Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Murder of Quality, John LeCarré (Penguin Books, 1962 {Penguin Audio: Narrator: Michael Jayston)

A Murder of Quality, John LeCarré’s second book, serves as a more-or-less pedestrian murder mystery albeit with George Smiley. There is no spying, but rather a bit of amateur sleuthing. If you like mysteries, this is a fine read, but if not, give this book a pass. For a full review, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Problem with Military Science Fiction Part 2: or why archaeologists get so bent up about taxonomy…

The Problem with Military Science Fiction Part 2: or why archaeologists get so bent up about taxonomy…
Tom blabs on about more reasons that MilFic gets such a bad rep…
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The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 2012)

The Hydrogen Sonata is not Iain M. Banks’ best book, but is a good read for any fan of his Culture series. I suspect, however, that it won’t appeal to people who are not at least somewhat familiar with the Culture and will have no appeal to individuals who don’t like Science Fiction. Continue reading

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The Art of a Book Cover Part 2 – The Winner for Strings on a Shadow Puppet

The Art of a Book Cover – The cover for “Strings on a Shadow Puppet is revealed! Continue reading

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Steel Gauntlet: StarFist Book III, David Sherman and Dan Cragg (DelRey, 1999)

It’s the 25th Century, but the Marines are still looking for a few good men, and Steel Gauntlet: StarFist Book III has them in spades. This is Sherman and Cragg‘s third outing into the StarFist Universe, and this time the focus is on the relative merits of infantry versus armored warfare. It is a fun read MilFic fans, with a particular appeal for tech heads, but is unlikely to appeal to those who don’t like Military Science Fiction. Continue reading

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