books, but they just didn’t hook me as they did to a lot of other folks. Still, a friend of mine from college mentioned liking The …

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Rule Space-Brittania! David Weber’s The Short Victorious War

The nice thing about a book series is that you generally know what to expect with each installment. Dresden Files novels will have snark and monsters, Game of Thrones novels will do something horrible to your favorite character, and a Wheel of Time book will…well, I don’t know what a Wheel of Time book will …

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