Category Archives: Reviews

Starting in early 2012 I decided that I would make a habit of reviewing everything I read and all the movies I watched. On top of that I’ve begun to review other products and sometimes tv shows as well.

These reviews are just my personal thoughts on my entertainment choices. I wouldn’t use them as your sole guide on what to read or watch, but if it helps… great!

Book Review: Red by J.B. Wise

My latest #GreatIndieRe­view­Pro­ject book is Red by J.B. Wise. Taking char­ac­ters from classic fairy tales (in this case Red Riding Hood), bringing them to the present day and giving them a para­normal spin is a concept that is rife with poten­tial. I see glim­mers of that poten­tial in Red but some­times the execu­tion gets in … Continue reading Book Review: Red by J.B. Wise

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Book Review: Hawkwood’s Voyage by Paul Kearney

This is part one of “The Monar­chies of God”. Presum­ably the tradi­tional fantasy trilogy. Which is appro­priate because this is a fairly tradi­tional fantasy story. No elves and dwarves though. Instead the author has plumped for some­thing closer to Europe in the middle-ages. The so called “Monar­chies of God” (a group of coun­tries) are being invaded by the heathen Murduks. And they’re losing. Their most holy city has been sacked yet they wrangle amongst themselves.

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Book Review: The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton

This is a very BIG story. I don’t just mean this (1225 page) book either since its part one of The Night’s Dawn Trilogy. I don’t just mean the trilogy is big either. The scope of the story is huge. The number of char­ac­ters involved is large and the ideas aren’t exactly small either. [amazon template=image&asin=0316021806] Its hard to summarise a book of this size and nature. There are a number of plot threads running throughout the book. Only one of them could really be described as resolved by the time you read the last page.

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Book Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka

It’s fair to say that Fated, the first book in Bene­dict Jacka’s Alex Verus series had a lot in common with a certain Chicago based mage.  It’s a simi­larity that Jacka even acknowl­edges with an in story refer­ence.  I’m sure there are people who will dismiss the series as a cheap copy based just on a handful of familiar elements. And that would be a shame because while it is hard not to make compar­isons early on (raised by a dark mage… check!) Alex Verus is not Harry Dresden. Both his powers and his char­acter are different. This is some­thing that becomes increas­ingly obvious as the book progresses.

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Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell

David Gemmell has been writing popular fantasy books for years now and anyone who has read any of his previous works will have a rough idea what to expect from this one. In this first book of the “Rigante” series we follow the child­hood of Connavar, a member of one of the Rigante clans. As he grows to adult­hood he shows consid­er­able natural talents and certain mystical beings take an unusual level of interest in him. There is nothing really new in this book. It features many of Gemmells favorite themes all mixed together with a healthy dose of tragedy. One thing I’ve noticed about Gemmell’s writing is that with each book the deaths and tragedies seem to increase. [amazon template=image&asin=0345432347]There’s plenty to enjoy about this story. Its an easy read, well written and flows along nicely.

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Book Review: Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

GoodReads recom­men­da­tion engine has been suggesting Alas­tair Reynold’s Reve­la­tion Space to me for a couple of years now and it’s not hard to see why, after all it’s epic scaled science fiction written by a British author, and that is kind of my thing. Well it finally made it to the top of my to read pile and I’m glad it did. While it starts slow by the end it’s grip­ping stuff. So What’s It All About? Nine hundred thou­sand years ago, some­thing anni­hi­lated the Amarantin civi­liza­tion just as it was on the verge of discov­ering space flight. Now one scien­tist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the star­ship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him.

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Book Review: Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford

I approached this book with consid­er­able trep­i­da­tion. I’m a big fan of Asimov’s orig­inal Foun­da­tion Trilogy but was not overly impressed by his later addi­tions to the series like Foundation’s Edge where he attempted to tie the Foun­da­tion stories in with his robot stories.

So, knowing that this book took place prior to the setting up of the Foun­da­tions, that it featured robots and that it was written not by Asimov (for obvious reasons) but by Gregory Benford, who’s books I had never read…..

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