Category: Reviews of Books

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Star Trek: Vanguard: Summon The Thunder

The Taurus Reach: a remote interstellar expanse that holds a very old and potentially cataclysmic secret, the truth of which is feared by the Tholians, coveted by the Klingons, and dubiously guarded by the Federation. Second book in the Vanguard series and things are moving much more quickly now, with Klingons Romulans, and Tholians all making major moves that result in the complete destructions of planets and entire solar systems. There’s great story being set up here and I’m happy to take the ride. This book does remind me that i need to get the “before you read this” thing...

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California Tiki

After World War II, suburbs proliferated around California cities as returning soldiers traded in their uniforms for business suits. After-hours leisure activit It should be no surprise that I found this book to be both entertaining and informative, as I’ve long has a fascination with what I knew of pop tiki culture since I was in high school and was introduced to it through MTV’s Beachhouse Tiki God. The MTV version was terrible on nearly every level, but it was the seed that grew into wanting to know more and forming an identity for myself. I’m the proud owner of...

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Officer’s Manual

Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer’s Manual is a supplement published by FASA in 1988 for Star Trek: The Role Playing Game to update game material following the premiere of the new television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. However Paramount Pictures did not feel FASA’s new material match This is a well done book, but unfortunately was developed separately from the main TNG show, so there’s a ton of information that makes no sense at all in context of what people were expecting after seeing TNG on the screen. Add to that, most of the ship designs are hilariously...

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The Star Trek Book of Friendship: You Have Been, and Always Shall Be, My Friend

Star Trek has energized friendships for over 50 years. Whether it’s exploring a convention, beaming into a movie theater, or joining in on a landing party watch party, generations have been as united in their love of the franchise’s bold storytelling and stunning action as they are in the honest fully realized relationships of their favorite characters. The publisher of the book was kind enough to send me a copy of the book, it’s both on instagram AND on my bookshelf. It’s a uniquely weird type of book, something that I’ve never run into in all my time collecting and...

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Revelation Space

900,000 years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin. For the human colonists settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam, it’s of little more than academic inter The first of the “Inhibitor” series, I’ve read books by Reynolds before, but I don’t think any of them were in this main series. As a start to the series, this is a great book, though the ended with the neutron star was bonkers and I think I only slightly understood exactly why they were turning into atom thin pancakes. Buy On Amazon!

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Hull Zero Three

Trapped on a mysterious spaceship, the only way to escape is to survive. A thrilling novel from the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Greg Bear. A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination – unknown. Its purpose? A mystery. Its history? Lost. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home, a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms, he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger. A glorious rip...

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Salvation Day

A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller. They thought the ship would be their salvation. Per the author info page at the end of the book, this is Kali Wallace’s first non-YA book, but it still has the distinct feel of a YA book, something I started to notice about 2/3 of the way through, then I got to the afore mentioned info page and said “ah, right, that makes sense then”. That’s not to say this isn’t a great story, some of our favorite modern stories have been YA or adapted...

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Oblivion’s Gate

The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse-only to find that some fates really are ine This is it, the end of an era, the final stopping place story of the much loved expanded trek lit universe (ETL). As a final entry in a storyline that’s included dozens of books, dozens of authors, and dozens of years, can it possibly hold up to the expectations and obligations that it has to the fans that have followed along? This is going to be a spoiler filled review, and will touch on...

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The Gods Themselves

The invention of the Inter-Universe Electron Pump has threatened the rate of hydrogen fusion in the sun, leading, inevitably, to the possibility of a vast explosion. I believe I got this for free from Amazon, and it’s worth about this price, it’s definitely not Asimov’s best work, but it was still entertaining enough to not give up on it. Buy On Amazon!

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Punktown

In the nightmarish city they call Punktown, on a planet where countless sentient species collide, you can become a creator of clones. You can become a piece of performance art. You might even become a library of sorrows… A mish mash of stories that range from pretty ok to pretty good, though as an introduction to the world of “Punktown”, this collection of short stories did it’s job and let me know what it was going to be all about. It’s well written, but I don’t think the franchise is up my alley. If you like clones, demons, laser swords,...

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