Tag Archives: Hard Science Fiction

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

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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

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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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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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Blue Remembered Earth: Poseidon’s Children Book 1, Alistair Reynolds (Penguin Group/Gollancz 2012)

Blue Remembered Earth: Poseidon’s Children Book 1 is the newest novel by Alistair Reynolds. It’s exciting, intriguing, imaginative and as with most of Reynolds’ works, scientifically plausible. Though part of a series, it stands alone on it’s own. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Science Fiction. 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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