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Dauntless, The Lost Fleet Book 1, Jack Campbell (aka John G. Hemry) (Ace Publishers, 2006)

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless is the first of six volumes in Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series. It is a straight Space Naval Military Science Fiction book that will appeal to those interested in space combat and issues of command, control and communications, but uses many archetypes and has background plot holes that strained my disbelief. For more information, please go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Perfect Spy, John LeCarré (Penguin Books, 1986 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston)

The Perfect Spy by John LeCarré is an extremely well crafted novel that tells the tale of a British Intelligence Officer who mysteriously goes AWOL after his father’s death. Told part in part as a third person narrative and part as a first person “memoire,” it starts slow but eventually hooks the reader into its brilliant writing. Having said that, it is perhaps my least favorite of LeCarré’s Cold War period, and would recommend putting this towards the end of my LeCarré Reading List. For a full review (explaining this commentary, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com). 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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A Dance with Dragons: Page 419 and no end in sight

This is an atypical post for me, because it is not truly a review of the book. At page 419 — a veritable number of pages that would have seen me to the end of most books, I am now actually only just over 1/3rd of the way through this novel. It would be totally unfair to review a book that is not completed, however, I found myself in desperate need to express an opinion: GET ON WITH IT!!!!

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