Book Review: A Gift From Earth

I doubt the classics need much promotion, but in science fiction, the classic authors tend to be so prolific that some great work gets lost in the shuffle. Quite honestly I think their best work is not necessarily their best known work.

Such is the case for Larry Niven, in my humble opinion that is oh-so-relevant to the science fiction community (such as it exists in any definable sense anymore).

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Book Review: Eifelheim

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn is a masterpiece of historical science fiction (you read that right) and it offers the best picture of the Middle Ages I think you’ll ever read.

This book has already gotten its lauds, but I feel it is not read enough. If you want thoughtful sci-fi, this is it. It you want clearly intensive and smart research, this book demonstrates it. If you want an excellently structured narrative, this one manages to split its plot by time and geography in a way I envy. If you like reading, you should read Eifelheim.

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Book Review: Vodka

This was my beach book on my recent vacation to the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii.

Let me tell you, ladies, if you are a woman reading a book called Vodka on the beach and at the resort, it’s going to get you some attention. I guess people expect me to be reading 50 Shades of Gone with an Angels and Demons Tattoo on vacation. Don’t get that book, though. I’d hazard to guess you’ve read something like it before.  Victorino Matus’ Vodka is a much better time.

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Book Review: Scaling the Rim

This is not your average sci-fi book.

Looking for space opera? Starship battles accentuated with (or accentuating) bizarre hereditary and/or political drama? Not Scaling the Rim.

Instead, you get something much more original. Scaling the Rim is a tale of survival, relationships, and conspiracy. We join Annika and her un-modified human science team, along with a military team of modified human Rus, to set up a new weather station above the titular rim of the crater the population lives in. This planet, long ago colonized and terraformed with paradise in mind, is slowly freezing over, with winters (perpetually) that make Westeros’ look cute.

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