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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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Old Man’s War, John Scalzi (TOR, 2005)

Old Man’s War is John Scalzi’s fun, compelling far future war novel that pits an army of seventy-five year old men and women against the deadly threats from the rest of the galaxy. It is exciting war story that, despite frequently being predictable, is likely to appeal even to those who don’t generally like Military Science Fiction (my wife liked it). For a more in depth review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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School of Fire: StarFist Book II, David Sherman and Daniel Cragg (Del Rey, 1998)

School of Fire: StarFist Book II is Sherman and Cragg’s second StarFist book, in which, the best and bravest are sent on a Cadre mission to train the police force of a member world. It’s perfectly fine mind candy for MilFic fans, but for others it may not appeal. For more details go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Communion of Dreams, James T. Downey (Artifact Imprints, 2012)

Communion of Dreams is the debut novel by James T. Downey. It is a First Contact/Alien Artifact story with a solid plot, and some good character arcs. While the pace is a bit slow, it has one of the very few endings in a book of this nature that I actually enjoyed! For more information see: http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Shadow of the Hegemon: Shadow Book 2, Orson Scott Card (TOR Book, 2001)

Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card is the readable but not great sequel to Ender’s Shadow, which by itself is as sequel of sorts to Ender’s Game. It answers the question of what happens on Earth after Ender’s Game, but fails to capture the greatness of that novel. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com. Continue reading

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A Million Suns, Beth Revis (Razorbill, 2012 {Penguin Audio, Narrators: Tara Carrozza and Lucas Salvagno})

A Million Suns is the second in the Across the Universe series (serial) by Beth Revis. It is an enjoyable, well thought out book for anyone and will appeal to anyone who likes Science Fiction, though those who like Romance will like it more. It can be read without having opened the first in the series, but will spoil that one if you want to pick it up.

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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A Heinlien (Tom Doherty Associates, 1966 {Blackstone Audio, Inc., Narrator: Lloyd James, 2002})

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlien is a classic tale of revolution on the moon, that draws heavily from historic events in both the American and Russian revolutions. Filled with classic Heinlienisms, it is a compelling tale of rebellion that focuses more on the political maneuverings than it does on but remains a Ripping Yarn with compelling human interests. Continue reading

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