Skybreach by Mark R. Healy

– By Jacob Foxx – The third installment in the Reach series delivers with nonstop action on the unique and compelling premise. From that perspective Skybreach is more than worthy of its predecessors. At the same time, it comes up a bit short in other areas. Knile, Talia, and Roman are reunited and somewhat safe […]

How to Write Not Good: The Mary Sue/Marty Stu

– Jacob Foxx – When I was younger, I dreamed of being a Jedi fighting alongside Obi-Wan. In the climactic battle, I was the one who finished off the Sith Lord, of course. The force was strong with me, endowing me with epic Jedi skills. There was also a time when I fantasized of being […]

Fear the Sky by Stephen Moss

– Jacob Foxx – They don’t write many novels like this anymore. Fear the Sky is a combination of classic hard science fiction, technothriller, and spy thriller. Rich in detail and incredibly realistic, it covers just about every branch of the military as well as several advanced weapon systems in each branch. Author Stephen Moss […]

How to Write Bad Science Fiction

– By Jacob Foxx – Great novels are each great in their own unique way. Terrible novels are usually terrible for many of the same reasons. Discussing bad writing isn’t about bashing certain books or authors; it is about explaining what not to do. Avoid the common pitfalls and you have a better chance of […]

A Shroud of Night and Tears by Lucas Bale

– By Jacob Foxx – The gritty Beyond the Wall series by Lucas Bale has needed a third book to finally unify the various story lines of the first two novels. The third installment delivers, advancing the series into a wider universe vastly expanding the scale. Exciting, well-written, and complex, it is definitely worth picking […]

Earthbound by Mark R. Healy

– By Jacob Foxx – We are in the midst of some sort of golden age for post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction. From movies to short stories, there’s a growing appetite for hellholes and oppressive totalitarian governments. As such it is difficult for any particular novel that stands out (unless they’re making a movie out of it). On […]

Ark Royal by Christopher Nuttall

– By Jacob Foxx – With Ark Royal, what you see is what you get. There’s a giant spaceship on the cover with a couple starfighters blasting away over some alien planet. Inside there are mass drivers, plasma cannons, rail guns, nuclear missiles, alien spaceships, and all sorts of other cool stuff. It reads like […]