Tag Archives: Science Fiction

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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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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Book Review: Merlin’s Mirror by Andre Norton

So, uh, how about that weather? Confession time– I actually moved out of Houston a little while back. I just kept the blog going because I like to write about books and it seemed like too much of a hassle to start up a new blog. So I lucked out– luckier still was the fact …

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