Monthly Archives: December 2011

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2003)

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days is a collection of two novellas by Alastair Reynolds set in his Revalation Space universe. Each story stands alone, though both are subtly linked to create an enjoyable book and a good addition to the series. Continue reading

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Inversions, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 1998)

Though I don’t feel that Inversions Iain M. Banks’ best work, it is a very good book that can be read as a variety of different subgenres. The actual word-smithing of this novel is amongst the best he has composed, and if you like Speculative Fiction, I think you will enjoy this book. Continue reading

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The King of the Vagabonds, Neal Stephenson (HarpurCollins, 2003 {Brilliance Audio, 2010; Narrator: Simon Prebble (with Forward by Neal Stephenson)})

The King of the Vagabonds by Neal Stephenson, is a fun if improbable alternative historic romp across 17th century Europe. It is the highly enjoyable second installment in the Baroque Cycle, and though it does not pick up at the end of the cliff-hanger end of the first book it is a fun and brilliant read in its own right. Continue reading

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Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos 1), Dan Simmons (Bantam Books, 1989)

Dan Simmon’s Masterpiece, Hyperion is the first volume of a series and consists of interrelated short stories told in a Canterbury Tales fashion and inspired by Keats, Longfellow and a variety classical authors. It ends abruptly, serving as little more than the setup for the next volume, but is well written, thoughtful and very enjoyable. (for a more in depth review go to: http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com). Continue reading

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Double Blind: Battletech No. 31, Loren L. Coleman (Roc, 1997 {Defiance Audio(Listen & Live), 2002 Narrator: Christopher Grabill)

Double Blind: Battletech 31 by Loren L. Coleman is a mediocre MilFic book that serves as a tie-in to the Battletech game system. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com. Continue reading

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