Category Archives: Reviews

Review of Shadowmarch

I have recently completed reading the Shadowmarch series by US author Tad Williams. This fantasy series consists of four volumes: ShadowmarchShadowplay, Shadowrise and Shadowheart. Continue reading →

Cormoran Strike

As I said in a previous post I have recently read the Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith. It is pity that those books would not have sold well, if it had not be known that Galbraith is no one but J. K. Rowling herself, as the Strike novels are well-written detective stories. And to be honest I believe these books are far better than the Harry Potter series. Continue reading →

Windhaven

Windhaven by George R. R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle is described on Wikipedia as a “science fiction and fantasy” novel. This triggers me, really. As one might know, I endorse a strong demarcation between both genres of speculative fiction. Only almost everyone has his or her own definitions of science fiction and fantasy, and as always with definitions, discussions on this topic cannot be settled in a definite way. Continue reading →

Dune

I have now read all six books of the original Dune series by Frank Herbert. I won’t bother to give a summary of the books here, those can be found on the internet, rather I will present here my impressions of these classic works of science fiction. Continue reading →

Review: Shannara trilogy

Recently I finished The Wishsong of Shannara, the third installment of Terry Brooks’ Shannara trilogy. The other books are The Sword of Shannara and The Elfstones of Shannara. This fantasy series is remarkable because it is  not set in a far and forgotten past or in some other universe but in the far future. After a nuclear war all technology is destroyed and replaced by magic. Continue reading →

Telepathy

I am almost finished reading Isaac Asimov’s Forward the Foundation. Despite the fact that Asimov is by far my favorite SF author, I wonder whether FtF is actually science fiction? The reader might ask if I am crazy as the Foundation series is set in space and in the future. However, I do not consider these two condition sufficient to consider a work of fiction to be science fiction. Continue reading →

The Martian (review)

If you need to find someone to run a manned mission to Mars and you have two applicants, Andy Weir and Bas Lansdorp, then I would recommend you to hire Weir. Though both men are primarily associated with manned missions to Mars, only Weir shows a deep understanding of the difficulties of living on Mars. Continue reading →

Into the world of fan fiction

Since I have not had much time to write much, it would be an idea to share some nice fan fiction here. It’s really amazing the amount of fan fiction one can find on the web, though I mostly stumble upon nice ones by accident – the result of crazy search queries. I am particularly fond of “cross overs”. Continue reading →

The Rejuve Universe Explored

Spanking author “Lurking Dragon” has created his own vision of the 28th century, a world known as the Rejuve Universe. In this fictional universe society has been changed significantly due to a technology called rejuvenation. According to his novel Melody’s Stories this technology was introduced on Earth by aliens (in the remainder of this review I will ignore the alien part, as I find this a deus ex machina type explanation, which I don’t like). Continue reading →

Fanfiction recommendation

Yesterday I came across a story at FanFiction. In this cross over story, Rincewind (from Pratchett’s Discworld series) is appointed as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts (the wizard school in the Harry Potter books). Continue reading →