Having been a fan of Elite since I played it on the ZX Spectrum over 30 years ago, this book had a lot of work to do to impress me. In the words of a famous smuggler from a different galaxy “I have been from one side of the galaxy to the other” and I have visited many planets and systems.
This book by Drew Wagar started off with a bang and it didn’t let up. The characters are believable, and the locations are described well. At one point someone is referring to things as they used to be, and it was a definite throwback to the original game. The intrigue and twists are very well done and you find yourself holding your breath at points.
It is a fast paced book that hits the ground running. You don’t need to know the game to read the book, it does well as a standalone.
If you like science fiction, this is a definite addition to your library.
I received this book from the author with him asking if I would mention it on my blog. I’ll do one better and give a quick review.
2015 An Astronomical Year: A Reference Guide to 365 Nights of Astronomy is a guide to where all of the celestial bodies will be in 2015. The descriptions the author has given are very easy to follow, and with the images, easy to spot in the night sky as well. He uses a glossary at the beginning of the book, describing what each of the words mean making it easier to understand everything in the book and the night sky.
Images have been used to make it even easier to see where the stars, planets, galaxies, asteroids are on each given day. He has given times in GMT and how to tell where the stars will be in your part of the US.
This is the only gripe I have with this book, Bartlett only gives times in UK and US. Having times in Australian, Calcutta and maybe Canada would have been handy as well. Maybe a later revision will include those time zones.
If you are an Amateur Astronomer, then this is an essential guide for you, and to mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20th, the book will be available for free for five days. At all other times, the book is $5.99 (£4.99)
Go get the book and watch the night sky and see where constellations are in 2015.
I did not realise that I had not reviewed this book as I promised the author I would. I finished this book in November 2013 and I really liked it.
Screen Borrow is the second book in the Cyberland series by Karen Robiscoe. It follows the journey of Link and his escapades after being unwittingly sucked into a computer and then kicked out again in the first book – Through the Monitor. At the end of the first book, Link and a few friends are printed out, and another person joins them who is none too happy. The only way they can avoid him is by getting back inside Cyberland and either getting away from him or defeating him.
Link makes new and amusing friends in this book. This book is written with Karen Robiscoe’s brilliant humour and will have you laughing aloud as you are reading it. You will also be groaning at the antics of Link who is now becoming used to differences between the corporeal world and digital world. There are many more adventures for him to go on and new areas for him to glide through. There are some that you will recognise instantly, and some that you will only realise once you have passed that part of the book.
It is an enjoyable and fast read, and one that is worth reading again, along with the first one, just before the author releases the third and final book in the trilogy. If you like computers, and you like humour, then this book is definitely one that you should have in your library.