April 16th, 2017
Oh look, I read another book. It’s really kind of strange how that happens, I went for months and months not having time to read and, truth be told, I didn’t miss it. But then I picked up a book again and now I want to read a lot. I can’t say I understand it but I’m not at all sad that it happened.
This time I take a look at Destroyer, the second in the series of time travel adventures by Brett Battles. I reviewed the first book in the series here and really loved it. So will this be as good as the first? Let’s find out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 13th, 2015
Now as much as I love John Scalzi’s work, sometimes he really nails it and sometimes he doesn’t. He gets a lot of his inspiration from classic sci-fi, which I have no problem with, but in some cases, he takes more than others. As I said in my review of Fuzzy Nation, he “borrowed” a lot from H. Beam Piper’s original Fuzzy universe, but here, he just grabs the title from the story that inspired Blade Runner, Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
So what does a reluctant war hero, a genetically engineered sheep-woman and a potential interstellar war have in common? Let’s find out.