A Troublesome Trope: My Issue With Found Families

-this article contains minor spoilers for season 4 of Killjoys- 'We're more than that, we're a family.' It's a line that could come from any number of films, TV shows or books.¬†Fast & Furious really kicked off the notion of found families, and these days it seems like everyone is following suit. From¬†Guardians of the … Continue reading A Troublesome Trope: My Issue With Found Families

BOOK REVIEW: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden

Publisher: Arrow Series: Standalone Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Pages: 373 Publication Date: 27/07/2017 Verdict: 5/5   Inferno Squad are the Empire's finest. But even they had to start somewhere. Not a sequel to Battlefront: Twilight Company, but a prequel to Battlefront II's campaign mode, Inferno Squad is by far the best direct game tie-in I've … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden

AUDIO REVIEW: Red & Black, by James Swallow

Series: Standalone Genre: Grimdark SF Publisher: Black Library Runtime: 1hr 11mins Cast: Beth Chalmers, Lisa Bowerman Verdict: 5/5   I'm generally not a fan of audiobooks. For non-fiction I think they're great. After all, who doesn't love a good documentary? But for fiction they've always seemed a little slow for my tastes. Audio dramas, on … Continue reading AUDIO REVIEW: Red & Black, by James Swallow

BOOK REVIEW: Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

Publisher: Hodder Series: Standalone Genre: Military SF Pages: 275 Publication Date: 1959 Verdict: 5/5   Thousands of years in the future, humanity is at war with an arachnid foe. The military is the last saving grace of human society, the wall that keeps out the barbarians. And of course being a soldier comes with its … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

Hugo Awards 2019: A few thoughts on the finalists

Earlier this month, the shortlist for the 2019 Hugo Awards were revealed. There's generally a massive gap between what I read/watch and what gets nominated, but I thought it would be fun to have a look through some of the nominees. BEST NOVEL The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal Record of a Spaceborn Few, … Continue reading Hugo Awards 2019: A few thoughts on the finalists

BOOK REVIEW: Northwest of Earth, by C.L. Moore

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Cosmic Horror/Adventure Pages: 343 Publication Date: 01/04/2019 (originally 1954) Verdict: 4/5   Humanity has spread across Earth, Mars and Venus. But in this glittering new age, there are darker forces at work. Our most ancient legends are derived from the horrors that dwell in outer space, and we will run … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Northwest of Earth, by C.L. Moore

BOOK REVIEW: Exodus, by Jamie Sawyer

-this review contains spoilers for The Eternity War: Pariah, proceed with caution- -A review of Pariah can be found here- Publisher: Orbit Series: The Eternity War (2) Genre: Military SF Pages: 480 Publication Date: 29/11/2018 Verdict: 5/5   Jenkins' Jackals return! Betrayed by one of their own and stranded in Directorate space, the crew of … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Exodus, by Jamie Sawyer