BOOK REVIEW: Kingdoms of Death, by Christopher Ruocchio

Book Four of The Sun Eater Published by Head of Zeus on 22nd March 2022 A grand space opera 501 pages For almost a century, Hadrian Marlowe has languished under house arrest as punishment for his ‘miracle’ at Berenike. But with the Cielcin tearing across the stars, the Sollan Empire must once more call uponContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Kingdoms of Death, by Christopher Ruocchio”

BOOK REVIEW: Memory’s Legion, by James S. A. Corey

A collection of 6 novellas and 2 short stories, all set in the universe of The Expanse Published by Orbit in 2022 Space Opera with a Hard SF edge 418 pages Earth, Mars. The Belt. Laconia. Beyond. As humanity reaches across the stars, there are countless stories to be told. Countless lives to lead. HereContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Memory’s Legion, by James S. A. Corey”

BOOK REVIEW: Light Chaser, by Peter F. Hamilton & Gareth L. Powell

A standalone novella Published by Tor.com in 2021 Hard SF with a lot of romance 173 pages Amahle spends her life travelling the universe, collecting stories and memories from the hundreds of scattered human worlds. But one memory keeps returning, that of a man who knows her, and claims she is in terrible danger .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Light Chaser, by Peter F. Hamilton & Gareth L. Powell”

BOOK REVIEW: Elder Race, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

A standalone novella Published by Tor.com in 2021 Science Fantasy 198 pages When a demonic force ravages a nearby realm, Lynesse knows there is only one man who can save her world. But Nyr is not the sorcerer she thinks him to be, and his people’s highest principle is one of non-interference . . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Elder Race, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

GRIMDARK: What Is It, And Who Does It Belong To?

Ask the average person on the street ‘What is Grimdark?’ and you’re likely to get a blank stare. Why? Because genre labels rarely escape the confines of their hardcore fanbase. Ask the same person the difference between Science Fantasy and Space Opera, and that blank stare will continue. Or they’ll awkwardly shuffle off. One ofContinue reading “GRIMDARK: What Is It, And Who Does It Belong To?”

SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Semi-Finalist Gut Reactions 1-3

These are my personal initial impressions of the books allocated to the At Boundary’s Edge team during Phase 2 of the inaugural SPSFC. Ratings are subject to change as I take a closer look at each book. Full length reviews of each book will be posted once the whole team has had a chance toContinue reading “SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Semi-Finalist Gut Reactions 1-3”

BOOK REVIEW: Oblivion’s Gate, by David Mack

Book Three of the Coda trilogy Part of the Litverse Published by Gallery Press in 2021 An apocalyptic Space Opera 422 pages It’s the end of everything. As the Devidians devour all of creation, the survivors of Starfleet prepare for one last stand. But when even victory means the end of their universe, will thisContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Oblivion’s Gate, by David Mack”

BOOK REVIEW: The Ashes of Tomorrow, by James Swallow

Book Two of the Coda trilogy Part of the Litverse Published by Gallery Press in 2021 An apocalyptic Space Opera 342 pages The end of the universe is nigh, but no one is willing to do what is necessary. No one, except Jean-Luc Picard. Calling in every favour and every friend and ally he has,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Ashes of Tomorrow, by James Swallow”

BOOK REVIEW: Moments Asunder, by Dayton Ward

Book One of the Coda trilogy Part of the Litverse Published by Gallery Press in 2021 An apocalyptic Space Opera 339 pages Wesley Crusher returns to the Enterprise with a dire warning: Time itself is in danger. An unknown force is striking temporal hotspots across the Federation and beyond. The sheer scale of this threatContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Moments Asunder, by Dayton Ward”

BOOK REVIEW: Embedded, by Dan Abnett

A standalone novel Published by Angry Robot in 2011 Military SF 363 pages Lex Falk is a journalist on a mission. To uncover the truth of the escalating conflict on the colony Eighty-Six. The higher-ups claim it is a local matter, but Falk knows it goes deeper than that. Just how deep will shock everyoneContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Embedded, by Dan Abnett”