Review: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 126

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 126 by Neil Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Two Ways of Living” – A world in which humans can essentially hibernate by eating a ton of calories and then a chemical cocktail to go unconcious. Additionally, the person does not age. The short story essentially serves as a meditation on […]

Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I think the best way to describe this book is to reference the last chapter and Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s catchphrase on his podcast – the Cosmic Perspective. Even though I already knew a bunch of the info in the […]

Review: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 125

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 125 by Neil Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Assassins” – At it’s most basic level, this is a story about people forming emotional attachments with virtual characters. What I think makes this short story so compelling is that this is already the case with much less fidelity than a Star […]

Review: A Mind Forever Voyaging: A History of Storytelling in Video Games

A Mind Forever Voyaging: A History of Storytelling in Video Games by Dylan Holmes My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was nice to take a break from fiction to read this analysis of the evolution of video game narratives through time. Chronologically, the game goes from text adventure games through point and click adventure […]

Review: Promise of Blood (Powder Mage, #1)

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I work through my To-read list, we come to another book I added around 2014. This one was after Mr. McClellan had been interviewed by Sword and Laser (and 4 years before I’d ever heard of Brandon Sanderson). His idea of powder […]

Review: The Mongoliad: Book Two (Foreworld, #2)

The Mongoliad: Book Two by Neal Stephenson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a very hard book to properly review. Unlike a typical book in a trilogy (or however many books it ends up being – at the time this book was published it was a trilogy), this book does not contain a […]

Review: Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie My rating: 5 of 5 stars Only my third 5-star review for 2019, but boy does Ms. Leckie deserve it here. It’s everything I love about SF including a gigantic, fully realized world with a culture that makes sense as a consequence of the world she’s created. It really reminded […]

Review: Dead Man’s Deal (The Asylum Tales, #2)

Dead Man’s Deal by Jocelynn Drake My rating: 4 of 5 stars Wow, Ms. jocelynn Drake did something pretty rare among the trilogies I’ve been reading for the past half decade – she made a second book in the trilogy that doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. My memories of books I read when I was […]

Review: Kingdom Hearts II (Boss Fight Books, #16)

Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Corriea My rating: 4 of 5 stars As with the best books in this series, Ms. Corriea has a deep passion for the game she’s writing about and it had a profound impact in her life. Over a number of chapters, she makes a great case for why this […]