Reviewing “Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy” Retelling the classic tale from new perspectives for a new young adult audience

Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

Imagine if someone asked you to retell the story of the original Star Wars for a new Young Adult audience. Now imagine that you can only tell the story from three perspectives, who do you chose?

Luke is obvious, but what about the other two?   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Star Wars: Tarkin” A Slice of SciFi Book/Audiobook Review

star wars-tarkin

“Star Wars: Tarkin” answers the troubling question of how a young lad born and raised by a prominent family on one of the outer rim planets (Eriadu), places normally reserved as breeding grounds for rebels, thieves, gangster thugs (the Hutts), hijackers and smugglers (Han Solo) could produce a man like Wilhuff Tarkin who would rise to the Empirical rank of Grand Moff.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Doctor Who: Engines of War” A Slice of SciFi Book Review

Doctor Who: Engines of War

The trickiest part of writing a tie-in novel with a movie or TV franchise is making the characters speak with the voices we have come to know on screen. In this sense, Doctor Who: Engines of War is a success. Author George Mann brings the War Doctor to life in this adventure that takes place during the Time War. Throughout the course of the story, I could hear John Hurt’s voice in the dialogue.   [Read more…]

“The Martian” by Andy Weir — A Slice of SciFi Book Review

The Martian by Andy Weir

In The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the few people to walk on Mars. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.   [Read more…]

S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams — A Slice of SciFi Book Review

S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

The novel S. is less of a conventional story written using words than it is an experience using the book as an object that mystifies the reader into a multi-layered tale of intrigue, young romance, and mystery. S. is told through the imaginary novel, Ship of Theseus, written by a Kafkaesque V.M. Straka whose real identity is unknown. Ship of Theseus is filled with actual letters, post cards, and the secret messages between two Peghorn University students who use the book to learn about each other and the identity of Theseus’s author.   [Read more…]