Friday, May 8, 2015

Here's the Deal: I still have a pile of unread paper books that kind of got lost in the shuffle of me transitioning to eBooks a couple of years ago and now I finally want to tackle those and want to get back in the saddle to write reviews for Unreality SF on a more regular basis again.

Since I'm kind of undecided what to read next after reading two Doctor Who novels from the pile (plan to write the reviews for those over the weekend) I figured I let the public decide what to read (& review) next.

Please post either here or on Twitter what I should read and review next from this list of eligible titles:

Original novel

The Calling * David Mack

 Supernatural

Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson
Night Terror by John Passarella
One Year Gone by Rebeccca Dessertine
Coyote's Kiss by Christa Faust

 Monk

Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants by Lee Goldberg

 Marvel

Spider-Man: Requiem by Jeff Mariotte

 Fable

The Balverine Order by Peter David

 Doctor Who

Winner takes all by Jacqueline Rayner
Only Human by Gareth Roberts

 Star Trek

Starfleet Academy: The Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba
Starfleet Academy: The Edge by Rudy Josephs
Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner

 CSI

Double Dealer by Max Allan Collins
Sin City by Max Alan Collins
Cold Burn by Max Allan Collins
(all three are part of the omnibus Mortal Wounds)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Some Unreality SF statistics

Over the last few days I've begun to assemble a list of all ratings of books/comics I ever posted on the Internet, and since I've started with those posted on Unreality SF and I have now finished listing those I figured I could post some interesting(?) stats.

Some notes:
All those stats only include my reviews (Jens Deffner) posted on Unreality SF over the years.

Writing pairs are treated like seperate entities from the respectice authors, which means novels written by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore do not count into statistics re: Dayton Ward or Kevin Dilmore.

For the most part I've choosen to assign stories to the "Series" that was on the cover/spine of the book, so the Typhon Pact novels are its own series and do not count for there respective "mother series".

Overall stats:
Number of reviewed stories:  170
Average Rating of all reviews: 69,32 %


Top rated stories:


%-Rating Series Title Author
90 DS9 The Never-Ending Sacrifice Una McCormack

TOS Constellations: Make-Believe Allyn Gibson
89 SCE Wildfire David Mack
88 Titan Orion’s Hounds Christopher L. Bennett
87 IKS Gorkon A Burning House Keith R.A. DeCandido

TNG Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory David Mack
86 Doctor Who The Quality of Leadership: Good Queen, Bad Queen, I Queen, You Queen Terri Osborne

Marvel Wolverine: Election Day Peter David

TOS Crucible: Provenance of Shadows David R. George III
85 Marvel Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets Keith R.A. DeCandido

Myriad Universes The Sorrows of Empire David Mack


Average Ratings of the Authors:


Author Average Rated
Terri Osborne 86,00 1
Una McCormack 81,00 3
David Mack 80,36 11
Peter David 80,00 5
Oli Smith 80,00 1
Kathleen O. David 80,00 1
David Niall Wilson 80,00 1
David A. McIntee 79,50 2
Dayton Ward 79,00 1
Keith R.A. DeCandido 78,88 17
Allyn Gibson 78,67 3
Loren L. Coleman and Randall N. Bills 78,00 1
Howard Weinstein 78,00 1
Glenn Hauman & Aaron Rosenberg 77,00 1
William Leisner 76,67 3
Aaron Rosenberg 76,60 5
Susan Shwartz 76,00 1
Gary Russell 76,00 1
Steve Mollmann & Michael Schuster 75,00 2
John Byrne 75,00 1
Jeff Bond 75,00 1
George Mann 75,00 1
James Swallow 73,40 5
Margaret Wander Bonanno 73,00 1
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore 72,60 5
Robert Greenberger 72,50 2
Amy Sisson 72,00 1
Josepha Sherman & Susan Shwartz 71,33 3
Kirsten Beyer 71,00 5
David R. George III 71,00 5
Joe Schreiber 71,00 2
Linnea Dodson 71,00 1
Kevin Killiany 71,00 1
Justin Richards 70,67 3
Greg Cox 70,00 6
Lee Goldberg 70,00 2
Geoff Trowbridge 70,00 2
Paul Kupperberg 70,00 1
Dave Galanter 69,67 3
Olivia Woods 69,50 2
Paula M. Block & Terry J. Erdmann 69,00 1
David Llewellyn 69,00 1
John S. Drew 68,33 3
Christopher L. Bennett 68,18 11
Jeffrey Lang 67,00 2
Kevin Lauderdale 66,00 1
J. Steven York & Christina F. York 65,50 2
Mike Sussman /w Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore 65,00 1
Stuart Moore 63,00 1
Robert T. Jeschonek 63,00 1
Jeff Mariotte 62,00 1
Richard C. White 60,50 2
Rudy Josephs 60,00 1
Marc D. Giller 60,00 1
Diane Duane 60,00 1
Rebecca Dessertine & David Reed 59,00 1
Scott Pearson 58,00 1
S.D. Perry & Britta Burdett Dennison 58,00 1
Paul Finch 58,00 1
Tony Daniel 56,00 1
Jill Sherwin 56,00 1
Kevin Ryan 55,00 1
Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin 53,50 4
Michael A. Martin 52,33 3
Chris Roberson 50,00 1
Alan Dean Foster 50,00 1
Bob Ingersoll & Thomas F. Zahler 49,00 1
Geoffrey Thorne 45,00 1
Britta Burdett Dennison 45,00 1
Steven Saville 40,00 1
Scott Tipton & David Tipton 35,00 1
Glenn Greenberg 32,00 1
Max Allan Collins 30,00 1
Brian Minchin 30,00 1
Tim Jones & Mike Johnson 25,00 1
Phaedra Weldon 5,00 1


Average Rating of the Series:



Series Average Rated
IKS Gorkon 87,00 1
DuckBob 81,00 1
SCPD 80,00 1
New Frontier 79,50 2
Marvel 78,50 4
CSI 77,50 2
Vanguard 77,50 2
Leverage 76,00 1
Precinct series 76,00 1
The Scattered Earth 75,00 4
Mirror Universe 75,00 6
Buffy 74,50 2
SCE 72,70 20
Star Wars 72,00 1
Voyager 71,00 5
Supernatural 71,00 6
Myriad Universes 70,43 7
Monk 70,00 2
TOS 69,85 27
TNG 69,48 21
Excelsior 69,00 1
Star Trek 68,63 8
Typhon Pact 68,50 2
Doctor Who 68,09 23
DTI 68,00 1
Titan 67,00 4
DS9 66,60 5
Enterprise 49,75 4
Eureka 43,00 2
Star Trek (reboot) 37,50 2
STO 37,00 1
Bones 30,00 1


Average Rating of the Formats:

Format Average Rated
Comic 54,25 4
Novel 68,2820512821 78
Novella 68,5416666667 24
Short Novel 75,4210526316 19
Short Story 70,1428571429 28

Monday, July 22, 2013

G&T Book Reports round up

As I mentioned in my introductory post one of the things I write is the (usually) monthly Book Report feature for the G&T Show's website, where I present each month's new releases in the world of Star Trek prose, and collect interesting news about upcoming books - like announcement for new books, interviews with authors, cover and/or blurb releases etc.

Due to personal reasons I had to sit out one month, but here you can find my Book Reports since I started in February:

Book Report - February 2013

Book Report - March 2013

Book Report - April 2013

Book Report - May/June 2013

Book Report - July 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A short introduction

Hi, for those who don't know me yet a short introduction:

My name is Jens Deffner, I am 34 years old and come from Germany and for the time being this blog is meant to be some kind of focal point for me to talk about stuff I've written/done for various tie-in related websites/blogs. Most of it is Star Trek related, but I have also dabbled with other tie-in stuff and probably will do so in the future, so I kept the blog name a bit more open than on my previous LJ blog.

I have started to read the Trek novels in earnest sometime in the late nineties. At first I read the German translations, but when the German releases became fewer and fewer I started to transition to reading the novels in English sometime during the early ’00s and haven’t looked back since. As a result of some very extensive (and sometimes expensive) trips to flea markets and book shops I own and have read most of the novels and anthologies released by Pocket Books in one language or the other. Over the last decade or so I have published reviews of the books online, first on my LiveJournal and on message boards and since March 2008 on the UK based media tie-in centered website Unreality SF. For Unreality SF I have also interviewed a bunch of the authors about their novels both media tie-in and original, and plan to do more in the future. At the moment there is little new stuff by me due to lack of time, but if you’re into Big Finish’s audío plays there are regular reviews by Star Trek novelist Steve Mollmann there as well.


Since February I also contribute to the website of The Sunday G&T Show with a monthly feature called the Book Report. There I will talk about the new release(s) of the current month and try to give all the information you need to know to decide if it’s something you’re interested in.  Beyond talking about the current release(s) I try to collect all news about Trek-Lit I have encountered over the course of the preceding month to give  a destination to learn about all thing Trek-Lit without you having to spend a lot of time to search the different sources for news.


Beyond that I occasionally help out 8of5 of The Trek Collective  with information, mostly about the German line of Star Trek novels and spend time on TrekLit related forums, like the Trek Literature section of the TrekBBS.