Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi (TOR, 2006)

Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi is the sequel to his tremendously successful Old Man’s War, in which the author both succeeds and fails to live up to his potential. This novel focuses on the Colonial special forces, and manages to both deliver on some of his nefarious hints and fall a bit flat in his use of large info dumps. Even so, I enjoyed the tale for what it was and think that it will appeal to Military Science Fiction fans. For a full review, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press, 2008{Scholastic Audio, Narrator: Carolyn McCormick)

Tom finally gets around to reviewing The Hunger Games and is surprised by how good it really is. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Strings on a Shadow Puppet, T. L. Evans (SKP/TLE, 2013)

Strings on a Shadow Puppet is the exciting debut novel from T. L. Evans that combines the thrills of military science fiction with the thoughtful intrigue of espionage and mystery. With sympathetic characters, dark conspiracies, and enough fast paced combat to keep any action junkie on the edge of their seat, Strings on a Shadow Puppet will keep you turning the pages until the last plot twist is revealed. For more information go to http://www.sophyanempire.com, or http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com and/or Direct link to articles. Continue reading

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Dune, Frank Herbert (Gollancz, 1966; [NEL, 1978] {MacMillan Audio, 2007 Narrator: Simon Vance and full cast})

With one week to go before publishing my book, I decided to review one of the most influential bits of Science Fiction that I have had the pleasure to read.
Dune by Frank Herbert is one of the most important science fiction books of the 20th Century. Frequently referred to as Science Fiction’s answer to Tolkien, the book (and subsequent series) has remarkable world building, but if you ask me, it is the story structure that really sets this book apart. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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