Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Book Review: Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy

It’s been awhile since I’ve read something with a spaceship on the cover, and it’s been even longer since I’ve completed a Big Trilogy, which is what brings us to Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy. I really enjoyed the first one, Ancillary Justice, as its own stand-alone novel, but the second, Ancillary Sword, wasn’t as tightly …

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Book Review: Black Star Renegades, by Michael Moresci

Awhile back, I vaguely remember reading “Space Opera is in again!” … somewhere. Which, well, it’s probably not going to be “out” so long as Disney keeps on cranking out Star Wars movies, but sometimes it’s still nice to read a book with a spaceship on the cover. Michael Moreci’s Black Star Renegades was one …

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Book Review: Fearless, by Jack Campbell

Fearless is the second book of Jack Campbell’s “Lost Fleet” series– I read the first one, Dauntless some years ago, back before I had this blog going. It was okay enough, even if it didn’t leave a huge impression on me. And so, when I stumbled across a bunch of Campbell books at a used …

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Book Review: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

It’s been too long since I’ve read a book with a spaceship on the cover. It’s also been too long since I’ve read something by John Scalzi. Let’s fix that! The Collapsing Empire centers on, well, a collapsing empire. See, thousands upon thousands of years in the future, humanity has spread across the galaxy in …

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Book Review: 1632, by Eric Flint

I think I’ve finally gotten my head around this ‘ebook’ thing. Don’t get me wrong– whenever possible, I prefer a legit physical copy of a book. Buuuut, sometimes it’s inconvenient to carry around a fat paperback in your back pocket, especially when it’s become socially acceptable to stare at your phone when you don’t have …

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Book Review: The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaneimi

“You get what you pay for,” as the saying goes … but at the same time I’ve found a free book can sometimes be a lot more interesting than one from the dollar bin. I’ve always had a weakness for super-cheap used paperbacks, but for every lost classic you find, there are at least three …

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Book Review: The Lovers, by Philip Jose Farmer

Philip Jose Farmer is another of those classic sci-fi authors who I’ve read before, but not for a long time. I recall stumbling across the Riverworld series back in high school, but I haven’t gotten too much into his stuff since. That is, until I found one of his books for a dollar at a …

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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: 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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