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Book Review: Lightless by C. A. Higgins

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Del Rey (Sept, 2015), Cover by David G. Stevenson   Caitlin A. Higgins’ ‘hard sf’ Lightless (2015) is a solid, first novel that engrosses from the get-go. It balances scientific speculation with developed main characters in a tense, claustrophobic and psychologically thrilling drama. Whilst Higgins covers familiar ground in her exploration of SFnal themes, she does so […]

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Book Review: Unforgettable by Eric James Stone

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Baen (Jan, 2016), Cover by Kurt Miller   Whilst the plot of Eric James Stone’s Unforgettable (2016) might sound like a cliché one is liable to find in any old espionage novel with a gimmicky hook to reel the reader in, it works, and it works wonderfully. The conceit, that a man is completely forgettable […]

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Book Review: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Orbit (May, 2012), Cover by Kirk Benshoff   Science fiction was always a large part of my ‘golden age’ of reading as Michael Dirda once put it, and I find it’s remained a large part of my adult life, too. I love it for its visions of the future. These prognostications are the essence of […]

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Book Review: Edda by Conor Kostick

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Firebird (2011), Cover by Tony Sahara   Reading Edda requires familiarity with both Epic and Saga, and this write-up will contain plot details from the preceding volumes of the Avatar Chronicles trilogy. Reviews for Epic and Saga, however, can be read without fear of spoilers. ————— Conor Kostick started an extremely entertaining trilogy for juveniles with Epic, his opener […]

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Book Review: The Vagrant by Peter Newman

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Harper Voyager U.K. (Apr, 2015), Cover by Jamie Jones   Quests are ubiquitous in all cultures. Joseph Campbell carefully explained the hows and whys of every major story being a quest, a hero’s journey in some form or the other. Peter Newman’s The Vagrant (2015) is another quest narrative and follows the format of Campbell’s monomyth to a […]

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Book Review: The King’s Justice by Stephen R. Donaldson

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G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Oct, 2015), Cover by John Jude Palencar   Like another novel I recently read, The Vagrant, the titular story in Donaldson’s The King’s Justice: Two Novellas (2015) is written in my least favourite perspective, the omniscient present tense. However, unlike the often clipped, adjective-heavy sentences of uniform length frequently found in the former novel, […]

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Book Review: Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

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Arbor House HC (Nov, 1987), Cover by Thomas Canty   When examining society in a particular city through an historian’s eye, the series of incidents that Ellen Kushner’s novel concerns itself with would be considered an insignificant curiosity. Unusually, Swordspoint (1987) tells a rather small and private tale. Nothing in it leads to the unveiling of […]

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Armada by Ernest Cline, a Philippic

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Crown Publishing | July 2015 | Cover by Russell Walks   Knowing full well the futility of eliminating bias in the appraisal of books one reads, I’ve at least attempted to present balanced and reasonable outlines of my thoughts and impressions on my book write-ups for this blog at BSFB. I’m going to discard any such attempt at […]

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Book Review: The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

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  The Player of Games (1988) is the second instalment in Iain M. Banks’ set of books depicting the fabulously super-advanced, anarcho-socialist civilisation that is the Culture. Continuing on the heels of Consider Phlebas, which introduced the Culture to the public from a wholly outside perspective, The Player of Games follows instead an individual from […]

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Book Review: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

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Bantam Spectra (Jul, 1992), Cover by Tim Jacobus   The Domesday Book was the first comprehensive survey ordained by William the Bastard after his conquering of England in the eleventh century. It was an extremely invaluable resource for historians and economists and so very comprehensive that nothing like it was ever attempted again until the […]

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