Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

The Rolling Stones

Friday, March 11th, 2016

I recently read The Rolling Stones, one of Robert A. Heinlein's young adult novels. I am going to say it is a lot of fun to read. Following the misadventures of the twins, Castor and Pollux, as the Stone family takes an extended vacation in our solar system, visiting Mars ...

Review: Interstellar Migration and the Human Experience

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

I've been meaning to read this book for a long time. I can tell how long as the receipt from when I bought it (dated 1998) was still stuck in the book. Interstellar Migration and the Human Experience, edited by Ben Finney and Eric Jones, is a collection of papers ...

Review: Fool Moon

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A few years back I read Stormfront, the first book in Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. Although I liked the story, I didn’t like the main character harry Dresden, nor did I like the number one supporting character Detective Karrin Murphy. I thought Harry Dresden was a class-A jerk, and ...

Review: On Basilisk Station

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

On Basilisk Station by David Weber is the first book in the Honor Harrington series. Weber chose the name to have the initials H.H. for the main character knowing that his series would be compared to C.S. Forester’s Hornblower series. Honor Harrington, a commander in the Royal Manticoran Navy, has ...

Review: The Unincorprated Man

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

During the summer of 2010, I went to WesterCon in Pasadena with my family. while I was there I had the pleasure of meeting the brothers Dani and Eytan Kollin, the authors of The Unincorporated Man. Although it took me a while to get around to reading their first novel, ...

Review: Almuric by Robert E. Howard

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

I’ve been meaning to read Almuric by Robert E. Howard for some years and I figured with the imminent release of John Carson (Edgar Rice Burrough’s Barsoom) in theaters in a few weeks, now was a good time to give it a read. Almuric follows the exploits of the Earthman ...

Beyond This Horizon

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein is an intriguing look at a futuristic Utopia, or more like a semi-Utopia. This is one of Heinlein’s early novels, first published in two parts in Astounding Science Fiction in 1942. The novel feels, and reads, more like two stories woven together to make ...

The Weapon Shops of Isher

Monday, August 30th, 2010

There is only one problem with writing a review of an out of print book, and that's for anyone interested in reading the book. These days, however, it is a bit easier thanks to the Internet. The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. Van Vogt is a fine read. ...

Review: The Young Duke

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Too anyone who knows me, it will come as no surprise that I am a big (and I do mean BIG!) John Wayne fan. My in-laws are no exception to this. Indeed, they delighted me the last couple of holidays with some delightful John Wayne related gifts, and this year ...

The Great Decision

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

The Great Decision by Cliff Sloan and David McKean is a highly engaging book about the early days of the United States and the Supreme Court. It is more than an analysis of the decision in Marbury v. Madison; it is a history of the early days of Washington D.C., ...

Like Wolves on the Fold

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Last night I finished reading Like Wolves on the Fold: The Defence of Rorke's Drift by Lt. Col. Mike Snook. This book details out how the battle came about in the aftermath of the British defeat at Isandlwana, how the defensive perimeter was laid out, the geography of the area, ...

Review: A Song In Stone

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

A Song in Stone by Walter Hunt is a story about a 21st century man, Ian Graham, who finds himself locked in Medieval France on the path to becoming a Templar, weeks before the Templar order is banned and many of its members tortured and killed. It's not quite science ...

Doc Savage #13-#15

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I now have twelve of the Nostalgia Ventures Doc Savage reprints, and have read three of them. That means nine more to go, which is a fair amount of reading. I am going to gloss over all three of the ones I have read in this review. They are #13-15, ...

Exposing the Real Che Guevara

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I have never understood the fervent idolatry of Che Guevara. For decades he has been held up as the poster child of revolution and freedom. Movies have been made about his exploits and his death, perpetuating the idea that he was a great hero of human freedom. I've always ...

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is an interesting discourse on politics and revolution. Heinlein paints an interesting saga of a revolt on the moon against the Terran authorities who control all aspects of the lives of those living on the lunar colonies. It won the Hugo Award for Best ...

Starship Troopers vs. Forever War

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

This year being the Centennial marking the birth of Robert A. Heinlein, a lot of renewed interest in his works has been sparked. While attending Convergence (this was opposite the Heinlein Centennial Celebration taking place in St. Louis) there was a discussion on his works and Starship Troopers was brought ...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. This is the last volume in the famed "Harry Potter" series, and it is a very good sendoff for the series. I will not include any spoilers. I'll not even tell you about Hermione having Draco Malfoy's ...

The Corps Review

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

I've not had as much time to write as I have been furiously reading to finish the current book on my shelf. The good news is I finished reading it. The bad news is it isn't the new Harry Potter book. In Danger's Path by W.E.B Griffin is the 8th ...

Tunnel In The Sky, by Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

This year is the Centennial of the birth of Robert A. Heinlein. As such, I have been going through a phase of reading and rereading a number of his works, so I thought I would share some of them with you. Tunnel In The Sky is the story of survival ...

The Looming Tower

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Every American is acutely aware of the terrorist attack on 9/11. Many Americans are not aware of the many threads of fate that is the web of al-Qaeda and International Islamic Terrorism that lead up to that horrible day. The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence ...