Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Draco Tavern, Larry Niven (Tor, 2006 {Blackstone Audio, Narrator: Tom Weiner})

The Draco Tavern, by Larry Niven, is a themed anthology of short stories and vignettes set in or about an inn on the edge of an alien space port built in remote Siberia. The linked but stand alone nature of the stories makes this a great vacation read for Science Fiction Fans. (For more go to: http://www.sophyanempire.com) Continue reading

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Absolution Gap, Alastair Reynolds (Orion Publishing, 2003)

Absolution Gap, by Alastair Reynolds, is the final installment in the Inhibitor Trilogy set in his Revelation Space universe. While I enjoyed reading this book, I didn’t enjoy finishing it; it did not quite give me the sense of closure that I had hoped for. Even so, it remains a very good read. (for a more in depth review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com) Continue reading

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Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (Harcourt Brace, 1966)

Flowers for Algernon is a book that is so good, that even Mr. Silverstien’s tenth grade English Class couldn’t stop me from enjoying it. The story of a mentally challenged (or whatever the PC term for that is now) man who undergoes an unspecified procedure to increase his intelligence, it is a must read for anyone, regardless of the genre they enjoy. (for full reveiw go to https://sophyanempire.wordpress.com/) Continue reading

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Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book 1, Lian Hearn (Riverhead Books. 2002) {HighBridge Audio, Narrators: Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone}

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn is an excellent fantasy novel set in a mildly magic version of Feudal Japan. Though it is book one of a series, the story more or less stands alone. What is more, you don’t need to be a big fan of Samurai stories to enjoy this tale. For more info go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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