Category: Literature

Iain Banks - Posthumous release of The Quarry

Iain M. Banks dies at age 59!

Iain M. Banks dies at age 59! Renowned Scottish Science-Fiction author has died of gallbladder cancer at age 59. The author who also use the name Iain Banks on some of his books is mostly known for his ‘The Culture’ series. The Quarry. Iain M. Banks will see one more book released posthumously. It is entitled The Quarry and will feature a youngster and his father who is dying of cancer. The novel will be released 20 June 2013 in...

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Dan Brown’s Inferno review!

As regular visitors know this website mostly focuses on Science-fiction, but sometimes I will review other popular media. Dan Brown’s Inferno that was released about a week and half ago kind of falls into that class despite the fact it has sci-fi elements. Ever since the novel The Lost Symbol from 2009 have I been waiting for a another book. You might say that I got hooked on Dan Brown through The Lost Symbol. As for his earlier works such as The Da Vinci...

‘On The Steel Breeze’ cover of next Alastair Reynolds novel revealed!

‘On The Steel Breeze’ cover of next Alastair Reynolds novel revealed!

Alastair Reynolds has been one of my favorite sci-fi authors for over a decade now. Along with writers such as Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross he has caused nothing short of a veritable British Science Fiction renaissance. Reynolds is of course famous for his Revelation space novels which includes the epic Chasm City. This last novel still holds a very special place in my heart. However, after this series of novels Reynolds published some stories that were thought provoking but had...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire victory posters released!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire victory posters released!

The first thing on your mind when you hear ‘Hunger Games’ is Jennifer Lawrence photo-shopped picture on every billboard and internet banner there is. This year we get to do it all over again as the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is slated for a November 22nd release in the US. And to mark the fact that there are only nine months left to release Lionsgate Studios has released two preview posters of antagonists Katniss Evergreen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) on their victory...

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson Review!

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson Review!

Ever since the Neuromancer movie has moved into pre-production I have started reading and rereading William Gibson novels. Pattern Recognition is the first novel in a trilogy entitled ‘Bigend Books’, which is a reference to the character Hubertus Bigend that appears in all three novels. Pattern Recognition didn’t start out as the beginning of a trilogy, at first author William Gibson conceived it as a stand alone story but ultimately it grew with Spook Country (2007) and Zero History (2010). Pattern...

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game Review!

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game Review!

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game by Alan Gratz is the fourth novel in the series and is set in the Star Trek Reboot Universe that was started with the 2009 movie directed by J. J. Abrams. This series of novels targets those aged 12 and above though it is certainly also recommended for older readers who want their fix of the new Star Trek. Plot outline…. The story starts with cadet’s Kirk and McCoy joining the ‘Assassination Game’, an impromptu competition at the academy wherein cadets...

The Assassination Game First Chapter Online! ***UPDATE Large cover***

The Assassination Game First Chapter Online! ***UPDATE Large cover***

After Simon & Schuster revealed the cover of their upcoming novel Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game they have now also uploaded the first chapter as a teaser. Download the PDF file here below to get it.   Enjoy!!!.   Download Link: Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game   (After hitting the link, push the top sentence entitled Starfleet Academy the Assassination Game).     ***UPDATE*** It would seem that Simon & Schuster have uploaded  a high-resolution version of the cover, it’s just...

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game cover revealed!

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game cover revealed!

After less than a week to go until its supposed June 26th release date publishers Simon & Schuster have finally revealed the cover of the fourth installment in The Starfleet Academy young adult novel series. Book 4 is entitled The Assassination game and is written by Alan Gratz. So far, I have reviewed all earlier novels in the series and I must say I am looking forward to this one. And even though the plots seems to have elements from the 1980’s movie Gotcha it...

Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night Review!

Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night Review!

Plagues of Night is written by David R. George III, a Star Trek veteran vilified by fans over his earlier novel that was part of the Typhon Pact series. Rough Beasts of Empire of course dealt with the shocking divorce of Captain Sisko and Kasidy Yates. Plagues of Night however tries to tie-up all the earlier Typhon Pact novels by describing the events from the previous stories from the ‘Point of View’ of other characters in the first few chapters, sadly at first I didn’t know what the author was trying to...

“Fahrenheit 451” Ray Bradbury dies!

“Fahrenheit 451” Ray Bradbury dies!

Ray Bradbury, the legendary writer of science-fiction, fantasy and horror died yesterday at the age of 91. Ray is of course mostly famous for Fahrenheit 451, a story were everybody has joined together to create a complete dystopia for those enlightened who happened to think differently. The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman whose job it is to burn books, all books, but slowly changes his mind as he can’t identify the society around him with his own feelings.  Well, after Ray’s death it...

Blue Remembered Earth Review!

Blue Remembered Earth Review!

Alastair Reynolds’ latest sci-fi novel is entitled ‘Blue Remembered Earth’, it was released earlier this year and here is the full review. The novel is the first in a planned trilogy called ‘Poseidon’s Children’ and as such it suffers from the fact that it tries too hard to be both epic and the necessity that certain plot points can’t be fully developed yet. The author Alastair Reynolds first rose to fame with his Revelation Space novels first released in 2000, the standalone...

Star Trek Novels Update!

Star Trek Novels Update!

As I have not posted anything on Star Trek novels lately like I used to I will give a brief summary of what has happened on this front. ***UPDATED*** Here is the cover of Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game. ***UPDATED*** ‘Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game’. First of all is the prospective release of the Young adult novel ‘Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game’ by Alan Gratz late June next month, I say prospective because even though it is highly expected by fans there...

Fifth Starfleet Academy book slated for august 2013!

Various publishers have a listing for a fifth entry in the Starfleet Academy series, unfortunately it is slated for august 2013 which is still a while away. Meanwhile no news yet on the firth novel scheduled for June this year, I had hoped that the cover would have been released but so far no luck. Stay tuned for the announcement on who is to be the writer of the fifth book. source; http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1442428570/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=8ofsguitothet-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=1442428570  

Details on new Star Trek: The Next Generation novel trilogy revealed!

Details on new Star Trek: The Next Generation novel trilogy revealed!

According to 8of5.blogspot.com David Mack is writing a new trilogy that will feature the characters from The Next Generation. The Trilogy is called ‘Cold Equations’ and will see its first novel released in october. The details he described are taken out of the new issue of Star Trek Magazine and it contains the following brief description. In Book I: The Persistence of Memory, Picard and the Enterprise crew try to stop the Typhon Pact from raising an army of androids. Book...