Tag Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy

It’s been awhile since I’ve read something with a spaceship on the cover, and it’s been even longer since I’ve completed a Big Trilogy, which is what brings us to Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy. I really enjoyed the first one, Ancillary Justice, as its own stand-alone novel, but the second, Ancillary Sword, wasn’t as tightly …

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Book Review: Dan Gilvezan’s Bumblebee and Me: Life as a G1 Transformer.

Ever since I was a kid, I loved Transformers– I mean, cars are cool, robots are cool, and therefore cars that turn into robots are exponentially cool. This is science. However, there aren’t too many books written about Transformers (not counting comics, at least). Which is why I was rather excited to get my hands …

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Book Review: Paul S. Kemp’s The Hammer & The Blade

Swords & Sorcery is a fun sub-genre, but also something of a dated one. I mean, the first authors that come to mind when you bring the genre up are the likes of Howard, Lieber, and Moorcock. Luminaries in the genre, yes, but the first Conan story is over eighty years old. As the fantasy …

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Book Review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Happy New Year, folks! Hope you had a fun and eventful end to your 2018– myself, I just drank a couple of beers and went to bed at 10. It was great. But, with that sort of thing past us, it’s time to get back into the swing of things with the first book review …

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Book Review: Erik Larsen’s The Devil in the White City

Happy Holidays to everybody who reads this blog! All, like, fourteen of you. It’s been a pretty busy holiday season on my end, which has finally settled down, which means I get to tell you what I’ve been reading. That’s what you guys are here for, right? In any case, I finished Erik Larsen’s The …

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Book Review: The Armored Saint by Myke Cole

Tell me if you’ve read this one before. Somewhere, in Ye Olde Fantasyland, a quiet, quaint farming village is threatened by the murderous and tyrannical servants of a dark power. And in said quiet, quaint village is a teenage peasant who is madly, awkwardly in love with the blacksmith’s daughter and is friends with the …

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Book Review: The Adventures of Samurai Cat by Mark E. Rogers

One of my goals when I started this blog was to highlight weird, obscure books that otherwise might not get noticed otherwise. I admit, there’s some degree of hipster-ism to it– the nerdier pop culture in general becomes (what, with Avengers flicks and the Game of Thrones TV show and whatnot), I must dig down …

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Book Review: Black Star Renegades, by Michael Moresci

Awhile back, I vaguely remember reading “Space Opera is in again!” … somewhere. Which, well, it’s probably not going to be “out” so long as Disney keeps on cranking out Star Wars movies, but sometimes it’s still nice to read a book with a spaceship on the cover. Michael Moreci’s Black Star Renegades was one …

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Book Review: Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential

Anthony Bourdain’s death hit me kinda hard. I usually don’t get too torn up over celebrity deaths– they’re people, just like the rest of us, which means they’ll eventually die, just like the rest of us. Which … is something of a grim thought now that I type that out. I blame these short winter …

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Book Review: Jim Butcher’s Brief Cases

There was a time when the release of a new Dresden Files novel meant I’d pick it up the hardback the day it came out. Was. I’m older and more cynical these days– and, well, while I will certainly read terrible and schlocky novels, but at least I’m a bit more self aware about it? …

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