Tag Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: A Shadow In Summer by Daniel Abraham

From the start, Science Fiction has always had an undercurrent of social commentary. While not as widely recognized as a lot of “literary” fiction wabout middle-aged divorcees buying boats or whatever, it’s still an integral part of the genre. Fantasy … not so much. Oh, sure, there’s plenty of stuff to sink one’s academic teeth …

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Book Review: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It.

And now, for something completely different. A friend of mentioned I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It: Stories from an Online Life awhile back (on facebook, appropriately enough) and I got curious. While I’ve never read anything from Jess Kimball Leslie, that’s still a heck of a title– not to mention one that …

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Book Review: Conan the Valiant, by Roland Green

Have you ever bought store-brand breakfast cereal? I mean, it’s thrifty, right? Saving a bit of cash is the smart thing to do. The packaging’s almost the same, and the ingredients are the same … so these ‘Toasted O’s’ should taste just the same as your favorite Cheerios, right? And yet, once you shovel that …

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Book Review: 1632, by Eric Flint

I think I’ve finally gotten my head around this ‘ebook’ thing. Don’t get me wrong– whenever possible, I prefer a legit physical copy of a book. Buuuut, sometimes it’s inconvenient to carry around a fat paperback in your back pocket, especially when it’s become socially acceptable to stare at your phone when you don’t have …

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Book Review: Tsui Hark’s Peking Opera Blues, by Tan See Kam

So! Where 33 1/3 does deep dives into albums, and Boss Fight Books does deep fights into video games, The New Hong Kong Cinema goes into … well, The New Hong Kong Cinema, or Hong Kong New Wave. It’s basically a term to describe Hong Kong movies made between the economic boom of the 1980’s …

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Book Review: Jo Walton’s The Prize in the Game

While I don’t exclusively stock my library from what I find in the dollar paperback bin, I still take entirely too much enjoyment in scrounging up random paperbacks for a dollar or less. Typically, it’s keeping a keen eye on the clearance shelf at Half Price Books, or lucking out at a thrift store– but …

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Book Review: The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaneimi

“You get what you pay for,” as the saying goes … but at the same time I’ve found a free book can sometimes be a lot more interesting than one from the dollar bin. I’ve always had a weakness for super-cheap used paperbacks, but for every lost classic you find, there are at least three …

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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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