BOOK REVIEW: Last And First Men, by Olaf Stapledon

A standalone novel This Masterworks edition published by Gollancz First published in 1930 An epoch-spanning social SF 304 pages What is the future of humankind? For as long as there have been minds, the future has proven the ultimate mystery. Now a mind of the far future sends a message back to the present. AContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Last And First Men, by Olaf Stapledon”

BOOK REVIEW: Cytonic, by Brandon Sanderson

Hold up, this is a sequel! You can find my review of Starsight by clicking here. Series: Skyward (3) Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Space Opera Pages: 409 Publication Date: 27/11/2021 Verdict: 3/5   Fleeing the Superiority, Spensa has arrived in the Nowhere, a realm beyond the physical universe. Stranded and alone, Spensa must find a way home.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Cytonic, by Brandon Sanderson”

BOOK REVIEW: A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge

Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Hard SF Pages: 579 Publication Date: 1991 Verdict: 2/5   The Milky Way is a realm of vast potential. Not only in breadth, but in depth. For there is a force that suppresses intelligence, and as we travel further into space, we may reach our true potential. But when species and civilisationsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge”

BOOK REVIEW: Ringworld, by Larry Niven

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Ringworld (#1) Genre: Hard SF Pages: 288 Publication Date: 1970 Verdict: 3/5   On the day of his two hundredth birthday, Louis Wu is visited by an alien who requires his assistance. Together with one of humanity’s oldest enemies and the luckiest woman in the world, Louis sets out to discover theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ringworld, by Larry Niven”

BOOK REVIEW: Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: Gollancz Series: Dune Chronicles (#5) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 508 Publication Date: 1984 Verdict: 2/5 Long after the death of the Tyrant Leto Atreides, the human race still follows his Golden Path. But now the ancient order of the Bene Gesserit face aContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert”

BOOK REVIEW: God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: Gollancz Series: Dune Chronicles (#4) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 454 Publication Date: 1981 Verdict: 1/5   For three thousand years, Leto Atreides II has sat upon his throne on Arrakis. Less human with every passing year, Leto guides humanity along his vision ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert”

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: Gollancz Series: Dune Chronicles (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 426 Publication Date: 1976 Verdict: 2/5   Muad’Dib has walked into the desert to die. Behind him he leaves two orphans, Leto and Ghanima. Neither is old enough to inherit his empire, and soContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert”

BOOK REVIEW: Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds

–spoilers– Series: Revelation Space (#1) Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Hard SF/Space Opera Pages: 567 Publication Date: 2000 Verdict: 2/5   An archaeological dig on an alien world. An assassination plot years in the making. A threat to all life in the Galaxy. A handful of humans tie these events together, but that does not mean theyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds”

BOOK REVIEW: RUR & War With the Newts, by Karel Čapek

-spoilers, but this was written a hundred years ago- Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Social SF Pages: 349 Publication Date: 1920 (RUR), 1936 (War With the Newts) Verdict: 4/5 (RUR), 1/5 (War With the Newts)   In RUR, the invention of robots leads to a new golden age for humanity, but when robots rebel, the future ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: RUR & War With the Newts, by Karel Čapek”

Are YOU a Book Snob?

Something I’ve seen coming up time and again, though moreso in recent months, are articles about elitism and snobbery in the world of books. Now, i’ve been on the receiving end of this snobbery myself. Through several years of university, I had (well, chose) to fight back against academics who thought genre fiction wasn’t worthwhile. AContinue reading “Are YOU a Book Snob?”