Tag Archives: Narrative mode

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 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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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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An Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks

Having heard about one of his favorite authors’ imminent demise, Tom reviews all of Iain M. Banks works in his Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks. For a full detail go to Continue reading

Posted in Alien Object, Anthology/Collection, Chronicle, Classic Sci Fi, Conspiracy, Conspiracy Novel, Cultural Contact, Cycle, Espionage, Far Future, Identity, Military Science Fiction, Mystery, New Space Opera, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Planetary Romance, Political Drama, Post Modern, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Space Exploration, Space Opera, Spy Thriller, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Thoughtful Espionage Tale, Thriller, Ultratech, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Art of a Book Cover Part 2 – The Winner for Strings on a Shadow Puppet

The Art of a Book Cover – The cover for “Strings on a Shadow Puppet is revealed! Continue reading

Posted in Chronicle, Conspiracy, Conspiracy Novel, Cultural Contact, Cyberpunk, Cycle, Espionage, Far Future, 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, Space Opera, Spy Thriller, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Thoughtful Espionage Tale, Thriller, Titles, Ultratech, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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Look To Windward, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 2000)

Look to Windward is an interesting addition to Iain M. Banks’ Culture series. While it is a stand-alone novel, I doubt one would fully appreciate it unless you have already read a number of his other Culture novels, at very least Consider Phlebas. If you are a fan of Banks’ or the Culture, then this is a must read in the series, but if you’ve never read any of his Science Fiction books, do NOT start with this one. For full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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