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My interview with James Swallow is finally online over at Unreality SF.



In it we talk about his recent Star Trek novel Cast No Shadow, his work
in the Warhammer 40K universe, his involvement with the Deus Ex Human
Revolution and more.



Regarding her lack of appearances elsewhere, James is “not sure why
it is other writers didn’t tackle her – apart from a single comic book
story, she doesn’t appear anywhere else – but I always found her
compelling. The reason I chose to write a story that filled in Valeris’s
past and carried her beyond her last on-screen moments was because I
was intrigued by the central mystery of her – what would make a Vulcan
take part in a conspiracy on the scale of the one in STVI?”
You can find the full interview here.

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Also online now is my review of Keith R.A. DeCandido's ( [livejournal.com profile] kradical) The Scattered Earth novel Guilt in Innocence.


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My review of Typhon Pact: Rough Beast of Empire by David R. George III is now up at Unreality SF.

Quote:
"Overall, if this novel had only be about Romulus, Rough Beasts of Empire probably could have become one of the strongest Star Trek novels in a while, but as it is the Sisko part drags it down to an only average novel in my opinion."

Read the full review here.


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A lot has happened since my last update:

First, my review of David Mack's Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game is online.

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"Zero Sum Game is a well-written novel, no doubt about that, but in my opinion the reader has to accept one thing at face value from the start to really be able to appreciate it in the end: that Sarina Douglas is the love of Bashir’s life and he really believes that she is his soulmate. If you are not able to accept that with the little exposure she had on the show and in other novels, you probably will have a hard time accepting some of the things Bashir does in the later parts of the novel."

You can read the full review here.


If you have followed the link you will have noticed that the site has changed, learn more about the reasons for the change and what's new here.


And for the third year in a row Unreality SF is searching for the media tie-in story of the year. Nominate your favorite three stories of the last twelve months now. You can find more specific information and the link to the nomination form here.

New review

Feb. 9th, 2011 08:43 pm
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My review of Aaron Rosenberg's original novel The Scattered Earth: the Birth of the Dread Remora is now onine over at Unreality SF.

Quote:
"Overall, The Birth of the Dread Remora is a bit of a rough diamond. It’s pretty obviously a valuable edition to your (eBook) library, but it's equally obvious that it could be even more valuable with some extra polishing. As it is, the novel is a tasty appetiser for the meal to come, but on its own probably not enough to satisfy your hunger. Nonetheless definitely worth a look for fans of nautically-tinted science fiction."

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My review of Eureka: Brain Box Blues by Phaedra Weldon (as Cris Ramsay) is now up over at Unreality SF.

Quote:

"Overall Brain Box Blues is one of the worst written pieces I have read in the last few years. Abysmal writing, dreadful characterisations or poor humour - you name it, Brain Box Blues has it. One can only hope that this novel doesn't hurt the chances for a continuation of the line, since Aaron Rosenberg, who fortunately is writing the third novel Road Less Traveled, has proven with Substitution Method that it is possible to write good, engaging novels set in the Eureka universe."

You can read the full review here.

To Do List

Sep. 22nd, 2010 07:25 pm
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O.K., this post is mainly to remind myself how lazy I've been lately when it comes to reviewing, interviewing and stuff. :/

Blue = relevant for Unreality SF

To read :

Tie-in:

Star Trek: 
Corps of Engineers: What's Past by various (read the first two novellas so far)
The Children of Kings by David Stern
Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner
Strange New Worlds 10 by various

Doctor Who:
Night of the Humans by David Llewellyn (currently reading)
The Forgotten Army by Brian Minchin
The Glamour Chase by Gary Russell
Nuclear Time by Oli Smith

Marvel Universe:
Spider-Man: Requiem by Jeff Mariotte
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between by Peter David
Wolverine: Road of Bones by David Mack

DC Universe:
Infinite Crisis by Greg Cox

Monk
Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants
by Lee Goldberg


Original:

The Calling by David Mack
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
New Blood by various (Bought his mainly for Terri Osborne's Love and other Excuses)
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Klonk! by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Thud!)
Ab die Post by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Going Postal)

To review (read but not reviewed yet):

Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins by various
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon by various
Doctor Who: Apollo 23 by Justin Richards


To write for Unreality SF:

Article about Corps of Engineers series 
-My final draft is with the editor at the moment, after that it goes to the participants for approval, so this will hopefully go live in the next few weeks)

Various interviews which are in a very,very, very early stage of development

- So far I basically just have a rough schedule who I would like to interview over the next few months

Reviews

Sep. 17th, 2010 07:52 pm
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My new review of Christopher L. Bennett's Spider-Man novel Drowned in Thunder is now online at Unreality SF.

Quote:

"Overall Drowned in Thunder is a nice, character-driven novel with some flaws when it comes to the plot. It certainly isn't Bennett's best novel, but you can't really go wrong with it either, if all you search for is something to kill some time."

You can read the full review here.


And since I forgot to post links when they were put online a few weeks ago:

You can also find reviews of Mr. Monk in Outer Space by Lee Goldberg and Bones: Buried Deep by Max Allan Collins on the site.
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My review of Margaret Wander Bonanno's latest Star Trek novel Unspoken Truth is now online over at Unreality SF.

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"Unspoken Truth is a perfectly enjoyable read, just not quite as good as most of Margaret Wander Bonanno’s previous works quality-wise. But given her usual quality, Unspoken Truth being not quite as good still means it is an above-average novel recommended especially to any fans interested to see more of Saavik."

You can read the full review here.

In other news: Unreality SF is undergoing a redesign at the moment, so why don't you hop over and take a look.
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My review of Mr. Monk goes to Germany by Lee Goldberg is now online at Unreality SF.

Quote:
"I have to admit I started this book with somewhat low expectations.[...]But Mr. Monk Goes to Germany was a positive surprise.

All in all a good, quick read. Like most of the TV show, Mr. Monk Goes to Germany probably isn’t the most memorable thing you can imagine, but it’s a very decent way to kill some time. "

You can read the full review here.

New review

Apr. 12th, 2010 04:22 pm
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My review of Michael A. Martin's Star Trek Online novel The Needs of the Many is now online over at Unreality SF.

Quote:
"Overall The Needs of the Many can sadly only be described as a failed experiment. The idea to tell the build up to the game in a fragmented form by interviews is actually an interesting one, but ironically enough Michael A. Martin failed with it here, while he partly made it work in Beneath the Raptor’s Wing."

Read the full review here.

New review

Feb. 14th, 2010 07:31 pm
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My review of Star Trek: Inception by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison is now up over at Unreality SF.

Quote:
"Overall Inception is only an average novel for those who search for an all-in-one book combining character work, world building and a strong plot, simply because it focuses too much on only one part of a truly good novel - character work - further limiting itself to mostly romance-related stuff. For readers interested in this kind of fiction, Inception might be a novel to take a look at, but for me it was a slightly disappointing reading experience in the end."
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My review of Joe Schreiber's Star Wars novel Death Troopers is now online at Unreality SF.

Quote:

"Overall, Death Troopers probably isn’t the most thought-provoking book I’ve ever read, but it does everything I guess it is supposed to do: provide the reader with a few hours of horror, suspense and entertainment. Would I have liked the novel to have a little more meat on its bones? Sure, but I certainly don’t regret to have made this jump into Star Wars literature and look forward to Schreiber’s upcoming Supernatural novel The Unholy Cause..."

New review

Jan. 30th, 2010 01:08 am
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My review of Star Trek: Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing by Michael A. Martin is now online over at Unreality SF.

Quote: 
"The high fluctuation in quality in this novel is another reason why the whole thing doesn’t really feel like one coherent whole worthy of the Romulan War, but more like someone just collected stories from the war by different contributors. If that had been the intention, you could see it as a successful experiment, but since there’s no indication that it was planned out that way, The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing ends up as a somewhat schizophrenic novel. Very well-written scenes alternate with scenes you get headaches from reading, only to be followed by a really good one again. But if - and that’s a relatively big if - Martin gets his act together and is able to keep the high quality for whole novels, hope might not actually lost for the series, yet."

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