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Old Man's Words

Audio and Ebook SF&F reviews from one old man with a great big cup of S.T.F.U.!

The Purge of Babylon

Summary: A fun post-apocalyptic zombie romp reminiscent of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter books. Rating: 3/5.

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The Hardest Working Author in Fantasy Literature

Brandon Sanderson announced today that he’s completed Oathbringer, volume three of The Stormlight Archive. Well, the first draft anyway. That’s the third thousand-page book in this epic, which started at around the same time that George R. R. Martin published the most recent Thrones book and Rothfuss published the most recent Kingkiller book.

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Why is Science Fiction so much less popular than Fantasy?

The 2016 Goodreads awards are out, and while I felt this was kind of an “off” year for both genres, I noticed that the vote tallies for one category were far greater than for the other.

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Blood Song

A wonderfully gritty and creative swords and sandals epic from newcomer Anthony Ryan.

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not alone

A very clever, page-turning plot-twister with a lot of currency in the era of social media and the 2016 election. The best indie SF effort I’ve read since Andy Weir’s The Martian.

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Gateway to Nifleheim

Interesting, albeit short, fantasy adventure by Glenn Thater, whom I had not read before. Kind of a cross between “The Black Company” and “The Thirteenth Warrior”.

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Influx

Pretty good techno-thriller from a new (to me) author in the Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton mold.

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A Wreck of A Story About The Wreck of the River of Stars

I just could not get into this one. The synopsis is certainly intriguing enough, about an aging space freighter from a bygone era that goes through some sort of crisis while the crew tries to pull it together. I wanted to like it. But it was so focused on the minutiae of human interaction that it just got under my skin in a very bad way. Endless, slow narrative describing how the position of someone’s hand and a hair out of place means that they’re planning to destroy you and also to sleep with you, maybe.

What a mess. Returned unfinished for a refund.

I’ve got about 20 books to catch up on here so more reviews are coming soon!

 

Beacon 23

Hugh Howey took the SciFi world by storm with Wool a few years back, but has been relatively quiet since then. I read somewhere that he bought a boat and is floating around the ocean somewhere — good for him! So it came as a pleasant surprise that a new Howey novel was out.

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