Author Archives: Dennis Wright

Convergent Space – Good title but what about the book?

As with most things, there is good and bad. Let’s be generous and start by acknowledging the good points of Convergent Space by John-Paul Cleary. It is reasonably entertaining. I allowed myself to buy into it, got fairly well hooked and … Continue reading

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Lilith’s Brooding Sociology Treatise

Spoiler Check: Contains spoilers for Dawn, Book #1 of the Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia Butler. Another lemming. Barely half an hour into a ten hour audiobook, I lemmed* (in other words abandoned) Adulthood Rites, the second book in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis … Continue reading

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The Unglamorous Glams

Spoiler Check: This post is about The Glamour by Christopher Priest and is packed to the gills with spoilers   There is something hideously unsettling about Christopher Priest’s works. He has a way of getting in under the reader’s defences and wreaking havoc. … Continue reading

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Not so dark yet

Spoiler Check: I am up to Chapter 3 “Summoned to oppose” of Part Two of The Last Dark by Stephen R Donaldson  There is no point pretending otherwise. I embarked on The Last Dark, the final instalment of the seemingly … Continue reading

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When is Sci-fi not Sci-fi? When it’s Inversions

Spoiler Check: I have completed Inversions by Iain M Banks  Inversions by the late Iain M Banks is regarded as a novel in his science fiction Culture series. But would anyone reading it as a stand-alone book recognise it as science … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Covenant

 It is fun to listen to Veronica Belmont mangle names of  authors on the Sword & Laser podcast, even if she only does that for effect. Most S & L episodes include Veronica and her co-host Tom Merritt reading out, … Continue reading

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The Great North Road away from Hamilton

 If ever again I get tempted to try another Peter F Hamilton novel, I need someone wise and avuncular to gently talk me out of it. It’s no good getting angry. I just have to remember that no matter how … Continue reading

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