Author Archive: dialhforhouston

Book Review: The Lovers, by Philip Jose Farmer

Philip Jose Farmer is another of those classic sci-fi authors who I’ve read before, but not for a long time. I recall stumbling across the Riverworld series back in high school, but I haven’t gotten too much into his stuff since. That is, until I found one of his books for a dollar at a …

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Book Review: The Candlemass Road, by George MacDonald Fraser

Ostensibly, summer is a time for beach reading … except, uh, I don’t like the beach all that much, and I’ve been busy with a bunch of other stuff (read: I just started playing Super Mario RPG on my SNES classic). So, again, I haven’t been reading as much as I like, or as much …

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Book Review: Steve Alten’s Meg

I’ve been slacking. Still am, really. It probably didn’t help that, while on a trip, I accidentally left my copy of Christopher Stascheff’s A Wizard in Absentia on the plane after only getting about halfway through it. The fact that I’m not too terribly torn up about this should probably say something about the quality …

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Book Review: David Gemmell’s Druss the Legend

Once again, I’ve been slacking! Been working with the whole ‘book a week’ goal, which I’m … well, a little ways behind, but the year’s yet young, so I should hopefully be able to catch up before too terribly long. Should have a few more book reviews coming in the next few weeks, so stay …

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Book Review: Jack Vance’s Space Opera

Sometimes, I get Jack Vance and Gene Wolfe mixed up. Which I imagine will draw cries of indignation from just a few of you, while the rest go ‘huh?’ Though to be fair, they both have a similar, almost dreamy kind of style (though now that I think of it Wolfe is a little more …

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Book Review: The Ninja, by Eric Van Lustbader

Here we go. My buddy Jeremy (of A Brew to a Kill), is pretty much the best friend a guy could ask for. As we were hanging out a few weeks ago, and he hits me with “I got you a present from the thrift store.” Dude’s got mad Goodwill skills– he once gave me …

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Book Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

I’ve been in something of a rut lately, not reading as much as I probably should. I’ve just been busy– though it’s also easy to blame Ready Player One for putting me off the written word in general. But here’s to hoping this is just a temporary slowdown! Or if nothing else maybe I just …

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Book Review: Royal Flash, by George MacDonald Fraser

After reading (and surviving) Ready Player One, I figured I’d go with something ostensibly smarter to cleanse my literary palate, which brings us to George MacDonald Fraser’s Royal Flash. The funny thing is, if you have a couple of beers and squint, the two books are kind of similar. Both of them are littered with …

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Book Review: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Whenever I read something outside my wheelhouse, like a romance novel, or a YA novel, or a YA romance or whatever, I try to step back and remember that some books (or heck, some whole genres) are Not For Me. As a result, it can be a fine line to walk between “this book sucks …

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Book Review: Hounded, by Kevin Hearne

Oh hey, I’m vaguely topical for once! As today’s book review covers some vaguely Irish-flavored Urban Fantasy. I mean, I make it a point not to drink green beer, so I guess this review will be most of how I celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Anyway, a friend of mine absolutely loves Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid …

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