Tag Archives: Literature

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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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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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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The Archaeologists’ Guide to Reading the Culture: A Farewell to Iain M. BanksAn Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks

Tom mourns the passing of Iain M. Banks by listing the order he suggests reading his books… Continue reading

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 [translated by Reg Keeland]{Audible Audio Edition, Narrator: Simon Vance})

Technically, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a Cold Case, Locked Door Mystery that takes place in remote Sweden, but really it’s about the personal and societal mistreatment of women. As such, a pedestrian mystery becomes a very good book to read or listen to. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2), Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press, 2009{Scholastic Audio, Narrator: Carolyn McCormick})

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the exciting sequel to her blockbuster novel, The Hunger Games. While it is a solid, even enjoyable read that builds upon the first book in the series, it suffers from ‘Middle-Book-In-A-Trilogy’ syndrome, and as such will only really appeal to those who have already read and enjoyed the first book. Continue reading

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