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Review of Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky

dogs of war

Dogs of War is written by Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the brilliant Children of Time book and the Shadows of the Apt series. On the surface, Dogs of War is the story of Rex, a bio-form based on a dog, who is designed to be a soldier. But, scratch the surface a little, and you will …

Review of Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis

Artemis is written by Andy Weir, author of the bestselling book and movie ‘The Martian‘. Artemis is science fiction, starring Jazz Bashara, an underachieving smuggler/porter on the Moon. Humanity has a base, Artemis, on the moon which survives mainly on tourism. Jazz Bashara is a snarky Saudi Arabian woman who has made a lot of bad …

Review of ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation

‘Annihilation’ is written by Jeff VanderMeer. It is the first book in the ‘Southern Reach’ trilogy. I got to know of its existence when I saw the trailer for the movie. The trailer was bizarre but was quirky enough to pique my interest. Plus, it was directed by Alex Garland and starred Natalie Portman and …

Review of ‘Phasma’ by Delilah S Dawson

phasma

‘Phasma’, part of the new Star Wars canon, is written by Delilah S Dawson. It is, as the name implies, the ‘origin’ story of the eponymous character, set after ‘Return of the Jedi’ but before ‘The Force Awakens’. “Phasma’ was a let down. I had reasonably high expectations from this book since it was the …

Review of ‘The Delirium Brief’ by Charles Stross

Delirium Brief

“The Delirium Brief” is written by Charles Stross. It is book #8 in ‘The Laundry Files’ series. This series mixes up science fiction, fantasy, the occult, parts of the Cthulhu mythos along with inanity and humour of ‘The Office’. It is a must read for geeks, especially those working in IT and corporates. There is …

Review of The End of All Things by John Scalzi

the end of all things

“The End of All Things” is the sixth book in the “Old Man’s War” series, by John Scalzi.  It is a collection of four short stories which stars an ensemble cast including Harry Wilson. This book continues the same story arc from ‘The Human Division’. The conflicts between and in the Conclave, Colonial Union, Earth …

Review of The Human Division by John Scalzi

human division

“The Human Division” is the fifth book in the “Old Man’s War” series, by John Scalzi.  It is a collection of short stories which stars an ensemble cast including Harry Wilson. First off, this is exactly the book that was needed to rescue the Old Man’s War series from the disaster that was “Zoe’s Tale’. …

Review of Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

Zoe's Tale

“Zoe’s Tale” is the fourth book in the “Old Man’s War” series, by John Scalzi.  This time, Zoe – John & Jane’s adopted daughter – is the protagonist. This tale is told from Zoe’s point of view and is set in the same time frame as ‘The Last Colony’ John Scalzi has changed the template …

Review of The Last Colony by John Scalzi

the last colony

“The Last Colony” is the third book in the “Old Man’s War” series, by John Scalzi.  We get two protagonists who are familiar to us – John Perry and Jane Sagan. At the end of the ‘The Ghost Brigades’, we get the hint that John and Jane are going to retire to a colony along …

Review of The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

the ghost brigades

“The Ghost Brigades” is the second book in the “Old Man’s War” series, by John Scalzi. It tells the story of Jared Diriac, a private in the ghost brigades i.e. the special forces arm of the Colonial Defense Force (CDF). “The Ghost Brigades” is a very different book from its predecessor. Sure, on the surface …