Ray Kolb’s Blog

Finished listening to John Grisham’s The Associate a few days ago. As for Grisham, I like most of his stuff just fine, finding most of his novels for the most part what is sometimes called beach reading. Nothing too deep, good plot with usually a decent twist ending that you might or might not see [...]
a prisoner of birth
I listened to the audio book of Jeffery Archer’s A Prisoner of Birth while driving back and forth to work. It’s basically an updated version of Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. I’m a big fan of Dumas and have read most of his Three Musketeers’ novels, although I don’t think I have actually ever [...]
in the garden of iden
I finished reading In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker a few days ago.  I really liked the set up for this novel, which is first of several that involve The Company, a massive corporation that controls time travel in the future that sends its ‘agents’ back in time preserve art or extinct plants, etc. that The Company [...]
the last kingdom

Bernard Cornwell

I just finished Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom, the first book in his Saxon Tales series of historical novels set in the time of Alfred the Great. This is the third book by Cornwell that I’ve read and it’s the best of the three so far. The first novel I read by Cornwell was Agincourt, [...]

Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos

Rise of Endymion is the fourth and final book in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos. While it doesn’t match the greatness of the first book, Hyperion, Rise of Endymion is still a damned good novel in its own right and does a wonderful job of wrapping up all of the issues, plots, questions, and threads raised [...]