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Smiley’s People, John LeCarré (Penguin Books, 1979 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston)

Smiley’s People is the last installment in the Karla Trilogy, and the penultimate volume (to date and likely ever) about or involving John LeCarré’s master spy: George Smiley. This book pits him at last, toe to toe with his arch-nemesis, Karla. For more go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clark (Del Rey Books, 1953){Brilliance Audio/Audible Inc, 2008; Narrator: Eric Michael Summerer, with Introduction by Robert J. Sawyer}

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark is an absolute classic. It was first published in 1953, but remains relatively un-dated in its presentation. Only the very beginning of the book is technologically dated, though its presentation of gender relations remains very 1950’s-ish (something Clark mostly overcame in later years). If one can ignore these aspects, it remains a remarkable book that sidesteps cliché’s in the genre before they had even become clichés. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Science Fiction or wishes to see its development through time. Continue reading

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Welcome Chaos, Kate Wilhelm (Houghton Mifflin, 1983){Audio Version: Blackstone Audio, 2007; Narrator: Johanna Ward}

The recent(ish) audio release of Welcome Chaos by Kate Wilhelm suffers slightly from the now dated plot concept, but remains a classic read due to the author’s tremendous skill as a writer. Continue reading

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