Book Review – Zero by J.S. Collyer

“A little faith wouldn’t go amiss, Commander.” Disclosure: I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this novel directly from the author. Zero is the debut novel from author J.S. Collyer and the first in a series of what promises to be a restless, back-of-your-skull-pinned-to-the-seat ride for classical science fiction aficionados. If you’re looking for hard sci-fi, look elsewhere. Zero is more Star Wars than 2001: A Space Odyssey. …

Book Review – Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan

“When she said he was dying, and explained how little time he had left, Ellis Rogers laughed.” Disclaimer: My copy of Hollow World was an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) provided to me by the author, Michael J. Sullivan. Up front, I’ll admit that I have not read Sullivan’s popular Ryria series. I hope this has given me a fresh perspective toward a book that …

Book Review – Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

“All right. We’re saving the world, after all. Take him.” Though I’ve tried my best not to, this review may spoil some things. Reader be warned! Like the middle bear of Goldilocks fame, Ender is a culmination of the “just right.” He’s the youngest of three genetically engineered Wiggin children. The oldest, Peter Wiggin, is cold-blooded but lacks control. Valentine, …

Book Review – Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

TL;DR: Wow. Although there’s bound to be a few of you who have read this classic, I will try to avoid spoilers. If you want the 30,000-foot view of the story, you can read the back cover blurb. I’m making this review more about its spirit rather than its text. When my wife asked me what it was about, I should …

Weekly Recap – June 21st, 2013

I almost didn’t write today’s post. Sometimes, I get the feeling that I have nothing to say…until I have something to say. I have to constantly remind myself to just type things and chip away at the memory banks. In March, I decided to submit Higher Minds on a whim. It was the story I had put together for Litreactor’s Teleport Us contest, where it was well …

"Higher Minds" – My New Short Story!

Hello friends! If you find yourself so inclined, I would appreciate you taking a few minutes to swing by LitReactor and read/rate Higher Minds, the story I’ve submitted for their Teleport Us contest. I spent a considerable amount of time the past couple of weeks putting it together. Much thanks goes out to my wife and Oliver for their amazing contributions …

Review – The Android's Dream by John Scalzi

Though the cover art and title lead one to believe otherwise, The Android’s Dream has nothing to do with androids or their dreams. It’s more of a literary wink-wink-nod to Philip K. Dick. This is the first and only work by John Scalzi that I’ve read. I actually received the book via a Secret Santa exchange run on Librarything. You may have also …

I, Beatbox32

I discovered that one of my coworkers is an avid reader like myself. We were discussing several books last week and the conversation ended up something like this (embellishments added for More Drama™): “Did you like I, Robot?” “I never read the book. The Will Smith movie was… eh.” “You… you’ve never read the book? Are you serious?” I directed …