Review: The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I want to start off by thanking Tor.com for being DRM-free. It’s great to see a major publisher doing this. With that out of the way, this was a massive story. It’s quite a different pace from everything I’ve read so far […]

Review: The Complete Cook’s Country Magazine 2017

The Complete Cook’s Country Magazine 2017 by America’s Test Kitchen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Halfway through 2017 the magazine underwent a visual revamp to modernize the look. I think it works fairly well. What I continue to enjoy about Cook’s Country is the back half which is both educational and contains tailored sections […]

Review: Mega Man 3

Mega Man 3 by Salvatore Pane My rating: 4 of 5 stars As usual for this series, it’s a combination of a history of the game covered and an autobiography of author. Although I never played Megaman 3 (or played very little of it) I did own Megaman 2 and so it was great that […]

Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline My rating: 2 of 5 stars When it comes to my experience of this book, there are a few things that marred my enjoyment. When I first heard of it and didn’t know all the info about it I did by the time I actually read it, it sounded […]

Review: Mistborn Adventure Game

Mistborn Adventure Game by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m not a dice RPG gamer, but I did want to read the short story in here – “The 11th Metal”. It’s a prequel for the first book of the first Mistborn trilogy. That said, it’s definitely best not to read before having […]

Review: The Hero of Ages

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I cannot believe how well Sanderson made this entire trilogy fit together. Each book was amazingly plotted and, as a whole, the trilogy is so well put together. No part of the trilogy was wasted and each detail Sanderson provided was vital […]

Review: The Witch of Portobello

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho My rating: 4 of 5 stars I like to avoid spoilers wherever possible, I even stay away from reviews and trailers for most movies and books. But in the last few years I’ve come to the conclusion that (with the exception of detective stories and murder mysteries) if […]

Review: Best Mexican Recipes

Best Mexican Recipes by America’s Test Kitchen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Once again, a great cooking tome by America’s Test Kitchen. Opens by explaining the Mexican pantry. Then recipes that are well-structured with great explanations. So far I’ve made one recipe and the family loved it. I can’t wait for it to warm […]

Review: Caliban’s War

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this book in 10 min – 1 hour chunks so maybe I missed something. But who the (expletive) is Caliban and why was this his war? (If it’s a spoiler don’t tell me. If it was (view spoiler)[ Nguyen’s (hide spoiler)] […]

2018 Cooking Update

It’s been 2.5 years since I discovered Amazingribs.com and Meathead when I was trying to figure out why my BBQ wasn’t as good as the best BBQ joints I’d visited. Last year I ordered the 2016 and 2017 Annuals from Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country as well as getting into Chris Kimball’s spin-off Milk Street. […]

Review: Beyond Lies the Wub

Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K. Dick My rating: 3 of 5 stars As expected from a Philip K Dick book, that was trippy. Talky in the style of golden and silver age science fiction, but I have a fondness for the style as some of my first science fiction exposure was in that […]

Review: The Secret History of Star Wars

The Secret History of Star Wars by Michael Kaminski My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book upended the way I’d thought about the Star Wars movies and stories for the past 20 years. First of all, given George Lucas’ original intention of having an endless James Bond-like serialized series of movies removes any arguments […]