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…

Book Review: The Macht Trilogy

You don’t often find fantasy novels that do a sincere interpretation of Ancient Greece (or Rome, either), but The Macht trilogy by Paul Kearney does it better than any other I’ve ever read. If you’ve got a son who can handle an R movie, he’d probably love these books, especially the first one. It’s a…

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…

Book Review: The Hawk Queen Novels

The Hawk Queen duology by David Gemmell is a good example of the author’s work, in its mystery, fun, and even its darkness. David Gemmell’s unfortunate passing means that we’ll never have a continuation of this time-twisted adventure, but the two books we do have are gems. Gemmell’s work is very spiritual and very Christian.…

Book Review: Heartstone

‘Pride and Prejudice with dragons’ should be classed as its own subgenre. Heartstone is not the first book I’ve seen that falls into it and I doubt it will be the last. It’s the only one I’ve seen that does hit almost every plot point beat by beat (except for the climax, sort of). You…

Book Review: The Dragon’s Ring Series

Do you like dogs? Do you like dragons? Well, have I got a pair of books for you! Dragon’s Ring and Dog and Dragon by Dave Freer are awesome books. I want more. I love this weird, clever world and I love these characters and I love it all. Meb is a young women unlike…

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…

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…

Book Review: The Damar Books

Robin McKinley will likely make an appearance here again. Her novels have not only influenced me, but also have provided some ideas—debatably to the point of plagiarism—to Disney Animation Studios. For now, I’m reviewing a pair of her books that have not yet been used by Disney: the Damar novels, The Hero and The Crown…