Monthly Archives: June 2011

Chasm City, Alistair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2001)

Chasm City is Alistair Reynold’s second book, and though set in his Revelation Space universe, it is a stand alone novel in its own right. It follows the story of a man hell bent on revenge and his journey through a post nano-apcolyptic technogoth world. It is marvelously dark story that in many ways epitomizes the best elements of New Space Opera (particularly Space Opera Noir), and could serve as a great sampler for those curious about the Revelation Space Universe. For more on this story, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Ghost King: Transitions Book Three, R. A. Salvatore (Wizard’s of the Coast, 2009) {Random House Audio, 2009; Narrator: Mark Bramhall}

The final installment of the Transitions trilogy The Ghost King is a High Fantasy novel by R.A. Salvatore that ties into the most recent incarnation of the Dungeons and Dragons franchise. It ties together and closes the author’s many Forgotten Realms storylines, including those of the popular drow elf ranger: Drizzt Do’Urden, while setting up new possibilities for adventure (both literary and gaming). A solid read for High Fantasy fans and a must read for fans of the Forgotten Realms… see more at: http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Pirate King: Transitions Book Two, R. A. Salvatore (Wizard’s of the Coast, 2008) {Random House Audio, 2009; Narrator: Mark Bramhall}

An epic, High Fantasy novel, The Pirate King by R.A. Salvatore is the second installment in the Transitions Trilogy. It continues the story of Drizzt Do’Urden, the drow elf ranger whose saga is told in some twenty preceding stories, as well as tying in characters from other tales – most notably Captain Deudermont and his crew of Pirate Fighters. It is an excellent addition to the Forgotten Realms Chronicles, but suffers from some of the clichés common to this genre. Additionally, while it was about Pirates it had very few elements of naval combat or high seas adventure in it. On the positive side, it did a remarkable job of mixing complex political intrigue with high action combat. It also brought to a close some of the key storylines of Salvatore’s earlier works. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Why do we need female aliens in fiction? (via Smart Girls love SciFi)

My recent guest spot at the always interesting Smark Girls Like Science Fiction and Paranormal Romance site. Even if you are not a fan of Romance, I’d still subscribe to this site. It has some of the most interesting discussions … Continue reading

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Guest Post: 3 Archtypes for female aliens. (via Smart Girls love SciFi)

Yesterday, we looked at the role of female aliens in fiction. Today, more on the types of female aliens with guest blogger, Thomas Evans of the The Archaeologist's Guide to the Galaxy. A quick glance through films and literature show … Continue reading

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Guest Post: A Surprising Pick for Best Female Alien (via Smart Girls love SciFi)

My guest blog at the always interesting Smart Girls. For the last few days we've been discussing female aliens with guest blogger, Thomas Evans of the The Archaeologist's Guide to the Galaxy. So put this all together and what do you … Continue reading

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Seriation: Helping to Create a Meaningful Lexicon

As part of the anniversary of the blog, this week I’m creating a meaningful Lexicon for Book Series… go to http://www.sopnyanempire.worpress.com to see what I’m on about.

Next week, more reviews, I promise. Continue reading

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