Gemmell Award Short Lists

Following on from our post a few months back the Gemmell award short list were announced over a week ago. Its all based on public vote so take te time to submit your opinion. I’m a big fan of the Gemmell’s as it suits my fantasy taste much more than a lot of other awards and I know who my favourites to win here are. Mild suprise that Robin Hobb missed the cut but it happens. Head to this link to vote Continue reading “Gemmell Award Short Lists”

Review of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Members Review by Milou)

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military’s purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine’s abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails. Continue reading “Review of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Members Review by Milou)”

Sir Lancer Recommends – Episode #3 A Trilogy of Trilogies

Hidie Ho Neighbourinos!

Welcome to episode #3 of Sir Lancer Recommends!

The number three comes up a lot in the world of readers. So I figured for episode three we would focus on a trilogy. Actually, a trilogy of trilogies! and another trilogy! Kinda!

The first trilogy I am going to direct you towards has come up in a couple of Dragons and Jetpacks threads recently, and that is the Silo Trilogy by Hugh Howey.


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Character Profile – Sam Vimes from Discworld (My Favorite Character)

Character Name –Sam Vimes (Sir Samuel Vimes Duke of Ankh )

Book / Series they appear in –

Sir Terry Pratchetts Discworld , Primarily the Guards series of books but he crops up in several other later books as a background character later on.First introduced in Guards Guards, he is the lead in a lot of the books that follows and at his absolute best in Night Watch. Continue reading “Character Profile – Sam Vimes from Discworld (My Favorite Character)”