Category Archives: Novel

Artemis • 2017 • Hard SF novel by Andy Weir

★★★★ To those who liked The Martian novel or movie and wonder if the author can do it again: Yes, he does. He delivers the same funny, sly dialogs, the same Hard SF background, the same level of reckless last … Continue reading

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The Dispatcher • 2017 • novella by John Scalzi

★★ It isn’t as easy anymore as it was previously to kill someone: All of a sudden, murdered people don’t die any more but just vanish and reappear naked at home. This phenomenon established a whole new profession: Dispatchers kill … Continue reading

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The Collapsing Empire • 2017 • Space Operetta by John Scalzi

★★+ To be perfectly clear about this extended short story: It’s a trap luring you into reading a series which doesn’t exist, yet. Are you ready for that? In television, I’d expect this pilot movie to be instantly followed by … Continue reading

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The Quiet War • 2008 • SF novel by Paul McAuley

A global catastrophy called the Overturn devastated Earth. We write the year 2210, and Earth is slowly reconstructed by fundamentally Gaia-oriented states like oligarchic Greater Brazil and the EU. Gen manipulation is necessary to get back exterminated animal races but … Continue reading

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Schwarzer Dolch: Chroniken der Seelenfänger 1 • 2016 • Fantasy von Alexey Pehov

★★★ Nur Menschen, die die Begabung als Seelenfänger in die Wiege gelegt bekommen haben, können Seelen erkennen, die nicht in die Hölle oder ins Paradies gehen, sondern in der Welt verbleiben. Seelenfänger bekommen die Ausbildung, solche Seelen mittels ihres magischen schwarzen … Continue reading

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Dream of Distant Shores • 2016 • Fantasy Collection by Patricia A. McKillip

★★★ Back in the 80s, I read McKillip’s Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy. Since then, I completely lost contact with the works of this wonderful author. So, I was drawn to this brand-new collection from Tachyon Publishing, as I wanted to … Continue reading

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Central Station • 2015 • Posthumanity SF novel by Lavie Tidhar

★★★★ Central Station is a commercial space hub far several hundreds years in the future set between Tel Aviv and Jaffa. It is a rich atmospheric universe of its own, filled with an astonishing motley crew of characters from two families: There … Continue reading

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The Door into Summer • 1956 • SF novel by Robert A. Heinlein

★★ The story – silly technician looses his garage corporation predictably to greedy woman and former business partner – wasn’t very good with all that implausible back and forth through time and hibernated sleep. RAH rode that SF trope but … Continue reading

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The Grace of Kings • 2015 • Epic Fantasy novel by Ken Liu

★★ Set in the archipelago fantasy world called Dara, in a situation similar to the Chinese epoch 200 B.C. after the fall of the Chin dynasty and the rise of the Han dynasty, we follow the struggle for control of … Continue reading

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Dreamsnake • 2015 • SF novel by Vonda N. McIntyre

★★★★ Synopsis This very short novel reads like a fantasy story like Tehanu for the first 50 pages before it becomes clear that it is a post-nuclear SF setting. It follows a young, female healer called “Snake” within her probationary … Continue reading

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