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  • Massively Multiplayer: Book Review

    Posted on September 11, 2014 by Tao

    Massively Multiplayer by P. Aaron Potter is an amazing book and a great example of the eBook revolution and the kind of quality that can come from it.  I picked it up via a Humble Bundle and I must say, there were certainly quite a few good books in there but this one stood out.

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  • Little Brother - Book Review

    Posted on September 4, 2014 by Tao

    So, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is probably the best Young Adult book I've read in a long time. It's set in an alternate reality modern day (or maybe just a little ahead of where we are) and focuses on Marcus's fight against 'Big Brother' once they take over San Francisco after a terrorist attack. Unwilling to trade his privacy for 'safety', the book chronicles his exploits and does a little teaching along the way.

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  • The Vampire Academy Series (Books) Review

    Posted on July 10, 2014 by Tao

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    Alright, let's be truthful here.  The Vampire Academy books are young adult fiction, so don't expect Shakespeare here.  There's a lot of the usual tropes - the spunky heroine who is an outsider, the love triangle, the faith of the world resting on her shoulders... You know, the usual.

    On the other hand,most stories come from the same place.  Hell, Star Wars follows the Hero's Journey almost point-for-point.  It's all the execution and there are definitely things in the Vampire Academy books that made me finish the series.

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  • The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel Book Review

    Posted on June 10, 2014 by Tao

    It's been a while since I've written anything - lots of travelling for work so I've not had time to dedicate to the blog.  We've also been working hard on the site, which makes it hard to keep up.  Good news though - all that travelling let me catch up on a bunch of books [...]

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  • The Empire of Man - Book Series Review

    Posted on April 15, 2014 by Tao

    Not been writing a lot of book reviews since I haven't actually read anything good recently.  Read a few books, but if I can't even make it through the book why would I write about it?  So, here's an oldie review.

    The Empire of Man (aka as Prince Roger's Journey aka as March Upcountry) series focuses on the far future and one rather spoiled Prince Roger McClintock.  The series tells the story of Prince Roger and his personal guard, the Bronze Battalion of the Empress's Own, as they cross the hostile and alien world of Marduk where they have been marooned after an unsuccessful assassination attempt.  Written by John Ringo (of the Oh, John Ringo, no fame) and David Weber (of the Honor Harrington series); it's a space opera / military science-fiction romp  that has entire world building aspects added to a coming-of-age story.

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  • Novels of the Change: SM Stirling Book Review

    Posted on September 18, 2013 by Tao

    Started reading S.M. Stirling's Novels of the Change this last month.  I'm on book 3 right now and so far, I have to say I like it.
    It's obvious the author knows something about martial arts, swordplay and general combat / tactics.  Whilst I'm not that interested in detailed fights, it's always nice to read a [...]

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  • Captain Vorpartil's Alliance : Book Review

    Posted on September 16, 2013 by Tao

    Lois McMaster Bujold stands at the top of my podium of living writers.  She has a way with words that is utterly amazing, concise and precise and yet perfect articulate and readable. You can skim through her books, enjoying the rip-roaring space opera plots or take it slow and realise she hits on some important, profound concepts.  I'm not the only one who agrees - she's got 4 Hugo's (matching Robert A. Heinlein's record) and I'm sure she'll exceed it soon enough.

    Captain Vorpartil's Alliance takes place between Cryoburn and Diplomatic Immunity and focuses on one of her fan favorite characters; Ivan Vorpartil.  Mile's often-sidekick and the straight guy in many of her novels, he's now the one up to radical shenanigans and derring-do in his own inestimable way.

    Overall, the book is what I expected it to be. A fun-filled romp with Ivan at turns brilliantly and bumblingly making his way through politics and saving damsels in distress while attempting to avoid actually doing anything (as much as possible).   For once we see a deeper side of Ivan, Bujold laying bare the forces that have made him as he is and the choices he has made to live the life that he has.  It's an interesting character study, a discussion about potential, danger and sacrifice underneath a tale of intergalactic romance.

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  • The Dark Heavens Trilogy - Kylie Chan Book Review

    Posted on September 11, 2013 by Tao

    So, an urban fantasy that decides to set itself in Hong Kong and deal with Chinese mythology instead of Western European myths.  A nice change of pace and the setting has so much potential.  I really, really wanted to like this series but I just couldn't.  Alright, let's break it down - spoilers ahead.

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  • Book Review: Redshirts

    Posted on September 8, 2013 by Tao

    Ever heard of John Scalzi? No? If you haven't and you like humorous, tongue-in-cheek books that are well written and occasionally scratch the surface of some deeper subject matters, you'll enjoy his work.  Mind you - don't expect hard science fiction here; this is all soft scifi by far.
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  • Fantasy Writers & Medieval Martial Arts

    Posted on August 2, 2013 by Tao

    It's strange. I'm reading the Incomplete Enchanter currently by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt.  It's not a bad series really, filled with short stories about Harold Shea (a psychologist) who manages to move himself to different, parallel worlds where the laws of science / magic alter depending on the worlds shared beliefs of [...]

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