Books


Review: Catalyst, a Rogue One story

Catalyst, by James Luceno, is the companion novel to Rogue One, the first standalone movie in the Star Wars franchise. Lucasfilm/Disney seem to have settled on providing more background by the means of novels. It has been done for The Force Awakens and the Rebels TV show before. Catalyst tells […]


Black Ops

Black Ops is an interesting addition to the Osprey Wargames series. It aims at wargaming, as the name implies, “Black Operations”. At its base is a simple D6-driven system. Character abilities (essentially attack, close combat, morale, defense) are target numbers for D6 rolls, with a few simple modifiers to the […]


The 13th Valley

Disclaimer: I read this book in the Dutch translation The 13th Valley by John Del Vecchio has been called the classic Vietnam novel. Other classic books (e.g. Dispatches by Michael Herr, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brian, Chickenhawk by Robert Mason) were first-hand accounts, although O’Brian often crosses the […]


Star Wars: X-Wing

Playing the X-Wing miniatures game has re-kindled my interest in Star Wars. I have not only started working on new miniatures and terrain for Star Wars Miniatures Battles, but also decided to read Michael Stackpole’s Star Wars: X-Wing books. Of the nine original books, the first four (Rogue Squadron, Wedge’s […]


Sony Reader PRS-T1 and Calibre

I got a Sony Reader, the current PRS-T1 model, for my birthday. Reviews have shown that it’s the e-reader with the best PDF support, very important for me. It also has Wi-Fi and a web browser. While e-ink displays are quite slow, the web browser works just fine for reading […]


Review: Camera

While things geared up in the 18th century, the 19th century was the century of profound changes and inventions. Trains, practical electricity, the telegraph and telephone, and, late in the 19th century, the car and airplane, form the base for our modern connected world. Another invention of the time, directly […]


Tom Clancy’s A Guided Tour Series

Tom Clancy is of course best known for his Jack Ryan series of novels. He also published a number of non-fiction books describing US military units: Nuclear submarines, Air Force fighter wings, an Armored Cavalry Regiment, a Marine Expeditionary Force, an Airborne division, an aircraft carrier, and Special Forces. I […]


Thrawn trilogy revisited

The Star Wars universe was somewhat dormant in the early 1990s. It had been eight years since Return of the Jedi, with new material being mostly limited to the source books published by West End Games for the Star Wars roleplaying game. Then, in 1991, came Heir to the Empire, […]