Author Archives: Bruncvik

Book review: Endymion (Hyperion Cantos 3) by Dan Simmons

There are two kids of Hyperion fans.  Those who think the Cantos should have ended with The Fall of Hyperion and those who understand that the Endymion books stand on their own, as a separate duology in the same universe.  … Continue reading

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Classic review: The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos 2) by Dan Simmons

How to match a classic such as Hyperion?  Write a sequel that’s different in narrative structure and overall theme.  Other great series had done the same, but many were merely inspired by the genius of Dan Simmons who did such … Continue reading

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Classic review: Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos 1) by Dan Simmons

Hyperion is one of the best science fiction books of the 20th century.  It perfected the art of worldbuilding, while providing several very personal, emotionally upsetting, and gripping stories.  The writing and ideas were way ahead of their time, still … Continue reading

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Chengdu Worldcon: Hugo Awards with an Asterisk

Last year’s Worldcon took place in Chengdu, China.  For obvious reasons, I skipped participating as a supporting member, so I did neither nominate nor vote for Hugo Awards.  In fact, I ignored the ballot completely, and instead focused on reducing … Continue reading

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Book review: Guardian Ship by Mark Wayne McGinnis

For a book with quite a high rating at Goodreads, this one was a disappointment.  I couldn’t decide whether the author included all the most cringe-worthy tropes as a way to introduce humor to the otherwise bleak book, or whether … Continue reading

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Book review: Chains of Command (Frontlines 4) by Marko Kloos

The fourth book in the most endearing military science fiction series, Frontlines, is a little less endearing.  It is still action-packed, returning to some more grounded and gritty combat that I’ve been missing so much since the first book, but … Continue reading

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Modern Classic: Perhaps the Stars (Terra Ignota 4) by Ada Palmer

And so, the Terra Ignota series is drawing to an end.  It goes out with a bang, both literal and figurative.  And true to the author’s previous books, it offers a brand-new theme and different style, which are just as … Continue reading

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Flash review: The Tale of Ak and Humanity by Yefim Zozulya

Touted as the inspiration for the dystopian genre, and in particular for Zamyatin’s We, this short story had my expectations running high.  It turned out to be very simplistic, with little to think about.  But perhaps because of this we … Continue reading

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Book review: EarthCore by Scott Sigler

This book cannot decide whether it wants to be a near-future thriller, an action romp or science-fiction with a sprinkle of body horror.  At the end, it tries to be everything, but only half-heartedly, leaving much to be desired.  I … Continue reading

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Modern classic: The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota 3) by Ada Palmer

This review has been several weeks in making.  Usually, I write reviews in a week, with multiple rereads and revisions.  In this case, I never felt that my efforts were adequate to the quality of the book, and I ended … Continue reading

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