Monthly Archives: November 2012

Call for the Dead, John LeCarré (Signet, 1962 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston})

Call for the Dead was John LeCarré’s first novel, and not only did it introduce us to the best espionage author to date, but it also introduced us to George Smiley. A brilliant short novel (128pp), it is a wonderful read for anyone who likes mysteries and/or spies, and well worth a read even if you don’t. Continue reading

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Andromeda’s Fall: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned, William C. Dietz (ACE, 2012)

Andromeda’s Fall is the action packed prequel to the Legion of the Damned series by William C. Dietz. Due out on December 4th (2012), it is a rip-roaring adventure tale that introduces one of the best female characters I have seen in Military Science Fiction. For a more in depth view go to: http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Downward to the Earth, Robert Silverberg (Signet Books, 1971 {Blackstone Audio, 2011 Narrator: Bronson Pinchot})

Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg may have been innovative in 1971, but comes across as cliché forty years later. It is a self-described homage to Heart of Darkness, yet contains little that is new and its only twist is not only blatantly obvious from get go and undermines the value of Conrad’s tale. For more go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Ringworld Engineers, Larry Niven (Del Rey, 1980)

(Science Fiction, Classic Science Fiction, Exploration Science Fiction) Grade: Δˡ — (Delta Prime) A good read, but only if you like the genre (or subgenre). In brief: Ringworld Engineers is Larry Niven‘s follow up novel to his award winning concept … Continue reading

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Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein, (Ace 1987, original published in serial form in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1959 {Blackstone Audio, 2006, Narrator: Lloyd James)

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein is the classic of the Military Science Fiction genre. Great descriptions of technology and action filled combat dominate the book, though this is admittedly slowed down by a series of political thought experiment info-dumps. Even so, it is a great action tale and a fun read. For a more in depth description go to: http://www.sophyanempire.com Continue reading

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