March to the Stars by David Weber

Much like the other two Empire of Man books, March to the Stars is about the travels and adventures of Roger, a space prince marooned on an alien planet with only a company of marines and a whole bunch of native peoples for company. There’s fighting, there’s lots of explanations about how things work,1 there are new cultures introduced that looks suspiciously similar to various Earth cultures2— basically, the same plot structure and content as Read More …

REVIEW: March to the Sea by David Weber and John Ringo

March to the Sea, the second installment of the Empire of Man series has fallen victim to the second-book-in-a-series syndrome. In the first book, there was a good balance of action, character development, and plot. In this book, there’s action and not much else. Part of the problem is that most of the major character development has already happened, so what’s left is just refinement. Okay, I can deal with that, especially if there’s good Read More …

REVIEW: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

It actually took me a while to read this. I started reading it back in March! And then I quit for a while because, eh, Mark. He’s VERY IRRITATING in the beginning of this book (and in the end of the previous one, Brothers in Arms). You can’t help but compare him unfavorably to Miles, and it doesn’t help that the characters in the story do the same thing! So basically, the first act of Read More …

March Upcountry by David Weber and John Ringo

I reread this because I finally want to move on in the series– this time around I noticed different things than I did the first time I read it.1 Military sci-fi can have an unfortunate twinge of he-man woman-hater club, sometimes to weird extremes, but March Upcountry isn’t over-the-top with that. In fact, it does some really good things with its characters and plot. For instance, I noticed this time just how many female characters Read More …

Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

Once again, Lois McMaster Bujold messes with several popular sci-fi tropes. Unlike my experience with Ethan of Athos, I actually spotted them on my own this time! First there’s the whole split personality thing– I’ll be honest and say that I knew this was going to happen eventually in the series because I read most of the Vorkosigan saga TV Tropes page and there’s lots of nice spoilers on it. Done well, a split personality Read More …

REVIEWS: The Vor Game, Cetaganda, Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Vor Game: Miles Vorkosigan faces enormous challenges in this Hugo Award-winning novel as he leads a mutiny against his military commander’s criminal orders, rejoins his Dendarii mercenaries, and attempts to rescue Emperor Gregor after Barrayar’s royal scion has run off straight into trouble … Sequel to THE WARRIOR’S APPRENTICE, this novel brought the Vorkosigan saga to major bestseller lists. THE VOR GAME continues to attract new readers to this internationally acclaimed series that Publishers Read More …

REVIEW: Time Traders by Andre Norton

My second Andre Norton book! Unfortunately, I didn’t really like it. It’s sci-fi, which is what she’s famous for, so that’s good. There’s time travel! I like time travel, generally. And there’s also aliens(?) and lots of Cold War stuff, which can both be interesting.1 However! Despite all the good stuff, I just couldn’t get into this book. I think my main problem was that even though it’s set roughly 60+ years into the future Read More …

The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

003. The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold Publication: Baen (July 1, 2003), ebook, 377pp / ISBN 0743436164 Series: Vorkosigan Saga #3 Genre: YA Sci-fi Read: January 3-4, 2013 Source: Freebie from publisher (Nov. 2010) Reading Challenge: Why Buy the Cow? (4/50) Summary from the publisher: Being a Vor lord on the war-torn planet Barrayar wasn’t easy. Being an officer in Barrayar’s military wasn’t easy. And being the leader of a force of spaceborne mercenaries Read More …

Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

I’m going to review these two books together because a) they’re both in the same omnibus version I have (called Cordelia’s Honor) and b) it’s just easier? So: Shards of Honor is the first book in the omnibus, and it stars Cordelia Naismith, scientist-soldier and all-around amazing lady. She’s got red hair and she can use a (stunner)gun, but she’s not Action Woman. She’s not fiesty– okay, no, that’s wrong. She IS fiesty, but not Read More …

Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett (reread)

First reviewed: May 20091 This is the second time I’ve read this collection (of everything LD-related written by RG), and I still don’t know much about the history behind it. I keep meaning to bone up on Richard the Lion-Heart and what happened after him– I think it’d make the alternate history part of the Lord Darcy stories more fun, y’know? Though, really, the focus on the stories is more on the mystery/fantasy part than Read More …