Tag Archives: reviews

It, Stephen King (Signet, 1987)

Happy Halloween! To commemorate one of my favorite holidays, I decided to review It by Stephen King! For the review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com. Continue reading

Posted in Coming of Age tale, Horror, Identity, paranormal or otherwise unexplained (possibly alien or magic) object, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Supernatural, Thoughtful, Thriller, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Chronicle, Conspiracy Novel, Cycle, Dystopian, Hard SciFi, Identity, Near Future fic, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Post-Apocolyptic, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Thriller, Trilogy, Uncategorized, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (TOR, 1986 {Macmillan Audio, Narrators: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki, and Cast})

With the impending release of Ender’s Game, I decided to review Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card’s sequel-of-sorts to his most famous tale… for a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

Posted in audio book, Chronicle, Cultural Contact, Far Future, First Contact, Identity, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Planetary Romance, Post Colonial, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Space Exploration, Space Opera, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen, 2013)

Fire with Fire is the first in what promises to be an exciting new series by Charles E. Gannon. A cross genre book that combines elements of Spy Thriller and Space Opera, the book comes down more on the Sci-Fi side of things, but makes for a good adventure story. Continue reading

Posted in Conspiracy Novel, Espionage, First Contact, Military Science Fiction, Near Future fic, Political Drama, Ripping Yarn, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Space Exploration, Space Opera, Spy Thriller, Thriller, Uncategorized, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Dystopian, Political Drama, Post-Apocolyptic, Ripping Yarn, Romance, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Titles, Trilogy, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, John LeCarré (Victor Golloncz, 1963 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is the dark, gritty and tremendously realistic spy novel that launched John LeCarré’s career. Said by some to be the best espionage novel ever written, it’s certainly one of my top two. For my full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com. Continue reading

Posted in Chronicle, Cycle, Espionage, Identity, Mystery, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Thoughtful Espionage Tale, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Feersum Endjinn, Iain M. Banks (Orbit)

Feersome Endjinn is a wholly enjoyable book, but may not be for everyone. It is a wonderfully imagined and brilliantly written book is occasionally difficult to read. This is not only due to the complex multi-perspective post-post-modern form that the book takes, but also because part of the book is written in a quasi-phonetic form that approximates a working class British accent (e.g. the title of the book might have been spelled Fearsome Engine). As one reads on, however, what began as a headache becomes one of the best elements of the book. I highly recommend Feersum Endjinn to anyone who is looking for a intellectual teaser wrapped inside a good solid adventure. Continue reading

Posted in New Space Opera, Post Modern, Ripping Yarn, Science Fiction, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Ultratech, Unique or Imaginative World | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments