Category: Reviews of Books

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Star Trek: Vanguard: Storming Heaven

“I WAS THERE UNTIL THE END, MATE. THE BITTER, BLOODY END.”Vanguard is under siege. Surrounded by enemies, Admiral Nogura sends the scout ship Sagittarius to find an ancient weapon that might be the Federation’s only hope of stopping the alien threat known as the Shedai . . . Qo’noS is wracked by Well this is it, the absolute end of the series, with absolutely no possible way to have another book in the series. This cover is fantastic and I loved it so much I spend a few moments before I read it soaking in every detail, but it turns...

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The Marvel Vault: A Visual History

The history of Marvel Comics with replications of historical artifacts. Buy On Amazon! This is a great look at the history of Marvel the company and the people that got it to where it currently is. It does stop right when it’s recent history got interesting, a few years before the Disney purchase. I’m told there’s an updated version (for just a few bucks too!), if I see it in the wild I may pick it up to see what the new content looks like.

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The Rocketeer OGN Reviews

Collecting the first outing of Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer and his girlfriend Betty. With an introduction by Harlan Ellison. Originally published in monthly comic format by Pacific Comics, 1982. From the forward that Ellison gives, it is obvious that Harlan Ellison and Dave Stevens had a close relationship, he heaps a large helping of well deserved praise on Stevens’ work. I may have read all these stories before, as I’ve been trying to get the entire run of appearances of the character, which in theory isn’t going to be very difficult. Not many people are in a rush to get...

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Star Trek: Vanguard: Declassified

The Taurus Reach: the source of a secret that has driven the great powers of the 23rd century to risk everything in the race to control it. Now four new adventures—previously untold tales of the past and present, with hints of what is yet to come—begin the next great phase in the Vanguard saga.W A collection of four short stories! It’s a first for this franchise, but a welcome one: “Almost Tomorrow” by Dayton Ward Prequel to the main storyline, showing when and how several of the main characters met each other and started their relationships. It’s a good but...

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Star Trek: Vanguard: Precipice

Diego Reyes, court martialled Starfleet commodore and disgraced former commander of space station Vanguard, discovers that his role in deciphering the truth about the Taurus Reach is not yet over. As friend and foe join forces in a separate peace against the threat of the Shedai — the godlike alien The Diego Reyes drama comes to a head and just when you thought it was the worst it could get for him, it gets worse! Then it gets even more worse! Then I bet you can’t believe this, it gets better. But then it gets worse! The poor guy really...

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Star Trek: Vanguard: Open Secrets

The Taurus Reach is in turmoil.With tensions mounting between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, Ambassador Jetanien works frantically on Starbase Vanguard to halt the escalation toward war. Commodore Diego Reyes, the station’s former commander, awaits trial for treason, while the shattered I completely missed doing a writeup on this one, I finished it and immediately went on to the next book (Precipice), then finished that one and moved onto the book after that one and remembered that I hadn’t written anything at all about “Open Secrets”. This is where the story of T’Prynn’s background really gets going and her...

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Galaxy v02n01 (1951 04) : The Marching Morons

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man, of course, is king. Anyone that’s seen Idiocracy knows this story pretty well: a man frozen in time is awoken in the far future and learned that the idiots have inherited the Earth because the smart people were too busy being smart while the dumb people were all out there breeding. The solution in this story from 1951 is vastly different than the one in Idiocracy, here they’re just straight up killing off the surplus people by making them want to take a trip to an off planet colony. The story...

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Star Trek: Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind

The mystery of the Taurus Reach is about to be revealed. Ancient secrets lie on the fourth planet of the Jinoteur system, and three great rivals are fighting to control it. The Federation and the Klingon Empire want to wield its power; the Tholian Assembly wants to bury it. It’s the third book in a nine book series, but it feels like everything gets nice and neatly wrapped up. I’ve already started the next book, so I know that things aren’t as neat as you might expect, but if you were to read the first three books of this series,...

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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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