Category: Book reviews

Book review: The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter

The Massacre of Mankind is the second time that Stephen Baxter has revisited one of the many worlds of HG Wells. In 1995, he wrote The Time Ships – a sequel to The Time Machine. I haven’t read Time Ships, but War of the Worlds is a different beast, and one that is perhaps the…


The Eternity War: Pariah – reviewed on SF Concatenation

Pariah has just been reviewed in the seminal SF Concatenation! Here’s an excerpt from the review: “Pariah is a brilliant beginning to the ‘Eternity War’ series. The characters are varied and subverted, and their conflicts shoulder most of the narrative weight. The world-building serves the narrative, and not the other way round, and it make…


Alien: The Cold Forge by Alex White

An original Alien book is something special in my reading calendar, and when Alex White’s The Cold Forge hit my radar late last year I was immediately interested. But that interest was tempered with a natural apprehension: in recent years, we’ve seen some serious letdowns to the Alien franchise. I’m still bitter from the experience…


Book review: Battlemage (Age of Darkness 1) by Stephen Aryan

Regular visitors to my blog will know that although I’m an avid reader, I tend to read a fairly narrow range of genres. I like space opera, and I like military SF, and there are more than enough books in those genres to keep me going for a lifetime. When I need variety, the crossover…


Book review: Babylon’s Ashes by James SA Corey

Babylon’s Ashes is the sixth in the hugely popular Expanse series. Not only has The Expanse been a highly successful run of books, but it has also recently been made into a very well-received TV series by SyFy (available on Netflix in the UK). It’s also one of my favourite SF book series – so…


Book review: The Warmaster by Dan Abnett

The Warmaster is the fourteenth novel in the Gaunt’s Ghost series, and marks Dan Abnett’s long-awaited return to Black Library. Incredibly, the thirteenth entry in the series – Salvation’s Reach – was published all the way back in October 2011, and left Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and his famous Ghosts in the aftermath of a tremendous victory…


Tattooed Book Geek reviews THE ETERNITY WAR: PARIAH

Thanks very much to Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek for his review of PARIAH! His rating: Hell Yeah! Here’s an extract: “There’s lots of action in PARIAH, from space battles between starships to gun fights aboard space stations and ships against both the human foe of the Black Spiral and the alien menace…


Book review: THE BASTARD LEGION by Gavin Smith

THE BASTARD LEGION is Gavin Smith’s latest novel, and part one of the new BASTARD LEGION trilogy. Smith’s debut novel was VETERAN, but many readers will recognise him from the acclaimed AGE OF SCORPIO. A penal legion in space, a crazy Marxist computer virus, and corporate espionage: this is quality SF, with Gavin Smith’s trademark…


Book review: ALIENS: BUG HUNT (edited by Jonathan Maberry)

The ALIEN expanded universe now covers many media. We’ve had comic books, novels, video games and more recently even a new board game. However, BUG HUNT treads new ground. Sure, we’ve seen original fiction set in the ALIEN universe before, in the form of Dark Horse comics and novels, but this is the first time…


Book review: CARCHARODONS – RED TITHE by Robbie MacNiven

Black Library increasingly takes us into new and unexplored territory, with the hardback release of CARCHARODONS – RED TITHE. The first full-length novel to feature the Carcharodon Astra (also known as the Space Sharks), this book is also the first full-length outing from author Robbie MacNiven. The Sharks are one of those Space Marine chapters…


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