BOOK REVIEW: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

Publisher: Gollancz Series: The Hyperion Cantos (#1) Genre: Space Opera/Literary SF Pages: 473 Publication Date: 1989 Verdict: 4/5 Seven pilgrims make their way to ancient Hyperion, to confront the dreaded Shrike and the Time Tombs. But what drives them on, and what will drive them apart? Hyperion is a novel that wears its influences proudly,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons”

BOOK REVIEW: The Short Victorious War, by David Weber

-This review is likely to contain spoilers for previous books in the Honorverse. Click here to find an index of reviews for those books- Publisher: Baen Series: Honor Harrington (#3) Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Pages: 360 Publication Date: 1994 Verdict: 5/5   Desperate to fill their empty coffers, the People’s Republic of Haven launch aContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Short Victorious War, by David Weber”

BOOK REVIEW: The Honor Of The Queen, by David Weber

-This review contains some general spoilers for On Basilisk Station. Proceed with caution.- Publisher: Baen Series: Honor Harrington (#2) Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Pages: 422 Publication Date: 1993 Verdict: 4/5   The planet Grayson is independent, but its position makes it strategically valuable to both the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the people’s Republic ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Honor Of The Queen, by David Weber”

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Ruin, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Tor Series: Children of Time (#2) Genre: Hard SF/Space Opera Pages: 565 Publication Date: 16/05/2019 Verdict: 5/5   A group of scientists arrive on a remote world, intending to terraform it for human habitation. But the planet is not as empty as they first thought . . . Centuries later, Portia’s descendants and theirContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Children of Ruin, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

BOOK REVIEW: A Call To Duty, by David Weber & Timothy Zahn

Publisher: Baen Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Series: Manticore Ascendant (#1) Pages: 508 Publication Date: 14/10/14 Verdict: 4/5   Travis Long has chosen a bad time to join the military. Not only are there threats from other empires, but some in the Manticore Star Kingdom don’t want a military at all…   When it comes toContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Call To Duty, by David Weber & Timothy Zahn”

BOOK REVIEW: On Basilisk Station, by David Weber

Publisher: Baen Series: Honor Harrington (#1) Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Pages: 419 Publication Date: 1993 Verdict: 4/5 Honor Harrington has been given an impossible task. Protect a colony, avert a war and not get killed. It’s obvious she’s been set up to fail. But Honor is nothing if not determined . . . David WeberContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: On Basilisk Station, by David Weber”

BOOK REVIEW: Space Viking, by H. Beam Piper

Publisher: Sphere Series: Terro-Human Future History (#4) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 222 Publication Date: 1963 Verdict: 5/5   Thousands of years from now, the Galaxy is a barbaric place. In the Sword Worlds, the petty nobles squabble amongst themselves, sending out raiding parties to the ruins of the Old Federation. These raiders, known as SpaceContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Space Viking, by H. Beam Piper”

BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction Volume 1, by Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: WordFire Press Series: Selected Stories: Science Fiction (#1) Genre: Various Pages: 369 Publication Date: 14/08/18 Verdict: 4.75/5   A collection of short stories and novellas from over forty years of Anderson’s writing. Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most prolific writers in modern science fiction. With well over a hundred books spanning Dune, Star Wars, TheContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction Volume 1, by Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Captain, by Alastair Reynolds

-This review conatins spoilers for Revenger. Proceed with caution.- Publisher: Gollancz Series: Revenger (#2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 422 Release Date: 10/01/2019 Verdict: 4.5/5   In the rubble of our solar system, it’s every man and woman for themselves. Sunjammers ply their dubious trade between thousands of tiny worlds, their solar sails carrying through the ruinsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Captain, by Alastair Reynolds”

BOOK REVIEW: Galactic Patrol, by E.E ‘Doc’ Smith

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Lensman (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 269 Publication Date: 09/01/19 (originally 1950) Verdict: 2/5   In the distant future, the Galaxy is defended and protected by the Lensmen. The pirates of Boskone have been growing in threat for years. But when a ruthless new leader emerges, their predation spills over into activeContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Galactic Patrol, by E.E ‘Doc’ Smith”