Tag Archives: books I read in 2017

Book Review: Mass Effect: Ascension by Drew Karpyshyn

Every so often, someone will declare that the latest sci-fi franchise is “The Next Star Wars!” Depending on who it’s coming from, this can be done either as marketing shorthand, or sometimes from outright fannish enthusiasm. Of course, such arguments are ultimately moot, as Star Wars will be the ‘next’ Star Wars for as long …

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Book Review: Terry Pratchett’s Raising Steam

So the last few books I’ve read haven’t impressed me that much. And, sure, it can be fun to read books of questionable quality, kind of like a literary version of MST3K. But, as things go, one can only take so much schlock for so long before needing to come up for air. Terry Pratchett …

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Book Review: Fafner: Dead Agressor by Tow Ubukata

And now, for something completely different. Fafner: Dead Aggressor is a “Light Novel.” — basically, Japanese YA, an evolution of the pulps. I picked up the translated version Fafner: Dead Aggressor on a whim at a convention some years ago. I’m not too familiar with the anime it’s based on, but I’m always a sucker …

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Book Review: The Ship Avenged by S.M. Stirling

As many an after school special has taught us, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But what about the author photo on the inside of the cover? I really shouldn’t throw stones, being an awkward nerd myself (which reminds me, I could use a haircut). But on the other hand, I will never …

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Book Review: Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings

If you love Brandon Sanderson, you’ll love The Way of Kings. Thing is, I don’t love Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson is a hit or miss author for me– and maybe it’s just my luck, but I seem to be hitting the misses more often than not. Maybe I just haven’t gotten over Steelheart, because goddamn that …

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Book Review: Serpent & Storm by Marella Sands

Certain genres have ‘default’ settings. Noir stories are set in grimy, rainy cities. Space Operas take place (unsurprisingly) in space. Agatha Christie style ‘cozy’ murder mysteries often take place in fancy country estates. And the default Fantasy setting is often a vaguely medieval pastiche that owes more to the local renaissance fair than any actual …

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Book Review: A Square Meal, by Jane Zeigelman and Andrew Coe.

Food history is a fascinating subject. No matter where you are in the world, or when you are in the course of human history, you’ve gotta eat. It’s one of those universal things that’s absolutely ripe for study– and something I’ve touched on briefly before. I first heard about Jane Zeigelman and Andrew Coe’s A …

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Book Review: Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Correia

Boss Fight Books‘ “Season 3” continues, with Kingdom Hearts II. For those who haven’t been paying attention, Boss Fight Books specializes in publishing little volumes that explore various ideas about video games. Each book centers on a different game, and is written by a different author– they’re basically the 33 1/3rd of the video game …

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Half a Book Review: Eric Flint’s Worlds

Eric Flint is an author I’ve enjoyed in the past, but haven’t read in a long time. Back when I was in high school, I absolutely devoured his collaborations with Dave Freer– Rats, Bats, and Vats being a wonderfully mayhem-filled sci-fi adventure, and The Philosophical Strangler was an even crazier fantasy. And so, when I …

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Book Review: George R.R. Martin’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

So there’s this TV show you might have heard of, Game of Thrones. Y’know, the one on HBO about boobs. And dragons too, I guess. Not to sound like a nerd-hipster or anything, but I read the first Game of Thrones book well before it was a TV show. Not knowing what the heck it …

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