Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘SF’ Category


August 6, 2013

Pirates of the Timestream is actually the third of Steve White’s Jason Thanou of the Temporal Regulatory Authority series. I didn’t read the first two, so I was somewhat concerned about jumping into the books this far in. That wasn’t a major concern, though. The author brings you up to date and fills you in […]

THE DARK WORLD by Henry Kuttner

August 3, 2013

The Dark World by Henry Kuttner is a return, sort of, to the old sword and planet adventures written in science fiction for a number of years. To me, the genre had its beginnings in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter of Mars novels. Edward Bond, the main character, has memories running around in his head […]

SAGA VOLUME 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

July 26, 2013

I picked up Saga Volume 2 shortly after finishing the first one. I’m really captivated by the series, but I’m starting to sense that we’re not going to get anywhere really fast because this graphic novel doesn’t move us really farther on than we were. However, I’m enjoying the trip, which is a good thing. […]

ORCHID: Volume 1 by Tom Morello & Scott Hepburn

July 22, 2013

Orchid’s cover grabbed my attention immediately and ultimately decided me on picking up this graphic novel. The dystopian atmosphere and the really wild hair made me curious. The story is one we’ve all seen before. A person (in this case, Orchid) becomes a rallying point for a revolution to overthrow the maniacal powers that be. […]

SAGA: Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

July 20, 2013

When I first saw Saga on the shelves, I thought about giving it a look, but I passed it by. That’s a bad thing and a good thing. The bad thing was I almost missed out on a terrific book. The good thing is I didn’t have to wait month to month like a lot […]


June 15, 2013

Allen Steele has turned out a marvelous YA SF novel called Apollo’s Outcasts that reads like a modern-day Robert A. Heinlein. That’s kind of an oxymoron because Heinlein wrote about space and the future (even some that’s set in the halcyon days of the 1990s!). When I was a kid, I read every Heinlein juvenile […]

GODS OF RISK by James S. A. Corey

April 19, 2013

I’ve been seeing the James S. A. Corey name on science fiction books for a few years and just hadn’t had time to take on one of those monster doorstoppers. After reading this novella, I’m more inclined to pick one up as soon as school lets out for the summer and I have more time. […]

IMPULSE by Steven Gould

January 30, 2013

Steven Gould’s Jumper series is awesome. I have read and loved all his books so far, which is – sadly – pretty easy to do because he’s only written nine novels and maybe twice as many short stories. So you can become an authority on Gould without years of reading. I wish he would write […]


January 4, 2013

Hopefully this first review is a sign of interesting things to come for the year. This novella, an original ebook of 40,000+ words, is the start of an interesting sojourn across an apocalyptic world. We seem to have plenty of those types of books out there these days, but this one is special to me […]

LEGION by Brandon Sanderson

December 30, 2012

Legion was an interesting novella with a truly great conceit. Brandon Sanderson has created his version of Sherlock Holmes and introduced him in a whimsical, yet thought-provoking investigation. Stephen Leeds is a genius and a mental case, a man with gifted personalities that appear, disappear, are masters of innumerable skillsets – and they tend to […]