Archive for the 'Books' Category

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The Shepherd’s Crown

I recently read this book – the last Sir Terrance wrote before he died. According to a note by his assistant in the end of the book Terry would have given the text one final polish before the book’s release had he not died before having the time to do so. There were few spots […]
Friday, June 19th, 2015

Dancing With Dragons

Just finished re-reading this book and noticed that GRRM has built a “spoiler” into the back of the book. There is a substantial list of all of the characters mentioned in the book (and the preceding ones) at the back that shows the relationships between everyone. The other thing that the list indicates clearly is […]
Friday, March 13th, 2015

Sir Terry Pratchett

I have just heard about Sir Terry’s death. He will be missed by many. I can still remember back in the early 1990s when I spent my entire lunch break on my birthday in a queue in a bookshop waiting to meet him.
Saturday, June 28th, 2014

A Comparison of Xanth and Discworld

Piers Anthony’s Xanth books and Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books are both long running series of fantasy books where each book in the series is set in the same fantasy world. Since each series has common themes running through the books in the series I thought it would be interesting to compare them.
Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Raising Steam

I received the latest of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Diskworld books a few days ago. It was interesting to read his take on railways given the way that he generally tackles the different subjects that his books deal with. It was nice to see that he actually researched railways before writing the book so that the […]
Friday, January 17th, 2014

Population Growth

I was recently rereading an old collection of Isaac Asimov’s essays from 1969. In it he was talking about population growth and how the rate of the population doubling was increasing. At the time the population was 3500 million and only 47 years earlier it had been only half that. The previous doubling had taken […]
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Sauron Strikes Back

In a recent interview George R Martin (author of the Song of Ice and Fire series) said, “I hope I never see Sauron Strikes Back written by some third rate writer who leaps at the opportunity.” The context that it appeared in suggested that Mr martin was unaware that such a book had already been […]
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

“Zandru’s Forge”

This is the third Darkover book that I have read that was written by Deborah J Ross. With each of these books it has been difficult to tell that the entire book wasn’t written by Marion as Deborah has a very similar writing style. This book is set some years after “The Fall of Neskaya” […]
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

“Highmage’s Plight”

I had read sections of this book some time ago when they were published in a series of issues of an emagazine. I was impressed enough by what I read then to buy the book. As the first book by a new author it is quite good – I have definitely seen first books by […]
Saturday, October 5th, 2013

“Earth Unaware”

I have been thinking about this book supposedly based in Orson Scott Card’s Enders Universe for a while since reading it. While the book itself was an interesting story, it didn’t really fit with the other Ender books (even taking into account the different author) and the more I have thought about it the less […]