Tag Archives: Sci-fi

Book Review: Jack Vance’s Space Opera

Sometimes, I get Jack Vance and Gene Wolfe mixed up. Which I imagine will draw cries of indignation from just a few of you, while the rest go ‘huh?’ Though to be fair, they both have a similar, almost dreamy kind of style (though now that I think of it Wolfe is a little more …

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Book Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

I’ve been in something of a rut lately, not reading as much as I probably should. I’ve just been busy– though it’s also easy to blame Ready Player One for putting me off the written word in general. But here’s to hoping this is just a temporary slowdown! Or if nothing else maybe I just …

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Book Review: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Whenever I read something outside my wheelhouse, like a romance novel, or a YA novel, or a YA romance or whatever, I try to step back and remember that some books (or heck, some whole genres) are Not For Me. As a result, it can be a fine line to walk between “this book sucks …

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Book Review: S.L. Viehl’s Beyond Varallan

Sometimes, you want to like a book, but it just doesn’t work out. Case in point: S.L. Viehl’s Beyond Varallan. As with a lot of the stuff I read, I stumbled across a bunch of Viehl’s books in a (sadly closing) used bookstore fairly recently, and they caught my interest. I mean, hey, if Viehl …

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Book Review: Steve Perry’s Shadows of the Empire

I’m probably showing my age here, but I remember a time when every Wal-Mart didn’t have a whole “Star Wars” aisle. It was a simpler, nobler era, when you only had three Star Wars movies to keep track of (for better or worse). And so, if you wanted to see more adventures of Luke Skywalker …

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Book Review: The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson is another of those classic sci-fi writers who I’ve read before, but not recently– so here we are! The High Crusade was in the big pile o’ books my brother in law foisted on me a few months ago, and so here we are! Published in 1960 (first serialized in Astounding magazine, and …

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Book Review: Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword

I’ve written on this blog long enough to run out of elegant ways to segue from “hey I read a shitty book” to “hey I read a good book.” So I’ll just forgo any attempt at cleverness, and say “Oh hey I just read Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword” and get on with the damn review. …

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Book Review: Deathlands, Chrono Spasm by James Axler

For 2018, I made it my New Year’s resolution to read at least 52 books. This … may not have been a good idea. Mostly ’cause, like any New Year’s Resolution, I’m kind of fading on it only a few weeks in. Oops. Though really, it’s not the reading itself, so much as finding, y’know, …

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Keep Calm and Fire Lasers: David Weber’s The Honor of the Queen

And we’re back to our regularly scheduled book reviews, as I catch up with stuff I put off while I was watching Christmas cartoons. Yay? The Honor of the Queen is the second Honor Harrington novel– I’ve read and reviewed the first and the third, so I figured I’d fill in that gap. I snagged …

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Book Review: A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge.

So! October’s over, and now I can read something besides cheesy horror paperbacks. Stuff like science fiction paperbacks! But good ones! At least, in this particular case. See, a lot of the fun of this blog is digging up obscure and insane sci-fi & fantasy novels that have otherwise been forgotten by history. On the …

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