Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Book Review: The Human Division (2013)

March 12th, 2017

It’s been a long time since I wrote a book review, mostly because it’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book.  However, recently, I got tapped for jury duty and since I had to have something to do while sitting around waiting to get inevitably dismissed, I figured it was a good time to start a book.  This was just the first one I came across on my tablet, so hey, it’s as good a place to start as any.

I’ve enjoyed John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series quite a bit, some books more than others, of course, but The Human Division originally came out as a series of chapters on the Tor webste and I thought it would be interesting to see how something like that worked out.

Book Review: The Deaths of Tao (2013)

June 19th, 2016

One problem with moving is you run out of time to do any reading.  That’s been the case for me in the last couple of weeks, I’ve spent all of my time packing and none of my time with my nose in a book.

Not too long ago, I reviewed Wesley Chu’s first book in the Tao series and enjoyed it. There are two more books in the series that explore the adventures of Roen Tan, this one taking place several years after the conclusion of the last.  As Roen becomes more seasoned in the alien war, how has being a host to an alien entity affected is life?  That’s what this book explores.  So let’s take a look at The Deaths of Tao and see if Chu can keep up the pace.

Book Review: The Tale of the Wicked

April 24th, 2016

Time for another John Scalzi short story, this time “The Tale of the Wicked”. While the last one that I reviewed wasn’t exactly futuristic sci-fi-ish, this one certainly is and it asks some really intriguing questions.

As anyone who reads Scalzi knows, he’s a serious science fiction geek.  He’s a huge fan of the genre and knows the classics backwards and forwards.  He demonstrates that once again here when he takes a look at Asimov’s three laws of robotics and takes it one step further.  So let’s see how this short story plays out.

Book Review: Accelerando (2005)

April 17th, 2016

I’ve got to say, modern and near future science fiction is not usually my thing.  I’m the type who wants to go big or go home.  But I’ve wanted to read some Charles Stross for a while, I’ve actually had this book sitting around for quite some time on my “get to sometime” pile, but other things kept coming first.  So finally, I got into it, the story of Manfred Macx and his descendants over a series of 9 shortish stories that explore the history of the tech singularity that overtakes humanity.  So after all that time, was Accelerando worth the wait?  Read on to find out.

Book Review: Rewinder (2015)

April 10th, 2016

I just stumbled onto this book through a writing podcast and thought it sounded like an interesting idea so I gave it a shot.  I’m not the biggest fan of time travel stories, they tend to either be a bit ridiculous or way too overly complicated.  I guess that’s a bit silly because I used to be a huge fan of Simon Hawke’s Time Wars books back in the mid 80s, so what the heck do I know?

But anyhow, I figured what the heck, I’m running low on books anyhow and I’m really glad that I did.  So let’s take a look at Rewinder and see if it’s a good… time.

Book Review: The President’s Brain is Missing

April 3rd, 2016

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, in fact, I’m usually anything but. However, having read through a lot of John Scalzi’s other material, when I came across this short story, I figured I had nothing to lose.

So even though this is a mere 50 pages long, I’m going to do a review because, it’s John Scalzi and, of course, The President’s Brain is Missing.

The Good Old Days on Television

March 20th, 2016

Invariably, when we start to talk about old TV shows and movies, and to a lesser degree books, you will find people who say they can’t watch those programs because they are “too old”.  The effects don’t “look good” compared to modern CGI.  They don’t “sound good” compared to modern Dolby 5.1 stereo.  Or, holy crap, they’re in black and white!  The horror!  Well if that’s how you think, then just give up, but keep in mind that the shows you rave about today, those are going to look like garbage in another 10-15 years compared the the newest and highest tech shows on TV.

So why do so many people get so spoiled by modern life that they can’t step back and enjoy something from a different time?  Let’s explore this, shall we?

Book Review: The Lives of Tao (2013)

March 13th, 2016

There was a time, not that long ago, when I had lots of time to read, so much so that I was doing a book review every single week, but that was before the dark times, before the… wait a minute. Well, before I ran out of time and, let’s be honest, ran out of the huge backlog of books that I had piling up.  I ran across this book while listening to a writing podcast and it sounded like an interesting concept so I grabbed it and the two sequels.

As it turns out, it was indeed an interesting concept, so let’s take a look at Wesley Chu’s The lives of Tao.

Book Review: Judgement at Proteus (2012)

December 27th, 2015

I know I’ve said it before but I love Tim Zahn’s books.  Always have and probably always will. I’ve read everything he’s ever written and I wait with baited breath for the next one.  I don’t care what it is.  I’ll read it.

So this is the fifth and final book in the Quadrail series, the story of Frank Compton and his quest to ferret out an alien hive mind that threatens to take over the known universe. Can he and his assistant Bayta, with the help of the alien Spiders, actually defeat the Modhri?  Let’s find out in this review of Judgement at Proteus.

Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.