I wanted to do another yearly roundup of my 2016 reading related activities; as I did last year I have been keeping track over at The Second Apocalypse Forums. So thanks to the posters over there for their participation. Yearly Targets for keeping track of my overall target and any particular books I wanted to read. You can see … Continue reading 2016: SilentRoamer by the numbers.
WHAT DO YOU SEE... The Great Ordeal is the fifth book of R. Scott Bakkers darkly epic Second Apocalypse series, which to date consists of The Prince of Nothing trilogy (The Darkness That Comes Before (2003), The Warrior Prophet (2004) and The Thousandfold Thought (2006)) and the Aspect Emperor tetralogy (The Judging Eye (2009), (The White Luck … Continue reading WHAT DO YOU SEE…. The Great Ordeal ARC review by SilentRoamer
I recently posted an article about the importance of community and not being isolated into a readership of one. One of the sites I mentioned was SFFChronicles, shortened by its frequent visitors to the Chrons, possible the largest online SFF Forum and rapidly approaching 2 million posts! I took some time to speak with Brian Turner the … Continue reading SFFChronicles – Brian Turner interview by SilentRoamer
For a long time as an SFF reader I didn't speak to many other SFF readers, my meagre interactions were limited to a local market trader (who I bought many great books from but who sadly moved on) and a few friends who read erratically despite all of the fantastic books i loaned them and for which they had never asked to borrow. To my continued … Continue reading The importance of online and not so online communities – by SilentRoamer
It's been a while since I read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy (The Final Empire (2006), The Well of Ascension (2007) and The Hero of Ages (2008)) and this is the first review of a book or in this case trilogy that hasn't been a fairly recent read. The Mistborn trilogy is followed by another trilogy which is … Continue reading Mistborn Trilogy – A review by SilentRoamer
A novel on the rise of collective consciousness on a galactic scale. Star Maker (1937) is a Science Fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon. The novel is not quite a sequel to the earlier The First and Last Men (1930) but carries over the same future history themes. Where The First and Last Men is the two billion … Continue reading I was a disembodied, wandering view-point – Star Maker review by SilentRoamer
Overall the writing is Asimov's usual fare; blunt and workmanlike and readable enough, but where this falls down and other Asimov's stand tall is in their big ideas. The Stars Like Dust does not bring those usual staple of Asimov those big ideas, to the table, which results in my least and indeed Asimov's least favourite novel. It just fell short for me.
Time is such a fickle thing, watching the clock tick down to a holiday and the hands seem to move through treacle, when ticking down for a looming deadline they seem rocket fuelled.
At the end of another year I wanted to summarise my reading related activities but rather than go into specific musings I decided to do a by the numbers approach and just detail some stats and figures.
Star Wars is back! It's been 32 years since Return of the Jedi and finally we have a sequel - a continuation of the Original Trilogy set roughly 30 years after the events of RotJ. Episode 7 always had its work cut out following the lacklustre and generally ill thought of prequels if it was to … Continue reading Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – A Review by SilentRoamer