Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Game of Thrones: Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin (Voyager {HarpurCollins, 1996 {Random House Audio, 2011, Narrator: Roy Dotrice)

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin is an epic high fantasy novel that changed the face of its genre. The first truly post-modern of its kind, it is a compelling read with strong characters. It and its many sequels are, however, cliff-hangers and so may well not appeal to those who actively dislike fantasy. For more go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, John LeCarré (Victor Golloncz, 1963 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is the dark, gritty and tremendously realistic spy novel that launched John LeCarré’s career. Said by some to be the best espionage novel ever written, it’s certainly one of my top two. For my full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com. Continue reading

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Strings on a Shadow Puppet: a description of the HMS Hunter

This week’s continuing recovery has led me to post the ship description and deck layout of the HMS Hunter, as depicted in Strings on a Shadow Puppet. Continue reading

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Field of Dishonor, David Weber (Baen, 2002 {Brilliance Audio, Narrator: Allysson Johnson})

Field of Dishonor is David Weber’s fourth volume in his Honor Harrington series, and while it has no space battles in it, it builds the politics of Manticore and Honor’s personal life, which are obviously intertwined. Thus, while this is a must read to anyone who enjoys the series, it is most likely a do not bother if one is luke warm towards it. Continue reading

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