Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, John LeCarré (Alfred A. Knopf, 1974)

The best, most realistic espionage novel ever written, bar none. Far from the action thrillers spy story, this is a tense and gripping mystery. For those of you who have never heard of it, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy follows the search for a mole inside of British Intelligence. (for more, go to https://sophyanempire.wordpress.com/) Continue reading

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The Short Victorious War, David Weber (Baen, 1994)

The Short Victorious War is the third volume in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. While it is not the best of the series, it is an absolute must read for anyone who enjoys the Honorverse and the Honorverse is a must read for anyone who wants to see a strong female characters and/or Space Combat and Interstellar Naval stories. Continue reading

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Wired, Robin Wasserman (Simon Pulse, 2010) (a.k.a. Torn)

Wired is the last installment of the Skinned Trilogy by Robin Wasserman, and serves as a solid conclusion to the saga of Lia Kahn. As with the other volumes in this series, Wired did not shy away from hard scenes or uneasy topics. It remained a good read throughout. However, while I did enjoy this volume, and it does bring to a close all the varying threads of the series, it did not quite live up to its potential for me. Even so, it is a good book and well worth the read if you enjoyed the other two books in the series. Continue reading

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Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clark (Del Rey Books, 1953){Brilliance Audio/Audible Inc, 2008; Narrator: Eric Michael Summerer, with Introduction by Robert J. Sawyer}

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark is an absolute classic. It was first published in 1953, but remains relatively un-dated in its presentation. Only the very beginning of the book is technologically dated, though its presentation of gender relations remains very 1950’s-ish (something Clark mostly overcame in later years). If one can ignore these aspects, it remains a remarkable book that sidesteps cliché’s in the genre before they had even become clichés. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Science Fiction or wishes to see its development through time. Continue reading

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