Retro Reviews: Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at Princess of Mars, the first in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter series. This is straight up pulp adventure with no pretensions to be anything other than rollicking swashbuckling fun. It is now time for my traditional attempt at poetical plot summation […]

The Ballad of Beta-2 by Samuel R Delany

By way of introductory remarks, let me state I was very much looking for an excuse to retry Samuel R Delany’s work after having a rough time with Tales of Neveryon. Therefore when I saw a positive review of The Ballad of Beta-2 from Bookforager, I jumped on the idea this should be the next […]

An Alien Heat by Michael Moorcock

By way of introductory remarks let me state that this review of Michael Moorcock’s An Alien Heat, the first book of The Dancers at the End of Time, is the result of the most delightful form of reread, namely revisiting a book after twenty years. An Alien Heat is also quite delightful, although perhaps more […]

Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that this review will be part review of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Diplomatic Immunity and part musing about the effect of expectations. You see I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. How much of that is down to me thinking I love Lois McMaster Bujold’s […]

The Fall is All There Is by CM Caplan

By way of introductory remarks, let me state that when it comes to C.M. Caplan’s The Fall is All There Is, I am having to very much figure out my thoughts as I go. This is a highly ambitious, family focused, sci-fantasy adventure with lots of swearing. If that appeals to you, read on. When […]

A Maze of Death by Philip K Dick

As way of introductory remarks, let me note that Philip K Dick’s A Maze of Death is a book. Yeah, I’m struggling to break things down here. Let’s try again. A Maze of Death is a book somewhat of the mystery murder genre, definitely of the sci-fi genre, but most quintessential a book of the […]

The Secret of Sinharat by Leigh Brackett

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that to rate Leigh Brackett’s The Secret of Sinharat is to rate pulp adventure, for this fix-up adventure of Eric John Stark is bang on pulp adventure. The basic premise of this book is that Eric John Stark, or N’Chaka, a man of a Conan-esque mould, […]

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

By way of introductory remarks I would like to state that I am not the right reader for Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne, his novella about a girl whose blood breeds clones set on her destruction. I don’t read a lot of horror. I am not a huge fan of modern day settings. […]

Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold

One of my great discoveries of last year was Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga. The first three books I read were absolutely fantastic. If you want to know my taste in books, then Shards of Honour, The Warrior’s Apprentice, and The Vor Game will tell you a lot about them. Then I got to Barrayar […]

Cyber Mage by Saad Z. Hossain

(mild spoilers) I think by now I’ve made my huge admiration for Saad Z. Hossain and his djinn meets cyberpunk books. After finding his two novellas, I’ve decided to make my way back through the rest of his work, starting with Cyber Mage, which exists in very similar territory, probably because those two novellas are […]