BOOK REVIEW: Shards of Earth, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Series: The Final Architecture (#1) Publisher: Tor Genre: Space Opera Pages: 533 Publication Date: 27/05/2021 Verdict: 5/5 The Architects destroyed Earth, and nearly eradicated the human race. Idris helped end that war. A generation has passed since then, and now Idris is being sought by powers that want to use him as a weapon. There areContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Shards of Earth, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

BOOK REVIEW: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

–some potential spoilers– Publisher: Del Rey Genre: Hard SF Pages: 476 Publication Date: 04/05/2021 Verdict: 5/5 Ryland Grace is a man with many problems. Where is his spaceship? Why are the rest of his crew dead? And most importantly of all, what is he doing here . . ? This is a very difficult book toContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir”

BOOK REVIEW: One Day All This Will Be Yours, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Solaris Genre: Time Travel Pages: 138 Publication Date: 04/03/2021 Verdict: 5/5   At the end of time, there is a man. The last survivor of a war that has destroyed history. Alone for eternity, the man eats, sleeps, farms, and feeds his pet Allosaurus. He also does everything he can to keep a singleContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: One Day All This Will Be Yours, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

TBR and Beyond: June 2021

Welcome to the first in a new series of posts entitled TBR and beyond. On the last of the year, I make a list of all the science fiction material coming out in the year ahead. You can find the 2021 version by clicking on this link. The problem is that publication dates shift aroundContinue reading “TBR and Beyond: June 2021”

AUDIO REVIEW: Human, by Kalah

-with my thanks to the band for sending me a review copy- Label: Independent Genre: Electronica/Melodic/Metal Tracks: 4 Runtime: 19 minutes Release Date: 01/06/2021 Verdict: 4/5 In their follow-up to to February’s Descent, Italian band Kalah continue to showcase a dazzling variety of musical styles. This is an album that hits you in a wall ofContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Human, by Kalah”

THE WISHLIST: Black Library 2021 Releases

Black Library have been printing Warhammer 40,000 tie-in fiction for over two decades now, and for the past few years have been making regular appearances on my TBR Tower. They put out dozens of books a year, around a third of which I would say are of interest to me. As well as hardbacks andContinue reading “THE WISHLIST: Black Library 2021 Releases”

AUDIO REVIEW: The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, by Una McCormack

-You can find the rest of my Star Trek content by clicking here- -This review contains some minor spoilers. Proceed with caution- Era: Voyager Read By: Kate Mulgrew Genre: Space Opera Publisher: Tantor Audio Runtime: 8hrs 20m Release Date: 26/01/2021 Verdict: 4/5   Everyone knows the story of how Kathryn Janeway spent seven years lostContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway, by Una McCormack”

BOOK REVIEW: Colonyside, by Michael Mammay

–Hold up, this is a sequel! Find my review of the previous book here– Series: Planetside (#3) Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Military SF Pages: 368 Publication Date: 21/01/2021 Verdict: 4/5 Carl Butler – the man who committed genocide – has finally settled into retirement. But then a CEO’s daughter goes missing, and Butler finds himselfContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Colonyside, by Michael Mammay”

AUDIO REVIEW: Kevin + Abi and the Secret of the Golden Pendant, by Paul Shapera

Genre: Crime, Time Travel Runtime: 1hr 15mins Release Date: 23/02/2021 Cast: Paul Shapera, Kerttu Aarnipuu, Oliver Marsh, Kiera-Marie Somers, Lauren Osborn, Hayley Warner, Verdict: 5/5 The third volume in Paul Shapera’s trilogy of intricate and long-titled ‘secret’ New Albion albums has been out for less than two months, but it’s already my favourite of the set.Continue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Kevin + Abi and the Secret of the Golden Pendant, by Paul Shapera”

BOOK REVIEW: A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine

–Major spoilers for A Memory Called Empire– Publisher: Tor Series: Teixcalaan (#2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 480 Publication Date: 04/03/2021 Verdict: 5/5 Teixcalaan expands outwards, consuming all in its path. Except Lsel Station, which has negotiated a fragile peace in the face of a greater threat. A fleet is approaching human space. Unidentified, unknowable, andContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine”