Monthly Archives: April 2011

CBRIII Maneuver #16 – The Dreaming Void

Target: Peter F. Hamilton’s The Dreaming Void

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Opera

Summary: From the back of the book, “The year is 3589.  At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be stopped as it expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path.  Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin or its purpose.  Then Inigo, an astrophysicist, begins having vivid dreams.  Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise.  Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, those dreams are shared by hundreds of millions – and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet.  But then he vanishes.  A new wave of dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serves as the impetus for a massive Pilgrimage into the void which could trigger an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.  Thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and avert catastrophe.”

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CBRIII Maneuver #15 – The Name of the Wind

Target: Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind

Profile: Epic Fantasy

Summary: From the back of the book, “My name is Kvothe.  I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings.  I burned down the town ofTrebon.  I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life.  I was expelled from the Univeristy at a younger age than most people are allowed in.  I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day.  I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

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CBRIII Maneuver #14 – The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

Target: Mark Hodder’s The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

Profile: Steampunk, Speculative Fiction, Alternate History

Summary: Sir Roger Tichborne: Lost at sea.  But now he’s back to claim his family’s fortune.  Or is he?  To the upper classes, he’s obviously a cunning swindler; to London’s laborers, he’s the people’s hero… while to Sir Richard Francis Burton, he’s the focus of a daring plot to gain possession of the legendary black diamonds known as the Eyes of Naga.  Burton’s investigation takes him to the cursed Tichborne estate… and to an encounter with the ghost of a witch! Read the rest of this entry

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CBRIII Maneuver #13 – The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

Target: Mark Hodder’s The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

Profile: Steampunk, Speculative Fiction, Alternate History

Summary: From the back of the book, “Sir Richard Francis Burton.  An explorer, a linguist, a scholar, and a swordsman.  His reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead.  Algernon Charles Swinburne.  A promising young poet, a thrill-seeker, and a follower of the Marquis de Sade.  For him pain is pleasure and brandy is ruin.  They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces: Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier, and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animas to provide unpaid labor; Libertines opposed repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity; while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic, drugs and anarchy.  The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack, and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London’s East End.  Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age – and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn’t exist at all!

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