Review: Make: LEGO and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics

Make: LEGO and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics by John Baichtal My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had been waiting to mark this book as read until I finished all the projects, but the reality is that might take years; not because the projects are hard, but because I […]

Review: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 131

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 131 by Neil Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars With this issue, there were a ton of stories that had killer endings and worlds that I wanted to spend more time in. Strongly recommend!!! See below for a per-story review that may expand on my status updates: Twisted Knots: A story […]

Review: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher My rating: 4 of 5 stars Harry Dresden continues to grow, making less of the same mistakes and earning new friends. I particularly loved his partnership with Michael and how their personalities compared and contrasted. This entry in the series finds Harry trying to figure out why there are more […]

Review: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 130

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 130 by Neil Clarke My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another awesome series of stories compiled by Mr. Neil Clarke. I loved all but the last fiction story and enjoyed the non-fiction. Here’s what I thought of each story/article: An Age of Ice (a translated story): A story involving a multi-generational family […]

Review: Noir (The Illumination Paradox, #2)

Noir by Jacqueline Garlick My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ms. Garlick picks up exactly where the last novel left off, so I would recommend reading this immediately after the first book, since I was a little confused for the first little bit until I remember what was going on. She uses this book to […]

Review: Cook It in Your Dutch Oven: 150 Foolproof Recipes Tailor-Made for Your Kitchen’s Most Versatile Pot

Cook It in Your Dutch Oven: 150 Foolproof Recipes Tailor-Made for Your Kitchen’s Most Versatile Pot by America’s Test Kitchen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Some pretty awesome recipes that I can’t wait to try and one I’ve already tried. While not as full of photos as their Illustrated line of cookcooks, it’s still […]

Review: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 129

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 129 by Neil Clarke My rating: 5 of 5 stars I think the only story I wasn’t into was “Neptune’s Trident”. Otherwise, a top-notch issue. Especially liked the non-fiction essays this time around. My thoughts on each story (a slightly wordier version of my status updates where character limits kept me from […]

Review: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 128

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 128 by Neil Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars After last month’s reveal of James Tiptree, Jr as a pseudonym, pretty funny to have a story of “his” in this issue! Overall another great issue. I think my favorite universes were from “We Who Live in the Heart” and “Running the […]

Review: Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was depressing as hell. I added it to my To Read list 5 or so years ago when I heard about it on Fresh Air. Don’t get me wrong, the author has an entertaining style. There were lots […]

Review: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 127

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 127 by Neil Clarke My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is, as per usual, a great issue of Clarkesworld Magazine. Once again Clarke’s affinity for bringing Chinese SF to the fore gives us a great, fun story in The Robot who liked to tell tall tales. The non-fiction section also has […]

Review: Make: Bluetooth: Mobile Phone, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi Projects with Ble

Make: Bluetooth: Mobile Phone, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi Projects with Ble by Alasdair Allan My rating: 3 of 5 stars The book was fine. The projects in here didn’t draw me in as much as some of the other Make electronic books I’ve recently read. I think it’s because most of them were a bit […]

Review: Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher My rating: 5 of 5 stars I typically read 1-3 fiction books at once (depends on whether I’m caught up on my podcasts and listening to an audiobook), going back and forth between books I already own (say from Humble Bundle or Story Bundle) and books I have to buy. […]

Review: Working Stiff (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. #5)

Working Stiff by Kevin J. Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars The world of Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. is a fun world full of dad jokes and groan-worthy puns. The author doesn’t take himself too seriously and so it’s easy to have fun and roll with it rather than end up rolling your eyes […]

Review: Morning Star (Red Rising Saga, #3)

Morning Star by Pierce Brown My rating: 3 of 5 stars This initial Red Rising Trilogy is a little like the original Matrix Trilogy (if you haven’t heard, there’s apparently a fourth in the works). The first one was a triumphant, mostly fun story. At the end, our protagonists haven’t 100% won, but you could […]