Tony's Blog—Category: Book Reviews

Requiem for Dune

Book critics shouldn’t be criticized. Their work isn’t open for review—that’s just too circular a proposition. At least they weren’t, before the Internet. In a recent article for the New Yorker by Jon Michaud, “‘Dune’ Endures”, a flame war erupted in the comments section regarding his article’s conclusion: Herbert was heavily influenced by Zen Buddhism, […]

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The Mongoliad

I am so glad that the West is re-evaluating the Mongol Empire. Sure, the Mongol expansion was brutal, but that one word does not encompass a whole people. Artists like Zaya are reinvigorating Mongol culture and are sharing it with the West. Even World of Warcraft are giving a little tip of the hat to […]

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The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince (Books 1 & 2 of the Jean le Flambeur Trilogy)

Science Fiction is really starving for a new voice. For so long, most hard sci-fi has echoed WIlliam Gibson and the golden age of Cyberpunk, just peeking at the birth of post-humanity. In such an eclectic genre, it seems all major works channel the voices of Gibson, Dick, Delaney, Heinlein, or Clarke to some degree. […]

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