Monthly Archives: February 2012

Interview with Songs of the Earth author Elspeth Cooper

Today marks the United States release of Elspeth Cooper’s highly anticipated debut, Songs of the Earth. Released in the UK last year, Songs garned a great deal of praise along with its fair share of skeptics. I read an early galley of the U.S. edition and reviewed it about a month ago. Long story short,… Read more »

Arctic Rising – Tobias Buckell (and giveaway!)

Arctic Rising is the best James Bond novel I’ve ever read. Wait, what? Indeed Tobias Buckell’s latest novel could be taken as an Ian Fleming experiment gone terribly… right. An ironic homage to Bond, based on gads of research into the nature of climate change and some of the more inventive solutions, Buckell has created… Read more »

Updates and Giveaway Winners!

So, what’s going on here at Staffer’s Book Review (and occasional musings)? Regular visitors may notice that I’ve substantially changed the way the blog looks. Specifically, I’ve changed the name of the blog because it sounds more like what it is, a book review blog. It’s also brought about a new character here on the… Read more »

Collection of Short Reviews from Early 2012

I tend to write long reviews for everything I read, but I’ve found that increasingly difficult as I read more. It’s particularly difficult with second and third books in a series. From time to time I’m going to do posts like this one where I bundle a bunch of reviews together. Most of them will… Read more »

The Pillars of Hercules – David Constantine

Around these parts I commit myself to finishing everything I start. Why, you ask? Because I think it’s important for me to help my reader make decisions about what they should buy and what they should avoid. If I only read things that I enjoy, how will I ever fulfill the second half of that… Read more »

Winner Announcements of Two Very Different Giveaways

A couple weeks back, I wrote a post offering to read and review a randomly selected self-published speculative fiction novel. I got a decent response, with around 20 people entering their work. Unfortunately, I got almost that many e-mails asking me to review their novel, indicating that they didn’t bother to actually read my post…. Read more »

Books I Want – Night Shade Books in May

My next two reviews (coming next week) are March releases from Night Shade Books — Pillars of Hercules by David Constantine and Jane Carver of Waar by Nathan Long.  One thing NSB has been good about in the last 18 months is putting out great novels (for the most part).  What they haven’t been very… Read more »

Interview with The Troupe author Robert Jackson Bennett (and giveaway)

Last month I did an early review of Robert Jackson Bennett’s new novel, The Troupe.  It’s all about a sixteen-year-old pianist named George Carole who joined vaudeville to find Heironomo Silenus, the man he suspects to be his father. As he chases down Silenus’s troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are unique even… Read more »

Exogene – T.C. McCarthy

Most who read T.C. McCarthy’s debut novel, Germline, called it military science fiction.  After all, it’s a story about a guy serving in the military in a future war.  Under that basic definition, I suppose it is.  Yet, because of the narrator’s point of view, it lacks tactical or political awareness and eschews scientific understanding of… Read more »

I feel like giving some books away

I get books sometimes that I know I won’t read.  Sometimes I get two copies of a book.  Sometimes I get books and I already have the eBook.  Either way, I have more books than I know what to do with sometimes.  So, I’m going to give some away. There will be two (2) winners…. Read more »