BOOK REVIEW: Helliconia, by Brian Aldiss

An omnibus of Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Spring and Helliconia Winter First Published in 2010 A Gollancz SF Masterwork An epoch-spanning Social SF 1303 pages Helliconia. A world where a single orbit lasts for thousands of Earth years. A world where civilisations rise and fall under the watchful eye of the suns. But there is anotherContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Helliconia, by Brian Aldiss”

BOOK REVIEW: Deathwatch, The Omnibus

Features the novels Deathwatch, Kryptmann’s War, Storm of Damocles, plus short stories Focuses on the Deathwatch Published by Black Library in 2021 Grimdark SF 957 pages There is no greater threat to humanity than the tides of xenos filling the galaxy. And there is no greater defence against the xenos than the Deathwatch. But whenContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Deathwatch, The Omnibus”

BOOK REVIEW: The Fuzzy Papers, by H. Beam Piper

An Omnibus edition of Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens Published by Futura Omnibus first published in 1979 A classic social SF adventure 409 pages Zarathustra belongs to the Company, whose charter dictates they can do as they please with its resources. But when a native being shows signs of sapience, the inevitable question is broughtContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Fuzzy Papers, by H. Beam Piper”

BOOK REVIEW: Legacy of Caliban, by Gav Thorpe

–click here for a full list of all my Warhammer 40,000 content– Publisher: Black Library Series: Legacy of Caliban (#1-3) Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 940 Publication Date: 2018 Verdict: 3.5/5   For ten thousand years the Dark Angels have guarded a devastating secret, that members of their own chapter are among mankind’s greatest foes. Now,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Legacy of Caliban, by Gav Thorpe”

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”

BOOK REVIEW: Ahriman, by Jonathan French

–click here for a full list of all my Warhammer 40,000 content– Publisher: Black Library Series: Ahriman (#1-3) Genre: Science Fantasy Pages: 879 Publication Date: 2018 Verdict: 1/5 Ahriman of the Thousand Sons. Insane Sorcerer and traitor to the Imperium? Or something much more disturbing? Follow the exiled Ahriman across space and time as heContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ahriman, by Jonathan French”

BOOK REVIEW: The Macharian Crusade, by William King

Publisher: Black Library Series: The Macharian Crusade (#1-3) Genre: Military SF Pages: 878 Publication Date: 09/02/2017 Verdict: 5/5 Solar Macharius has begun his conquest of the heretical parts of the Galaxy. A war that could outlive him, yet driven by his force of personality alone. But the greatest enemy may not be the heretics, norContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Macharian Crusade, by William King”

BOOK REVIEW: Sisters of Battle, by James Swallow

Publisher: Black Library Series: Sisters of Battle (#1-2) Genre: Military SF Pages: 750 Publication Date: 21/09/2018 Verdict: 5/5 The Sisters of Battle are the iron fist of the Imperial church.  Pious, unrelenting and utterly dedicated to the God Emperor, they are sworn to root out the enemies of mankind wherever they may be found. .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Sisters of Battle, by James Swallow”

BOOK REVIEW: Shadow And Claw, by Gene Wolfe

Publisher: Gollancz Series: The Book of the New Sun (#1-2) Genre: Science Fantasy Pages: 597 Publication Date: 2011 Verdict: 3/5   Severian is a torturer by trade, but that is not his nature. Exiled from his guild, he finds himself cast out into the strange landscape beyond the city he once called home . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Shadow And Claw, by Gene Wolfe”