Category Archives: Identity

Xenocide, Orson Scott Card (TOR, 1991{Macmillan Audio (2006), Narrators: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki})

Xenocide by Orson Scott Card is the disappointing sequel to Speaker for the Dead and third volume of the Ender Wiggins series. While it has some interesting elements, it is mostly long discussions of Card’s personal philosophy and has a plot twist in the middle that forever changes an excellent Science Fiction world into a mediocre Science Fantasy one. For more detail go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Wool Omnibus, Hugh Howey (Broad Reach Publishing, 2012)

The Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey is one of the great examples of self-publishing done right. Starting with single short story (Wool) that was complete in itself, Howey built a dark and gripping series of stand alone short stories that meld beautifully into a great novel. Buy it now, or go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com for a full review! Continue reading

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Shadow Puppets, Orson Scott Card (TOR, 2003 {Macmillan Audio, Narrator: Stephan Rudniki and others})

Shadow Puppets is the disappointing third book in Orson Scott Card’s ‘Shadow’ series, thus part of the Ender’s Game world. Full of long drawn out political and social commentary about the present day world, the plot remains stuck in the last novel. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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A Delicate Truth, John LeCarré (Viking Adult, 2013 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: John LeCarré)

 (John LeCarré, Mystery, Espionage, Thriller) Grade: Γ– (Gamma) A good book within the genre, possibly worth reading regardless of which genre’s you like, but has a setting or style that is likely to be unappealing to individuals who dislike a given … Continue reading

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Sci Fi in Seattle: A Review of the Science Fiction Museum at the EMP, Seattle

An Archaeologist visit the EMP’s Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame section and learns a lesson… Continue reading

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Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (TOR, 1986 {Macmillan Audio, Narrators: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki, and Cast})

With the impending release of Ender’s Game, I decided to review Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card’s sequel-of-sorts to his most famous tale… for a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen, 2010 {Blackstone Audio, Narrator: Grover Gardner)

Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold is a good, fun espionage science fiction piece that almost stands on its own despite being part of a series. For full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com or http://wp.me/pWa2h-BF for a direct link. Continue reading

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