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: Black Legion, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

–click here for a full list of all my Warhammer 40,000 content– Publisher: Black Library Series: The Black Legion (#2) Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 364 Publication Date: 2017 Verdict: 4/5 Iskandar Khayon continues his tale of tragedy and horror. The dreaded Abaddon has claimed leadership of the traitor Legions, but that role is far fromContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Black Legion, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden”

WRITING UPDATE: Knowing When To Quit

It was all going so well. I had a fully drawn-up plan, I was halfway to my goal of 90,000 words, I had memorable characters, an interesting setting, some weighty themes, and I was approaching the pivotal scene I’d been planning for over a month. Then I hit a slight snag. The scene didn’t work.Continue reading “WRITING UPDATE: Knowing When To Quit”

BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Contributors: Kevin Dilmore, David Mack, Marco Plamieri, Dayton Ward Era: The Original Series Series: Vanguard (#6) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 384 Publication Date: 2011 Verdict: 3/5   Starbase Vanguard and the Taurus Reach have earned a reputation for tragedy andContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified”

BOOK REVIEW: Precipice, by David Mack

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: The Original Series Series: Vanguard (#5) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 331 Publication Date: 2009 Verdict: 5/5   The Organians have forced a ceasefire on the Federation and Klingons, but true peace is a way off. Both sides use thisContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Precipice, by David Mack”

BOOK REVIEW: Dune, by Frank Herbert

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Series: Dune Chronicles (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 529 Publication Date: 1966 Verdict: 3/5 Arrakis. Dune. Desert Planet. Only on this one world is the spice melange located, and he who controls the spice controls the universe. The Atreides familyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Dune, by Frank Herbert”

BOOK REVIEW: The Talon of Horus, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

–click here for a full list of all my Warhammer 40,000 content– Publisher: Black Library Series: The Black Legion (#1) Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 409 Publication Date: 2014 Verdict: 3/5   Driven from the Imperium in the wake of the Horus Heresy, the traitor legions lurk within the Eye of terror and wait for theirContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Talon of Horus, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden”

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”

BOOK REVIEW: Red Rising, by Pierce Brown

-spoilers beyond this point- Series: Red Rising (#1) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 382 Publication Date: 2014 Verdict: 4/5   Darrow toils under the surface of Mars to make a better world, beaten down and oppressed by the rulers of his world. But a person can only take so much, and soonContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Red Rising, by Pierce Brown”

BOOK REVIEW: Open Secrets, by Dayton Ward

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: The Original Series Series: Vanguard (#4) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 426 Publication Date: 2009 Verdict: 5/5   Diego Reyes is no longer in command of Starbase 47. Facing a misconduct trial after leaking classified information to the media, heContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Open Secrets, by Dayton Ward”