Category Archives: Anthology/Collection

The Archaeologists’ Guide to Reading the Culture: A Farewell to Iain M. BanksAn Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks

Tom mourns the passing of Iain M. Banks by listing the order he suggests reading his books… Continue reading

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Happy 3rd Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today I celebrate the third Anniversary of this blog![1]  This year saw a continued increase in readership, and as with last year, I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of the most popular posts. First, however, I thought it only … Continue reading

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Empire of the East, Fred Saberhagen (Ace, 1979 { Blackstone Audio, Inc, Narrator: Raymond Todd)

Empire of the East by Fred Saberhagen is the omnibus collection of this classic science fantasy novel. It is a rip-roaring speculative adventure whose best parts are hard to describe without giving spoilers. A great fun read for fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Continue reading

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Odalisque: The Baroque Cycle #3, Neal Stephenson (HarperTorch, 2004 {Brilliance Audio, Narrators: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, with forward by Neal Stephenson})

Odalisque is a solid, enjoyable addition to Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, but as third in the series, requires the reader to already be invested in the tale. Additionally, while I liked it in some senses, the tale is getting a bit long in the tooth by this stage. Continue reading

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An Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks

Having heard about one of his favorite authors’ imminent demise, Tom reviews all of Iain M. Banks works in his Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks. For a full detail go to Continue reading

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Galactic North, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2006)

Galactic North is a collection of short fiction by Alastair Reynolds that chronicles the history of his Revelation Space Universe. It is a fun anthology, and a must read by anyone who likes the dark future portrayed in his series. Continue reading

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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2003)

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days is a collection of two novellas by Alastair Reynolds set in his Revalation Space universe. Each story stands alone, though both are subtly linked to create an enjoyable book and a good addition to the series. Continue reading

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