In preparation for Nightflyers the upcoming TV show I am doing my homework and reading the novella it is based on. The novella starts with an inverted timeline of a future that measures itself from the starting point of “Jesus of Nazareth” which was a little jarringly religious for a sci-fi story. But a recounting of the historic events that follow, such as something known as the “Fire Wars” does a good job of giving the feeling that this is all happening in the far, far future.
I was recently given part three of the sci-fi series, Poseidon’s Children, by Alastair Reynolds, and I have just finished it, so now it’s time to post about it. I read the first book, On the Steel Breeze, last year, and it has taken me a while to get round to reading the final installment. I wrote a post about On the Steel Breeze, where I said that the book was about ideas.
I’m reading The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12 at the moment, which is edited by Jonathan Strahan. I actually gravitated toward this book based mostly on the cover by a book-cover illustrator named Dominic Harman. It is an atmospheric image of a spaceship coming in to land on some high-tech installation, with a giant planet or moon in the background. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I guess it’s okay to be swayed by nice art, now and again.
I’ve just finished reading Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker, which has a really cool painted cover. A cover with a beautifully painted spaceship is always enough to attract my attention, and this book has one, front and center. The author announced the publication of Star Nomad on her website back in 2016, so this is not a latest release, but that has never put me off a book before. So, emboldened by the great cover, and not put off by the book’s age, I downloaded Star Nomad from my usual supplier, KOBO, paying the princely sum of no money at all.
The book I have just finished reading, and which I am reviewing in this post, is The Battle of Hollow Jimmy, written by Becky Black. A quick look at her author website indicates that she has written an interesting selection of books, with sci-fi as only part of her prodigious output. It turns out she now produces m/m and f/f romance, and her science fiction was written years ago. I enjoyed The Battle of Hollow Jimmy and I hope she will again produce a few more sci-fi books, along with the other writing she does.
I recently found a place called NetGalley where new books are to be had for free, as long as a person has a blog where they can be promoted. Luckily I have this very blog, and so I signed up and downloaded a couple of books. Today I’m reviewing one of them called Whisper by Lynette Noni, from Pantera Press. The publisher’s website says that bestselling Australian author Lynette Noni is known for crafting compelling stories that appeal to devoted fantasy fans and general-interest readers alike.
I’m half way through reading Harvest of Time by Alastair Reynolds a Dr Who book written by one of the outstanding talents of current British sci-fi. I grew up reading Doctor Who books; in fact the first “grown up” book I ever read was Doctor Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen, publisehed by Target Books. TV Tropes has a detailed article dedicated to these Dr Who novelizations. The quality of the writing varied considerably, but some were very good.
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