A stand-alone thoughtful science fiction novel. Publication year: 2018 Format: ebook Publisher: Oblique Angles Press The book is set in an alien planet without any humans. The planet has a couple of sentient species, the Vushla (singular Vushlu) and the Weesah. Physically, they’re very different from each other. The Vushla are depicted in the cover; […]
The Song of Life starring Gaston Glass (David Tilden), Georgia Woodthorpe (Mary Tilden) and Grace Darmond (Aline Tilden). US 1922 regia/dir: John M. Stahl. scen: Bess Meredyth. sogg/story: Frances Irene Reels. photog: Ernest G. Palmer. asst dir: Sidney Algier. cast: Gaston Glass (David Tilden), Grace Darmond (Aline Tilden), Georgia Woodthorpe (Mary Tilden), Richard Headrick (figlio del vicino/neighbor’s boy), Arthur Stuart Hull (procuratore/District Attorney), Wedgwood Nowell (Richard...
Part of the young adult Starfleet Academy series for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Publication year: 1996 Format: print Publisher: Pocket Books Page count: 104 This little book is aimed at younger readers. Geordi LaForge and William Riker are first-year cadets at the Starfleet Academy. Geordi is a roadie and mechanic for the Starfleet Academy […]
The second book in the Rogues of Republic fantasy heist series. Publication year: 2014 Format: print Publisher: 47North Page count: 500 Loch and her band of thieves are back! Three months after their previous adventure, in the Palace Job, Loch is now a Justiciar, essentially a police officer, for the Republic. She and her former […]
A short story collection of various genres. Publication year: 2017 Format: ebook Publisher: WMG Publishing All of these 18 stories happen, mostly, in taverns or bars. Some stories are fun, others quite serious. This time I liked the funny stories more. Some of the stories are fantasy, some science fiction, and some contemporary or set […]
Tapani Maskula: Intohimosta elokuvaan. Valitut elokuvakritiikit 1960-2010-luvuilta / [A Passion for the Cinema. Selected Film Reviews from the 1960s to the 2010s] . Ed. Juri Nummelin. Turku: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Sammakko, 2018. 383 p. Tapani Maskula (born in 1941) is one of the greatest Finnish film critics. Based in the city of Turku, he started in the 1950s and is still going strong, today with an active online presence. He writes film reviews on his own Facebook page and contributes to an...
The first book in the SF series Expanse. Publication year: 2011 Format: print Publisher: Orbit Page count: 582 (including an excerpt from the next book and Corey’s interview) I’ve watched the two seasons of Expanse on Netflix, so I was quite familiar with the world and the story when I started to read the book. […]
The first book (or the third book in the internal chronology) of the fantasy Craft Sequence series. It was part of 2017 Hugo reader packet so I’m including it in the mount TBR challenge. Publication year: 2012 Format: ebook Publisher: TOR Page count: 334 Kos Everburning is the last living god in the city of […]
An SF short story collection. Translator: Sarianna Silvonen Publication year: 2016 Publication year of the Finnish translation: 2016 Format: print Publisher of the Finnish translation: Gummerus Page count: 370 A collection of 19 sf stories. Some are similar to the Quantum thief trilogy, meaning that they have science (nanotech, AI, implants etc.) which is pretty […]
The first book in a contemporary mystery series. Publication year: 1997 Format: print Publisher: Bantam Crime line Page count: 275 Connor Westphal moved recently to a small town called Flat Skunk. Her grandparents had a diner there and she decided to change her life and move there, after their deaths. Connor became deaf when she […]
A stand-alone scifi book set on the Moon. Publication year: 2017 Format: print Publisher: Del Ray Page count: 307 I really enjoyed Weir’s the Martian and when I saw this in my local bookshop here in Finland, I just had to get it. Jasmine, Jazz, Bashara lives on Artemis, the only dome city on the […]
The 16th book in the Amelia Peabody historical mystery series. However, this time it’s not a murder mystery, rather an adventure story. Publication year: 2005 Format: print Publisher: Avon Page count: 420 This time, we return to the past to the (until now) missing 1907-1908 season when the Emersons didn’t have an excavation. Instead they […]
A short story collection about parallel worlds. Part of the Timetravel ebook bundle I bought from Storybundle in 2015. Publication year: 2011 Format: ebook Publisher: Wordfire Press Alternitech is a company which “sends agents to alternate timelines where tiny differences yield valuable changes”: for example, a famous band doesn’t break up or a musician doesn’t […]
A stand-alone science fiction mystery. Publication year: 1981 Format: print Publisher: Del Rey Page count: 246 This book in set in another world, Egara, which was originally habited by a telepathic sentient species, the Iregara. However, when Iregara sent a group of their own people to Earth, as a peaceful embassy, the telepaths were suddenly […]
The first book in a (then) modern-day mystery series set in Las Vegas. Publication year: 1992 Format: print Publisher: Tor Page count: 241 Midnight Louie is a large, black tomcat. He’s a former stray and even though he’s a house cat in the Crystal Palace hotel, he can come and go at his leisure. He […]
Yhdysvaltain presidentti Donald Trump tapasi The New York Times - lehden kustantaja Arthur Sulzbergerin Valkoisessa talossa 20. heinäkuuta. Tapaamiseen osallistui myös lehden vastaava päällikkö James Bennet . Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad! —...
The first book in the fantasy series Thieves of Fate. Publication year: 2017 Format: print Publisher: Pyr Page count: 366 This isn’t the ordinary fantasy world set in pseudo Medieval or Renaissance setting. It’s got two other sentient races but it’s far more technologically advanced than usual fantasy worlds. Most people use guns, not swords. […]
The prequel book to a steampunk fantasy series the Guild Chronicles. Publication year: 2017 Format: ebook Publisher: Claymore Ulfberht & Xiphos LLC Page count: 292 at GoodReads Frederick “Dolly” Williamson is a detective at Scotland Yard, in Victorian London. When sir Francis Chilton, one of the senior partners in a highly influential bank, is found […]
A stand-alone mystery book in the popular YA series. Publication year: 1989 Format: print Publisher: Pocket Books Page count: 150 This was a nostalgic read. When I was quite young, I read a lot of mysteries aimed at young readers, such as Nancy Drew and Hardy boys along with some series translated from Swedish such […]
A stand-alone X-Files book which requires that you’ve seen the show. Translator: Tero Kuittinen Publication year: 1996 Publication year of the Finnish translation: 1997 Format: print Publisher of the Finnish translation: Semic Sport Oy Page count: 242 One of the first X-Files books published. It’s also the first X-Files book I’ve read so I can’t […]
The second book in the Chase Baker action/adventure series. I haven’t read the first one, but this was part of the Action/Adventure bundle way back in 2015 at Storybundle. Publication year: 2014 Format: ebook Publisher: Bear Media Page count: 174 at GoodReads This is marketed as Indiana Jones -type book and it’s not far off. […]
The final book in the Broken Earth fantasy (sf) series. Publication year: 2017 Format: print Publisher: Orbit Page count: 398 + two appendixes and an excerpt from Ann Leckie’s Providence. The Broken Earth series is very, very good. It’s also very grim and has a cruel world, not just to the adult characters but, and […]
Say it loud and proud:"I am a winner, and I will demonstrate it thusly- behold! My chest of wonders!" Well, if this doesn't float your boat you could just use the t-shirts. Comic book t-shirts have become among the most popular fashion accessories in the past couple of decades, with superheroes and other comic characters showing up on clothes at an ever growing speed. Hell, you can purchase Avengers panties and Hulk sneakers today. The range of comic book t-shirts currently available is...
The first book in the Fatal duology. Part of the action/adventure bundle I bought from Storybundle in 2015. It’s a modern-day thriller/mystery. Publication year: 2011 Format: ebook Publisher: Reprobatio ltd. Page count: 345 at Adobe Digital Editions Another country, Myanmar in this case, is counterfeiting American hundred dollar bills. Unfortunately for them, someone on the […]
The first book in an alternate reality noir mystery series. Publication year: 2015 Format: ebook Publisher: Red Dog Press Page count: 243 at GoodReads In an alternate USA, four big families rule the city of Bridges. The city has been divided into four quadrants, each ruled by one family, and it’s very difficult to move […]
The 17th book in the Amelia Peabody historical mystery series. Publication year: 2005 Format: print Publisher: HarperCollins Page count: 350 I’ve been reading the Peabody mysteries for a long time. Even though it’s been a few years since I read the previous book (Children of the Storm), reading this book was still like coming back […]
When I was doing my ground-breaking first book, Pulpografia , the encyclopedia of over 300 American pulp and paperback crime writers published in Finland, I noticed that some of the books that came out here weren't always published in the US. The first one I could identify was Bruce Cassiday's The Heister ( Vain viisi tuntia in Finnish), a solid cop novel that Cassiday and his agent couldn't sell to American publishers in the mid-sixties, so it landed only here (and other Nordic countries, if I...
A mystery book which has two intertwined timelines. One starts at 1972 and the other 1790. Translator: Seppo Loponen Publication year: 1988 Publication year of the Finnish translation: 2010 Format: print Publisher of the Finnish translation: Bazar Page count: 667 This book has multiple POV characters and two distinct timelines. While it’s advertised as a […]
A classic which has languished on my shelves for far too long. Publication year: 1894 Format: print Publisher: Penguin Books Page count: 140 This is an old swashbuckling romance story which has been filmed several times and also referred to in many books. It’s quite short and plot-driven. Rudolf Rassendyll is a British gentleman of […]