BOOK REVIEW: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Christopher Paolini

Publisher: Tor Genre: Hard SF/Space Opera Pages: 825 Publication Date: 15/09/2020 Verdict: 3/5 As humanity expands into the universe, it finds evidence that it is not alone. Nor is it the first species to come this far. First contact leads to a galactic war, and one woman finds herself caught in the middle of eventsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Christopher Paolini”

BOOK REVIEW: The Duke of Caladan, by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

-minor spoilers for other books in the Dune saga. Proceed with caution- Publisher: WordFire Press Series: The Caladan Trilogy (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 425 Publication Date: 13/10/2020 Verdict: 5/5 A year before he and his family make their fateful trip to Arrakis, Duke Leto Atreides finds himself embraoiled in a conspiracy that could toppleContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Duke of Caladan, by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: The Doors of Eden, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Tor Genre: Thriller/Hard SF Pages: 597 Publication Date: 20/08/2020 Verdict: 3.5/5 People go missing. Sometimes they come back. Sometimes, they bring others back with them. The walls around our reality are breaking down, and if they cannot be fixed, who knows what might come through next . . ? Time and time again, AdrianContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Doors of Eden, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

BOOK REVIEW: Demon In White, by Christopher Ruocchio

–Spoilers for Empire of Silence and Howling Dark– Publisher: Gollancz Series: The Sun Eater (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 746 Publication Date: 30/07/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Hadrian Marlowe has risen far in the ranks of the Sollan Empire, spearheading the war against the Cielcin. Yet not all threats are as obvious as the alien aggressors. InContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Demon In White, by Christopher Ruocchio”

BOOK REVIEW: Hold Up The Sky, by Cixin Liu

Translators: John Chu, Adam Lanphier, Joel Martinsen, Carmen Yiling Yan, Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Social SF Pages: 334 Publication Date: 01/10/2020 (this translation) Rating: 4/5   With Hold Up the Sky, Head of Zeus continue their excellent track record of putting out English translations of Chinese SF. This particular collection stems from the penContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Hold Up The Sky, by Cixin Liu”

AUDIO REVIEW: The Original, by Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal

Genre: SF Crime Publisher: Mainframe Runtime: 3hrs 24mins Narrator: Julia Whelan Release Date: 14/09/2020 Verdict: 4/5 Holly Winseed wakes up in a hospital to find that her husband is dead, and that she was the killer. Or at least, her original was. The new Holly is a clone, and now has only days to bringContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: The Original, by Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal”

BOOK REVIEW: The Firmament of Flame, by Drew Williams

-Spoilers for The Stars Now Unclaimed and A Chain Across The Dawn– Publisher: Simon & Schuster Series: The Universe After (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 366 Publication Date: 20/08/2020 Verdict: 5/5   Esa and Jane are on a mission: To find a way to stop the Cyn, the energy-based aliens currently wreaking havoc across the Galaxy.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Firmament of Flame, by Drew Williams”

BOOK REVIEW: Born of the Sun, edited by Mike Ashley

Publisher: British Library Genre: Various Pages: 334 Publication Date: 06/08/2020 Rating: 4/5 Born of the Sun is one a number of anthologies published by british Library which gather together older stories gathered around a common theme. Their botanical horror one, Evil Roots, was the first to catch my attention, and I also enjoyed their collection ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Born of the Sun, edited by Mike Ashley”

BOOK REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott

Publisher: Tor (US)/Head of Zeus (UK) Series: The Sun Chronicles (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 523 Publication Date: 01/10/2020 Rating: 4/5 The Galaxy has fallen into an age of darkness. Amid the chaos, the Republic of Chaonia stands firm against its many enemies. With war once again on the way, young Princess Sun is determinedContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott”

AUDIO REVIEW: Dredge Runners, by Alec Worley

Genre: SF Crime Publisher: Black Library Runtime: 61 minutes Cast: Kelly Hotton, Emma Noakes, Paul Putner, Jon Rand, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner Release Date: 08/08/2020 Verdict: 5/5   Baggit and Clodde, two abhuman former guardsmen, now make their living as petty criminals in the great city of Varangantua. When a deal goes wrong, theyContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Dredge Runners, by Alec Worley”