Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Book Review: Judgement at Proteus (2012)

December 27th, 2015

I know I’ve said it before but I love Tim Zahn’s books.  Always have and probably always will. I’ve read everything he’s ever written and I wait with baited breath for the next one.  I don’t care what it is.  I’ll read it.

So this is the fifth and final book in the Quadrail series, the story of Frank Compton and his quest to ferret out an alien hive mind that threatens to take over the known universe. Can he and his assistant Bayta, with the help of the alien Spiders, actually defeat the Modhri?  Let’s find out in this review of Judgement at Proteus.

Book Review: The Android’s Dream (2006)

December 13th, 2015

Now as much as I love John Scalzi’s work, sometimes he really nails it and sometimes he doesn’t.  He gets a lot of his inspiration from classic sci-fi, which I have no problem with, but in some cases, he takes more than others.  As I said in my review of Fuzzy Nation, he “borrowed” a lot from H. Beam Piper’s original Fuzzy universe, but here, he just grabs the title from the story that inspired Blade Runner, Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

So what does a reluctant war hero, a genetically engineered sheep-woman and a potential interstellar war have in common?  Let’s find out.

Book Review: The Returned (2013)

December 6th, 2015

It seems that I’m reading a lot of books-turned-movies or television these days. Some, I read because I liked the show and wanted to see where it came from, some I read and decided I wanted to watch the show.  Sometimes, the books are better, like the The Strain series and sometimes, far, far worse, like The Last Ship.

So which one will this be?  It was the basis of the really bad show called Resurrection, which I panned.  So, classic story that was ruined by TV, or bad idea all around?  Let’s see.

Book Review: Trollhunters (2015)

November 29th, 2015

Every now and then, I like reading a good YA novel. There’s really nothing wrong with them, they can be just as engrossing and entertaining as an adult novel, just aimed at a younger audience.  Seeing how much I enjoyed the last series of Guillermo del Toro books I read, I figured this new one ought to be fun as well and it didn’t disappoint.

If you love movies like Goonies, this is going to make you smile because it hits all the same beats. Kids out killing trolls and saving humanity?  What could be better? So let’s look at Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus’s Trollhunters.

Book Review: Zoe’s Tale (2009)

November 22nd, 2015

You might recall, in my review of The Last Colony, I said that John Scalzi was ending his Old Man’s War series and letting the characters retire in peace. Well, not so much.  In fact, due to popular demand, he brought back the series, at least from the perspective of Zoe, the daughter.  Now I don’t really mind so much, I like the universe and while Zoe isn’t my favorite by any means, I can deal with her. So he’s really given us a new book, telling The Last Colony from her side of the story.  Is it good?  Let’s find out!

Book Review: Exo

November 15th, 2015

Welcome to book four in the Jumper series by Steven Gould.  We pick up a bit after the end of the last book, Impulse, which I reviewed here, with the further adventures of Cent, the teleporting girl, as she tries to break the final frontier, jumping into space.

But as these books have gone on, they’ve started to drift away from their core, a family of jumpers who are being hunted by the evil Daarkon organization, headed by Hyacinth Pope.  In fact, this time, Daarkon and Pope don’t really show up until the last 50 pages.  Does that affect my enjoyment of the book?  Let’s find out as I go looking at Exo.

Book Review: The Last Ship (1987)

November 8th, 2015

I never would have read this had they not loosely based the TNT television show of the same name on it, but it is really, really loose.  In fact, this book owes a lot more to Tom Clancy’s Hunt for Red October, published four years before, than the television show does to this book. There are certainly some similarities, such as meeting a lone Russian sub, but because this is an end-of-the-Cold-War novel, as opposed to the more modern take of the series, it’s hard to find a lot of close parallels.

But even if it is different, let’s take a look at William Brinkley’s The Last Ship, to see what we can see.

Book Review: Impulse (2013)

November 1st, 2015

I rarely buy physical books anymore, my bookshelves are full and I really have no room to put more, nor time to make them, therefore I get e-books almost exclusively these days.  However, following my last book review, I was putting a physical book back on the shelves and I saw this series, written by Steven Gould, that somewhere in the back of my mind, I recalled that there had been another book released for.  So, off to Amazon where I got not only this one, but the one that came after that I wasn’t even aware of!

So, here’s my surprise review of Impulse!

Book Review: Cobra Outlaw (2015)

October 25th, 2015

After finishing the first book in the Manticore Ascending series, I suddenly realized I hadn’t read the latest book in Timothy Zahn’s Cobra Rebellion trilogy and so, after a couple of other books in the middle, I get to book 2 in the trilogy.

Cobra Outlaw is the second book in the Cobra Rebellion trilogy by Timothy Zahn.  I’ve been reading this series, or series of series, since it first started back in 1985.  It tells the extended story of Cobras, technologically enhanced warriors operating in a fringe area of human settlement, far from the center of human civilization.  They defend against invasion from aliens as well as against the dangerous animals that inhabit their worlds, but now, something new has come to call and it may be the most dangerous of all…

Audio Books Don’t Impress

October 20th, 2015

I get a lot of people pushing audio books and frankly, I just can’t get into them.  There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest is that they are a completely inefficient use of my time, they actually slow my reading process down dramatically and I can’t see anything that I’d get out of them.

I’ll go into my reasons below, but are you an advocate of audio books?  Why? What is it that you get out of the process that makes you favor them more than traditional (or electronic) books?  I really don’t get it.

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A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.