BOOK REVIEW: A Call To Duty, by David Weber & Timothy Zahn

Publisher: Baen Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Series: Manticore Ascendant (#1) Pages: 508 Publication Date: 14/10/14 Verdict: 4/5   Travis Long has chosen a bad time to join the military. Not only are there threats from other empires, but some in the Manticore Star Kingdom don’t want a military at all…   When it comes toContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Call To Duty, by David Weber & Timothy Zahn”

BOOK REVIEW: Walking To Aldebaran, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Solaris Genre: Cosmic Horror Pages: 144 Published: 30/05/19 Verdict: 4/5   Gary Rendell is lost in an alien labyrinth. he’s lost the exit, his friends, and quite possibly his mind… I’m not really a fan of horror. Don’t get me wrong, a spooky story around a campfire is exactly my idea of a goodContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Walking To Aldebaran, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

BOOK REVIEW: The Frontlines Series, by Marko Kloos

-This is a review of the entire Frontlines series. As such it contains minor spoilers for all books. Proceed with caution- Publisher: 47North Genre: Military SF Books: 6 Published: 2013-2018 Verdict: 5/5   Humanity is expanding into space, settling dozens of new worlds. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who want them… The best military SF isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Frontlines Series, by Marko Kloos”

BOOK REVIEW: Triumphant, by Jack Campbell

-This review contains spoilers for Vanguard and Ascendant, proceed with caution-   Publisher: Titan Series: The Genesis Fleet (#3) Genre: Military SF Pages: 384 Publication Date: 30/05/2019 Verdict: 5/5   The scattered worlds of humanity have stood alone for too long. It’s time for them to come together… Straight upfront I will say that Jack Campbell isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Triumphant, by Jack Campbell”

BOOK REVIEW: A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine

Publisher: Tor Series: A Memory Called Empire (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 448 Publication Date: 04/04/2019 Verdict: 5/5   Mahit is the new ambassador to the Teixcalaanli Empire. With her predecessor dead, likely murdered, and a war brewing, it’s going to be a rough assignment… As a general rule, I find that you can judgeContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine”

Wrath & Glory: A Quick Look at the New 40k RPG

Warhammer 40,000 has a rough history when it comes to tabletop RPGs. While there have been a lot of modules – Rogue Trader, Only War, Dark Heresy – they’ve all used the d100 system. Now, I’m an open-minded person when it comes to RPGs, but the d100 mechanic is absolutely brutal towards lower-level players. AndContinue reading “Wrath & Glory: A Quick Look at the New 40k RPG”

BOOK REVIEW: The Red (First Light), by Linda Nagata

Publisher: Saga Press Series: The Red (#1) Genre: Military SF Pages: 405 Publication Date: 26/06/2015 Verdict: 4/5   In the near future, war is controlled by the corporations. James Shelley is just another soldier, but sometimes it feels like there’s someone looking out for him . . . I can’t resist a good slice ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Red (First Light), by Linda Nagata”

BOOK REVIEW: On Basilisk Station, by David Weber

Publisher: Baen Series: Honor Harrington (#1) Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Pages: 419 Publication Date: 1993 Verdict: 4/5 Honor Harrington has been given an impossible task. Protect a colony, avert a war and not get killed. It’s obvious she’s been set up to fail. But Honor is nothing if not determined . . . David WeberContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: On Basilisk Station, by David Weber”

BOOK REVIEW: Cage of Souls, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Head of Zeus Series: Standalone Genre: Dying Earth Pages: 602 Publication Date: 04/04/2019 Verdict: 5/5   The sun is dying. The Earth is all but dead. The last of humanity is clustered in a single city, as corrupt as it is vulnerable. But Stefan Advani has bigger problems. . . I’ll cut straight toContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Cage of Souls, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

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 theContinue reading “A Troublesome Trope: My Issue With Found Families”