Monday, September 4, 2017

Book Review Posts, 2016

October 6, 2016
If You Want Books, You Got 'Em
John Ringo & Larry Correia, Monster Hunter: Grunge
Kia Tsakos Heavey, Domino
Kurt Schlichter, Peoples' Republic
Tom Kratman, A State Of Disobedience
Jerry Pournelle (ed.), There Will Be War Vol. VI
John Ringo, The Last Centurion

July 22, 2016
He's Not Hunter S. Thompson, But He'll Do Just Fine
Don Surber, Trump The Press
Jean Larteguy, The Praetorians
Jennifer Pournelle, Outies
David Ashfarirad (ed.) The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF
David Drake, Death's Bright Day

June 10, 2016
From Balticon To The EDC
S.M. Stirling (ed.) Drakas
Mike McPhail (ed.), Breach The Hull
Sarah Hoyt, Through Fire
Mary Pat Campbell, A Meep In Manhattan

May 5, 2016
The White Donkey And Other Tales Of War
Max Uriarte, The White Donkey
Jerry Pournelle (ed.) There Will Be War Vol. IV

April 28, 2016
Space Opera, Skuldiggery, And A Stray Draftsman
Vaughn Heppner, The Lost Colony
Marko Kloos, Chains Of Command
Keith Laumer, The Time Bender

April 8, 2016
Death, Destruction, And The Dragon Awards
Bosch Fawstin, The Infidel
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves (not recommended)
John Ringo, Ghost, Choosers Of The Slain

March 25, 2016
"Open Up Your Hate And Let It Flow Into Me"
Kerry Nietz, A Star Curiously Singing
Jerry Pournelle (ed.), There Will Be War Vol. IX

March 20, 2016
Spring Training
Larry Niven, Crashlander
John Ringo & David Weber, Empire of Man, Throne Of Stars
Alexis Gilliland, The End Of The Empire
Baseball Prospectus 2016
The BIll James Handbook 2016

February 20, 2016
Verging On Fantasy
Larry Correia, Son Of The Black Sword
Roger Zelazny, Creatures Of Light And Darkness
Henry Garnett, Blood Red Crescent
Jerry Pournelle (ed.) There Will Be War Volume III

February 11, 2016
Busted Again
Nick Cole, CTRL-ALT-Revolt!
Jerry Pournelle (ed.), There Will Be War Volume X
Iain Banks, The Player Of Games

January 29, 2016
The Colonel Walter E. Kurtz Memorial Book Post
Dennis Detwiller, Delta Green: Tales From Failed Anatomies
J.B. Zimmerman, Spacelore
George McDonald Fraser, Quartered Safe Out Here

January 22, 2016
A Hideously Overdue Collection Of Book Reviews
Fallout: New Vegas
Karl Gallagher, Torchship
Vaughn Heppner, The Lost Destroyer
Don Surber, Exceptional Americans, Exceptional Americans 2
Perrin Briar, Z-Minus (not recommended)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Book Review Posts, 2013-2014

December 12 ,2014
Secret Wars And Silos
David Drake, What Distant Deeps
John Ringo/Julie Cochrane, Sister Time
Hugh Howey, Shift (not recommended)
Sam Schall, Vengeance From Ashes

December 5, 2014
Dan Abnett, Horus Rising (not recommended)
David Drake/Eric Flint: Belisarius I: Thunder At Dawn
Virginia Postrel: The Substance Of Style
Peter Grant: War To The Knife
Larry Correia et al.: The Many Deaths Of Joe Buckley

November 21, 2014
Sequels And Weirdness
Larry Correia: Spellbound
James Schmitz: The Witches Of Karres
Eric Flint/Dave Freer/Mercedes Lackey: The Wizard Of Karres
Eric Flint/Dave Freer: The Sorceress Of Karres
Philip K. Dick: Clans Of The Alphane Moon

November 14, 2014
Hard-Boiled And Hard Core
James Hornfischer:  The Last Stand Of The Tin Can Sailors
Larry Correia: Hard Magic, Warbound
Douglas Perry: Eliot Ness: The Rise And Fall Of An American Hero

October 31, 2014
“He Was A Very Nice Boy…He Used To Write Science Fiction”
Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, The Baroque Cycle, Reamde, The Mongoliad
Rick Atkinson: The Guns At Last Light
Bill James: Popular Crime
Samuel Eliot Morison: The Two-Ocean War
David Drake/S.M. Stirling: Hope Rearmed, The Chosen

October 23, 2014
Brain Candy
Vaughn Heppner: The Lost Starship
Brian McClellan: The Crimson Campaign
Eric Flint/Charles Gannon: 1636: Commander Cantrell In The West Indies

October 9, 2014
Birthday Week And The Admiral Of The Ocean Sea
Samuel Eliot Morison: Admiral Of The Ocean Sea

September 20, 2014
A Princess, A Dragon, And A Qwerkywriter
S.M. Stirling: The Golden Princess , The Given Sacrifice
Rory Modena:Sparrowind: The Dragon Who Lived As A Knight
Jodi Adler: Auntie Jodi's Helpful Hints

August 22, 2014
Shoot It. Shoot It In The Head.
David Drake/S.M. Stirling: Warlord, Conqueror
Sanctum 2
Bioshock 2

August 15, 2014
Off The Shelf
A.E. van Vogt: Transgalactic
Hugh Howey: Wool
Mark Van Name: One Jump Ahead

August 7, 2014
Brain Candy, Coyote, a Dragon and Zombies
Jack Campbell: Beyond The Frontier: Invincible, Beyond The Frontier: Guardian
Allen Steele: Coyote Rising
Frank Herbert: The Dragon In The Sea
John Ringo: Islands Of Rage And Hope

July 25, 2014
Multimedia Hijinkery
Weird Al Yankovic: Mandatory Fun
Jerry Pournelle/S.M. Stirling: The Prince
Sarah Hoyt: The Big Ship And The Wise Old Owl (novella)

July 17, 2014
Books…And A Smittypalooza?
Robert Heinlein/Spider Robinson: Variable Star
Iver Cooper: 1636: Seas Of Fortune
Sarah Hoyt: The Price Of Gold (short story)
Marko Kloos: Measures Of Absolution (short story)

July 2, 2014
If You Want Blood…
Andy Weir: The Martian
Larry Correia: Monster Hunter Nemesis
Tom Kratman: The Rods And The Axe
Christopher Nuttall: The Trafalgar Gambit

June 27, 2014
Edge Of Tomorrow
Gene Wolfe: Shadow And ClawSword And Citadel

June 18, 2014
A Failed Slut, A Successful Farmer, And A Pair of Soldiers
Kathy Shaidle: Confessions Of A Failed Slut
Matthew Harrington: Godspawn
James Jones: From Here To Eternity (restored edition)

June 3, 2014
Jet Lag Blues
Matthew Harrington:  The Original Uncut "Soul Survivor" And Other Stories
David Drake: The Sea Without A Shore
Steven Brust: Brokedown Palace
Robert Conroy: 1920: America's Great War (not recommended)

May 27, 2014
Monsters And A Mystery
Larry Correia: The Monster Hunters, Monster Hunter Vendetta
Larry Niven/Greg Benford: Bowl Of Heaven
Renee Pawlish: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies

May 20, 2014
Not Saying It Was Aliens…
John Barnes: The Last President
Charles Gannon: Fire With Fire
Eric Flint/David Carrico: 1636: The Devil's Opera

May 9, 2014
Things Fall Apart
John Barnes:  Directive 51, Daybreak Zero
John C. Wright: The Judge Of Ages
Vox Day: The Last Witchking
Sarah Hoyt: Where Horse And Hero Fell (short story)

April 21, 2014
Holy Guacamole, A Decent Sequel!
Christopher Nuttall: The Nelson Touch
Dennis Detwiller: Denied To The Enemy, Through A Glass Darkly
Delta Green: Alien Intelligence
Delta Green: Dark Theatres

March 25, 2014
This Is Not A Bolo Combat Unit. This Is Not The Concordiat.
Tom Kratman: Big Boys Don't Cry

March 19, 2014
Picking Up The Signal
Christopher Nuttall: Ark Royal

February 7, 2014
Meanwhile, Elsewhere In The Culture War…
Casey Neumiller: Destiny's Heir
Brian McClellan: Promise Of Blood
Marko Kloos: Lines Of Departure
John Ringo: To Sail A Darkling Sea

December 5, 2013
A Death In Bedford Falls
E.N. McMahon: It's A Wonderful Death
Larry Correia: Monster Hunter Alpha
Herbert Werner: Iron Coffins

November 25, 2013
Blood, Horror, And Other Things I Found At The Library
Mark Wayne McGinnis: Scrapyard Ship (not recommended)
Tom Kratman: Come And Take Them
David Drake: Ranks Of Bronze, Other Times Than Peace, Foreign Legions
Jack Campbell: The Lost Fleet: Fearless
John Ringo: Under A Graveyard Sky

November 12, 2013
Veterans: The Next Generation
Mike Williamson: Freehold, Better To Beg Forgiveness
Tom Kratman: The Watch On The Rhine, Caliphate, A Desert Called Peace, The Amazon Legion

October 28, 2013
Loose Cannons And Enthusiastically Violent AIs
David Drake: Loose Cannon
Iain Banks: Surface Tension

October 12, 2013
Time Enough For…Anything
Keith Laumer: Dinosaur Beach, Imperium
Larry Niven: Flight Of The Horse, Rainbow Mars
Isaac Asimov: Pebble In The Sky
Ward Moore: Bring The Jubilee
Robert Heinlein: The Door Into Summer, Time Enough For Love
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
Poul Anderson: Time Patrol
H. Beam Piper: The Complete Paratime
Harry Harrison: A Rebel In Time
Harry Turtledove: The Guns Of The South
Connie Willis: The Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing Of The Dog
Leo Frankowski: The Cross-Time Engineer
L. Sprague DeCamp: Lest Darkness Fall

September 30, 2013
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Walter M. Miller: A Canticle For Leibowitz
David Brin: The Postman
Poul Anderson: Maurai And Kith, Orion Shall Rise
Dean Ing: Systemic Shock
William Forstchen: One Second After
Richard Matheson: I Am Legend
Harry Harrison: Make Room! Make Room!
John Brunner: Stand On Zanzibar, The Sheep Look Up

September 26, 2013
Great SF Authors That Go Well Together
C.M. Kornbluth: His Share Of Glory
C.M. Kornbluth/Frederik Pohl: Gladiator-At-Law, The Space Merchants 
Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle:  The Mote In God's Eye, Footfall, Lucifer's Hammer, Inferno, Fallen Angels (with Michael Flynn), The Legacy of Heorot (with Steven Barnes) and Beowulf's Children (ditto)
David Drake/S.M. Stirling: Warlord, Conqueror, The Chosen
David Drake/Eric Flint: The Tyrant, The Reformer
David Drake/Tony Daniel: The Heretic

September 19, 2013
The Colossus Of Colorado Springs
Marko Kloos: Terms Of Enlistment
Larry Niven/Matthew Harrington: The Goliath Stone
Robert Heinlein: Double StarThe Door Into Summer, The Puppet Masters, Farnham's Freehold, Assignment In Eternity, The Menace From Earth, Expanded Universe, Take Back Your Government
William Patterson Jr.: Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century

September 12, 2013
Three Authors and Some Extra Stuff
Casey Neumiller: Dead Man's Fugue 
S.M. Stirling: The Given Sacrifice
Ray Bradbury: Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Halloween TreeFahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles
Poul Anderson: Twilight World, Captain Flandry, Sir Dominic Flandry: Last Knight Of Terra
Poul Anderson/Gordon R. Dickson: Earthman's Burden
H. Beam Piper Megapack

September 5, 2013
The Golden Age
Isaac Asimov (editor): The Hugo Winners (Vol. I & II), The Hugo Winners Volume 3, The New Hugo Winners
Robert Silverberg (editor): The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame, Vol. 1; The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 2A; The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame, Volume 2B
Isaac Asimov: The Foundation TrilogyI Robot, The Caves Of Steel
Robert Heinlein: The Past Through Tomorrow, Orphans Of The Sky, Methuselah's Children
Jack Williamson: With Folded Hands
A.E. van Vogt: Slan, The World Of Null-A, The Weapon Shops Of Isher

August 28, 2013
FAQ You, Seriously
A. Bertram Chandler: To The Galactic Rim

August 23, 2013
Space Opera
E.E. "Doc" Smith: The Skylark Of Space, Triplanetary, Children Of The Lens
John W. Campbell: The Collected Works Of John W. Campbell
Larry Niven: Protector, The Best Of All Possible Wars
C.J.  Cherryh: Downbelow Station
Orson Scott Card: Ender's Game
Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle: The Mote In God's Eye
Iain Banks: Consider Phlebas
David Brin: Startide Rising
Dan Simmons: Hyperion
David Weber: On Basilisk Station
Jack Campbell: The Lost Fleet: Dauntless
Charles Stross: Singularity Sky
Chris Bunch/Allan Cole: Sten
Michael Flynn: The January Dancer, On The Razor's Edge

August 15, 2013
Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers
L. Ron Hubbard: Final Blackout
Gordon R. Dickson: Soldier, Ask Not, Tactics Of Mistake, Dorsai!
Joe Haldeman: The Forever War
Jerry Pournelle: Falkenberg's Legion
Jerry Pournelle/S.M. Stirling: The Prince
H. Beam Piper: Lord Kalvan Of Otherwhen, The Complete Paratime
John F. Carr/Roland Green: Great Kings' War
David Drake: Ranks Of Bronze, Foreign Legions
John Scalzi: Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades
Keith Laumer: The Compleat Bolo, Honor Of The Regiment

August 9, 2013
21 Books – Conclusion
Donald Westheimer: Von Ryan's Express
Rumiko Takahashi: Ranma 1/2
William Manchester: American Caesar
Bruce Catton: The Coming Fury
Bernard Fall: Hell In A Very Small Place
Alistair Horne: To Lose A Battle
John Del Vecchio: The 13th Valley

August 1, 2013
21 Books, Part II
David Drake: Hammer's Slammers
James Webb: Fields Of Fire 
H.P. Lovecraft: The Shadow Over Innsmouth
S.L.A. Marshall:  The River And The Gauntlet
Keith Laumer: Retief's War
James Jones: From Here To Eternity
Hans Hellmut Kirst: The Revolt Of Gunner Asch

July 26, 2013
21 Books, Part I
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The GULAG Archipelago
Anton Myrer: Once An Eagle
Robert Heinlein: Rocket Ship Galileo
Bill James: This Time Let's Not Eat The Bones
Bernard Cornwell: Sharpe's Rifles
C.S. Forester: Beat To Quarters
Ronald Glasser: 365 Days

July 11, 2013
Sandy Mitchell: Ciaphas Cain, Hero Of The ImperiumCiaphas Cain, Defender Of The Imperium
John Ringo: A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When The Devil Dances, Hell's Faire, Eye Of The Storm
John Ringo/Tom Kratman: Yellow Eyes, The Tuloriad
John Ringo/Julie Cochran: Cally's War, Sister Time, Honor Of The Clan

July 4, 2013
From West Virginia To Wroclaw
Michael Shaara: The Killer Angels
Newt Gingrich/William Forstchen: Gettysburg, Grant Comes East, Never Call Retreat
Eric Flint: 1632, 1635: The Eastern Front
Eric Flint/Virginia DeMarce: 1634: The Bavarian Crisis

June 26, 2013
Lost In (Divided) America
Robert Ferrigno: Prayers For The AssassinSins Of The Assassin, Heart Of The Assassin

June 20, 2013
It Hasn’t Been As Much Fun Since The Bear Up And Died
General Sir John Hackett: The Third World War: August 1985
Tom Clancy: The Hunt For Red October
Larry Bond: Red Phoenix
Dale Brown: Flight Of The Old Dog
Harold Coyle: Team Yankee
Ralph Peters: Red Army

May 28, 2013
Our Own Corner Of The Library

By Popular Demand

This is going to serve primarily as an index to the book review posts I do over at The Other McCain more or less weekly. Most of what I review is science fiction and military history, with the occasional urban fantasy and even more occasional mainstream fiction novel added because I occasionally feel the need to read some historical fiction. Comments have been disabled since the commenting action should be going on at the book posts, and because I have enough troll patrolling at Stacy's joint to keep me busy.

As time and energy permit, I may expand this blog to include Reviews on Demand, where I can be bribed to look at something you're not quite sure you want to pick up, or conversely to give a good solid trashing to some no-talent Glittery Hoo-Ha who deserves it. We'll see how things work out.