Category Archives: Saga

Germline – The Subterrene War: Book 1, T.C. McCarthy (Orbit, 2011)

Germline is the lackluster, near future Military Science Fiction novel by T.C. McCarthy that serves as the first in the Subterrene War series. Written from the POV of a war correspondent, it has an interesting premise, but sparse descriptions and an unsympathetic narrator failed to really pull me in. For a full description go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com or short link to: http://wp.me/pWa2h-E3 Continue reading

Posted in Chronicle, Coming of Age tale, Dystopian, Hard SciFi, Identity, Military Science Fiction, Near Future fic, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Post Colonial, Post Modern, Present Day Sci Fi, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Thoughtful, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It, Stephen King (Signet, 1987)

Happy Halloween! To commemorate one of my favorite holidays, I decided to review It by Stephen King! For the review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com. Continue reading

Posted in Coming of Age tale, Horror, Identity, paranormal or otherwise unexplained (possibly alien or magic) object, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Supernatural, Thoughtful, Thriller, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Chronicle, Conspiracy Novel, Cycle, Dystopian, Hard SciFi, Identity, Near Future fic, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Post-Apocolyptic, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Thriller, Trilogy, Uncategorized, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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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

Posted in audio book, Chronicle, Cultural Contact, Far Future, First Contact, Identity, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Planetary Romance, Post Colonial, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Space Exploration, Space Opera, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in audio book, Chronicle, Cycle, Espionage, Far Future, Identity, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Space Opera, Spy Thriller, Uncategorized, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments