Micheal Cobley

Interstellar Tactics




SFX Reviews Orphaned Worlds

Posted on May 5th 2010 | Leave a comment

Penned by the redoubtable Dave Bradley, there it is on page 125 of the July issue.  Here’s a quote;

“Cobley writes energetic space opera, rarely dallying with sentiment and mostly assaulting the reader with exotic locations and sudden skirmishes. There are joyous moments of invention but overall there’s too much going on…Fortunately, as the saga progresses, The Orphaned Worlds begins knotting some of the threads together – it still feels like an over-shaken can of fizzy diet Banks…”

That’s a first, being compared to a can of pop. Crik-tsshhh!

And which is only topped by the subheader, beneath the book title – “Like Iain M Banks with ADHD”.

And yet – and YET – the book earns itself 3 and a half stars outa 5, eh? Hmm. Personally, I choose to regard Dave B’s review as a 4-star. Well, this is my blog after all….

…but I’m still pleased.

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The Orphaned Worlds – review at Waterstones Book Quarterly

Posted on April 25th 2010 | Leave a comment

Always a pleasure, never a chore, got a review in Waterstones’ Book Quarterly mag, and its also in the online version, here -


Not only but also, Waterstones is offering The Orphaned Worlds as part of their 3-for-2 offer. Be the first on your block!

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