Author Archive: dialhforhouston

Book Review: The Crown Jewels, by Walter Jon Williams

I’ve gotten to the point where I have multiple books of … unknown origin on my shelves. Which isn’t to say that I’ve got a copy of the Necromonicon laying around, but rather, I simply can’t remember where some of these books came from. Some say this might be a sign of a bigger problem, …

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Book Review: The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner

The last couple books I’ve read were all released in 2022. Which is great! It’s always fun to have stuff to look forward to reading– but at the same time, keeping up with the newest releases can get a bit exhausting. Not to mention the fact that one of the reasons I started this blog …

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Book Review: Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

And now, for something completely different. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been getting more and more curious about the world of self-publishing, as the ebook market is increasingly filling in the “mid tier” gap in publishing that the Big Four publishers are increasingly leaving behind. Furthermore, ebooks can carve out niche genres that traditional publishers …

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Book Review: The Kaiju Preservation Society, by John Scalzi

So I guess I’m like … going places again? In public? Where other people are? It’s wild. Case in point, I was able to make it to one of the stops on John Scalzi’s recent book tour, promoting his newest novel, The Kaiju Preservation Society. Even if I wasn’t going stir-crazy after a long hermitage …

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Book Review: Red Carpet, by Erich Schwartzel

A couple years ago, I noticed an emergent sub-subgenre in flicks such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and The Meg. They’re all big dumb summer action movies geared towards the Chinese market, if not funded and produced by Chinese companies in the case of The Meg and Pacific Rim: Uprising. I’m not …

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Book Review: The Thousand Names, by Django Wexler

Django Wexler is one of those authors I feel I should be reading more of? Insomuch as I’ve seen his name pop up on various discussions of the current state of the fantasy genre, and I’ve even read a few of his books before, but it always feels like I’ve been missing something. Enter The …

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Book Review: How Much for Just the Planet? by John M. Ford

I like Star Trek. A shocking admission for some nerd on the internet, I know. Still, as I grow older, I’ve come to appreciate the franchise a lot more than I did as a kid. And as the decades spanning franchise keeps on going, there’s more and more different iterations available, which means there’s something …

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Book Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Manga’s Refined Oddball, by Frederico Anzalone

While I mostly use this blog to post book reviews, I also dabble in a bunch of other nerdy hobbies: video games, comics, tabletop gaming, and so on. And while I’d hardly label myself an otaku, I’m passingly familiar with some anime and manga. I usually don’t talk about it too much on this blog …

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Book Review: Cytonic, by Brandon Sanderson

There are some people who will tell you that Brandon Sanderson is the world’s greatest living sci-fi/fantasy author. Or perhaps even the greatest SF/F author of all time. These people are wrong. I will grant that Sanderson is a good author, and good at what he does: rollicking genre adventure with meticulously overthought magic systems. …

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Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

I’ve been meaning to read Robin Sloan’s first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore for quite some time now. Sourdough impressed me enough that I made it a point to pick the book up in hardcopy, but then, through various shenanigans (and mostly procrastination on my part), the book sat in my to-read pile for …

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