BOOK REVIEW: Tales of Dune (Expanded Edition), by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: WordFire Press Genre: Space Opera Pages: 213 Publication Date: 2017 Verdict: 4/5 Eight stories that span the distance and chronology of the Dune Saga, from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the chaos following the Scattering. . . As a general rule, IContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Tales of Dune (Expanded Edition), by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: Xenos, by Dan Abnett

-Click here for a full index of my Black Library/Warhammer 40,000 reviews- Publisher: Black Library Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 370 Publication Date: 2001 Verdict: 4/5 The Inquisition is all that stands between mankind and its many enemies. Heretics, Demons, Xenos. All pose an existential threat to the God-Emperor’s people. Gregor Eisenhorn is one Inquisitor amongContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Xenos, by Dan Abnett”

BOOK REVIEW: Rough Trails, by L. A. Graf

–Click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– –This review contains spoilers. Proceed with caution–     Era: The Original Series Series: New Earth (#3) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 360 Publication Date: 2000 Verdict: 3/5   Belle Terre. The latest planet to be colonised by the Federation. ThisContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Rough Trails, by L. A. Graf”

THEY CAN’T ALL BE WINNERS: The Purpose of Bad Reviews

In the run up to Christmas, social media was filled with drama. This time, the debate was over whether or not a ‘Worst Books of the Year’ was an insulting idea. The past few days have seen the backlash in the form of more ‘Worst Books…’ lists. As always, the debate rages on, and willContinue reading “THEY CAN’T ALL BE WINNERS: The Purpose of Bad Reviews”

BOOK REVIEW: A Hard Rain, by Dean Wesley Smith

–Click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: The Next Generation Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: SF Noir Pages: 233 Publication Date: 2002 Verdict: 3/5 Dixon Hill is the greatest detective the city by the bay has ever known. He is also a hologram, the gumshoe alter-ego of Jean-Luc Picard.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Hard Rain, by Dean Wesley Smith”

TV REVIEW: The Mandalorian, Season 2

–Season 1 review located here– Starring: Pedro Pascal Episodes: 8 Genre: Space Opera Broadcaster: Disney+ First Aired: 2020 Verdict: 5/5 Look at social media and you’ll see a common theme emerging: The Mandalorian has saved Star Wars. Now, I don’t really think Star Wars needed saving, but there is no denying the popularity of StarContinue reading “TV REVIEW: The Mandalorian, Season 2”

BOOK REVIEW: Live By The Code, by Christopher L. Bennett

–Click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– –This review contains spoilers. Proceed with caution– Era: Enterprise Series: Rise of the Federation (#4) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Space Opera Pages: 372 Publication Date: 2016 Verdict: 4/5 Hunting for the origins of the alien technology known as the Ware, Captain ReedContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Live By The Code, by Christopher L. Bennett”

BOOK REVIEW: Uncertain Logic, by Christopher L. Bennett

–Click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Enterprise Series: Rise of the Federation (#3) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Space Opera Pages: 384 Publication Date: 2015 Verdict: 5/5 As the Federation grapples with a growing crisis on Vulcan, Captain Malcolm Reed of the Pioneer is called to invetigate aContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Uncertain Logic, by Christopher L. Bennett”

AUDIO REVIEW: Hearts of Darkness, by David Llewellyn & Lisa McMullin

Series: The War Master (#5) Genre: Space Opera Publisher: Big Finish Runtime: 4hrs 31m Release Date: 31/10/2020 Cast: Derek Jacobi, Paul McGann, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Colin McFarlane, et al. Verdict: 5/5   The Master and the Doctor. Two of the Time Lord’s most infamous sons, and two of history’s greatest rivals. At the height ofContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Hearts of Darkness, by David Llewellyn & Lisa McMullin”

BOOK REVIEW: Tower of Babel, by Christopher L. Bennett

–Click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Enterprise Series: Rise of the Federation (#2) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Space Opera Pages: 348 Publication Date: 2014 Verdict: 4/5 The Rigel system is as diverse as the Federation, and as troubled. Hoping to gain new allies, Jonathan Archer leads theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Tower of Babel, by Christopher L. Bennett”