Book Reviews

Review: "The Martian" by Andy Weir

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The Martian is a decent hard Science Fiction novel and I certainly didn't regret reading it. I just wish there was more substance to the protagonist's side of the story.   [Read more...]

Review: "Pandemic" by Scott Sigler

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Podcast novelist (and self-proclaimed future dark overlord) Scott Sigler burst onto the horror scene a couple of years ago Infected. If you've read (or listened to) Sigler's original novel, I need only say two words to make you shudder involuntarily -- chicken scissors.   [Read more...]

Review: "The Republic of Thieves" by Scott Lynch

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After years of anticipation and speculation, Lynch returns to the universe of his Gentlemen Bastards with the long-awaited third installment, The Republic of Thieves.   [Read more...]

Review: "Parasite" by Mira Grant

Parasite by Mira Grant

Mira Grant's first novel Feed was one of the best novels of its year, garnering critical praise, a legion of fans and making the short list for the Hugo Award.

It deserved every bit of that attention thanks in large part thanks to a new take on the zombie thriller and a couple of interesting twists along the way that made me eager for the next installment in the trilogy. Unfortunately, the final two segments of the Newsflesh trilogy never quite lived up to the high bar set by the first book.   [Read more...]

Review: "S." by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

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The novel S. is less of a conventional story written using words than it is an experience using the book as an object that mystifies the reader into a multi-layered tale of intrigue, young romance, and mystery. S. is told through the imaginary novel, Ship of Theseus, written by a Kafkaesque V.M. Straka whose real identity is unknown.   [Read more...]

Review: "Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest" by A. Lee Martinez

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Helen and Troy are just your ordinary, average young Americans who work together at minimum wage jobs in a fast food restaurant.

Well, except for the small detail that Helen is a minotaur and the two have been given an epic quest by a hamburger god.   [Read more...]

Review: William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" (Audiobook)

Shakespeare's Star Wars

Seeming like a gag gift to get for people like me -- where you know that we like Star Wars but you're not sure what exactly we already possess in our collection -- William Shakespeare's Star Wars is an audiobook full of surprising quality and intelligence that should delight any fan of The Bard or of the Beard of George Lucas.   [Read more...]

Review: "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King

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When I heard that Stephen King was writing a sequel to what I consider one of his best novels The Shining, I was both eager and hesitant to pick it up. Part of me was eager to see where King would take the characters from the world of the Overlook Hotel in the sequel and hesitant because of the track record of other authors with "long awaited" sequels.   [Read more...]

Review: "River of Stars" by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Guy Gavriel Kay is famous for his historical fantasy novels, one of the rare group of fantasy authors whose books regularly cross over to mainstream reading lists and awards. "River Of Stars” is his second book using Chinese history; this time the Song Dynasty as a jumping off point for another wonderful novel.   [Read more...]

Review: "Nexus" by Ramez Naam

Nexus by Ramez Naam

Nexus is a thriller for the post-human age, Ramez Naam does a phenomenal job of taking modern cutting edge science and building a realistic world of the near future.   [Read more...]

Review: "Star Trek FAQ" by Mark Clark

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As a solid Trek fan I am always on the lookout for good books on the franchise, and Star Trek FAQ comes through in spades.   [Read more...]

Review: "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

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It's a little intimidating to review a book that has been so widely (and positively) reviewed. For authors, I think it would be useful to study this campaign and see what has made it so successful.   [Read more...]

Review: "Redshirts" by John Scalzi

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If you’ve ever watched an episode of classic Star Trek, you’re probably familiar with the old adage, “Don’t wear a red shirt.” Odds are you won’t survive until the first commercial break.

John Scalzi’s latest novel Redshirts delves into that old adage as well as several other tropes from not only classic Trek but many of our favorite genre series.   [Read more...]

Review: "Discount Armageddon" by Seanan McGuire

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The world is a fairly orderly place, talking mice, gorgons, Chupacabra... these are things of fairy tales, mythology and supermarket tabloids. Not so in Seanan McGuire's new novel Discount Armageddon, the first book in her new InCryptid series.   [Read more...]

Review: "Alien Contact" edited by Marty Halpern

Alien Contact

With twenty-six short stories telling tales of man meeting with other intelligences, Marty Halpern has pulled together an anthology filled with hours of enjoyable reading.   [Read more...]

Review: Empire State by Adam Christopher

Empire State by Adam Christopher

Rocket powered superheros, prohibition era bootleggers, private eyes, mysterious men in masks; and more twists and turns than you can imagine. Welcome to Adam Christopher's Empire State, a Superhero-Noir Science Fiction story set in a dark distorted reflection of New York City of the '30s.   [Read more...]