Category Archives: Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes

Graveyard: The Mutant Files (vol. 3), William C. Dietz (Publisher: Ace Books)

(Science Fiction, Crime Thriller, Gritty Noir, Series, Chronicle) Grade: B/Γ +— Highly enjoyable book of mixed genre. Solid story, good characters, if you like these genres, read this book. If you like one of them, but not the other, I … Continue reading

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Strings on a Shadow Puppet, reviews, interviews and trailer views

A review, two interviews and a book trailer for Strings on a Shadow Puppet, the exciting spy-space opera by T. L. Evans Continue reading

Posted in Chronicle, Conspiracy Novel, Cyberpunk, Cycle, Dystopian, Espionage, Far Future, gender, Hard SciFi, Identity, Military Science Fiction, Mystery, New Space Opera, Opinion Piece, Original Fiction, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Political Drama, Post Colonial, Post Modern, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Space Opera, Spy Thriller, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Thoughtful Espionage Tale, Thriller, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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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A Reason to Live: Marty Singer Mystery #1, Matt Iden (Iden, 2012 {Audible Iden/Sherr, Narrator: Lloyd Sherr})

A Reason to Live: Marty Singer Mystery #1 by Matt Iden: When a young woman and an old case show up in Marty Singer’s life, the retired DC detective is drawn into an excellent gritty noir mystery. For 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

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