BOOK REVIEW [Reblog]: Salvage by Eric Brown

A couple of days ago I was asked by a friend for some advice on what sci-fi book they should pick up next. I asked them what they’d like to read and the answer was “something entertaining and interesting yet not too long or involved.” Salvage was one of the first books to pop into my head, and the more we discussed what it is that they like, became more and more a match. I’m happy to report that they are loving it so far, just as I thought they would.
Anyway, this prompted me to reblog a short review which I did a few years back:


BOOK REVIEW: The Ion Raider by Ian Whates

Following up the very entertaining Pelquin’s Comet [my review HERE], this second book of an obviously ongoing series strikes pretty much the same chord, being a fast-moving short novel with many of the hallmarks of a solid space opera. The story follows on chronologically from Comet and I’d say that you really need to have read that first to get the full grasp of the plot here. It continues to build the story, introducing more key players while also revealing more tantalizing facts and hints about the Dark Angels as well as the ancient and mysterious Elder aliens and their caches of artefacts scattered across the galaxy.

The Great Book Format Debate – Print vs. Digital

Whenever I tell people that I read a lot and review books, they will often bring up the question of paper books versus ebooks. They’ll ask me which I prefer and why. Many people have written on this topic before but it still frequently comes up in conversation among readers.
What I love are words that contain good stories and meaningful information, whether it’s printed on paper or made up of e-ink capsules over a white background is mostly irrelevant to me. It’s the words that I’m there for. However, it’s still an issue that many readers appear to battle over.

BOOK REVIEW: All These Worlds [Bobiverse #3] by Dennis E. Taylor

It’s about time I got around to finishing this fine series from Dennis E. Taylor, a relative newcomer to the sci-fi scene and hopefully will be a long-term stayer. After reading this series I know one thing for sure: I have a new addition to my “intro to sci-fi” book list. These are the books that I choose from to recommend to someone new to the genre and looking for a good read and that will hopefully keep them interested in science fiction. This series oozes humour, humanity and scientific plausibility which makes the future depicted in the story one that I could see actually transpiring. This final book of the trilogy continued in the same enjoyable fashion as the previous ones and finished in a most satisfactory way without closing the door for future stories in this setting.

BOOK REVIEW: Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1) by Peter F. Hamilton

Like so many Peter F. Hamilton [PFH] readers, this has been my most anticipated release of 2018, so much so that I tried a number of channels to get hold of an advance reader copy. But, alas, my efforts were to no avail and I had to wait until the official release like most others. Was it worth the wait? My oath it was!
As a definite space opera and PFH fan, I was bound to sink my teeth into this one and most likely enjoy it. But, there’s no undue bias here when I say that this book is simply superb. There’s no other way to describe it and this new standalone series from PFH certainly looks like it’s going to be another epic.

BOOK REVIEW: Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars: Thrawn #2) by Timothy Zahn

Carrying on with this new canon series penned by sci-fi heavyweight Timothy Zahn, Thrawn: Alliances continues painting on the revised Star Wars canvas, feeling both familiar and completely new at the same time. There are a number of familiar characters [including the excellent and ever-present R2-D2] and places as well as many that we’ve not come across before. The storyline idea is familiar enough yet it is drifting gently and tangentially away from the traditional Expanded Universe ideas.

BOOK REVIEW: Outpost (Donovan Trilogy #1) by W. Michael Gear

I’ve been seeing this title [the first of a planned trilogy] pop up on a few book blogs that I keep an eye on, the synopsis immediately catching my attention, sounding like an interesting far-flung space colony story set on a planet with weird and wonderful ecology which is resisting human attempts to plunder resources from their home. The colony is on the planet Donovan which is thirty light-years away and the colonization and mining operations are being overseen by a ruthless profit-driven corporation based back in our Solar System. The strange thing is that the last half-dozen Corporation ships that have attempted to make the journey to Donovan have all disappeared, leaving the colonists stranded and left to their own devices.