The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency Book 1) by John Scalzi

Rating: 6.6 (out of 10) First, the good news – The Collapsing Empire is a smart, entertaining, easily digestible page turner. In other words, it’s a John Scalzi novel. It’s also a nice bit of old fashioned sci-fi fun – heroes do heroic things and villains do villainous things, the story has nice momentum and … Continue reading The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency Book 1) by John Scalzi

Fields of Fire (Frontlines Book 5) by Marko Kloos

Rating: 7.6 (out of 10) In this installment of Kloos’ popular Frontlines series, Grayson makes some startling discoveries about the Lankies and things build to an epic battle on Mars that does not disappoint. Kloos delivers another near-perfectly structured MilSF adventure. His measured pacing and tone and workmanlike plotting are suited to the characters he … Continue reading Fields of Fire (Frontlines Book 5) by Marko Kloos

Raising Caine (Tales of the Terran Republic Book 3) by Charles E. Gannon

Rating: 7.0 (out of 10) In my review for Fire with Fire, the first book in this series, I expressed that Gannon’s brand of science fiction was old-fashioned in the best and worst sense of that term. Those same virtues and shortcomings carry through Raising Caine, the third and latest novel in the series, though … Continue reading Raising Caine (Tales of the Terran Republic Book 3) by Charles E. Gannon

The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken Macleod

Rating: 7.9 (out of 10) Macleod ventures into Charles Stross territory with the launch of this new series, emphasizing action and satire while mixing in some hard SF and hard-left politics. The story is sort of a reverse Matrix - long dead mercenaries are digitally revived a thousand or so years in the future and … Continue reading The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken Macleod

Waypoint Kangaroo (Kangaroo book 1) by Curtis C. Chen

Rating: 7.9 (out of 10) “Nobody gets my jokes,” laments Kangaroo, the otherwise unnamed protagonist of Curtis C. Chen’s Waypoint Kangaroo. He’s not kidding. The titular spy can’t coax a single laugh from anyone else in the novel, though he hardly lets a moment pass without cracking wise. For the reader, Kangaroo’s prodigious attempts at humor … Continue reading Waypoint Kangaroo (Kangaroo book 1) by Curtis C. Chen

Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 3) by Cixin Liu (trans. Ken Liu)

Rating: 9.3 (out of 10) It has been more than two weeks since I finished reading the third book in Cixin Liu's Three Body Trilogy, and it has left me with a lot to process. It would be impossible to cover everything I want to say about this book into one review. Among those things, I … Continue reading Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 3) by Cixin Liu (trans. Ken Liu)