BOOK REVIEW: Torch of Freedom, by David Weber & Eric Flint

-Major spoilers abound for previous books in the Honorverse. Click here for a full index of reviews- Publisher: Baen Series: Crown of Slaves (#2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 826 Publication Date: 2009 Verdict: 4/5 Erewhon has broken from the Manticoran Alliance. Even within its borders, division is rife. As spies and operatives from across theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Torch of Freedom, by David Weber & Eric Flint”

BOOK REVIEW: The Positronic Man, by Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg

-Spoilers for the Foundation universe. A full index of novels can be found here– Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Social SF Pages: 223 Publication Date: 1992 Rating: 5/5 Meet NDR-113: an ordinary household robot just like any other. Meet Andrew: the robot who would wish to be human. Join him on his two-century journey to change notContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Positronic Man, by Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg”

BOOK REVIEW: Crown of Slaves, by David Weber & Eric Flint

-Major spoilers abound for previous books in the Honorverse. Click here for a full index of reviews- Publisher: Baen Series: Crown of Slaves (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 710 Publication Date: 2003 Verdict: 4/5 The nation of Erewhon’s ties to Mantciore have never been weaker. Overlooked by the current parliament, rebellion is brewing. As bothContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Crown of Slaves, by David Weber & Eric Flint”

10 Guidelines For Better RPGs

I’ve been thinking a lot about RPGs lately. As well as running two Stars Without Number groups (more on that in the future), I’m also planning a D&D5E, Call of Cthulhu and potentially more campaigns. Despite the variety of systems I’ve experimented with over the years (reading manuals since 2008, and GMing properly since 2013)Continue reading “10 Guidelines For Better RPGs”

QUICK REVIEWS: Three Golden Age Anthologies

                One of the best things about used bookstores, in my not so humble opinion, is finding battered old paperback SF anthologies. That’s really how I got into SF in the first place, and it’s something I keep coming back to. The three anthologies here are all onesContinue reading “QUICK REVIEWS: Three Golden Age Anthologies”

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: Science Fiction, Volume 2, by Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: WordFire Press Series: Selected Stories: Science Fiction (#2) Genre: Various Pages: 325 Publication Date: 29/01/19 Verdict: 4.75/5   Sixteen more stories from one of SF’s modern greats.   As with Volume 1, this a series of short stories and novellas, each with an accompanying introduction from Anderson himself. Most of these are solo efforts,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction, Volume 2, by Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction Volume 1, by Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: WordFire Press Series: Selected Stories: Science Fiction (#1) Genre: Various Pages: 369 Publication Date: 14/08/18 Verdict: 4.75/5   A collection of short stories and novellas from over forty years of Anderson’s writing. Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most prolific writers in modern science fiction. With well over a hundred books spanning Dune, Star Wars, TheContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction Volume 1, by Kevin J. Anderson”