Short story about a ship’s officer who ends up on the same ship as an unhinged captain-owner who thinks he is “Captain Future”, a fictional hero of the pulp SciFi era. Cute idea and well executed, but not much more.
A Hollywood agent (for actors that is) acquires a new client: an alien blob named Joshua. It seems the aliens want to contact humans, but their appearance (read:image) is not the greatest. Scalzi’s debut novel shows off his trademark humor. Great dialogue, funny situations, interesting characters. It does bog down a bit by the end, […]
Short story set in the Confederation universe. Hamilton builds worlds well as usual but this story it not very memorable. It does, however, serve as a tiny piece in the background for The Void Trilogy.
In this short story, ghost rockets, seemingly identical to the Saturn V Moon rockets, begin launching from Cape Canaveral soon after Neil Armstrong’s death. One astronaut is chosen to board one of the rockets before it launches. Cute little love story declaration for the Apollo program, but really nothing special.
This near future novel starts with a major plague that wipes out over half the planet’s population. Then there’s global cooling as the Earth enters a mini ice age. Our hero Bandit Six, who tells the story from a first person perspective, is a US Army Captain with a farming background. He becomes stuck in […]
The sequel to Tai Pan is set in the early 1960s, a time when Hong Kong had come into its own as an economic powerhouse with liberal laws allowing huge fortunes to be made and lost. The story focuses around Struan’s, the company founded by Dirk Struan from Tai Pan. The company is in trouble […]
This massive novel dramatizes the events surrounding the founding of Hong Kong. Our hero, Dirk Struan, is a merchant prince, head of his trading house. He is known by the Chinese expression “Tai-Pan”, meaning “supreme leader”. The book chronicles his efforts to found and develop Hong Kong as a way to both open up trade […]
A 1950s short story about a terrorizing creature that lives in a big lake. Cute story with nice characters. It is very interesting to read something that is not only from the 1950s, but is also SET in the 1950s. Just the whole ham radio thing was quirky from a contemporary viewpoint. May wrote this […]
After having spent quite some time on side stories, the “Legacy of the Aldenata/Posleen” universe finally gets back to the central core of the story, if you will. Peace is at hand, but there is trouble as the Darhel keep trying to screw humanity over in a sort of grand plan for their own domination […]
Set in the “Freehold” universe, this novel is about first contact with a planetbound race that has almost no metals. They turn out to be quite advanced in ceramics, steam and other sciences, all developed without metals. Humanity, in the form of a joint Freehold/UN mission, makes efforts not to expose the race to metals. […]
The fourth book in the Coyote series seems a bit scatterbrained. Various linked stories about a group who “find god” and others. I got about half way through, then couldn’t finish it. Boooooooring!
This graphic novel sees Mark Twain join forces with Nikola Tesla and Bertha von Suttner, using technology to bring about peace. The antagonists are J.P. Morgan, in this book a demon-worshipping wizard by night, Thomas Alva Edison and Guglielmo Marconi. This is a fun little piece. A bit too short perhaps, but not atypically so […]
NASA discovers a meteorite in the Arctic ice pack. It holds a wondrous discovery. But does it? Rachel Sexton, daughter of a the presidential challenger, is caught up in a web of conspiracies while she races to find the truth. Did the last paragraph sound like the blurb for an over the top action novel? […]
An NSA cryptographer tries to find a solution when someone has supposedly created an uncrackable encryption algorithm. Dan Brown’s first novel is much like his future efforts: An action and intrigue packed thriller with myriad twists. This one is actually not “as bad” as some of his later writings. The twists are not as implausible. […]
Welcome to the new Rosboch book review site. I noticed that I was updating the old site less and less. New reviews weren’t coming up. Truth is, posting a review on the old site took a lot of work since I was basically hand carving the site for every new book. Besides, it looked terribly […]