BOOK REVIEW: The Rule of Law

The Rule of Law by John Lescroart (Legal Thriller, January 2019). The wily Dismas Hardy heads up a crew of defense attorneys in San Francisco and this is the latest entry in a long-running series about them and their cases. For a legal thriller, this one features almost nothing in the way of courtroom theatrics. The […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Rewrite

Rewrite by Gregory Benford (SF/Time Travel Novel, 2018). A much-honored and old-school SF writer, Gregory Benford built a considerable reputation for works of a  “hard science” nature. As such, some readers and critics were doubtless surprised when, in the 1970s, he produced Timescape. In general, time travel books are considered prime examples of the less-than-realistic sort of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Consuming Fire

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi (SF Novel, October 2018). Scalzi, the reigning master of intelligent space operas, opens a new series with this typically inventive and absorbingly written novel. The Interdependency is a sprawling interstellar empire that was built around a religion created cynically by a super-rich family over a thousand years ago. The Wu […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Outpost

Outpost: Donovan, Book One by W. Michael Gear (SF Novel, 2018). This action-packed SF novel is based on the planet Donovan (named for the first explorer to die there). It’s the opening book of a trilogy and decently complete unto itself. In any case, the next two in the series are also available by now. Donovan […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Severance

Severance by Ling Ma (Contemporary SF Novel, 2018). This modern-day apocalypse opens in a slightly alternate version of the year 2011. While only fleetingly mentioned, this is the time of the bank bailouts and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Those protests fizzled out in this alternate history at least as quickly as in our reality. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (Historical Fantasy Novel, October 2018). This involving novel takes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s classic short story of love, jealousy and the supernatural, and simultaneously expands and re-imagines it with Katrina as the central character. As in the original, Katrina becomes the unwitting focal point […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Leverage in Death

Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb (SF/Crime Novel, September 2018). The seemingly endless “In Death” series blends multiple genres (crime/mystery, near-future SF, and erotic romance) to very entertaining effect. It’s set roughly 40 years in the future, in New York City and features redoubtable New York Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her super-rich businessman husband (and roguish onetime […]

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