Brian's Book Blog

Mostly sci-fi & fantasy books, with an ecclectic mix of others thrown in.

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December
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March 2018
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reviewed: Polar Bear Dawn
3.5 starsGood techno-thriller, currently free on Amazon. It's ending is a bit of a let down, but the rest of the story moves ...
Polar Bear Dawn - Lyle Nicholson
finished reading:
March 2018
17
reviewed: Complete Idiot's Guide to the Old West
Well written history of the Old West, starting with the earliest hunter-gatherers and how they reached the land mass that wou...
Complete Idiot's Guide to the Old West - Mike Flanagan
finished reading:
March 2018
10
reviewed: The Light Fantastic
The second Discworld book, following on directly from [b:The Colour of Magic|601238|The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)|Terry...
The Light Fantastic  - Terry Pratchett
finished reading:
March 2018
09
reviewed: Claws of the Golden Dragon
Good pulp novel, set in an unspecified time, featuring hard bitten detectives, femmes fatales and mobs of mooks.Also throw in...
Claws of the Golden Dragon - Barbara Doran, Gary Kato
finished reading:
March 2018
07
reviewed: Stormbringer
Here ends the saga of Elric of Melnibone.Chaos begins to tip the balance of the world in its favour, and Elric is tasked with...
Stormbringer - Michael Moorcock
finished reading:
March 2018
04
reviewed: Lands of Dust
Good world building, in a possibly post apocalypse world where there are just a few tribes of people scattered around in a dy...
Lands of Dust - John Triptych
finished reading:
February 2018
23
reviewed: Kung Fu Space Barbarian’s Guide to Writing Text Adventures
Very short and concise explanation to writing text adventures.Looks mostly at the "interactive fiction" side of things, but t...
Kung Fu Space Barbarian’s Guide to Writing Text Adventures - Kung Fu Space Barbarian
finished reading:
February 2018
18
reviewed: The Aeronaut's Windlass
Steampunk style adventure. Came across as a bit YA when I started reading, but once the action started it improved in that re...
The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher
finished reading:
February 2018
03
reviewed: The Tiger
Follows on nicely from Stigers Tigers. Following the events from that, Stiger now finds himself in charge of the Vrell castle...
The Tiger - Marc Alan Edelheit
finished reading:
February 2018
01
reviewed: Stiger's Tigers
Sort-of Roman army story, mixed in with fantasy elements.Fairly standard story of new officer with a past gets given some dre...
Stiger's Tigers - Marc Alan Edelheit
finished reading:
January 2018
29
reviewed: Wheels of Terror
3.5 starsHassel and his comrades in the 27th Penal Regiment continue fighting on the Eastern Front.Well told, with a good mix...
Wheels of Terror - Sven Hassel
finished reading:
January 2018
26
reviewed: Arrows of Fury
Slower to get going compared to the first book [b:Wounds of Honour|6911710|Wounds of Honour (Empire, #1)|Anthony Riches|https...
Arrows of Fury - Anthony Riches
finished reading:
January 2018
23
reviewed: Wounds of Honour
Good debut historical fiction novel.A Roman is hidden in the deeps of Britain to escape the emperor's plot to destroy his fam...
Wounds of Honour  - Anthony Riches
finished reading:
January 2018
13
reviewed: LEGEND
The Drenai Empire is fading, and the Nadir Empire rises against it.Druss the Legend is taken from retirement for one last bat...
LEGEND - DAVID GEMMELL
finished reading:
January 2018
09
reviewed: The Great and Secret Show
It's been 20+ years since I last read this, but it has moved around with me and I thought it was time to take it off the shel...
The Great and Secret Show - Clive Barker
finished reading:

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On Basilisk Station
David Weber
Ghost King (Sipstrassi: Stones of Power)
David Gemmell
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy
Christopher Gordon De Pree, Alan Axelrod