Monthly Archives: December 2012

Strings on a Shadow Puppet: The Art of a Book Cover

I have long said that, initially, the cover art for a novel is more important to a novel’s success than the writing itself.[1]  We may all say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but if we are honest, we … Continue reading

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A Total review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: including the book, the audiobook, the audio drama, the animated TV program and the new movies

In celebration of the release of the new Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson, and after having been asked to review the BBC audio drama of it by AudioGO, I thought it was a good time to do another 360° review (the last one being the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). To see it, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Strings on a Shadow Puppet Release to be Delayed

Due to the tragic events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School this past Friday, I have decided to delay the release of Strings on a Shadow Puppet, for at least one month.  I have been toiling away from sometime to … Continue reading

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Old Man’s War, John Scalzi (TOR, 2005)

Old Man’s War is John Scalzi’s fun, compelling far future war novel that pits an army of seventy-five year old men and women against the deadly threats from the rest of the galaxy. It is exciting war story that, despite frequently being predictable, is likely to appeal even to those who don’t generally like Military Science Fiction (my wife liked it). For a more in depth review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Forever War, Joe Haldeman (St. Martin’s Press, 1974)

The Forever War is the classic future soldier’s story by Joe Haldeman and serves as one of the two pillars upon which Military Science Fiction stands. Inspired by Haldeman’s experiences in the Vietnam War, it not only tells the harrowing tale of men and women at war, it also tells one of the best tales of the difficulty of returning from war that can be found regardless of genre. This is truly a marvelous book that should really be read by anyone. For more go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com
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